The Washington Post

Call In the State Police

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The June 16 editorial “Facts, Please” did not mention why the Prince George’s County Police Department might be reluctant to release informatio­n about the May 30 Beltway crash. Let me suggest one possible reason: Perhaps Prince George’s police officials are looking at this matter not as investigat­ors but as defendants.

The outcome of the investigat­ion could have a substantia­l impact on the liability of the county and the police. At a minimum, the police have an appearance of conflict of interest. The public would be best served by a disinteres­ted party, such as the Maryland State Police, leading this investigat­ion. CARL EICHENWALD

Kensington

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