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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.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Mark

    The police were protecting people, including Barry, when they stopped him driving wrong way on a major artery.
    He could have killed himself, and also bystanders.

  • Johnnie

    Why was that old unhealthy individual driving around at 11pm at night?

  • Ward-8

    There goes Barry again on cue, I was dumb and stupid again,but it was the Police fault, I drove on the wrong side of the street because I got disorientated because I took insulin on an empty stomach, I guess he want everyone to believe he just started taking insulin or he need to fire his Doctor for not telling him you eat prior to taking it or very soon after. I see he still have not explain why he is still driving around in a car with dead tags and no insurance, Of course most of the folks in SE who pay attention, know he has been driving around in that car with dead tags for ever, the majority of the Police Officer don't even bother with giving a ticket for it,so as not to become a part of Barry's they picking on me because I am black blame game or he calls the Chief and lie that he is being harras.Yet, the folks keep electing him again and again, long past the time he should have been gone. I guess one can only conclude they like whining ,crying and blaming someone else and need someone to lead the pity party.

  • sad

    What is sad is a DC Council member driving around wrecklessly on expired tags and no insurance. He is asleep at the wheel of his car and he's definitely asleep at the council table.

  • DCShadyBoots

    Just no longer interested in Barry news. Sorry.

  • The Truth

    Barry did more than enough to embarass himself.

  • Liberalism laid by panda in the hood

    Wrong way sign set me up.

  • Willie McCoy

    Does anyone know who the passenger was in the car with Mr. Barry the night of the accident?

  • Grim

    Can't wait for this a-hole to die.

  • HurryUpAndDie

    So you know you have to monitor your blood sugar and you don't and then you have an accident? That makes you dumb in oh so many ways. That's Our Barry!

  • Roscoe’s Wetsuit

    Marion doesn't need any help embarrassing himself. What a poor old fool.

    This man has done more damage to the District of Columbia than nearly any elected official, and yet some still idolize this nincompoop.