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Activists Slam Mismanagement Of Gay And Lesbian Police Unit

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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.

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