Sandy Moose, the wife of controversial Montgomery County, Md., Police Chief Charles A. Moose, has angered some officials by suggesting that Moose is a victim of racism, the Washington Post says.
Sandy Moose was a crusader against police brutality in Portland, Oreg., where Charles Moose was police chief. The newspaper says that she has emerged as a visible force in the protracted dispute over Moose’s post-sniper ambitions, and not always to her husband’s benefit.
Sandy Moose has alienated some county officials and police department rank and file by suggesting that her husband’s ethics troubles–a commission says he should not be profiting from a book on the sniper case–were the result of racial prejudice. Moose may prevail in court, but some believe that his apparent zeal to benefit financially from the sniper tragedy could be more costly to his reputation in the long run. “Taking such an aggressive approach to this has the potential to hurt the really sterling image he has created,” said Isiah Leggett, the former Montgomery County Council president.