Sgt. Matt Mahl, the acting supervisor of the D.C. police department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit, resumed his full police duties in late March after the department suspended his police powers for undisclosed reasons sometime last year.
“I can only say he is back to full duty,” police spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump told the Blade on Monday. “We cannot comment further on a personnel matter.”
Mahl continued to work at the GLLU office in Dupont Circle during the suspension period but activists who know him noticed he was wearing civilian clothes and no longer had a gun and badge.
“Sgt. Mahl is on non-contact status pending the outcome of an administrative matter,” Crump told the Blade in March.
D.C. area attorney Dale Edwin Sanders, who sometimes represents District police officers on legal matters, said he knew nothing about Mahl’s situation. But he said the department suspends police powers for many reasons, including complaints by citizens that an officer used excessive force in making an arrest.
“These types of complaints are very frequent,” he said. “It is not permanent. It is subject to investigation.”
LGBT activists who know Mahl have praised his work at the GLLU, calling him a dedicated and hard-working officer who works well with the community.
Mahl was greeted by activists on Saturday, April 27, when he and other GLLU officers visited the LGBT Youth Pride festival in Dupont Circle.