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Hundreds Attend Crime Meeting with Police Chief, Councilman Allen

by Sean Meehan — October 28, 2015 at 12:15 pm 1 Comment

Ward 6 Crime Meeting (Photo via Twitter/ CM Silverman Office)More than 300 people packed into the cafeteria of Friendship Public Charter school to voice their concerns about recent crime to Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen and Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

The 7 p.m. meeting was organized by Allen in response to recent crime on and around Capitol Hill. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, t-Large Councilwoman Elissa Silverman, Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Klein and a representatives from the mayor’s office were also at the meeting.

Allen began the meeting by outlining work on new bills in the D.C. Council dealing with crime.

In response to several audience questions, Lanier said she has increased foot and bike patrols around the area, but that more police visibility alone can’t stop crime. She also emphasized that a large amount of the crime is being committed by small groups of people who may not live in the area.

Several people vented their frustration with the U.S. Attorney’s office, which is responsible for prosecuting crimes in the District, claiming that too many crimes go unprosecuted.

ANC 6B commissioners Denise Krepp and Diane Hoskins both asked the representative from the U.S. Attorney’s office for data on what percent of crimes are investigated and prosecuted. Both commissioners took to Twitter to say that data needs to be released after the representative from the U.S. Attorney said he could not provide it.

Lanier also clarified that the U.S. Attorney’s office only prosecutes crimes committed by adults. Crimes committed by juveniles are handled by the District Attorney General. Lanier added that if someone is assaulted by a juvenile, he or she has to appear before the Attorney General the next day or the case won’t go forward.

In response to questions about how community members can stay aware of police activity, Allen suggested several outlets for residents, which he also tweeted.

Photo via Twitter/ CM Silverman Office

  • Pierre Mulberry

    What good is an increase in officers if they just text all day, hang out in parked cars, or stand around and chat? Around 6:20 pm last night, just as I was heading to the meeting at Friendship Public Charter (ironic, I know), lo and behold: three officers hanging out on the corner of 14th and A SE, just chatting it up. They were chatting on that corner for at least 20 minutes, since they were in that exact spot when I arrived home shortly before 6:00. Notice how one of the officers doesn’t have his bike. That’s because the bike is parked across the street; wow, he sure is ready to spring into action! I concede that I am not privy to DC street policing strategies, but I highly doubt that officers are trained to sit on street corners in groups of three with one on motorcycle, one on bike, and one on foot with bike unattended across the street. Very disappointing.

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