It baffles me as to why Chairman Gray remains enamored of Lanier who several years ago fired popular and well-respected African-American police officers who the community had developed a solid relationship with and trusted totally. She also employed tactics in the Trinidad neighborhood in Ward 5 in 2008 that drew the ire of the ACLU along with its residents – checkpoints – that would have never been allowed in Ward 3.
Based on the article, it’s the tradition in the District for the mayor to select their own police chiefs since the position is considered a “signature appointment” in terms of what the mayor hopes to accomplish regarding public safety. I’m surprised that Chairman Gray did not want to put his own signature on public safety.
I also find it disturbing that the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has given Lanier a thumbs- down. The FOP supported and campaigned for Chairman Gray for mayor of the District of Columbia in the recent general election. Kristopher Baumann, chairman of the FOP has said publicly that he hoped that Chairman Gray would replace Chief Lanier.
I will attempt to keep an open mind in terms of Chief Lanier however; I had hoped that District residents would be through with Adrian Fenty and his dour administration.