FOP Is Not to Blame

For Noisy Night

The disruptive activities that were reported at 5th and H streets NW alongside the Red Roof Inn ["When Police Make Trouble, There's No One to Call," letter, District Extra, May 20] were not hosted, condoned or sanctioned by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). In fact, the FOP has already spoken with the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Board regarding those activities and the failure to enforce the law.

The FOP event took place at 3rd and H streets NW, two blocks away from the residential area. It was closely monitored by the police and the ABC Board. Our event closed at 1 a.m. each day.

I feel that the Fraternal Order of Police is owed an apology for having its name associated with those activities. I would hope that the dispatcher who linked the FOP in error is identified and counseled.

The actions of visiting officers are carefully watched and immediate action taken and reported to their respective agencies. Additionally, the First District commander assigned personnel to the area in an effort to ensure that the community would not be negatively impacted by authorized events.

Please feel free to contact the Fraternal Order of Police at any time to address this issue further.

Louis P. Cannon

President, Fraternal Order of Police,

Jerrard F. Young District of Columbia

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