Testimony resumed today on allegations of mishandled evidence related to mass arrests in Washington in 2002, after a judge halted the evidentiary hearing on November 9 amid concerns about legal representation for witnesses.
Litigation over the mass arrests at Pershing Park during protests against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund has spanned more than a decade; the plaintiffs, most of whom have since settled with the city, claimed the arrests were unlawful. Since 2010, U.S. District Magistrate Judge John Facciola has been tasked with investigating allegations that police and lawyers for the District tampered with, destroyed or withheld evidence.
Facciola stopped Metropolitan Police Department General Counsel Terrence Ryan during his testimony on November 9 and advised city lawyers that Ryan might need to hire his own attorney to avoid potential conflicts. According to a recent filing, Ryan wasn't ready to resume his testimony today so Facciola heard first from Marc Bynum, a technician brought in by the Metropolitan Police Department to recover an electronic report of police activity.