Police Let Media Inside Officers’ Mental Health Training; Local Mailboxes Flooded with Campaign Material

Police Let Media Inside Officers’ Mental Health Training; Local Mailboxes Flooded with Campaign Material

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Police let media observe mental health training class

Montgomery County police this week let the media inside one of the mental health first aid classes taken by officers. The decision to open up the class followed a recent, fatal officer-involved shooting of Robert Lawrence White, whose friends say he had mental health issues. Officers since 2017 have been required to complete the eight-hour mental health training course. [WTOP]

Candidates bombard local voters with mailers
Montgomery County voters are getting flooded with campaign mailers in the lead-up to Tuesday’s primary election. A new term-limits law and the availability of public funding for candidates have encouraged dozens to toss their hat into the ring this election cycle. Six Democratic candidates are running to replace Ike Leggett as county executive, and 33 Democrats are vying for at-large seats on the council. The crowded field has produced a blizzard of mailers. [Washington Post]

Maryland gubernatorial primary mirrors Democratic contests across nation 

The battle between gubernatorial candidates Ben Jealous and Rushern L. Baker III is following a pattern that had emerged in Democratic contests nationwide. Baker, the Prince George’s County executive, is the party’s establishment candidate. On the other hand, Jealous, who has gotten support from Sen. Bernie Sanders, has energized the activist wing of the party. Jealous has also gotten support from union groups, prominent African-American leaders and liberal donors. [Washington Post]

D.C. cardinal faces “credible” allegation of sexual abuse 

A D.C. cardinal has been removed from ministry because of a “credible” report that he sexually abused a teenager in New York about four decades ago. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is one of the highest-ranking U.S. church officials to face accusations in the sexual abuse scandal that has roiled the church. McCarrick, 87, is the retired archbishop for D.C. [WJLA]

Overcast, warm day ahead 

Thursday should be mostly cloudy and warm, with a high of 86 degrees. Scattered showers and thunderstorms could roll in overnight.

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