Residents Upset about Transfer of Police Inspector
Police Inspector Edward Delgado of the Third District was never shy about putting his thoughts into writing and emailing them to residents living in Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Adams Morgan and other Northwest neighborhoods. As the head of the Third District Police Sub-Station, he frequently posted to the neighborhood email list to inform residents about shootings and homicides, while also dispelling Internet myths like police will come to your aid if you put in your PIN number backwards at an ATM during a robbery. "In the event of a robbery give them want they ask for. Don't fight. Money can be replaced a life can not," Delgado wrote.
The Delgado email that caused the most stir, however, was when he urged residents last November to flood the Office of the Attorney General with emails to help ensure that a robber who allegedly struck Columbia Heights 20 times and had been arrested, released and arrested again, would be held in custody after his most recent arrest. In urging the residents to write to Attorney General Peter J. Nickles and his staff (attaching an organizational chart for easy reference) Delgado wrote, "I am concerned that if this person released again he may commit more robberies or worse harm one of you. I find this lack of accountability by the juvenile justice system to be a travesty and a disservice to the community."
Residents loved Delgado's seemingly shared sense of outrage and flooded Nickles's inbox. But Nickles was less pleased, saying at the time, "I haven't touched them, I put them in a pile." And although Delgado had copied top police brass on the messages, so it was clear that they knew what he was doing, after Nickles got upset no one in police leadership would publicly stand behind Delgado.
Last week Delgado was summoned to police headquarters to talk with top police brass, sources said, where he thought he might be told that he was getting a promotion. Instead, sources said, he was demoted to the rank of Captain and reassigned to the Seventh Police Station across the Anacostia River in Southeast.
His last post to the third District email list was on May 28 at 11:48 p.m., to spread the word about a 35-year-old missing woman Peggy Nichols, last seen in Columbia Heights. The next day, Third District Commander George Kucik sent an email to residents asking them to welcome Jacob Kishter, as the new Sub-Station commander. "Inspector Kishter has been on the Department for 19 years and has served in a variety of different units. As a result, he is a well rounded leader who will use his experience to enhance police service in the Third District. His past assignments include Patrol, Vice, Internal Affairs, Forensic Science, and Police Communications." Kishter most recently had been working in Internal Affairs.
Kucik's silence about Delgado prompted several residents to email in response: "What happened?" Kucik stayed mum, but one resident emailed that she had sent a letter to Chief Cathy L. Lanier after learning about Delgado's transfer and demotion. In the true spirit of Delgado, could another email campaign be far behind?
-- Theola Labbé-DeBose
June 4, 2009; 6:08 PM ET
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