The Washington, D.C., Police Complaints Board released a report this week that will attempt to provide a new code of conduct for how local police officers act around civilians.

The report was conducted in response to complaints about improper verbal and physical actions from local cops.

According to the report the new rules of conduct are the byproduct of close to 1,000 complaints since 2012.

Here are some things that the report states should be off limits.
  • “Calling complainant a ‘slumlord.'”

  • “Cursing at the complainant.”

  • “Stating or implying that complainant ‘didn’t know how to listen’ and was raised poorly.”

  • “Talking under their breath.”

  • “Speaking with a raised voice, harsh tone of voice, and being dismissive.”

  • “Exclaiming ‘ewww’ at a breastfeeding mother, telling her to ‘take that in the corner or the bathroom,’ and calling the complainant ‘ignorant.'”

  • “Telling the complainant to ‘climb down off her high horse’ and that she ‘needed to know her place in this world.’”

Stephen Bigelow, Jr., vice-chairman of the D.C. police union, told the Washington Post that the union was reviewing the complaint and that they had taken “steps in advance to address these issues” during 2016.

“Our officers go out there and try to do the best job possible under extremely stressful ­circumstances,” Bigelow Jr. said.

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According to the report, a change in police culture could impact the supposed inflammatory responses.

“Once the department’s culture accepts, implicitly or explicitly, this disrespect, procedural justice and community policing efforts are hampered,” the reports states.

Within the report are also a handful of scenarios in which the complaint board lists improper community relations occurred.

“The complainant was sitting in his car stopped at a red light when an MPD officer approached his car. The MPD officer banged on the front passenger side window and yelled, ‘Put the fucking phone down,’ or something to that effect. Subsequently, the MPD officer issued the complainant a ticket for distracted driving,” the report explains of once incident.

“The complainant asked the officer for clarification as to why he received a distracted driving ticket, to which the MPD officer responded, ‘Hands free means hands free,’ but did not provide further clarification. The complainant continued to ask the MPD officer to explain the ticket, and each time the MPD officer would issue an additional ticket or threaten to take the complainant’s car.”

The case was later resolved during a “mediation.”

After hundreds of complaints, D.C. cops may have to follow a set of new rules while they protect and serve Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Douglas Barclay is a Senior Editor at Rare. Follow him on Twitter @douglabarclay17
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