DC mayor: "Not one" person cares police chief used handicapped parking

One day after FOX 5 showed you pictures of D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier's cruiser parked in a handicapped spot, FOX 5's Emily Miller caught up with Mayor Muriel Bowser to see what she had to say about the incident.

Miller: "Do you have any comment on Police Chief Lanier's car being in a handicapped zone?" 

Bowser: "No."

Miller: "Do you let your driver leave his car in handicapped zones?"

Bowser: "No." 

Miller: "Do you think that the citizens should be allowed to park in handicapped zones?"

Bowser: "I think the citizens should be concerned about the chief's leadership across the city and making sure we keep neighborhoods safe. I don't think too many people would spend too much time thinking about one incident of a driver putting a car in the wrong place." 

Miller: "I'll tell you from comments from our viewers-- what they are concerned about is politicians -- unelected politicians -- like Chief Lanier who think they are above the law and the laws don't apply to them." 

Bowser: "Chief Lanier is not a politician. She is a public servant. She's been a police officer for more than 25 years." 

Miller: "So the laws don't apply to her?" 

Bowser: "The laws do apply to her. I don't know one person who would be overly concerned about one incident." 

The mayor may not know one person who cares about the photos FOX 5 obtained, but we found many people who do. 

"There are thousands of people who care about that. Anyone who has ever been impacted by this - whether they are older or younger - who need the accessible parking, that is infringing on our right to be in the community and get where we need to be," said Bruce Darling, CEO of the Center for Disability Rights. 

ADAPT activists have been all around D.C. this week to lobby for the rights of disabled people. 

"We aren't able to mobilize to get long distances without those closer spots.  So even one incident makes a huge difference- a difference in me getting home or not," said disability rights activist Stephanie Woodward. "Everyone who thinks it's just going to be one minute, your one minute is preventing me from living my life." 

The chief's spokesman said Lanier didn't drive the cruiser on Monday night. She has a driver. The spokesman said the driver of the car was only backing into a legal spot, but that was disputed by a photo we obtained of another car behind the chief's cruiser. 

D.C. police said Wednesday that it will investigate this incident like any other alleged traffic violation.
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