A new report authored by Steptoe and the Bromwich Group and issued by the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) has received significant coverage from The Washington Post and other media outlets. The new report is a follow-on report to a March 2021 report, also prepared by Steptoe and the Bromwich Group, which analyzed the actions of Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers that led to the deaths of four young Black men and the investigations by MPD personnel of those incidents to determine whether those actions were consistent with MPD policy.
In this new report, Steptoe and the Bromwich Group examined the conduct and subsequent investigation of MPD officers involved in the 2020 fatal shooting of Deon Kay. The new report also discusses MPD’s progress in implementing the recommendations contained in the March report.
Both reports were led by Michael Bromwich, senior counsel at Steptoe and founder/managing principal at the Bromwich Group. Bromwich has deep experience as a law enforcement consultant and compliance monitor, and previously served as Inspector General of the Department of Justice (DOJ). He also served as monitor for a memorandum of agreement on police use of force between the District and the Department of Justice from 2002 to 2008. Steptoe partner Michael Scavelli, whose practice includes conducting internal investigations for a range of clients, and Steptoe associate Emma Marshak provided significant contributions to the investigation and report. The review team also included three preeminent law enforcement experts, Dennis E. Nowicki, Kerr Putney, and Ann Marie Doherty, each of whom previously served as senior officials in major police departments around the country.
The Steptoe/Bromwich Group is continuing its work for ODCA and will draft a follow-up report to another, more recent, incident resulting in the death of a civilian. That report will be published later this year.
Read more on the follow-on ODCA report at the following:
WRC-TV – release of report
WRC-TV – reaction to report