Gay Cop Elected Head Of D.C. Police Union

WASHINGTON, DC – Sgt. Matthew Mahl, a gay 11-year veteran at the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and a former supervisor of the department’s LGBT Liaison Unit, won election on Jan. 12 as head of the police union.

Mahl’s election by a 2-to-1 margin as chairman of the Labor Committee of the Fraternal Order of Police — the official title of the union — came as a surprise to department observers, who view the development as a clear decision by rank and file members to oust their current leader, Sgt. Delroy Burton.

Under the union’s governing procedures, Mahl doesn’t assume the office of chairman until April 1.

Mahl told the Washington Blade that he and two other candidates who won election to the position of vice chairman and secretary ran on a platform calling for an end to what they considered an overly confrontational posture of the union’s current leaders toward D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier and the administration of Mayor Muriel Bowser.

He said he would try to schedule an interview with the Blade soon to discuss some of his and the other newly elected union officials’ plans for changes for the union. Mahl elaborated on his concerns about the current leaders in an interview with the Washington Post last week.From The Washington Blade