From the Ward 5 listserv, an ANC commissioner issued allegations of police impersonation by one of his colleagues:
Good morning Ms. Woodland,
I am writing to ask why anyone should vote for you when you illegally and intentionally misrepresent yourself as a member of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
Yesterday afternoon while in the 1000 block of Girard St. NE, at approximately 12:00pm, I took pictures of your car (please see below). Conspicuously posted in your dashboard was a placard with the MPD emblem next to the letters POLICE.
Clearly you have placed such a placard in your window to receive benefits due to only sworn members of the MPD. What would you say or do if there was an life-threatening emergency, and someone came to you for help, believing that you are a police officer?
Why should anyone vote for someone who would fraudulently represent themselves as a member of the Metropolitan Police Department?
Vaughn Bennett, Commissioner
Vice-Chair ANC 5B
So- what do you think? Is this considered police impersonation? Last year, MPD arrested former ABC board chair Charles Brodsky for doing the same thing (story here- charges later dropped because he’s a cop in VA), but it remains to be seen if MPD will apply the law similarly to a sitting ANC commissioner that has politically-connected low-numbered license plates.