Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffy To Host Safety Summit Monday

We received the message and flyer below about a safety summit coming up this Monday, hosted by our Ward 5 Councilmember. While I appreciate these types of meetings, after attending so many of them, I am starting to wonder what real benefit they provide. Many readers may remember that a rash of high profile crimes on 12th Street prompted to us start a petition last February, and resulted in one of these big community meetings. At the time, many asked for a plan to deal with crime in a comprehensive area-wide way, not just on a case by case basis, but I have yet to see a lot of movement in this direction. To MPD’s credit I, and other neighbors have noticed more foot patrols around the neighborhood. However, I am pretty sure this meeting was called in response to a new “wave” of crime I have heard about anecdotally from neighbors, the listervs and the media- a car break in here, a home burglary there, a lady “jumped”on the Met Branch Trail, and Silvestre’s held up twice. Oh, and an ax-wielding man attacking a police officer.  I don’t mean to sound so pessimistic, but after 5 years of attending these meetings, it will be disappointing if we are just told again to stop using our smart phones in public and call 911 anytime we see something suspicious.

Councilmember McDuffie along with 4th District Commander Missouri and 5th District Commander Porter invites you to attend a Public Safety Summit on Monday, November 17, 2014 at Turkey Thicket Gymnasium from 6:30 pm-8pm. Please see attached flyer for more information.

Laisha T. Dougherty, MPP
Constituent Services Coordinator
Office of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5
Chairman Pro Tempore
Chair, Committee on Government Operations
1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 506
Washington, DC 20004
202.727.8274 Direct
202.355.4257 Cell
202.724.8028 Main
LDougherty@dccouncil.us
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Crime Safety Meeting McDuffy

One thought on “Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffy To Host Safety Summit Monday”

  1. That’s exactly right. These are dog and pony shows — mostly with empty lip service — designed to coverup the fact that MPD’s sworn force has been cut back, for many years now, by a Council and mayors who have a naive bias and bigotry against police — and who don’t care about crime victims and public safety. Crimes that used to be routinely investigated and prosecuted are largely being buried.

    MPD’s leadership has to follow orders like everyone else at MPD. MPD’s chiefs answer to the mayor and council. It is the policies of our mayors and council that are failing to provide adequate public safety and Community Policing crime prevention. Our pols are simply using MPD to shield them from the larger truth that a crime-weary public is coming to understand.

    As a recent WaPo editorial noted…

    “Instead of grilling police about why they need to handcuff people they arrest or wonder if officers really need guns — a thought actually expressed by council member David Grosso (I-At Large) — we would urge the incoming council to work with Chief Lanier on practical solutions to legitimate complaints.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dc-police-deserve-more-credit-for-seeking-solutions/2014/11/07/7e191eb8-63a2-11e4-bb14-4cfea1e742d5_story.html?hpid=z6

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