I'm teaching a course on policing this Fall, and I was struck by Dan Massey's comment on this story about the DC police refusing to take a complaint by five lesbians who were attacked by two men, who punched them in the face, causing extensive bruises and lacerations, and the police let the men go, and threatened to arrest the women because they were "too agitated." I have seen similar behaviors by police on a number of occasions and it inevitably stems from poor training and supervision. Given that several officers were involved in this incident, it can't be ascribed, it seems to me, to one rogue officer.
Dan Massey commented, in response to a question about the DC LGBT police unit:
"Sorry to have to correct you, but there really is not much in the way of a functioning LGBT unit in DC police, thanks to intervention by the hold-over chief from the Fenty administration. It is time for a fierce reorganization of DC police and district wide establishment of trained GLLU officers in EVERY precinct, with authority to act is special as well as internal affairs capacities. The officers who committed this travesty should be severely reprimanded, receive critical notations on their personnel files, and be placed on temporary leave and required to attend EXTENSIVE retraining. On a second offense of this type, well...use your imagination.
By the way there are excellent DC police officers, including especially the leadership of the old GLLU, but also others, who have spoken up about this, and they deserve our heartfelt appreciation."
While the DC police department later grudgingly took the womens' complaints after a video surfaced of this incident, I think Dan Massey's comment is right on -- the fish stinks from the head, as the old saying goes, and this is the fault of the current DC police chief, Cathy Lanier, who has gutted the LGBT liaison unit, and who earns $253,000 per year, the fourth highest paid police chief in the country, allegedly building a private gym for herself and top brass while a severe fiscal crisis in the city has cut 400 police jobs, and whose treatment of staff is under fire. This is not the first time the MPD has been confronted about refusal to file bias-related crimes. Do you think she should be asked to resign? What say you, Projectors?