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Some police officials had doubts about Ms. Bishop, internal affairs records show. Police surveillance established that she was dating Bowman. The report said they had known each other since they were teenagers, but had not seen each other for 20 years. Having reconnected via Facebook, Bowman had become Ms. Bishop’s personal trainer and they became romantically involved, the report said.

Despite concerns, the reports said, no illegal activity between Ms. Bishop and Bowman was observed. But because investigators concluded that Ms. Bishop knew Bowman was married, according to the report, internal affairs charged her with “conduct unbecoming an officer.” The police department’s disciplinary branch said, however, that it hadn’t previously taken action against officers for such relationships, and the matter was dismissed.

As the police department was investigating Ms. Bishop, Ms. Whiting was complaining about attempts by internal affairs to interview her, the report said. “She voiced her concern to several unnamed high-ranking city officials,” the report said, adding that Ms. Whiting did not want her name associated with the inquiry. A second attempt by internal affairs to interview Ms. Whiting “resulted in her threat to phone the Chief of Police regarding this investigation,” the report said.

According to the Bishop appeal, Ms. Whiting’s access to Chief Lanier was crucial to the outcome of the matter. Ms. Whiting and the chief have known each other since the chief was a commander in Ward 4, where Ms. Whiting is a community activist. According to testimony in the personnel matter, Ms. Whiting told neighbors that she and the chief are close and are Facebook friends.

When asked about Ms. Whiting’s role in the Bishop case, Chief Lanier said: “If you do an article on her as a complainant in a drug-related case, I’ll make a formal complaint against you.” When asked to clarify, she replied, “Why don’t you write your report and find out what that means.”

On Wednesday, police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said, “The Metropolitan Police Department cannot comment on personnel matters or situations that may jeopardize an individual’s safety.”

In January 2010, when Ms. Bishop was told that no charges would be brought against her, she was given a copy of the investigative materials, an internal affairs memo shows. Included in the package was the email from Ms. Whiting to Chief Lanier, which identified Ms. Whiting as the complainant. Word got around Ms. Whiting’s neighborhood that she had complained about Ms. Bishop and, according to documents in the case, Ms. Whiting was angry.

Later, the director of the police department’s disciplinary review division was demoted as a result of the disclosure of the email to Ms. Bishop, and another internal affairs investigation was opened to find out whether Ms. Bishop disclosed the name of a confidential witness, police records show. Agents began surveillance of her again and they learned she was continuing to see Bowman as he awaited trial, according to the records.

Ms. Bishop told the agents she had never witnessed any criminal activity, that Bowman had denied any involvement with drugs and that she and Bowman never talked about his trial status. An internal affairs review of the police database showed Ms. Bishop had never looked up Bowman’s criminal record.

Uncle Omar

As it turns out, Ms. Whiting had known Bowman for years. In interviews with police officials, she described herself as a friend of Bowman’s family and referred to Bowman as her “brother.” According to a transcript of a March 11, 2010, interview with police officials, Ms. Whiting said, “We are, you know, close.”

In her interview, Ms. Whiting expressed concern that Bowman or his associates might want to harm her or her family as a result of her complaint about Ms. Bishop to the police department. She said she knew Bowman was a drug dealer. “He used to have a gym on Riggs Road,” she said, according to an interview transcript. “And that’s all they were in the gym doing was selling drugs.”

Ms. Whiting said Bowman took her son shopping and gave him cash for good grades. She said her son called him “Uncle Omar,” the transcript shows.

Regarding her complaint to Chief Lanier, according to the transcribed interview, Ms. Whiting told investigators that she wanted to inform the chief that one of her officers was involved with somebody who had been arrested, “so that’s why I reached out to Kathy to tell her. And, she didn’t know. And, you know it had nothing to do with me, as far as I’m concerned with Omar. It was more so looking out for Kat, ‘cause I don’t have any [allegiance] to Micheaux. You know what I’m saying?”

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