Cathy Lanier has broken the mold for a big-city police chief. But has her department fudged its homicide data to achieve a 94 percent closure rate for 2011? Lanier says including homicide cases from other years that were closed last year is routine practice. Some law enforcement veterans say it’s not.
Dec. 19, 2011 D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, left, and Rich Marianos, assistant special agent in charge of the Washington field division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, observed dozens of confiscated weapons on display in December at police headquarters in Northwest Washington. Lanier and ATF officials announced the arrests of 70 suspects charged with possession and distribution of firearms and narcotics with a street value of more than $7.1 million. Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post Buy Photo