Lanier not required to name officers in e-mail

WASHINGTON (AP) - An appeals court says District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier doesn't have to reveal the names of officer who sent emails to a special account she used.

Lanier had created the account so that officers could communicate their concerns privately and directly to her. The police officers' union sued for access to the emails, including the identity of the officers who sent them.

The D.C. government ultimately turned over the emails but redacted the names of the authors.

The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled in Lanier's favor in an opinion dated Thursday, saying that employees who contacted the chief had a privacy interest.

Kris Baumann, head of the police officers' union, said in a statement that the courts "are enabling corruption, mismanagement and incompetence."