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Topic - Kristopher Baumann
The head of the D.C. police department’s union will not run for re-election this year. Kristopher Baumann, who has served as union chairman for eight years, made the announcement Monday in a letter to members.
A D.C. Superior Court judge has upheld an administrative board's ruling that puts the Metropolitan Police Department on the hook for millions of dollars in back pay and raises questions about the continued use of Chief Cathy L. Lanier's signature crime-fighting initiative.
In the last four years, the District of Columbia has lost between 60 percent and 70 percent of all cases decided by the city's employee relations board, according to a recent D.C. Council budget report.
Five months after the District opened a $220 million, state-of-the-art forensics laboratory hailed as an experimental transition to independent forensics testing, the crime-scene investigation unit has unraveled as a result of dysfunction and bureaucratic gridlock, according to the Fraternal Order of Police and veteran officers who process crime scenes.
Glitches in the Metropolitan Police Department's new data-management system are preventing officials from producing a key comprehensive crime report that tells authorities whether the crime rate is getting better or worse in D.C. neighborhoods and across the city.
The District's police and fire unions are asking the city's inspector general to investigate the destruction of personnel files found burning inside trash bins and a car at the D.C. fire training academy.
The D.C. police chief's new five-year contract explicitly states that she is protected from civil and criminal lawsuits and drops a paragraph about collective bargaining at the center of a lawsuit brought by the Fraternal Order of Police.
Walking by dirty neo-hippies in McPherson Square isn't the biggest problem with the Occupy movement. The ongoing protest is making Washington streets less safe.
Police in the D.C. area have recorded an uptick in the number of fatal police-involved shootings this year, as authorities say officers increasingly are coming under attack.
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.
Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier's signature crime-prevention blitz, known as All Hands on Deck, was delivered a second potential setback since coming under union fire.
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.
A violent weekend in Washington, D.C., in which five people were shot, one fatally, in one incident and another person was killed in a separate shooting capped off a 30-day period in which all categories of violent crime in the nation's capital increased over the past year.
The District is in such dire financial straits — one city lawmaker characterized it as a "crisis" — that officials are considering cuts to such sancrosant agencies as public safety and schools to ward off a growing fiscal 2011 deficit and a looming $345 million budget gap in 2012.
Union leader Kristopher Baumann said arbitrators have overruled decisions by the civilian office in cases in which the investigations turned out to be flawed.
"I think it is important to reconcile the idea that the imposing agency, MPD, would have no role or ability to evaluate what the office of police complaints has put forward," Mr. Baumann said. "There has to be the ability of someone else to say what makes sense."