- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 5, 2011

Who’s harsher?

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier appeared on WTOP Radio’s “Ask the Chief” program Thursday and discussed an article in The Washington Times on complaints by male command staff members of receiving harsher discipline than their female counterparts.

Asked about comments she made to The Times that discipline under her predecessor, then-Chief Charles H. Ramsey, was too severe, she said, “I think the police department for many, many years has been too severe in terms of chain of command — again, paramilitary organizations tend to be very punitive in terms of discipline.”

Fraternal Order of Police Chairman Kristopher Baumann — a Lanier nemesis and, by the way, no great fan of Chief Ramsey‘s, either — volunteered some statistics on the subject.

Mr. Baumann’s figures say his members faced “adverse actions” — which include suspensions, terminations, demotions and fines — in 134 cases in 2006, Chief Ramsey’s last year at MPD.

Last year, his members faced adverse actions in 136 cases. The numbers in between have ranged from a low of 100 such cases in 2007 to 160 cases in 2008, according to Mr. Baumann’s findings.

So we asked the police department for some comparable statistics that would back up the chief’s statements.

The response? File a Freedom of Information Act request.

We did. And we’re thinking there will be more to say about this.

Sulaimon speaks!

The long-awaited testimony from former D.C. minor mayoral candidate/whistleblower/reluctant witness/unemployed auditor Sulaimon Brown is scheduled for Monday.

Months after the D.C. Council’s Committee on Government Operations and the Environment initially sought to speak with Mr. Brown about claims he made that he was given cash and promised a job by the campaign of Mayor Vincent C. Gray to stay in the 2010 race and bash then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, he is finally expected to appear to answer questions from someone other than a reporter.

Of course, it took a D.C. Superior Court judge to compel him to testify — but only after the judge agreed his appearance should be limited to six hours so as not to hinder his ongoing search for employment.

Since we have no idea what Mr. Brown might say on Monday, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of the notable things he’s already said:

• “I’m here to say I’m not running from anyone.”

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