Washington DC Police Continues to Be In Peril With the Departure of a Beloved Police Chief (Guest: Michael Letts)
Law enforcement veteran Michael Letts wonders what kind of leadership Mayor Muriel E. Bowser truly provides.
Even though the GOP has voted to dismantle a police reform law within the District, the Washington DC police are continuing to feel the after-effects with the departure of a much-respected police chief.
Robert J. Contee III has retired from the force, looking to move into a top-level position within the FBI, according to the Washington Post. This is the latest high-end departure from the city, with the troubled administration of Mayor Muriel E. Bowser getting the blame.
Bowser noted that the departures were “unexpected,” but remained confident. “Every season of being mayor of a big city requires tough decisions, requires discipline, requires you to always be recruiting great people and putting them in place,” Bowser said. “I’m fully aware of the number of changes that we have … but the process that we go through to have good people in place, that continues. And it will continue in this case as well.”
That said, the people that left were quite noteworthy. Along with Conlee, a number of agency directors resigned, along with two deputy mayors.
While some may wonder just what kind of blame Bowser should take, one thing that didn’t help was the previous police reform law. It put a number of restrictions on the duties of officers, including making disciplinary records public, as well as preventing the use of riot gear and tear gas. And keep in mind this comes after riots that have taken place in the city over the past few years.
While Democrats continue to question the effect of the law, some are wondering what Bowser and DC officials will do to make up for the loss in officers. With us now to discuss this further is Michael Letts, a law enforcement veteran with over 30 years of experience under his belt.
Michael currently serves as President, Founder and CEO for InVest USA, an organization that provides bulletproof vests to police officers through various charitable groups and sponsorships. His expertise will certainly be useful in this matter.
- So who’s to blame for the fallout of high-ranking police officers in Washington DC? Does the blame fall squarely on Bowser, or are there others we can point the finger at?
- How important is riot gear and tear gas with a police officer? We know the day-to-day actions don’t really require them, but what if tensions grow?
- What is your take on information about police officers being revealed to the public? When is it necessary and when could it be a burden to those men and women?
- What can Washington DC do to turn around its police woes? Perhaps more money in the budget for mental health and proper gear? Dropping any opposition against the reversed police reform law?
- What do you think of Conlee making the move from the police department to the FBI? Do you believe he’ll make a difference over there?
- You’re the creator of InVest USA, an organization that provides bulletproof vests to police officers through various charitable groups and sponsorships. Tell us more about that, and why support for fellow officers is so important right now.
- Tell us more about Restoring Justice, the new website where you help out citizens in need surrounding law matters.
- Where can we learn more about InVest USA, Restoring Justice and whatever else you’re working on?
About Michael Letts:
Michael Letts is the Founder, President, and CEO of InVest USA, a national grassroots non-profit organization that is helping hundreds of communities provide thousands of bulletproof vests for their police forces through educational, public relations, sponsorship, and fundraising programs. He also has over 30 years of law enforcement experience under his belt, hence his pro-police stance for his brothers and sisters in blue. Those interested in learning more about Letts can visit his official website here.