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Union Head Slams D.C. Police Chief Over Comments

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By Elliott Francis

The head of D.C.'s police union is speaking out against the Police Chief Cathy Lanier's public criticism of a detective who pulled his gun during a snowball fight.

After watching cell phone video of the incident, Chief Lanier called the actions of the officer "totally inappropriate". Now, police union Chief Kristopher Baumann says Lanier's comments call into question whether Detective Michael Baylor will now have a fair and unbiased hearing.

Baumann says officers familiar with the incident say some people at the snowball fight threatened Baylor. Baumann says the chief's comments set a bad example "...for her to predetermine that something has occurred before all the facts are in is not what she's supposed to be doing, and is an abuse or her authority and discretion."

The detective's badge and weapon have been withdrawn and he has been re-assigned to desk duty until the investigation is complete.


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