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D.C. Police Union Files Papers in "All Hands On Deck" Case

When a federal arbitrator ruled this month that the Metropolitan Police Department's "All Hands on Deck" program violated D.C. law and the police union contract, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced that the department would appeal the decision, and it filed legal papers asking that the case be reconsidered.

Now it's the police union's turn to have their legal say.

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 1, led by Chairman Kristopher Baumann, opposes a reexamination of the case and the group filed legal papers this week, saying that the department's stance was "unfounded" and should be denied. The union also asked for legal fees, "as an appropriate sanction to the FOP for having to respond to a motion that ignored the prior opinion of the arbitrator, was filed outside of the proper procedure for appealing arbitration opinions, and that is frivolous and obviously designed to attract media attention rather than to raise legitimate arguments."

In the "All Hands" program, all available officers work patrol beats for three consecutive days.

You can read the union's filing here. And the MPD filing here.

--Theola Labbé-DeBose

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  September 25, 2009; 4:08 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Even the chief of police can't accept wrong doing. Good luck Baumann.

Posted by: candycane1 | September 25, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I am glad MPD has Baumann to fight for them because no one is safe in DC government right now. What would happen if everyone went on strike right now? People 'running' the DC government need to learn to follow the rules they've sworn to uphold, period, end of story. To me, 2010 can't come soon enough for them to be voted off of the "island."

Posted by: southyrndiva | September 27, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

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