Statement Regarding Mayor’s Decision to Release BWC Footage of Officer-Involved Shooting

Members,

The Metropolitan Police Department Labor Committee - D.C. Police Union would like to take this opportunity to strongly condemn, in the most vehement terms, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s decision to release the body-worn camera footage of an officer-involved shooting that happened in the Third Police District on September 11, 2016 before the conclusion of the investigation. Furthermore, Mayor Bowser’s decision to release the names of the officers involved in the incident is reckless to the extreme. This decision places these officers in danger of misguided retaliation fueled by a false media narrative, and is a completely unacceptable action. The lives of our members are not pawns in some political game, to be thrown to anti-police special interest groups in the pursuit of an unlikely re-election bid for a flawed administration. These actions only show that Mayor Bowser places political expediency over the lives of the men and women who protect her and her constituents. The Metropolitan Police Department, its Leaders and Officers have worked hard for over ten years to build strong and trustworthy relationships in the communities we police. The actions of Mayor Bowser will also only serve to undermine our efforts to retain and recruit qualified officers in an already volatile and anti-police environment nationwide. The Metropolitan Police Department Labor Committee stands against these reckless and selfish actions. We will continue to maintain the strong bonds we have built with the public, and will as always protect this city, its residents and visitors, each and every day.

As always, be safe and watch each others’ backs.

M. N. Mahl
Chairman
DC Police Union

Posted September 27 2016 at 1:34 PM by Matthew N. Mahl | Permanent Link

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