May 2, 2013 at 4:20 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
GLLU supervisor back to full duty status
Matthew Mahl, GLLU, Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit of the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington Blade, gay news

Sgt. Matthew Mahl (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

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.

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

  • Despite serious MPD policing problems elsewhere, I want to thank Sergeant Matt Mahl for his very prompt response this week in providing a list of GLLU Affiliate Officers names, broken out by District, for the First, Fourth and Fifth Districts.

    Thanks as well to 1D Commander Daniel Hickson for updating that list with a new GLLU Affiliate Officer name in First District *.

    Those 1D, 4D and 5D MPD GLLU Affiliate Officers are…

    1st District — 101 M Street Southwest — 202-698-0555
    1st District Sub-Station — 500 E Street Southeast — 202-698-0068

    Sgt. Latoyia Heath
    Sgt. Subrina Rivers
    Sgt. Diedra Whitaker
    Ofc. Lisa Worrell
    Ofc. Erica Grossman
    Ofc. Kerry Long
    Ofc. Lawrence Mopkins
    Ofc. Charles Johnson
    Ofc. Kimberly Sims
    Ofc. David Jone
    Officer Laini Evans*

    4th District — 6001 Georgia Avenue Northwest — 202-715-7400
    4th District Sub-Station — 750 Park Road Northwest — 202-576-8222

    Ofc. Medgar Webster
    Ofc. Israel james
    Ofc. Jennifer Gelsomino
    Ofc. Romayo Simon
    Ofc. Krystal Cannata
    Ofc. Derrick Potts
    Ofc. Julie Keaveny
    Ofc. Clayton Bass
    Ofc. Marsha Ferrell
    Ofc. Dana Spriggs
    Ofc. Courtney Clark
    Ofc. Eric Frost
    Ofc. Shauntelle Anderson
    Ofc. Melissa Haendler
    Ofc. Michael Biakeski
    Ofc. Edwin Thompson

    5th District — 1805 Bladensburg Road Northeast — 698-0150

    Ofc. Candice Carey
    Ofc. Justin Marlow
    Ofc. Georgette Littlejohn
    MPO Gary Thompson
    Ofc. Sharde Harris
    Ofc. Jerry Holmes
    MPO Shuntae Brown
    Ofc. Kathryn Skaluba
    Ofc. Crystal Ruiz

    Sergeant Matthew N. Mahl
    Patrol Services and School Security Bureau
    Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit
    Metropolitan Police Department
    Washington DC
    Cell 202-553-4228
    Fax 202-459-2226

  • I never had any doubts about Sergeant Mahl and I am pleased that the Blade provided this updated information. He continues to have my respect and trust for the work he has done, and is doing.

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