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September 17th, 2013
08:45 PM ET

From high school dropout to the D.C. chief of police

In the hours after the Navy Yard massacre, Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier became the face of Washington's response and investigation.

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But the path to becoming DC's top cop hasn't been easy or straightforward.

Our Jessica Yellin is Outfront with Lanier's story.


Filed under: Navy Yard Shooting • News
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  1. Rheta

    D.C.Police Chief appeared sincere and her news conference to public and media showed her goal was to do her job not her glory, hair do, or self aggrandizement. She was able to answer spontaneously to questions with control and confidence. She was understandable. Compare to the tall senior Naval Yard executive who after speaking in his government lingo one could hardly recite what did he tell anyone? He was to me epitome of why government doesn't succeed. It promotes seniority, power good old boys, and those who know how to follow the regulations and cover their own jobs. Rather than do anything proactive to make their job site or responsibility the goal. We should have more like Chief Lanier and less government employees just taking home great job security and benefits. More change thinkers needed.

    September 17, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Reply

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