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Jun 13th, 2018 at 8:28pm
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I am reading an e-book "Empire of Mud: The Secret History of Washington, DC" by J.D. Dickey.  Really good book. Worth  having a print copy to see the maps and pics, which are not too good on this kindle. 

The DC police force was woefully understaffed and underfunded when it was finally created, which was a long time after it was needed.  One officer, Lingan Anderson, gave an interview to the Washington Post in which he detailed the raw, barbaric nature of early police work.  One of the biggest challenges was trying to corral enraged or drunk suspects and take them back to the station house.  Sometimes they had to walk them a great distance.  In one case, Anderson recalled having to strong-arm one brute, nearly a foot taller, a mile and a half to the station, trying to keep the man from escaping or punching him on the way.  Finally, armed with a club, Anderson "belted him so hard that he had to lay down for a little while before he could get up and go on."  Anderson ended up hauling him in a wheelbarrow for the rest of the journey, during which the suspect's mood brightened considerably: "All the way to the station the prisoner kept singing 'Nelly Gray' at the top of  his voice, and when we finally landed him [at the station] he told us he'd had a fine evening."
  

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