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D.C. chief Lanier e-mails residents after officer's arrest

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, an avid user of technology, spoke directly to thousands of residents early this morning about the arrest of a D.C. Police officer on felony murder charges.

Shortly after midnight, Lanier sent a note to all eight of the police-neighborhood e-mail discussion groups.

Here is the text of the e-mail:

I was stunned and saddened to learn the outcome of a police investigation, which led detectives to arrest one of our own officers, here at the Metropolitan Police Department.
The homicide detectives are tasked with investigating deaths and building cases that will lead to arrests and convictions.
We want this arrest to send the message that no one is above the law.
We will not allow this department to be judged by one bad apple, rather we should be judged on how we handle that bad apple. In this case, that was with a swift arrest and certain justice to come.
Cathy L. Lanier Chief of Police Metropolitan Police Department Washington, DC

-- Theola Labbé-DeBose

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 16, 2009; 9:04 AM ET
Categories:  Cathy L. Lanier , Homicide , Technology , The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose , Updates  
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