Marion Barry Accuses Cops of Helping Media Embarrass Him
Marion Barry had a hell of a week. His son and potential political heir Christopher Barry found himself in jail on yet another driving charge, and LL found a draft chapter of his memoir about one of the more salacious parts of the Ward 8 councilmember's life. To cap things off, Barry crashed into another car as he drove the wrong way on Pennsylvania Avenue SE on Saturday night, a mistake Barry blames on complications from his diabetes.
Now, to make things worse, Barry—or whoever runs his Twitter account—insists that the Metropolitan Police Department was complicit in his accident embarrassment. In a tweet this morning, Barry accused MPD of rallying media to report on his crash.
"So instead of protecting people, I'm advised that @DCPoliceDept called news media to come film my hypoglycemic attack & accident?" Barry wrote. "Sad."
In earlier tweets this morning, Barry lashed out at unnamed enemies who "are ruthless control & wealth under the veil of self-riteousness." Barry, who claims that he runs afoul of these villains because he's not "a good water 'boy' 4 them," didn't specify whether he was referring to the police. All three tweets have since been deleted from Barry's account.
LL's waiting for a response from Barry spokeswoman (and book assistant!) LaToya Foster, but MPD spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump says she hasn't heard of police leaking news of Barry's crash to the press.
“MPD is unaware of this allegation, as this is prohibited by MPD policy," Crump writes in an email to LL. "If someone has information about an MPD officer violating policy, we will investigate it. Our Public Information Office did however respond to specific media inquiries, as usual, with general information."
Just who has access to Barry's Twitter account, which often occupies itself with talking to fictional characters, is one of the Wilson Building's enduring mysteries. Last September, when Barry's account started tweeting about his impending censure from D.C. Council colleagues, Foster told LL that she was "uncertain" who was behind the tweets. Barry's office was so concerned about the anonymous censure tweets, in fact, that Foster emailed them to District superlawyers and Barry brain trust members David Wilmot and Fred Cooke Jr. with her media strategy for handling them, according to an email obtained by LL through a Freedom of Information Act request.
This isn't Barry's first time criticizing District cops, either. After seeing a suspect easily elude a "rather plump" officer in 2012, Barry lamented that MPD cops were getting too tubby.
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