Activists Slam Mismanagement Of Gay And Lesbian Police Unit | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Activists Slam Mismanagement Of Gay And Lesbian Police Unit

Play associated audio

By Peter Granitz

Crimes against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people have accounted for at least eighty percent of hate crimes in D.C. this year. Activist Peter Rosenstein says D.C. Police Cheif Cathy Lanier has mismanaged the department's Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit.

"It won a $100,000 award from Harvard. It was a model of community policing. She's basically destroyed that," says Rosenstein.

Rosenstein says only two officers work full-time with the GLLU. At a public safety committee hearing, Lanier said she's had trouble staffing the unit but never planned to nix it.

"Let me go a little further. In 2007 I announced a vacancy in that unit. Citywide with 400 sergeants, I got one applicant. One," says Lanier.

Fifty-seven patrol officers have volunteered to help the unit, but they will still work in their own districts.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 22

You can see two different plays in Northern Virginia.

NPR

From NFL To 'Scandal,' Whole Foods Buys TV Ads To Boost Its Brand

A pioneer in selling organic, sustainable groceries, Whole Foods now finds itself beset by competitors. So it's launching its first national ad blitz to sell socially conscious consumers on its story.
NPR

1 Wounded Near Canada's Parliament As Police Seek More Assailants

A man reportedly carrying a long gun shot at least one person at the National War Memorial in Ottawa and also fired shots on Parliament Hill.
NPR

Pew: Gaming Is Least Welcoming Online Space For Women

The Pew Research Center's first study on online harassment shows it happens to most Internet users. But gender disparities are starkest in online gaming.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.