It's official. D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray can now claim the city's law enforcement community is solidly behind him in his race for mayor against incumbent Adrian M. Fenty (D).
Marcello Muzzattim president of the District of Columbia Lodge of the Fraternal of the Police, said Thursday that the 11,000 officers he represents from more than 100 local and federal law enforcement agencies support Gray because he "understands public safety must never be compromised for political or personal reasons."
Muzzattim suggested he does not trust the crime statistics that have been compiled by the Fenty administration.
"He will be a leader who does not shy away from the facts," Muzzattim said of Gray, "and knows that in order to effectively fight crime and keep residents safe, we must first have a clear understanding of the amount of crime that is occurring in our city and the root cause of that crime."
The broad endorsement from the FOP follows the endorsement Gray picked up six weeks ago from the FOP lodge that represents District police officers.
Now, Gray can also claim support from some police officers, law enforcement personnel and security guards who work for: the D.C. Housing Authority, the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Capitol Police, Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms Bureau, U.S. Secret Service, National Institute of Health Police, U.S. Park Police, Department of Defense, D.C. Department of Corrections, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Customs, METRO Transit Police, Library of Congress, Drug Enforcement Agency, Internal Revenue Service, Supreme Court, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Naval Investigate Service, Postal Police, Federal Protective Service. Department of Labor, Bureau of Engraving & Printing, National Zoological Police, Amtrak Police, Department of Health and Human Services, Defense Protective Service, U.S. Mint Police, Naval District Washington and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.