Sunday, December 27, 2009

Mendelson Blames Crime Lab Delays on Fenty Dithering

The Fenty administrationclaims that the forensics lab is its "top public safety priority," so why is it taking the city so long to create a functioning crime lab?

City Council Member Phil Mendelson say the delay is a result of Fenty administration dithering, according to this story in the Washington Examiner:

"They're compromising public safety," police union Chairman Kris Baumann said, calling the delays "baffling."

Councilman Phil Mendelson, D-at large, a longtime advocate for a modern crime lab, says the Fenty administration is dithering. Fenty's predecessor, Anthony Williams, had promised to have a crime lab up and running by now, Mendelson said.

"That's not my opinion," he said. "The timelines don't lie."

Efforts to reach Fenty spokeswoman Mafara Hobson were unsuccessful.

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