DC police union boss on his relationship with Chief Lanier; And: A new day for the nation's community colleges

October 6, 2010 - 09:56 AM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC police union chief Kris Baumann rejected the suggestion that the FOP's support of mayoral hopeful Vince Gray flowed from any promise to oust Chief Cathy Lanier.

Baumann said candidate Gray's only pledge to the union was to listen to a wide range of views, then do what's best for the city.

Asked whether he could work with Lanier, Baumann said he would "want a third party, a grown-up, in the room" whenever the two sides met, a reference to the various controversies that have plagued their relationship.

Baumann also assailed legislation he said would provide "golden parachutes" for top members of Lanier's inner circle if she were to depart. The measure, co-sponsored by five members of the Council, was uncovered by Washington City Paper.

And he disputed Lanier's claim, on NewsTalk last week, that she has excellent relatationships with front-line officers, saying that that comment caused his phone to ring off the hook.

Catch the Baumann interview, and our wide-ranging Q&A with Councilman Marion Barry, today at 4pm, 6pm and 8:30pm.

Also today, we spoke with Montgomery College President Dr. DeRionne Pollard about the increasing demands being placed on the nation's community colleges.

Thursday at 10am on NewsTalk: reaction to the Baumann intv. and a look at the freedom of speech case argued before the Supreme Court today.

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