That's the biggest load of bullsh** I've read in a long, long time.
"The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) must enforce local law and the rights afforded to every person under the United States Constitution.
Yes, chief Lanier, you must enforce local law; but on March 19, 2008 you did not do so.
The law allows MPD personnel to make arrests only when there is probable cause to do so.
In two separate attacks, five glass bottles filled with red paint, one large rock and multiple other smaller projectiles were hurled at the people standing peacefully on the sidewalk in front of the 14th and L St. NW recruiting center.
I think that is "probable cause."
The MPD cannot arrest every peaceful demonstrator for the sake of a few rowdy participants.
Yelling and beating on drums is rowdy. Hurling projectiles at unarmed civilians is a life-threatening act.
Ordering your officers to do nothing is reckless endangerment of not only the officers, but of the civilians you claim to protect.
There has not, and will never be a directive from Chief Cathy Lanier or a member of her command staff to do nothing when the law is being broken."
Chief Lanier, how stupid do you think we are? You issued orders to your officers which stripped them of the power to halt the mob, arrest the rioters, defend innocent civilians and defend themselves from a potentially life-threatening attack.
You, young lady, were very lucky that those glass bottles held only red paint and not some caustic substance, molotov cocktail, poisonous liquid or gas, a hand grenade or other explosive device.
The radicals tested you on March 19th, and you did not let them down. Now that they know they can push you at least this far without consequence, they will ratchet up their "direct action" a little more the next time. You have given a green light to the homegrown terrorists. And don't think for one minute that the foreign terrorists aren't taking note of your passive response to attack.
You failed your officers. You failed the residents of your city. You failed the workers of the city. And you failed the innocent tourists who come to their nation's capital expecting that their constitutional rights will be upheld by you and your police force.
Your dereliction of duty and command is going to get somebody killed.