The D.C. police union released the results of an internal poll on Monday in which over 1,100 police officers voted that they have no confidence in D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. There has been an uptick in violent crime in the D.C. area which has some officers and residents worried.
The union vote follows a recent spike in crime, particularly homicides. The D.C. homicide rate is up 43 percent in 2015 thus far, compared with the same period in 2014. To date, 105 people have been killed. D.C. police made 61 murder arrests so far this year while closing 44 of this year’s 105 murder cases, police said, reports NBC Washington.
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser expressed his confidence in Lanier’s ability to do her job.
“After 25 years of policing DC streets, deploying officers and strategies, and building a force of highly qualified officers and leaders, in the good times and the tough times, too, I have every confidence in Chief Lanier,” Bowser said, via NBC Washington.
The poll was conducted anonymously, and around a third of the union officers voted. The union said that the vote is symbolic.
Although Lainer appears to be unpopular with police officers, she has also received flack from the Black Lives Movement over her new policing initiatives.
But the union is not alone. The mayor faced vocal opposition from Black Lives Matter activists Friday when she introduced a crime initiative that included a proposal to allow officers to make home visits to check on people recently released from prison and under court supervision. The group tried to shout Bowser down, arguing against more aggressive policing, according to the Washington Post.
Lanier said she would not comment on the informal poll.
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