Why Police Didn't Make An Arrest At Mayor's Home

7:04 PM, Jun 14, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- On Monday DC Mayor Fenty, his neighbors and the police department were trying to explain how thieves could enter the garage of the Mayor's home in Crestwood and make off with two bicycles that belong to the city's first family.

Taft Snowdon, a neighbor, wanted to know what the thieves were thinking as the Mayor's house has police security around the clock including an officer stationed in a guard shack on the front lawn with his cruiser parked in full view across the street.

9NEWS NOW also counted eight security cameras mounted on the house and garage.

It was from inside the guard shack that an armed officer monitored at least two figures entering the open garage then disappearing with the stolen bikes.

The Police Union blames the Mayor. FOP head Khristopher Bauman says Fenty and Police Chief Cathy Lanier agreed to rules that state the officer in the guard post cannot leave his post to make an arrest. His actions are restricted to calling for assistance.

The Mayor's office issued a statement that said in part the Fenty's take full responsibility for leaving the garage door open--the officer on duty followed police protocol, the statement read.

Written by Bruce Johnson 
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

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