DC Takes Federal Largesse, but Rejects Law Enforcement Help

Protesters in the nation’s capital—one of the largest recipients of federal aid—became a rowdy mob Thursday night outside the White House after the conclusion of President Donald Trump’s acceptance speech during the Republican National Convention. Harassed guests who were present for the president’s speech credited officers of the Metropolitan Police Department with protecting them as they departed the White House. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has rejected additional federal help in law enforcement despite the unrest that swept the District in the past two months. However, the federal government has provided the D.C. government with $3.3 billion from 2016 through 2019, or on average $4,680 per person—more than any other city, according to an audit from fiscal watchdo
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