Now, your local police department is probably not as bad as the Washington, DC police department. The DC department, which spends its days obstructing citizen firearms owners (or would-be owners) and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars pursuing charges of possession of an empty cartridge case, has one of the nation’s worst records for solving violent crimes. Their record is so bad you would be excused for wondering whether they’re just the nation’s most incompetent cops, or whether they’re not really trying.
DC Chief Cathy Lanier stumbles through her days from crisis to failure and back again, seeming to think that the definition of “leadership” is to give an anodyne and superficial voice clip to media, and then sit back and shuffle a few papers, redeploying more cops against suspected gun owners in the upper-class half of DC, while whistling past the chalk outlines and crime scene tapes in the criminal-class sectors. Until the next crisis hits.
The crisis that hit yesterday? A cop using the authority of his badge to shoot his very own teen and tween porn. Breitbart.com:
According to charging documents, Washington allegedly took photos of a 15-year-old girl while conducting an investigation into a missing persons report. He allegedly went over to the girl’s house in Southeast Washington on Sunday night. Authorities say the girl had previously been reported missing and Washington claimed he needed pictures of her injuries despite the fact the girl said she had not been injured. Washington allegedly coerced her into stripping down naked, claiming he needed photos for identification purposes and that it was procedure.
Sounds fishy to you, right? They never did this on “CSI: Anacostia.” The victim thought so, too.
After Washington left the house, the girl told her mother, who then called police. According to prosecutors, Washington saw the mother’s 911 call to dispatch and tried to delete the pictures but was unsuccessful in getting rid of all the evidence. He was taken into custody and law enforcement officials discovered nude images of other young girls on his digital camera.
So, cue the anodyne statement from Lanier in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the allegations against Officer Washington are a blow to every good police officer on the force: ”To learn of an allegation of this kind against a person who is sworn to protect our children, it is both shocking and disturbing.”
The Armed Services have a wonderful tool for handling underperformers in critical jobs, a class and category that encompasses vast swathes of DC’s Finest (Prurient Pedo Photographers) and most absolutely applies to the stumblebum Chief. It’s called Relief For Cause. When one steps on one’s reproductive tackle, it’s customary for one’s commanders to yank you from the game like a pitcher that just threw three straight walks, and send you to the showers and grab whoever’s handy in the bullpen.
There will often be an uninformative press release which will say something like, “Captain Lanier had lost the confidence of her superiors.” That’s the Navy version of an anodyne statement after one of the fictional Col. Lanier’s troops was found to be using authority of the uniform to photograph, if not diddle, kids. Compare the ruthless accountability of the Army/Navy way with the utter lack of accountability of the Washington, DC, police way.
This may, in fact, be why someone with the personal limitations of Cathy Lanier sought work in a highly politicized police department rather than in the less forgiving crucible of, say, Army unit command or ship-driving.
So what could she have said, that wouldn’t be anodyne, and might take steps to build confidence in her Keystone Kops?
“These allegations are disgusting, and if they’re proven, he’s more fired than Burning Man. We have zero tolerance for criminal conduct on our force. Further, in cases like this, someone usually knew about the suspect’s conduct before hand. We have relieved his first and second line supervisors for failure to effectively supervise, taken their guns and badges, and assigned them to administrative, non-supervisory duties pending an investigation. Because no organization can credibly investigate itself, I have asked the [FBI, DOJ IG, somebody more trustworthy than WDC PD] to conduct the investigation.”
Something like that. Which you will hear from the Chief of a failing, flailing urban police department about one-half hour after the Sun goes nova.