ROCKVILLE, Md. — The police union here has formed a
special committee to investigate Montgomery County
Police Chief Charles Moose’s handling of look-out
information during the Beltway sniper manhunt, union
officials told WorldNetDaily.

Officials complain that Moose, who led the
multi-agency sniper investigation, withheld critical
information about the sniper suspects from
investigators and patrol officers, thereby
jeopardizing their safety.

Chief Charles Moose

In their recently inked labor contract, the county
agreed to include a safety provision that obligates
Moose to share information with his officers in such

Moose vehemently opposed the measure, officials say,
arguing that it implied he had done something wrong.

But the 1,050-member Montgomery County Fraternal Order
of Police isn’t stopping there.

“We want to determine when management first knew the
ID of the suspects and the vehicle” during the
three-week manhunt, said FOP President Walter Bader.

The 10-member committee last month began soliciting
testimony from detectives who worked on the sniper
case, he says. It plans to report its
findings publicly in May.

“This is a serious thing,” Bader said, defending the
union’s plans to go public with details about the
controversial investigation.

“Imagine over in Iraq commanding officers withholding
information from soldiers that could mean the
difference between life and death,” he said in a
WorldNetDaily interview. “Police officers are in a war
every day.”

John Lee Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo

Police department sources warn that the panel’s report
could trigger negligence lawsuits by families of some
of the sniper victims, if it concludes Moose delayed
the capture of sniper suspects John Allen Muhammad and
Lee Boyd Malvo by holding back information about them,
such as their physical descriptions.

Phone calls and e-mails to Moose’s office and lawyer
were not returned.

Sources say at least three detectives on the case have
already come forward with information that reveals
Moose had a solid ID of the suspects earlier than he
claims. He says Muhammad and Malvo weren’t suspects
until Oct. 23, the day before they were caught.

They shot their last victim, bus driver Conrad
Johnson, in Maryland on Oct. 22.

But as WorldNetDaily first

Moose dispatched a team of five undercover agents to
stake-out Muhammad’s ex-wife’s house on Oct. 22, and
swore them to secrecy.

“There’s no doubt Moose knew [they were the suspects]
either the day the bus driver was shot or the day
before,” said a Montgomery County police officer.

Yet, up until late in the evening of Oct. 23, Moose
and the sniper task force had investigators and patrol
officers looking for a white suspect in a white

“They should have known they were black from Day One,
if they had listened to witnesses here and in D.C.,”
the officer said.

A witness to the first shooting at a Michaels crafts
store in Maryland, which took place Oct. 2, described
the suspects as two short-haired black males driving a
dark, beat-up vehicle, as WND first

Moose has parlayed his fame from the high-profile
sniper case into book and movie contracts. Despite a
county ethics panel ruling against the deals, his
lawyer says he plans to go ahead with at least the book.

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