County Manager Mark Schwartz

Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz speaks to County Board members.

In what appeared at first glance to be a case of political posturing, Arlington leaders Monday evening removed county police from helping patrol the streets of the District of Columbia, reneging on a mutual-aid agreement while federal and local law enforcement was attempting to keep order in the nation’s capital.

At the behest of the County Board, County Manager Mark Schwartz ordered the removal of the police at 8:30 p.m. Monday, 90 minutes after a curfew imposed by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser went into effect.

“The county is re-evaluating the agreements that allowed our officers to be put in a compromising position that endangered their health and safety, and that of the people around them, for a purpose not worthy of our mutual-aid obligations,” county officials said in a terse Tuesday-morning statement announcing, but not quite explaining, their decision.

What impact such a decision to unilaterally pull out of longstanding agreements could have, if civil disturbances should spread to Arlington, remains unclear and was not addressed by county leaders.

– Scott McCaffrey

 

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Allen Muchnick

DC Mayor Bowser stated at a June 2 news conference that DC had never asked ACPD to enter DC this week,

cgins

As a regular reader of the print edition and now this article, I wonder why you continue to own and operate the Sun Gazette. You clearly have and who contempt for Arlington leaders and the values that most Arlingtonians share.

I appreciate your role in reporting local news. I also value alternative viewpoints on county board actions and spending. But your condescending, snarky comments are insulting to readers.

Mangrove

+1

cgins

Reposting with error corrected: As a regular reader of the print edition and now this article, I wonder why you continue to own and operate the Sun Gazette. You clearly have contempt for Arlington leaders and the values that most Arlingtonians share. I appreciate your role in reporting local news. I also value alternative viewpoints on county board actions and spending. But your condescending, snarky comments are insulting to readers.

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