The two cases figure to punctuate a ruling by Administrative Judge Eric T. Robinson in June that Capt. Kevin Keegan was wrongly demoted from inspector in 2007.
That ruling was merely the latest rejection of the personnel practices of Chief Lanier, who critics say does not respect police due-process rights.
The Keegan ruling also cleared the way for a hearing on an appeal by a former inspector who was summarily demoted because of his staff’s handling of a complaint by Cherita Whiting, a friend of Chief Lanier who was asked to leave her job with the D.C. government earlier this year because she failed to disclose a prior criminal conviction.
It marked the fifth time that Chief Lanier has been overturned after she fired more than a dozen officers who were reinstated on appeal, then refired on questionable advice from the former D.C. attorney general. The remaining cases have since gone against Chief Lanier.
Capt. Burton also is involved in a complaint by a number of D.C. police officials with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that accuses Chief Lanier of discriminating against male commanders she has fired or demoted for infractions that did not result in discipline for their female counterparts.
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Jeffrey Anderson is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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