Cathy Lanier’s dismal experiment

Cathy Lanier, chief of the D.C. police, testifies on Capitol Hill in January 2013. (Evan Vucci/AP)

In 2009, Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier moved to decentralize the Metropolitan Police Department’s highly successful Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit. The thinking went like this: Rather than have trained officers stationed only in Dupont Circle, the historic core of the city’s gay community, they needed to fan out into the seven police districts to better handle crimes where LGBT residents actually live. But five years later, the experiment appears to have been a bust. A newly released task force report has found that the GLLU restructuring “has not accomplished this objective” and that relations between police and the gay community have deteriorated ever since. Whether the report will mean a return to the old GLLU model remains to be seen.

In other news:

Ethics charges being new attention to long-running judges’ feud (Post)

TSA factotum in Phoenix didn’t know what to do with a D.C. driver’s license (PostWRC-TV)

Highly anticipated language-immersion charter school is on hold amid questions about funding eligibility (Post)

D.C. joins Maryland and Virginia in committing $25 million each in new Metro funds (Dr. GridlockWTTG-TVWJLA-TVWNEW-FM)

Vince Gray on the campaign trail: “The candidate forums are a joke” (Informer)

Jack Evans goes to Ward 4 to harangue Muriel Bowser’s economic development record (Loose LipsDofDAP)

Also, Evans insists he has that “vision” thing (Post letter)

Harry Jaffe ponders whether D.C. will elect a white mayor (Washingtonian)

Bowser’s poll surge prompts talk of “strategic” voting (WAMU-FM)

Tommy Wells exaggerated his ethicalness in campaign ad (Loose Lips)

As you might expect, Vince Gray stands by Paul Quander and Kenneth Ellerbe (DofDAP)

But in an alternate universe… (STATter911)

All you ever wanted to know about our fair city’s corner stores (City Paper)

Act now to prevent a family homelessness crisis next year (DCFPI)

Evans may not support all of Vincent Orange’s vast RFK redevelopment plan but he still wants the Redskins back (Sports Bog)

Another take: “D.C. council holds dumbest hearing ever on dumbest stadium idea ever” (Field of Schemes)

Why a Dunbar math teacher isn’t cheering testing gains (

Will D.C. use the best standardized testing for its public schools? (GGW)

Hundreds of drivers are owed refunds from DMV (WJLA-TVWTOP)

Thanks to weather, some neighborhoods are going on three weeks without trash pickup (City Desk)

Gray administration has to rename tech initiative after branding snafu (WBJ)

Assaulted postal worker may have been bizarrely targeted (WTOP)

Circulator planners ponder increased fares and headways (Dr. Gridlock)

Why dedicated bus lanes and signal-priority systems aren’t easy to do (Dr. Gridlock)

An express bus line for Rhode Island Avenue NE? (GGW)

Another hotel planned for ballpark area (WBJ)

Potholepalooza starts in three weeks (Dr. Gridlock)

It ain’t easy turning a museum bronze (WBJ)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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