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Breaking News: Police Rescind Fenty Invite

The Fraternal Order of Police, angered by Mayor Fenty's handling of the DeOnte Rawlings case, has voted to rescind an offer to the mayor to attend and speak at its annual memorial service tomorrow for fallen officers. See the letter here. Early response from Fenty administration is that the mayor still intends to attend and speak as a guest of Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier.

By David A Nakamura  |  May 8, 2008; 4:17 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , David Nakamura  
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Finally, someone is standing up! Kudos to the FOP!

Posted by: C.J. | May 8, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Great letter. The Mayor took political expediency over standing behind those entrusted to protect and serve everyday. The Mayor, especially, should have encouraged ALL to hold judgement until after a full investigation. But no, he couldn't resist the opportunity to stand on a podium in front of the cameras and decry the police,

Posted by: Anonymous | May 8, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Actually, from what I remember, he DID tell people to hold judgement and there would be a full investigation.

Posted by: SS | May 8, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Fenty does whatever is politically expedient at the time. Whether he is supporting the family of some criminal who tried to kill an officer or appearing at a police memorial function he will do it. No doubt that Lanier has to pretend that Fenty is welcome. Watch Fenty eventually settle with this Rawlings family and pay them a huge sum of money that they will (urinate) away in months buying crack and liquor.

Posted by: JT | May 8, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

To SS:

I think you are right, he did say hold judgement, just after he released the names of the officers at the same news conference. And suggested that they were guilty, but would hold final judgement until after the official investigation.

That placed not only the officers themselves, but their famalies at grave risk. Remember, they lived in the same general area as the incident occurred.

Police work is tough and unforgiving business and folks like to bash the police until they need them.

Fenty made a terrible mistake. Making excuses for it is not going to make it go away. His entire administration has been to govern by press conference.

If one hasn't noticed, this city has become revenue driven on the backs of it's citizens. It DEPENDS on punitive consequences to fund government services. It DEPENDS on people breaking the law and the fines that follow. To most that is a people UN-friendly city.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 8, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

While I don't agree with Fenty paying for the funeral or releasing the officers name this is an event for fallen heros and it should not be turned into a political arena by the FOP and/or the mayors office it is not the appropriate forum. Raise this issue at another time

Posted by: DCLEOsurvivor | May 8, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

What the Brotherhood in Blue seems to have forgotten is that Mayor Fenty was elected to represent the citizens of the District of Columbia. The police work for him, not the other way around. Any way you look at the events surrounding this boy's death they still smell. I have few illusions about DeOnte Rawlings. That doesn't change the fact that this incident was precipitated by two DC cops going cowboy. They weren't putting their lives on the line to protect public safety. They were intent on avenging a personal offense. If the police want the public's admiration and adulation then they should not exclude any sector of the public from these festivities.

Posted by: T. Payne | May 8, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I despise when police officers fall back on the cliche argument that only they, and no others, can judge their conduct. It feeds the culture of police brutality and imprisonment rampant in today's society and should be dismissed out of hand, as Mayor Fenty is doing in ignoring the recinsion of the invitation. When police understand they are respected only when they respect the citizenry, then can the actions of the FOP carry moral weight. Until then, the FOP should return to what they do best and dial for dollars.

Posted by: CF | May 8, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

It is poor etiquette to cancel an invitation. By the way, have you received your DC FOP fund raising call yet? You know, the one asking for a donation for the families of policemen killed in the line of duty? Before contributing, you should know that 85 percent of your donation will go to the marketing firm hired to solicit your support.

Posted by: Karl | May 8, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

To DCLEOsurvivor, T. Payne, CF, and Karl: When your boss tells you to go out and push back on the comments section of a story, here is an idea - do not post all your comments within 8 minutes of each other. It just looks bad. Space out the defense of your boss and bad mouth the police over a period of hours. You can still achieve your point, without it looking suspicious. All the best to you that would run down the only people that are brave enough to protect us.

Posted by: Not On Fenty's Payroll | May 8, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

TO NOT ON FENTY PAYROL - I have no clue what your are talking about nobody tells me to make comments, as I said I don't agree with what occurred and trust me I am very familiar with what it takes to be a police officer in the district of columbia. I post my comments as I see fit, thats it and if you have read any of my other comments you will see that I have tons of respect for the ones that are brave enough to patrol the city streets.

Posted by: DCLEOsurvivor | May 8, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

I think that Fenty should attend but that but as a measure of bridge building should acquiesce to the FOP, the organizers, by not making a speech. Fenty has a difficult time in not making political that which should not be made political. That harms officer morale, which harms public safety.

Both the Mayor AND the officers work for the people of the District of Columbia, lets get that straight. Fenty is not the owner of a private corporation and the next election may well prove that.

I have family who are police officers, though not in the District, and I think that what the FOP is attempting to do is to not have a divisive figure, the Mayor, sour the service intended to honor their fallen collegues. The Mayor is not well liked on the police force because of his perceived betrayal for none but political expediency.

Posted by: DC Ward 6 | May 9, 2008 6:24 AM | Report abuse

To Not On Fenty's Payroll,

Using your logic, nameless, SS, and JT must be FOP officials, right? Or do you only spin conspiracy fantasies about those with whom you disagree?

Posted by: T. Payne | May 9, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

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