October 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Captain of gay police unit transferred after harassment charge
Edward Delgado, MPD, Metropolitan Police Department, gay news, Washington Blade

Capt. Edward Delgado (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

A captain in charge of the D.C. Police Department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit was transferred to an outpost on the campus of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital last Friday, raising speculation that the personnel action was linked to an allegation that he harassed a gay officer.

Captain Edward Delgado’s new assignment is with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Office of Unified Communications Liaison, according to police spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump.

Crump said she could not comment on the reason for the transfer or whether it was related to an investigation into a complaint filed against Delgado in August by GLLU supervisor Sgt. Matthew Mahl.

Sources familiar with the GLLU said Mahl filed the complaint on behalf of GLLU Officer Justin Markiewicz, who reportedly told Mahl that Delgado repeatedly addressed him in person and by email as “Justine.”

The sources said Markiewicz considered Delgado’s action derogatory, demeaning and a form of harassment based on his sexual orientation. He reportedly said Delgado continued to address him as “Justine” since at least January 2012.

“This is a personnel matter that is being investigated by the MPD’s Internal Affairs Division,” Crump told the Blade in August. “I cannot comment further at this time.”

In an Oct. 7 email, Crump said she could not comment on whether the Internal Affairs investigation had been completed or what the findings of the investigation were.

Prior to being transferred, Delgado headed the police Special Liaison Division, which oversees the GLLU and three other liaison units – the Latino Liaison Unit, the Asian and Pacific Islander Liaison Unit and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit.

The D.C. government’s website says the Office of Unified Communications was created in 2006 as an entity separate from the police department in an effort to merge the operations processing 911 emergency calls to the police, the Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Services.

The office is on the East Campus of the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital site, a write-up on the D.C. government website says. It could not immediately be determined what Delgado’s duties are as the police liaison to the office.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

  • brians ions

    “This is a personnel matter that is being investigated by the MPD’s Internal Affairs Division,” Crump told the Blade in August. “I cannot comment further at this time.”
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    Move along, folks. There is nothing to see here. This is a private, internal police matter. So we cannot comment further. It is none of the public’s business. Move along. Move along.
     
    Police coverups often get shattered by common sense. For example….
     
    Police captains are not stupid people. Police captains are not reckless people. And police captains are not “rogue cops” somehow bent on undermining and ignoring their commanders’ expectations of their conduct exhibited to officers they command.
     
    There has been anti-LGBT prejudice within MPD — and which exhibited itself within the earliest months of Chief Lanier’s tenure in 2007. The reports of harassment of LGBT officers and repeated cutbacks and downgrades of MPD’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU, commonly pronounced, ‘glue’) are a matter of record for anyone to recall.
     
    Anyone who thinks Captain Delgado was acting without the tacit approval of higher-ups … well, readers can finish that. But by all means, let’s connect the dots…. where we can, and as much as MPD’s secrecy permits us to.
     

  • I have known Captain Delgado for years, and have never felt the slightest disrespect from him. Doubtless there is more to the story that we don’t know, but I find this mystifying.

    • brians ions

      I think you echo the experience and sentiments of a lot of us, Rick. And lots of LGBT residents and business owners can testify to the service, dedication and professionalism of Officer Markiewicz and Sergeant Mahl.
       
      Lanier and Mahl are each intimately familiar, from their respective earlier experiences at MPD, with workplace disrespect and/or harassment. They know well, whether intentional or not, its harm can be both subtle and insidious.
       
      Speculating, dealing successfully, head-on with workplace disrespect/ harassment, as a learning experience, very likely made each of them more professional, insightful cops.
       
      That will likely be the case with Markiewicz and Delgado, too. They are both pros, and DC desperately needs their experience, dedication and accumulated policing savvy well into the future.
       
      I do think this is an appropriate outcome for the department, barring any new revelations. And if the chiefs sweated over this a little, that’s a very good thing for all concerned — including the chiefs.
       
      Also, folks should not get the impression that OUC is some backwater wing of MPD. OUC (911) has one of the toughest, most important missions of any of our public safety offices. OUC’s Director, Jennifer Greene, perviously commanded MPD’s sprawling and diverse Fifth District. Greene honored diversity and community outreach then as she does now st OUC.
       
      Also, I can easily see how the skill sets Captain Delgado employed well in his mission at SLD can easily plug into and better OUC’s services.
       

    • brians ions

      I think you echo the experience and sentiments of a lot of us, Rick. And lots of LGBT residents and business owners can testify to the service, dedication and professionalism of Officer Markiewicz and Sergeant Mahl.
       
      Lanier and Mahl are each intimately familiar, from their respective earlier experiences at MPD, with workplace disrespect and/or harassment. They know well, whether intentional or not, its harm can be both subtle and insidious.
       
      Speculating, dealing successfully, head-on with workplace disrespect/ harassment, as a learning experience, very likely made each of them more professional, insightful cops.
       
      That will likely be the case with Markiewicz and Delgado, too. They are both pros, and DC desperately needs their experience, dedication and accumulated policing savvy well into the future.
       
      I do think this is an appropriate outcome for the department, barring any new revelations. And if the chiefs sweated over this a little, that’s a very good thing for all concerned — including the chiefs.
       
      Also, folks should not get the impression that OUC is some backwater wing of MPD. OUC (911) has one of the toughest, most important missions of any of our public safety offices. OUC’s Director, Jennifer Greene, perviously commanded MPD’s sprawling and diverse Fifth District. Greene honored diversity and community outreach then as she does now at OUC.
       
      Also, I can easily see how the skill sets Captain Delgado employed well in his mission at SLD can easily plug into and better serve OUC’s unique communication mission.
       

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