As D.C. Cops Fine-Tune Their Story, Where’s the Washington Post On the SEIU Protest At the Bank Of America Exec’s Home?


Why is the Washington Post ignoring the SEIU protest at the homes of two bank executives, one being an employee of the Bank of America? Aside from a brief mention in a larger story on May 17 about SEIU protests, the paper of record in the nation’s capital has been strangely silent.

Even after the story broke here that the buses that carried an estimated 500 protesters to the Greenville Rd, Chevy Chase residence of a B of A executive were escorted by at least two units of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, the incuriosity of the WaPo continues.

You Go Megan!  Would have liked to see you put more wood to the only hot looking female Democratic I’ve seen. Good at her talking points. Short on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac duplicity. As a reminder,  for your viewing pleasure today’s history lesson below.  Rational thoughts while observing a national charade, I’m J.C.

This afternoon, all the details of this story were reconfirmed through the Montgomery County Police Department spokesperson, Corporal Daniel Friz.  Meanwhile, two high-level D.C. police officials have disputed their department’s police presence at the B of A executive’s home.

Operating in full CYA mode, the first statement cames from D.C. Chief of Police Cathy Lanier:

In a blog posted on Bigjournalism.com there is an allegation that CDU officers from the DC Metropolitan Police Department escorted protestors into Montgomery County MD – and specifically to the home of a bank executive. The MPD refutes this claim and our officers merely shadowed protest groups while they were in the District of Columbia to insure that DC laws were obeyed and that noone [sic] would be injured as a result of a traffic collision or other event. This is standard protocol for protests of this nature as we seek to balance public safety with first amendment protections. There were no arrests or injuries as a result of this protest, and the Metropolitan Police Department notified the Montgomery County Police Department when we became aware that the group was leaving Washington DC. Our officers staged along Western Avenue (DC/Montgomery County Line), and did not leave the District of Columbia. MPD had no knowledge of the locations in MD where the protestors were planning to visit – and thus had no role in this alleged escort to homes.

This statement raises several important questions:

If their units were not present at the protest, how would the D.C. cops know there were “no arrests or injuries as a result of this protest?”  It would, after all, not be their responsibility or authority to make arrests.  On its face, the statement appears to be an attempt to diminish the significance of the entire event.

Also, the Montgomery County PD, through its spokesperson Cpl. Friz, denies having received a “heads-up” – the words used in posing the question – that the SEIU protesters were headed into their jurisdiction.

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A second statement came from senior D.C. police official Patrick Burke and is identical to much of Chief Lanier’s statement, including the same typographical error noted above.  To Chief Lanier’s statement, Burke adds,

MPD does not escort to homes as alleged. I oversee SOD and was monitoring this event. My officers would not be able to escort persons to any location outside of DC – and secondly, we have no information on adresses [sic] in MD that protestors are targeting.

So if the Chief is correct in stating that “MPD had no knowledge of the locations in MD where the protestors were planning to visit,” and, likewise, Burke correctly states “we have no information on addresses in D.C. that protestors are targeting,” and the Chief correctly states that “the Metropolitan Police Department notified the Montgomery County Police Department when we became aware that the group was leaving Washington DC,” what’s the substance of the “notification?”

Was it merely that: “There’s a protest group headed your way, we think?”

The spokespersons for both departments involved have acknowledged the practice of cross-jurisdictional escorting for the purpose of assuring public safety.

On May 24, a Washington Examiner op-ed piece entitled “No more police escorts for union thugs” was later updated with a police union response that states, in part, that:

Kristopher Baumann, chairman of the labor committee of the District of Columbia’s Metropolitican [sic] Police Department chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, provided the following response to today’s Examiner editorial: “The editorial treated as fact unconfirmed, and apparently inaccurate, claims that Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) vehicles and police officers escorted and provided protection for a group of protestors at an individual’s residence in the state of Maryland.

Additionally, the Fraternal Order of Police (the cops’ union) stated, in its rebuttal to the Washington Examiner op-ed, that:

That would mean that any such action [Metropolitan PD cops escorting the SEIU protestors to the BoA executive’s home], if it occurred, would have to have been ordered by MPD officials. The FOP and its officers have taken a hard stand against any misuse of official police resources by MPD. Your own newspaper has reported on that issue (see, e.g., “Dozens of local police officers assigned to concierge duties,” January 29, 2009).

In fact, several FOP officers have faced retaliation and are currently involved in whistleblower litigation over the very issue of MPD misusing resources. Accusing the FOP of directing, or even participating, in the misuse of MPD resources is inexcusable, particularly given the fact that FOP officers have risked their careers to end this type of abuse.

On its face, the FOP statement is tacit admission that “misusing resources” has happened in the past, and may have happened (“if it occurred”) in this case.  Did it happen here without having been ordered by MPD officials?

In summary, here’s the situation as it stands now: Two police departments offer varying accounts of the involvement of the Metropolitan Police Department in the SEIU protest at the home of the B of A executive.  Specifically:

  1. The Montgomery County PD, through its spokesperson CPL Friz, denies having been notified by the D.C. cops that the SEIU protestors were headed their way.
  2. The MCPD states, through its spokesperson, that when its four patrol units arrived on scene at the private residence, at least two D.C. units were already present. And –
  3. A police escort, according to the MCPD, is not uncommon practice when a protest group travels from D.C. into its jurisdiction, as well as on those occasions when the circumstances are reversed.

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When the MPD spokesperson, Officer Eric Frost, was queried as to why Washington units would be accompanying the SEIU group, he reported that such was one role of the Civil Disturbance Unit (CDU).  When they accompany DC-based protest groups to another adjacent jurisdiction they’re present to assure the safety of the group, but they have no authority to enforce the laws of the neighboring jurisdiction visited.

In this case, the SEIU group had no Montgomery County permit to demonstrate at the private residence.  It was not the responsibility of the D.C. police to enforce that Montgomery County requirement, or any other Montgomery County code applicable to demonstrations, such as the requirement to keep moving during the protest.

Meanwhile, the silence from the Washington Post concerning the SEIU demonstrations at the homes of two bank executives continues to be…deafening.

Where’s the outrage?

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15 responses to “As D.C. Cops Fine-Tune Their Story, Where’s the Washington Post On the SEIU Protest At the Bank Of America Exec’s Home?

  1. marilyn patton

    hi jim:

    great article!

    just a note about artur davis though…. and frankly, i only mention this because artur (who is AL rep.) is the ONLY ONE… I MEAN OUT OF THE WHOLE DAMN LOT OF CROOKS WHO CAUSED THIS HOUSING CRISIS…artur is the ONLY one who openly and publicly admitted that he was wrong and also apologized! this is unheard of in the dem circles… this took some guts and he took a lot of flak from his colleagues….he is currently running for governor here in Bama… i am tempted to vote for this man considering our choices are the son of Fob James, a lobbyist, Luther Strange and Artur…

    blessings and thanks for all you do,

  2. marilyn patton

    oops… sorry… meant to post the link to the article where Artur is admitting that he was wrong and trying to encourage his fellow democrats to admit it also… no other dem would though:

    http://blog.al.com/sweethome/2008/10/artur_davis_admits_he_was_wron.html

  3. Ok this is a given, but SOMEBODY IS LYING!!! AND JUST LIKE THIS ADMINISTRATION THEY ARE JUST AS CORRUPT!

  4. “DC officers would not be able to escort persons to any location outside of DC”

    DC isn’t even considered part of the “United States”

  5. Hi Kathymm: Actually the District of Columbia went to the count line and observed. Thanks for your comments, come back I’m Jim

  6. Mt Top Patriot

    If these commies ever set foot on my property they would get 5 seconds to get off my land and the 1st wise ass who gave me any lip would be the 1st to get an up close personal introduction to my friend Mr. Twelve.

    All the other crap aside, look at these assholes trespassing on these peoples property!

    They all act like it is funny, like they own the world. Come to think of it, their impostor in chief acts like he owns the world.
    Traitors is as traitors does.

    • Did you ever think about how that would play out on TV? I’d have a high pressure garden hose and hose them down. I carry a stun gun, put a couple on the ground doing the horizontal hulley gulley, then say next? THEN GTFOHMF, and ESAD…Now do you think this would happen in a state like Arizona where the Tenth Amendment was used to nullify federal law and anybody can carry a concealed weapon without a permit? Why not the scumbags do. Why is it a crime to defend yourself?

  7. I’m back Jim :)

    Here’s what I meant to say about DC

    Washington, D.C. generally referred to as the District of Columbia:
    The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which grants to states all rights not belonging to the federal government, does not apply to the District. Residents of the District do not have voting representation in the U.S. Congress.

    Washington, D.C. is one of the three “city-states” across this planet that share striking similarities and play a crucial role in the global governmental system we have long been living under. The three city-states (along with the role they serve) is as follows:

    City of London (finance), Washington DC (military) and Vatican City (religion) are sovereign, corporate entities not connected to the nations they appear to be part of. In other words, the City of London (that is the square mile within Greater London) is not technically part of Greater London or England, just as Vatican City is not part of Rome or Italy. Likewise, Washington DC is not part of the United States that it controls.

    These sovereign, corporate entities have their own laws and their own identities. They also have their own flags. The flag of Washington DC. has three stars, representing the trinity of these three city-states, also known as the Empire of the City.

    Washington DC was established as a city-state in 1871 with the passage of the Act of 1871, which officially established the United States as a corporation under the rule of Washington, which itself is subservient to the City of London.

    Now we begin to see why our presidents always rule for the elite corporations, be they foreign of domestic.
    The fact is the president is nothing more than a figurehead for the central bankers and transnational corporations that really control this country and ultimately call the shots.
    Washington DC operates under a system of Roman Law and outside of the limitations established by the US Constitution.

    The United States is not a sovereign nation but is corporation and is controlled from the City of London, by the Crown, which is not the British Monarchy as many believe, but rather the private corporation that is the inner ‘City of London’ itself, also commonly known as “The City” or “The Square Mile.” This square mile that makes up the center of Greater London has its own mayor, laws, courts, flag, police force and newspaper. It is the heart of the global financial system.

    Vatican City also has its own mayor (called the Governatorate), laws, flag, postal service, newspaper, radio and television stations, and even its own prison. All three have an obelisk.

  8. Wait til’ the 2010 elections folks.
    We ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

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  10. Mt Top Patriot

    Getting to the point JC where if you can’t stand your ground and protect your home and liberty what else is there?
    If these rioters get away with it with impunity, whats next? Burn down this guys house with a little boy in it when they come back? Nothing is going to stop them buddy, except orders from obama. You think Law Enforcement is on the side of rule of law? They enabled these people to run wild, for all intents and purposes they rubber stamped the sanctioning of this event.
    Stuff like this doesn’t spontaneously pop up from people who respect the law and the liberty’s of other people, this stuff starts at the top.
    Leadership starts at the top.

    This is state sponsored anarchy no less. It is another dry run and test of how far obama can push, or in his words, “punch back even harder”.
    There are people in every society who when given the opportunity, and make no mistake, these people have been sanctioned by the people who rule within our government, revel in anarchy, and safety in numbers only generates escalation. It is a beast of tyranny that once let out of its cage is very difficult to put back.
    Obama knows this to a Tee. It is a truly ugly dark side of community organizing.
    Why it is obama is hell bent on amnesty and wide open borders. If you see these union thugs as dangerous, wait for the Mexican mobs. We haven’t seen anything yet.

    I like the idea of a high pressure hose. But my home is my castle. This isn’t some random non violent crime that is debatable whether it is worth defending over someones life or not. This event is an assault on every tenet of an open free society based on the rule of law and liberty.
    This is the precursor to civil war and bloody revolution. The SEIU and associates is escalating its thuggery, it has the backing of the highest powers in the land, it is being funded to the tune of millions, it is getting away with more each passing day.
    You tell me? Is it going to shut down and stop what it is doing on its own out of belief in constitution and good conscience?
    This is the overt opening salvos in an war on two century’s of our Republics existance.
    It is for all the marbles.

  11. MTP, I am in total agreement with all you have said! There is much blowing in the wind that rightfully so, is alerting the 6th sense of the Sleeping Giant.

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