Councilmember Charles Allen Councilmember Janeese Lewis George
Councilmember Christina Henderson Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Councilmember Anita Bonds
Councilmember Trayon White, Sr. Councilmember Brooke Pinto
IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
To require the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor to initiate an assessment into any ties
between white supremacist or other hate groups and members of the Metropolitan Police
Department that suggest an individual cannot enforce the law fairly and to recommend
reforms to Metropolitan Police Department policy, practice, and personnel to better
detect and prevent ties to white supremacist or other hate groups in the Department that
may prevent fair enforcement of the law in order to increase public trust in the
Department and improve officer and public safety.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this
act may be cited as the White Supremacy in Policing Prevention Act of 2021.
Sec. 2. Definitions.
(1) Auditor means the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor or its designees.
(2) Council means the Council of the District of Columbia.
(3) Department means the Metropolitan Police Department.
(4) Hate group means an organization or social group whose goals, activities, and
advocacy are primarily or substantially based on a shared hatred, hostility, or violence towards
people of one or more other different races, ethnicities, religions, nationalities, genders, and/or
(5) Mayor means the Mayor of the District of Columbia.
(6) Policy or policies means written directives that guide Department policy,
including General Orders, Special Orders, Circulars, Standard Operating Procedures, and
(7) White supremacy means a hate group whose shared hatred, hostility, or violence
towards people of one or more other different races, ethnicities, religions, nationalities, genders,
and/or sexual identities is based on the belief that white people are innately superior to other
races and may include one of the following tenants: 1) white people should have control over
people of other races; 2) white people should live by themselves in a whites-only society; 3)
white people have their own "culture" that is superior to other cultures; or 4) white people are
genetically superior to other people.
Sec. 3. Scope of the assessment and recommendations.
(a) The Office of the DC Auditor shall carry out a comprehensive assessment, in
collaboration with eligible external partners as defined in subsection (b) of this section, to, at a
(1) Determine whether members of the Department have ties to white supremacist
or other hate groups, including information about the ties, that may affect identified officers in
carrying out their duties properly and fairly;
(A) This may include accessing information about officers organizational
affiliations and memberships; speech; photographs or video footage; social media engagement;
complaints; and interviews with officers, witnesses, or relevant stakeholders, that suggest an
individual cannot enforce the law fairly.
(B) This may include providing specific recommendations around
Department officer or staff training, discipline, or other outcomes as a result of findings.
(C) This assessment shall not violate Department officer and staff
members legal rights or protections as employees, including those addressing privacy and free
(2) Recommend reforms to Department policy, practice, and personnel to better
detect and prevent white supremacist or other hate group ties among Department officers and
staff that suggest they are not able to enforce the law fairly, and to better investigate and
discipline officers for such behavior.
(b) Any collaborating outside partners shall, at a minimum, meet the following criteria:
(1) Be nonpartisan;
(2) Have expertise in civil rights, racial equity, and the threat of white supremacist
and other hate groups, movements, and organizing efforts; and
(3) Have experience in law enforcement and intelligence oversight and reform or
in conducting investigations and evaluations of law enforcement procedures, policies, and
(c) If during the course of an investigation undertaken pursuant to this act, the auditor
determines that criminal activity or other wrongdoing has occurred or is occurring, the auditor
shall, as soon as practicable, report the facts that support such information to the appropriate
(d) The Office of the DC Auditor shall submit and present its final report and
recommendations to the Council no later than 12 months from the effective date of this act.
Sec. 4. Fiscal impact statement.
The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement in the committee report as the fiscal
impact statement required by section 4aofthe General Legislative Procedures Act of 1975,
approved October 16, 2006 (120 Stat. 2038; D.C. Official Code 1-301.47a).
Sec. 5. Effective date.
This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the
Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), a 30-day period of congressional review as
provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December
24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code 1-206.02(c)(1)), and publication in the District of