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Mayor Fenty attended today’s memorial service for fallen police officers, despite getting last-minute dis-invitation to speak at the annual event. The Fraternal Order of Police told the mayor his remarks would not be welcome in a letter yesterday, citing his handling of the DeOnte Rawlings shooting. Fenty didn’t respond to questions about his soured relations with the union.
Officers in attendance didn’t reserve their grumbling for the mayor. I collected gripes about the drain of increased patrols, and worries among higher ups about Chief Cathy Lanier’s continuing efforts to reshuffle leadership positions in the department (by my scatterbrained count, two district commanders have made “lateral” transfers in the last two months.) The service comes just before something called National Police Week, May 11 – May 17, in which bus loads of police from across the country come to D.C. to remember officers killed in the line of duty. I’m told there’s also so some good-natured drinking involved.