The Masjid Muhammad mosque at 1519 4th St. NW was one of several mosques and Islamic community centers across the country warned by law enforcement of possible protests. The protests are being planned by a group calling itself Global Rally for Humanity, which argues that Islam presents a threat to all of humanity. The group had rallies scheduled for this weekend in 20 cities in the U.S.
The D.C. rally was scheduled to take place at Masjid Muhammad mosque Friday or Saturday, but the Facebook event for the rally has been deleted. Sultan Muhammad, a spokesperson for the mosque, said that he’s not sure if the rally will still be held, but are working with local and federal officials to bolster security in preparation for possible protests.
“The most recent update that I have to get clarified is that the list of sites where the protests are scheduled has diminished, but we don’t know which places,” Muhammad said this afternoon. “For us, we’re going to remain in heightened awareness in regards to the protest here.”
Earlier today, the mosque posted on its Facebook page warning that a demonstration could take place at any time on Friday or Saturday.
“Imam Talib SHareef and the MM Board of Advisors urge all members and visitors to avoid any contact and/or confrontation with these demonstrators,” the notice said. The post also acknowledged that the protestors will likely be trying to provoke a reaction from the congregants.
The Center for New Community, a Chicago-based organization that tracks racist and nativist movements in the U.S., and which has been monitoring the Rally for Humanity events, said on its website that a demonstration in the District is possible but not confirmed.
There is a separate anti-Muslim rally planned for the National Mall on Saturday as a counter to the rally commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Million Man March. More than 100 people have joined a Facebook event for that protest.
Muhammad said that the mosque has been contacted by many neighbors and other faith groups in the area offering any assistance with handling the protests. He added that whether or not there is a demonstration, the planned one gives members of the mosque congregation an opportunity to reflect on how to best approach anti-Islamic sentiment.
“In any event, these kind of situations always are a good education tool for our younger folks to see how we handle things in a less aggressive manner and good opportunities to teach people how to properly address these things,” he said.
Photo via Facebook/ Masjid Muhammad DC
(Updated at 9:31 a.m. Tuesday) D.C. police have reopened a stretch of M Street NW a suspicious package was reported at the U.S. Post Office at 1800 M St. NW.
The post office reopened for normal business this morning. An employee at the post office said this morning that workers “felt lightheaded” but were not sickened or injured last night.
Authorities said the situation was all clear around 5:50 p.m. yesterday evening and reopened M Street NW between 18th and 19th streets NW shortly thereafter.
Two officers on the scene reported earlier that several people may have been sickened by exposure to the package, but D.C. Fire officials said last night that no toxic material was found at the scene, and added that nobody was transported to the hospital.
Suspicious Package investigation @ 1800 blk of M Street has concluded – no toxic material found.
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) September 21, 2015
Hazmat personnel were seen setting up a large tarp earlier yesterday afternoon, but rolled it up and placed it back in the truck around 5:50 p.m.
(Updated at 7:29 a.m.) A car fire closed both lanes on the 1500 block of 14th Street NW earlier today, say D.C. Police.
Traffic Advisory/Vehicle Fire in the 1500 blk of 14th St NW/Street Closure on 14th from P to Q St NW.
— DC Police Traffic (@DCPoliceTraffic) September 3, 2015
Police say the scene was cleared around 7:30 a.m.
Image via Google Street View
Commander Jacob Kishter alerted the MPD’s Third District listserv of the arrest yesterday evening. “A quick response by nearby police officers and several citizens who called 911 we were able stop the involved parties,” Kishter wrote.
Police did not identify the arrested suspect or the charges brought against them when contacted earlier this morning.
There were no injuries or reports of property damage connected to the crime, say police.
(Updated at 9:35 a.m.) D.C. Police closed a portion of 17th Street NW to investigate a suspicious package earlier today.
The 2000 block of 17th Street NW, located between U and V streets NW, was closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for a little over a half hour, said D.C. Police officials.
Police have since cleared the scene and reopened that portion of the street.
Police say a man approached the victim and shot him around 3:30 a.m.
The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police are urging anyone with information related to the shooting to contact the Third District Detective’s office at 202-673-6918.
(Updated at 2:40 p.m.) Police say two men and two women were stabbed in a domestic dispute that occurred Sunday night on the 1400 block of T Street, close to the bustling 14th and U street corridors.
The alleged assailant has been identified as 70-year old Manuel Antonio Ramos, of Northwest D.C.
Police confirmed this morning the attack left one woman dead, who they have since identified as 64-year-old Santos Ventura.
Police say one other victim was in critical condition this morning. The other two victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Ramos was apprehended at the scene of the crime and has been charged with first-degree murder while armed.
Photo via Google Street View
MPD is accepting nominations from the public for the Washington DC Police Foundation‘s 10th Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony. The event honors officers who gave “outstanding police service” or exemplified “community-oriented policing” in 2014, according to MPD.
Got a friendly neighborhood police officer you want to nominate? Locals can submit their nominations online until 5 p.m. tomorrow.
This week, May 10-16, is 2009 National Police Week. According to the Web site of National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, “National Police Week, which occurs each year during the week in which May 15 falls, recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.”
- 30th Annual DC Area Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service on Monday, May 11 at 11 a.m., Metropolitan Police Department Memorial Fountain, 300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Sponsored by Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 Auxiliary.
- 21st Annual Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday, May 13 at 8:00 p.m. at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on Judiciary Square (4th Street NW between E Street and Indiana Avenue).
- Full Schedule of Events
I am happy to report that the murder that happened in the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW earlier this month has been closed with the arrest of a juvenile male. I thank all partners within the community that helped with the closure of this case. In addition I want to thank members of the United States Police for the recovery of key evidence in this crime. I can assure you that we will continue our presence in Columbia Heights Village Apartments. – Edward Delgado
For Police Service Area (PSA) 208, violent crime decreased 4% in 2008. However, property crime jumped 9%, which means that total crime increased 7% in 2008 in PSA 208. The big increase was thefts from autos, which shot up 28% in 2008.
Generally, PSA 208 takes in the Dupont Circle and Kalorama neighborhoods. West Borderstan is part of PSA 208 (from 15th to 16th and P to S Streets NW) while East Borderstan (14th to 15th Streets) is part of PSA 307.
Highlights and a table with detailed numbers follow.
Borderstanians: This message from MPD Chief of Police Cathy Lanier was posted on Yahoo! Groups on Sunday night, January 4. Chief Lanier provides some interesting, helpful statistics on D.C. crime–and she has some good news.
Happy New Years, everyone. Below some facts on where we ended our year with the help of our committed community members. We ended the year with huge victories on crime:
- Violent crime down 5% citywide.
- Biggest crime reduction citywide: MPD’s Fifth District.
- All gun crimes were down by double digits:
- Robberies with guns down 12%.
- Assaults with guns down 14%.
A reminder that the monthly Police Service Area (PSA) 307 Community Meeting is this Wednesday. Remember that East Borderstan (east of 15th Street NW) is part of PSA 307. PSA 307’s boundaries are from 9th Street to 15th Street NW and from L Street to S Street NW (see PDF map).
- What: PSA 307 Community Meeting.
- When: Wednesday January 7, 2009, from 7 to 9 p.m. PSA 307 meets every month on the first Wednesday.
- Where: Washington Plaza Hotel at 10 Thomas Circle NW.
- Notes: Come and meet Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers and other members of your community at the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of Police Service Area (PSA) 307. Neighborhood crime problems are identified and solutions discussed at PSA meetings.
For Borderstan, fourth-quarter violent crime (October through December) is down 40% in 2008 while property crimes increased 24% in 2008 from 2007 in the same period. The big fourth-quarter increases are in thefts from autos and stolen autos. Overall, the fourth-quarter crime rate for Borderstan rose 13% in 2008 from the fourth quarter of 2007. However, the overall rate is still 15% below that of 2006.
This article,”Rise in Young Killers Worries D.C.,” appeared in yesterday’s Washington Post:
Even in a year in which the homicide numbers barely budged, D.C. police and prosecutors see signs that don’t bode well for the future: an increase in younger killers, apt to open fire on crowded city streets, who could not care less about the damage they cause. Many young suspects put their heads down and even try to sleep during interrogations, according to D.C. homicide detectives. Others seem cold inside, with no sense of reality.