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By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Alfred Durham
He didn't want to be a hero. He didn't want two thieves to make off with his Chrysler Town and Country van either.
One of Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy L. Lanier's methods of disciplining officers above the rank of captain accused of misconduct — or who have failed to meet her expectations — is to designate them as at-will employees who can be fired or demoted without the due-process rights commonly afforded to police officers.
The Metropolitan Police Department has dismissed a charge against an officer it fired in February that accused her of lying about ending her relationship with a drug dealer after learning he had been indicted.
"Our message has always been consistent, constant and clear, that if you see a crime in progress or someone that is acting suspiciously, call 911. Dispatchers will alert police and help will be on the way," Assistant Police Chief Alfred Durham said in a statement posted to the listserv, adding that the department does not condone or advise people to confront or challenge anyone engaged in criminal behavior.
"Officer Bishop's renewed association with Omar Bowman, combined with her knowledge of his illegal activities, makes her unfit to be a Metropolitan Police Officer," Chief Durham wrote.