DC Police Officer Accused of Firing Weapon At Trans Women Gets Probation

Washington, D.C. police officer Kenneth Furr was senteneced in the District's Superior Court after being tried for allegedly shooting his service weapon while off duty at car with five passengers, including two transgender women. Furr was sentenced to three years' probation, 100 hours of community service, and a $150 fine for one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of sexual solicitation. One of the victims in the shooting released a statement read by the Assistant U.S. Attorneys leading the prosecution, expressing disappointment that Furr had not been convicted of a count of assualt with intent to kill, and criticizing the release of Furr from prison while he awaited sentencing that left the victim fearful of leaving home.

According to testimony, Furr was the only one armed in the incident, brandishing his gun and firing it several times at the victims in the early hours of August 26, 2011. Prosecutors criticized Furr for endangering the victims' lives, and noted that members of the transgender community already bear a heightend risk that they will become victims of violent crime. A D.C. police spokesperson said that Furr has been suspended without pay, and confirmed that the police department will follow its usual procedure for dealing with officers convicted of felonies.