by Tim Regan — October 1, 2015 at 12:10 pm 240 0

rainy weather in Borderstan, photo via https://www.flickr.com/photos/vlsergey/Regardless of whether Hurricane Joaquin visits D.C., the city is bracing for heavy rain and flooding this weekend.

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office said today in a press release that the mayor has been briefed by the District’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) and city leaders on the forecast for Hurricane Joaquin and the District’s readiness. According to the the release, HSEMA will hold “twice daily briefings” with National Weather Service and agency officials on storm preparation.

The National Weather Service said yesterday that D.C. and the surrounding area could see anywhere from two to five inches of rain between tomorrow and Monday morning.

How can you prepare for the wet weather? Bowser tweeted earlier today that D.C. residents should “take a few mins to clear debris from any storm drains” to avoid basement flooding like the kind seen in Shaw in June.

Likewise, DC Water has urged its customers to prepare for flooding by reporting clogged catch basins near their homes.

While most experts say there’s no need to panic just yet — I’m looking at you, Virginia — the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for D.C. and the surrounding region until Saturday evening.

In other words, if you live in a flood-prone part of town, prepare for leaky basements. But maybe wait a while before going nuts on the toilet paper, bread and milk.

Photo via Flickr/ vlsergey

by Sean Meehan — October 1, 2015 at 11:20 am 167 0

900 block of N Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man who reportedly died of natural causes yesterday was found early this morning in Shaw, said D.C. Police.

Police received a call around 8 a.m. that a man had died of natural causes in a home near the 900 block of N Street NW.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Oscar Mendez confirmed said emergency personnel were called to remove the man from the home this morning.

Some readers reported seeing a large group of emergency personnel in the area earlier today.

Photo via Google Maps

by Sean Meehan — September 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm 165 0

Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau and other local politicians cut ribbons at 14 Shaw- and U Street-area businesses during a “ribbon cutting roundup” organized by Shaw Main Streets earlier today.

Duffy’s Irish Pub (2106 Vermont Ave. NW) and U Scoot (1949 Vermont Ave. NW) were two of the businesses honored with a ceremony.

“We’ve been open since June, but it feels like it’s official now that they’ve come here and cut a ribbon,” U Scoot owner Andre Esser said.

Bowser was scheduled to cut ribbons during the openings, but had to cancel many appearances — including ones at U Scoot and Duffy’s — at the last minute.

Duffy’s general manager and former owner Andy Duffy laid out dozens wings in anticipation of Bowser’s arrival, but when he cut the large red ribbon, he was joined only by Nadeau, new Duffy’s owner Casey Callister and Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alexander Padro.

As attendees left the pub with to-go boxes packed with wings, Duffy and Callister said they were just happy to be recognized, even if the mayor herself couldn’t make it.

“We’re very grateful to have that kind of support,” added Callister. “I think it shows that we care about businesses here in D.C. and our politicians care.”

Blocks away at U Scoot, Esser echoed the positivity. “It was a success,” he said. “[The mayor] wasn’t here, but it was still nice.”

Photo of Mayor Bowser via Twitter/MayorBowser

by Tim Regan — September 28, 2015 at 10:35 am 107 0

Art All Night, photo via Twitter/ArtAllNightDC

Musicians, artists, performers and crowds of onlookers filled the streets and sidewalks in five D.C. neighborhoods during this year’s Art All Night.

In Dupont Circle and Shaw, musicians played, shadows came to life, buildings changed colors and artists collaborated. Naturally, such a spectacle prompted a veritable tweetstorm of art:

Did you see anything interesting? Let us know via e-mail or Twitter and we might add it to this post.

Photo via Twitter/ArtAllNightDC

by Jennifer Currier — September 24, 2015 at 3:55 pm 408 0

The Art All Night overnight party is back. Got a game plan?

The citywide festival kicks off for the fifth time this Saturday night and lasts from 7 p.m to 3 a.m. The event promises to merge local painters, performers and mixed-media masters in exhibits spanning five D.C. neighborhoods including Dupont Circle and Shaw.

This year’s festival will maintain its “mashup vibe” with exhibits that reflect the spirit of each neighborhood, said Art All Night founder and creative director Ariana Austin.

“This year, we’ve really hit our stride and worked to highlight some featured installations in each neighborhood,” Austin said. “I was very connected to all of them and am especially excited to see how they turn out.”

In keeping with the exuberant theme, Carnegie Library will be made into a giant screen and will serve as host to a two-hour aerial acrobatic show and other live performances.

How does one tackle viewing such a gargantuan art display? Austin had some guidance.

“My advice would be to saunter around and just make a go of it,” she said. “Don’t be destination-oriented. Choose some exhibits that excite you most, but also walk around to take everything in. Go into it hoping for an incredible night.”

Still don’t know where to start? Here’s everything you need to know about how to tackle the Dupont Circle and Shaw sides of Art All Night:


801 K St. NW, Mt. Vernon St. Entrance
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Carnegie Library will serve as the focal point for art exhibits across all five neighborhoods welcoming Art All Night. Interior and exterior art displays will utilize all parts of the building to engage visitors with the artwork.


HUB: 2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The Embassy Row Hotel has taken on the role of the hub of Dupont’s exhibition. Expect a rooftop black light party, live art painting and motion picture screenings by DJ Ausar and Tim McLoraine.

2120 P St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Five major displays will light in locations across the city to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Art All Night. Dupont Circle’s is called “Sit Stand Lie, Bayonne” and is a large-scale projection piece by Tim McLoriane broken into three panels. First, the panels come together to share a color scheme or image before separating to each take on a scheme of their own.

Dupont Circle Fountain
7 – 8 p.m.
This multimedia performance from the mind of artist Monica Bose will use water, video projections alongside a 216-foot sari to make a statement about climate change.

2010 P St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Local pop artist Paulie B. will be in attendance at Fantom Comics for two meet-and-greet sessions, one at 7 p.m. and the other at midnight.

1520 20th St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
A mix of traditional Colombian art and dance will be on display at the Ambassador’s Residence. Artist Beatriz Echeverri will be showing an exhibition called “Figurations.” Then, Colombian dance troupe El Tayrona will perform two shows to live music at 8 and 9 p.m.

1603 17th St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Artists Yasmine Iskander, Karen Currie, Paula Plaza and Nicholas Umpleby will have exhibitions up throughout the night to complement three musical performances.

9 Hillyer Court NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Deemed a “must-see” stop by Austin, the Hillyer Art Space will be have several new media installations, visual art displays and the chance for visitors to make their own jewelry.

2008 R St. NW
7:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
The Rappaport Collection is focusing on live art with live painting demonstrations by Timeto Murphy and Anne Chandra. Another performance will follow from soul singer Edy Blu.

2106 R St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The film “The 20th Century on Trial: Gunter Grass and Norman Mailer at the NY Public Library” will be shown starting at 8 p.m. Artist Gunter Grass work will be on display at the Alex Gallery alongside sculptures by Otto Scherer.

2106 R St. NW – Lower Level
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Gallery A will exhibit miniature sculptures from Peruvian-American artist Nancy Angulo and elaborate cartography from Michael Francis Reagan. Local group Musica Andina will play traditional music from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru every half hour.

2108 R St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Live music, poetry and artist talks start every half hour from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m.

1717 Connecticut Ave. NW
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Mixed-media landscape artist and photographer Amelia Shachov will hold sessions to discuss her work starting every hour.

2129 S St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Freely usable drawing supplies, costumed models and music by DJ Brian Kelley fill the space here.

2424 Massachusetts Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Attendees will be able to taste, hear and see the Ivory Coast. The country’s embassy will open its doors for traditional music performances, food samples and wood carvings.


HUB: 1630 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The Shaw Library will serve as the neighborhood’s hub for the festival with a sampling of activities and displays for guests. Face and body painting will be performed by artist Anike Robinson Nathan Scott and DJ Stylus will perform inside the venue starting at 9 p.m. A mixed media installation by Alicia Dolabaille and “Art Dances With Music” by Jessica Yirenkyi will also be displayed.

1940 9th St. NW
9 p.m. & 12 a.m.

Finnish country band Steve ‘n’ Seagulls will kick off the evening at DC9 at 9 p.m., Entry costs $14. A People’s Choir DC will host an interactive singalong at midnight.

1911 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Master re-upholsterer Sarah Carrier Stough will demonstrate some of her techniques.

625 T St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Howard Triangle will relive past Art All Night DC festivals with projected footage.

600 Florida Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Photographer Julie Guyot-Dianone will display portraits of former child soldiers from Sierra Leone.

1851 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Abstract acrylic on canvas painting exhibit, “Dances with Line” by artist John Parker and music from DJ NuffSaid will meld here.

1847 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Portraits of contemporary and historic African-American figures done with oil and pencil will be on display in “Heroes and Sheroes” by Labarron Person.

641 S St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

The Wonder Bread Factory will host a breakdance competition while celebrating the breakdance crew Lionz of Zion’s 19th anniversary. Later in the night, local brass band Brass Connection Band will be perform.

520 Florida Ave. NW
9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

DJ Gio will entertain crowds at Shaw’s Tavern.

1713 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Shaw’s installment of the fifth anniversary light display is called “Shaw Shadows.” Produced by Jim Webb, the interactive lighting project invites visitors to show off their best dance in front of spotlights. Their shadows will be projected onto a five-story building. Then, at 9:30 p.m., Step Afrika! will perform.

925 Rhode Island Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Old City Farm and Guild will have a variety of entertainers, from D.C. comedians and musical theater to a fire baton twirler.

1604 7th St. NW
7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
The first 100 visitors at Taylor & York will receive canvasses, brushes and paint to let their inner artist out at this DIY art party.

1535 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Starting off the night, twin New York jazz saxophonists Peter and Will Anderson will perform at Compass Coffee. The following act, the Howard “KingFish” Franklin Quartet, starts at 10 p.m.

1527 and 1529-31 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

The Shaw Salon at Swatchroom will show off the work of co-founder Maggie O’Neill alongside live painting demonstrations, live music and video installations.

1501 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Chaplin’s will have live painting and a DJ.

1400 Block of 8th St. NW
7 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.

City Market at O will take over the entire street and host dancers, clowns, jugglers, henna tattoos and a photo booth.

1410 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Artwork by Brian Mishoe and Sarah Britt will shine at Pekoe Acupuncture & Wellness, with a DJ providing music in the basement.

1334 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Piassa EthioCuisine will serve crepes all night to the tune of music by DJ Jahsonic.

1316 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

An abstract mixed media piece by Matt Hlubny will be on display at Thally.

711 N St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The Center City Public Charter School Shaw Campus Auditorium planned a full lineup of live dance and music performances, culminating in a dance party at 1:30 a.m.

1250 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

A window art display by Sandy Phillips called “Meet Our Rabbits!” and a found object installation by Reid and Taylor Studio will take the spotlight here.

1240 9th St., 2nd Floor
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Beyond Collective will put on a nighttime audio-visual display during “Nocturnal.”

Windows on 9th Street
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Look up, Shaw. Four different buildings along 9th Street will display window art installments throughout the night. Locations and artists are:

  • 1251 9th St. NW by Nooni Reatig
  • 1549 9th St. NW by Alexander M. Padro
  • 1239 9th St. NW by Rosina Teri Memolo
  • 1207 9th St. NW by Chris Kidboy

Photo via Art All Night/Citelum

by Tim Regan — September 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm 108 0

Community meeting flyer; Photo via Kids in the TriangleThree D.C. councilmembers, a handful of ANC 6E commissioners and two D.C. Police commanders will meet with Shaw residents discuss neighborhood crime prevention next week.

The meeting will take place at the Gibson Plaza Apartments (1301 7th Street NW) next Thursday at 6:30 p.m. In attendance will be councilmembers Phil Mendelson, Charles Allen and Anita Bonds; Department of Recreation Director Keith Anderson; First and Third District police commanders Jeff Brown and Jeffrey Carroll; and ANC 6E commissioners Marge Maceda, Alex Padro, Kevin Chapple, Frank Wiggins and Rachel Nigro.

The event is set to address issues such as the communication strategy between police districts, citizen advisory councils, D.C. agencies and Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office. Additionally, the meeting will cover how ANC commissioners and D.C. councilmembers can share crime data with other wards and neighborhood commissions, and residents will be able to offer up suggestions, air grievances and talk with local police officers.

The meeting will also walk residents through specific crime-prevention strategies such as security camera installation and what’s been implemented to keep children safe at the Kennedy Playground and at Shaw parks and schools.

“Our deepest condolences go to the families and friends of Ms. Tamara Gliss, Mr. Patrick Shaw and Mr. Matt Shlonsky,” reads a meeting flyer distributed over the Shaw listserv yesterday. “We owe it to their memories to ensure that no member [of] our community or our friends experience violence in our communities.”

Photo courtesy of Kids in the Triangle

by Tim Regan — September 22, 2015 at 10:30 am 243 0

Police cars, photo via Flickr.com/MPD(Updated at 11:13 a.m.) A taxi driver was robbed at gunpoint in his car near Shaw last night, said D.C. Police.

According to police, the driver picked up two men near the intersection of 4th and Rhode Island Ave. NE around 9:10 p.m. and drove them to the intersection of 5th and Q streets NW. When they arrived, one of the men pointed a gun to the back of the driver’s head and demanded that he hand over his property.

Police said the suspects robbed the driver, jumped out of the car and fled eastbound through an alley. Authorities are still on the lookout for the two suspects.

Photo via Flickr.com/MPD

by Tim Regan — September 17, 2015 at 11:45 am 387 0

Shaw for Shaw posterThe developers behind a planded building that would house a Whole Foods near the 9:30 Club will preview the forthcoming store with free sandwiches and music from a local brass band this weekend.

MRP Realty, along with Ellis Development and JBG Companies, will host the free event at the proposed future site of a mixed-use development at 965 Florida Avenue NW on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

During the event, which will feature appearances from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Fresh FM’s Tommy McFly, attendees will be able to dine on free breakfast sandwiches from future tenant Whole Foods and listen to live music from local brass band Brass Connection.

Despite the pomp and circumstance slated for Saturday, plans for the new store looked murky as recently as July. An MRP spokesperson said the D.C. Council will vote on whether to approve the plan to build next Tuesday.

Photo courtesy of MRP Realty

by Tim Regan — September 17, 2015 at 10:30 am 1,454 0

Police CarA boy was arrested after taking part in a robbery of a cyclist in Shaw yesterday afternoon, said D.C. Police.

According to police, a cyclist was riding his bike on the 400 block of N Street NW around 4:30 p.m. yesterday when he approached a crowd of 12-14 juveniles. One of the juveniles, a boy, allegedly punched the cyclist in the face and knocked him off of his bike. Police said the young robbers then took the victim’s property and fled westbound.

Third District Commander Jeffrey Carroll wrote in an e-mail to the district’s listserv this morning that police were able to find and arrest one of the suspected robbers shortly after the crime occurred.

“After canvassing the area, the officers were able to locate a suspect in the area who was identified as being involved in the robbery and placed under arrest,” wrote Carroll. “Subsequent investigation has linked this suspect to additional robberies that have occurred in the First District and the Fifth District.”

by Jennifer Currier — September 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm 242 0

WABA stand from 2013, photo via Facebook / WABADCThe Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and the Metropolitan Police Department’s PSA 308 will help man a “lemonade stand” — minus the lemonade — to promote public safety tomorrow evening.

Cyclists are encouraged to ride to the 600 block of O Street NW for biking-related goodies and resources from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

WABA Vice President Martin Moulton said the volunteers at the stand will hand out comprehensive maps of places to ride in the city as well as bike safety tips and cards. Riders who arrive early enough can also pick up a free gift.

“Our goal is to engage cyclists in the local community and make sure drivers, cyclists and pedestrians all get along,” Moulton said.

He also said Lieutenant Debra Pearce has been eager to work with groups in the community to promote public safety and add to their existing outreach post.

“It’s a great community engagement tool,” Moulton added. “We’re excited for the chance to talk to people, and we just hope everyone has a good time out there on the road.”

Photo via Facebook/Washington Area Bicyclist Association

by Tim Regan — August 21, 2015 at 12:45 pm 819 3 Comments

A new Vietnamese restaurant is on track to arrive in Shaw next spring.

The new restaurant, Hoa Tuc, will be located at 715 Florida Avenue NW and will serve contemporary versions of traditional Vietnamese dishes, says co-owner Suzy Duong.

“We will do traditional Vietnamese food in a very contemporary way, but we will still use the traditional recipes,” Duong says.

For example, Duong says the restaurant will serve clay pot fish with local rockfish or sea bass instead of the more traditional choice of catfish.

“We would like to use fresh ingredients that are local and present them in a contemporary way using local resources and available herbs and spices,” Duong adds.

Duong says the restaurant will seat 74 people and include a full bar that serves local beers, wine and cocktails.

The new eatery will be co-owned and managed by Van Pham and Jon D’Souza, and is an extension of a pre-existing Vietnamese restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City that shares the Hoa Tuc name. The owner of the Ho Chi Minh City restaurant, Kim Ha Do, will relocate to D.C. to help open the restaurant, Duong says.

“[Do] has such a proven record in Ho Chi Minh city. She is the owner of nine different restaurants,” says Duong.

The idea, she adds, is to recreate some of what made Do’s restaurants successful in Vietnam.

“We are hoping to convey the fact that it’s very warm and inviting,” Duong says. “There will be Vietnamese heritage art on the walls. We are hoping that this will turn into a local neighborhood hangout for people in the Shaw neighborhood.”

Duong also says she hopes the nearby Shay development will help bring people through the door.

“It’s lucky for us that The Shay is across the street,” she says.

Photos courtesy of Hoa Tuc

by Tim Regan — August 20, 2015 at 3:40 pm 465 0

Marcus King, photo via MPDPolice have identified one of the suspects in the deadly shooting that left 23 year-old Matthew Shlonsky dead last weekend.

Police say Shlonsky was killed after being caught in the path of a drive-by shooting that occurred near the intersection of 7th and S streets NW on the afternoon of Aug. 15.

Police are seeking Marcus King, 19, on a warrant for second degree murder while armed.


Police released King’s photo and information earlier this afternoon.

If you see this suspect, call 911 for immediate police response. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

Photo courtesy of MPD

by Tim Regan — August 18, 2015 at 7:00 am 390 2 Comments

Police Car(Corrected at 10:51 p.m. with proper neighborhood) A man was arrested and charged yesterday in connection with the death of an infant in Petworth, say D.C. Police.

Police announced yesterday evening that they had arrested 28-year-old Robert Smith Sr. from Northwest D.C. and charged him with first-degree felony murder in connection with the death of five-week-old Robert Smith Jr.

Police say officers and emergency personnel from D.C. Fire and EMS responded to the 3700 block of 9th Street NW for the report of an unconscious person two weeks ago on Aug. 4 around 3:43 pm.

Upon arrival, crews found a five week-old infant “unconscious and unresponsive.” The infant was transported from the scene to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the District’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner later determined the cause of death to be a homicide caused by “multiple blunt force injuries.”

Information on Smith Sr.’s lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

by Tim Regan — August 17, 2015 at 5:10 pm 1,248 0

Six persons of interest were filmed in connection with the deadly shooting that left an American University graduate dead in Shaw on Saturday afternoon.

The video, released today by police, is split into two parts.

The first part shows a vehicle connected to the shooting. Police are urging those who may have seen the vehicle before or after the shooting to come forward.

The second part appears to show footage from a shootout that occurred near the intersection of 7th and S streets NW on Saturday.

In that part of the video, several men, who appear to be clutching handguns, can be seen running with their heads down, seemingly scrambling for cover.

American University graduate Matthew Shlonsky was killed in the crossfire, say police.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.

Video via MPD

by Tim Regan — August 17, 2015 at 9:45 am 503 2 Comments

Police cars, photo via Flickr.com/MPD

An ANC commissioner is calling on D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to implement a new crime plan following the deadly shooting of an American University student in Shaw on Saturday.

In a post written yesterday, ANC 2F Commissioner Charlie Bengel, 2F-06, laid out his concerns with “Mayor Muriel Bowser’s failure to protect the citizens of the District of Columbia.”

“Matt Shlonsky was 23 years old, a 2014 graduate of American University and an employee at Deloitte,” wrote Bengel on the deadly shooting in Shaw. “He was walking near the Shaw Metro station yesterday, minding his own business, when he was randomly killed, a victim of a drive by shooting in what has become a lawless Shaw community.”

Bengel continues: “As an elected city official I call on the mayor to immediately implement a true plan, with specific actions, to take back our communities from the violent crime we’ve seen recently.”

Below are Bengel’s 10 strategies for crime prevention in the District:

1. Use the bully pulpit of the mayor’s position to discuss with communities the importance of coming forward with information that could lead to the closure of open cases of violent crime. We must overcome the culture of a hero being labeled a snitch.

2. Increase the reward from $25,000 to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for homicides. Year to date the city has seen 93 homicides and more than half remain unsolved.

3. Re-introduce district-based plain clothes vice units. The Third District vice unit was responsible for 1,400 arrests and 100 gun seizures alone in 2014. Crime suppression teams, fully uniformed and in marked, and very visible, police cruisers, are unable to be as effective as the vice units were.

4. Increase enforcement of public housing and Section 8 rules. With 70,000 residents on the waiting list for housing assistance, we cannot tolerate any public housing or Section 8 residents who harbor criminals or break rules – or allow their guests to. When a public housing or Section 8 resident is convicted of a felony that news needs to be shared amongst agencies and result in an eviction per the public housing rules.

5. Set up zero tolerance policing zones where arrests will occur, without warning, to anyone committing any crime – including quality of life crimes such as drinking in public, prostitution, public urination, marijuana use, illegal gambling and the like.

6. Unrestricted police overtime. The police department needs as many officers on the street as possible to get us through the summer.

7. Curfew enforcement. The law says juveniles under the age of 17 shall be inside by midnight in the summer and that law needs to be strictly enforced.

8. The city needs to greatly increase the use of high definition surveillance and recording cameras and give grants to businesses willing to install exterior cameras and share the live feed with the police department.

9. The same people are getting arrested over and over again and it becomes a “badge of honor”, as one officer told me. We need to look closely at how many arrests are not prosecuted and what comes of those cases that are. The reality is a tiny portion of people commit the violent crime and we need to get them locked up for a long time.

10. All District agencies must work together to combat crime and the agency directors need to be held accountable. It should not have taken three months after a homicide across from Kennedy Rec Center in Shaw for DPR & DGS to get a contract for cameras executed.

Bengel also called for more ANC commissioners to speak out about violence in the District.

“I call on my fellow Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners to keep up the pressure,” he wrote. “Don’t be afraid to speak out. Don’t let this issue slip when crime drops with the temperature. Demand that our leaders in the executive branch come up with long term solutions to what is an always anticipated rise in crime in the summer.”

Photo via Flickr/MPD


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