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Posted at 1:06 PM ET, 06/14/2010

Fenty says blame him for bike theft

By Washington Post editors

This post has been updated.

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on Monday took "full responsibility" for two bicycles stolen from his home June 3 and said the officer guarding his property followed protocol.

The theft, first reported by The Examiner, led police Chief Cathy Lanier to discipline seek disciplinary action against Officer Wilson Liriano, said Kris Baumann, who heads the local Fraternal Order of Police.

Mafara Hobson, spokeswoman for the mayor, said in an email the officer "didn't do anything wrong" and was not disciplined.

Baumann said officers on security detail at the mayor's Crestwood home are hamstrung by a policy that prevents them from going on Fenty's property. He said they are not allowed to leave a nearby guard house, where they watch monitors of camera surveillance. Liriano called police when he saw the thieves, Baumann said.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post editors  | June 14, 2010; 1:06 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  | Tags:  bike, fenty, kathy lanier, mayor adrian fenty, theft  
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Lucky for the cop that this is an election year. Otherwise Fenty would never have said blame me. What a nice gesture.

Posted by: candycane1 | June 14, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh, so NOW Fenty is being responsible for something? Whatever...

Posted by: linroy62 | June 14, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Only in DC would you have the inanity of one police officer "calling the police" to stop a theft in progress.

On the other hand, maybe the loss of his bikes will actually leave Fenty free to do the job he's paid to do, instead of using his police detail to stop traffic for his cycling pals.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | June 14, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Most of us don't care about Adrian Fenty or the bad that happens to him. Good riddance and more bad things will continue to follow him for mistreating others so badly.

Posted by: Ward4DC | June 14, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Now that the DC handgun ban has been overturned, Fenty should buy a handgun and defend his own property.

Posted by: fighterDC | June 14, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

If the security detail procedures had not been changed by Fenty and Lanier, the police officer would have been able to patrol the property on foot. Since he was not permitted to do so because of the changes, he had no other choice but to man security cameras from the nearby guard home. Out of curiosity, why would any detail not permit a foot patrol of property city police officers are detailed to protect and monitor?

Why was Lanier so quick to punish the officer? Doesn't she know what officers stationed at Fenty's house are supposed to do? Did she not help make the changes to the detail? How efficient of her.

Posted by: southyrndiva | June 14, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Haha, now he knows how it feels to have little hoodlum kids take his bike, happened to me twice.

Hopefully, any bike thief will end up dead or in jail.

Posted by: kenk3 | June 14, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to Crestwood Mayor Fenty, where bike theft is a daily occurence.

Btw, were the bikes registered? If not, I was told by DCPD that nothing can be done --- Ha!

Posted by: abparks | June 14, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

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