On Dec. 19, Det. Michael Baylor pulled a gun during a snowball fight at 14th and U Streets NW. That day, witnesses produced photos and video of the incident. Even Police Chief Cathy Lanier felt compelled to publicly admonish Baylor for his gun-toting antics. But it seems the Baylor case has yet to be completed by the department’s internal affairs.
Police Spokesperson Gwen Crump tells City Desk in an e-mail: “He is still on non contact status. The matter is in the internal review process.”
The D.C. Police Department is notorious about taking its time investigating alleged police misconduct. But this is getting absurd. When City Desk called Baylor’s office at the Second District police station, we were informed that Baylor was “on leave” until next week. Is this just a vacation?
“We’re not real clear on where [the case] is,” says police union chief Kristopher Baumann. He adds that Lanier’s public comments may have “poisoned the case.” It is his understanding that the police were still conducting interviews in the case just before the last big snow storm.
Crump went on to state that Baylor’s case was a personnel matter and that she couldn’t comment further. In other words, City Desk readers do not have a right to know about what the department does with Baylor and his very public case.
2:28 p.m. Update: A cop source familiar with the case says that a finding of misconduct against Baylor will “likely be sustained.”.