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Crossing the thin blue line

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Washington City Paper investigates cases of excessive use of police force on civilians, and exposes cops with credibility problems. The story focuses on Lt. Keith Perry of the D.C. Police, known "as an overly aggressive cop who sometimes tiptoed on the line between a clean arrest and a shitkicking." The reporter reveals an incident, in which Perry has beaten a drug deal suspect in the head with a baton. Two police officers under Perry reported their superior for alleged brutality. He only took sick leave and continued to get his salary after the incident, the City Paper reports. The article includes statistics on excessive force use from 1994 to 1999.

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