Concern Over 2002 DC Protest Led to Deal With Navy

By: Eric Tucker Email
By: Eric Tucker Email

WASHINGTON DC The D.C. police department arranged to use satellite communications and video equipment from the U.S. Navy as it prepared for a large 2002 demonstration.

Documents turned over in an ongoing lawsuit shed new light on the arrangement between police and the Naval Research Laboratory. That deal was developed ahead of protests timed to coincide with the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, which resulted in about 400 arrests and multi-million-dollar court settlements. A handful of plaintiffs remain.

The Associated Press obtained records from the arrangement after asking a judge to modify a protective order that had kept them private.

The documents show the police sought the use of the high-tech equipment to augment communications and to transmit video back to a command center where police were monitoring the demonstrators.

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