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Board: Lanier retaliated against union

Washington Post editors

A labor relations board hearing examiner has ruled that Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy L. Lanier and top police officials unlawfully retaliated against union leaders Kristopher Baumann and Delroy Burton in revoking the two officers’ badges and guns in 2008 for failing to attend training sessions.

The decision by Police Employee Relations Board examiner Arline Pacht, issued Sept. 25 and filed Tuesday, faulted Lanier, General Counsel Terrence Ryan, Lt. Linda Nischan and attorney Anna McClanahan.

“It is fair to conclude that the predominant motive for the Respondents’ unprecedented and unilateral actions in its treatment of the Union officials; that is, to retaliate for their assertive activism on behalf of the FOP and its members,” Pacht wrote.

Pacht recommended that police stop interfering with protected employee activity, expunge the relevant personnel records of the two officers — the chairman and executive steward of the Fraternal Order of Police -- and pay reasonable legal and other costs.

-- Spencer S. Hsu

By Washington Post editors  | October 1, 2010; 4:29 PM ET
Categories:  Cathy L. Lanier, Spencer S. Hsu, The District  
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Bye Kitty Kat

Posted by: msdooby1 | October 1, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I've advised & counseled federal LE managers for the past nearly 20 yrs. It is very hard for them to avoid resisting their instinct and temptation to retaliate and thus they seem to make the same stupid mistakes over and over and over again.

Posted by: fendertweed | October 2, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

fendertweed: It's no different on the local and state level. It's because they feel they are above the law, and they are rarely if ever held accountable.

Posted by: gpl2411 | October 2, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Let's face it the rank and file of the the department can care less of this Chief.She has been the Mayors step and fetch from day one, so her days our numbered. Right Cathy!!Oh take that Lt. with ya.....

Posted by: teddymac1 | October 2, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

OMG censored by the WP how times have changed....

Posted by: teddymac1 | October 2, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

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