Police Release Transcript of 911 Call That Led to the Eastern Market Arrest That Sparked Protests — The District government has released a transcript of the 911 call that police were responding to when they arrested 18-year-old Jason Goolsby near Eastern Market last weekend. Goolsby’s arrest, which was caught on video, led some to accuse the officers of brutality. [Fox 5]
Development in NoMa to Replace Storage Facility Where Some Find Refuge from Homelessness — For some, Capital Self Storage on 3rd and N streets NE is the closest thing to a home, but the facility is set to be torn down to make way for a boutique hotel. [Washington Post]
Southwest Library Partners with National Museum of African American History and Culture for Home Movie Day Saturday — Southwest residents can bring their home movies to the Southwest library at 900 Wesley Place SW on Saturday for preservation tips and to emphasize the importance of home footage in underrepresented communities. [Washington Post]
Looking Back at the National Capital Planning Commission’s 2006 Recommendations for the RFK Stadium Site — Greater Greater Washington takes a closer look at the National Capital Planning Commission’s recommendations from 2006 for museums and mixed-use development at the RFK Stadium site, which is owned by the federal government. [Greater Greater Washington]
(Updated at 1:30 p.m.) Community leaders on Capitol Hill are turning up the heat on the District’s troubled 911 center, after locals said they couldn’t reach operators to report a shooting.
Jessica Lefevre and her husband, Tom Dunkel, who live on 18th Street SE, said they each called 911 last week to report gunshots they heard on their street. But they hung up after they couldn’t get a prompt response.
Lefevre, a 60-year-old lawyer, said at an ANC 6B meeting last night that she called, “went into a holding pattern,” stayed on the line for one minute and then ended her call.
Dunkel, a 64-year-old journalist, said 911 operators didn’t answer his call at all. The phone was “just ringing [and] nobody picks up,” he said.
Two people were shot about 11:15 p.m. Thursday on the 200 block of 18th Street SE, a block from the Stadium-Armory Metro, police said. The victims, who received non-life threatening injuries, told authorities they heard gunshots and then discovered they were shot.
The ANC agreed to send a letter to the D.C. Unified Communications Center to express concern about the residents’ experience. The center handles all 911 calls.
“We need to put the city on notice that it is unacceptable for this to have happened,” said ANC 6B Commissioner Denise Krepp, who also lives near the site of the shooting.
Wanda Royster Gattison, a spokeswoman for the Unified Communications Center, didn’t have an immediate comment on the locals’ concerns.
The center has faced criticism for failing to meet national standards on dispatch times, The Washington Post reported. Earlier this month, Jennifer A.J. Greene, the center’s head, resigned under pressure from Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office, according to the newspaper.