When I read the news that Fox planned to do a
drama based on
Cathy Lanier, I had only one thought. Who?
Turns out that Lanier has made
quite a splash in Washington, D.C., where she’s the new chief of police for the Metropolitan Police Department
of the District of Columbia (MPDC). Lanier’s story certainly sounds
like the stuff of television drama — she’s a 39-year-old single mother
who dropped out of high school in ninth grade because she was pregnant.
As any good protagonist would do, she pressed on, got her GED and eventually obtained
a B.A. and M.A. from Johns Hopkins, earned an advanced degree from Naval
Postgraduate School and attended the JFK School of Government at Harvard.
She also graduated from the FBI Academy and the DEA Drug
Unit Commanders Academy. Whew.
Lanier is MPDC’s first permanent
female police chief, leading a 3,800-member department that is predominately black
and male. Staying
on the job hasn’t been easy, especially in the early ’90s
when she joined the force. She endured "unrelenting harassment
from male officers," eventually filing a sexual harassment suit
— which she won.
So far, according to The
Washington Post, Lanier hasn’t been contacted about the project.
But that hasn’t stopped speculation about who should be cast as the
chief. The Post suggested The Departed‘s Vera Farmiga.
Or a woman I’d love to see
in a lead role, Laura Dern.
DCist, noting the physical
Perhaps the part of Lanier
could mark the return of Laura Innes to television.
Or a crush I haven’t seen in
awhile, Jayne Brook.
Who do you see in this role?
Any AfterEllen.com readers from D.C.? What do you think of a drama based
on Cathy Lanier? Would this be a better series or TV movie?