Recent MPD investigations have D.C. residents skeptical

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - For over a week now, D.C. Police have been investigating two of their own – both cases involving officers accused of inappropriate conduct with juveniles.

And some D.C. residents are skeptical about the outcomes of these investigations.

"I don't trust them to investigate themselves -- who watches the watchers, right?" asks D.C. resident Stephen Thompson.

Late Tuesday night, the body of D.C. Police Officer Marc Washington was pulled out of the Potomac River. The 32-year-old had just been released on home detention after being charged with child pornography.

Then on Wednesday afternoon, a 24-year veteran of the D.C. Police Department made his first court appearance. Officer Linwood Barnhill is charged with pimping underage girls.

Police began their investigation of Barnhill one week ago after getting a tip that an underage girl was living in his home. And many we spoke with were divided over whether the current scandal has made them lose faith in a department they should trust completely.

"It's never just one person," says Thompson. "It's the person, the people that know, those who cover..."

"I think to dismiss a whole branch that protects us is kind of silly," counters Syed Quadri.

“You have to wonder where the supervisors are,” says longtime community activist Keith Jarrell, who is calling on the City Council’s Public Safety Committee to have outsiders take a look.

"I think that it's time we not necessarily trust an internal investigation for the results. I think a good investigation might prove there is knowledge or involvement from other people."