Dear Friends: Last night was a tough night for our
neighborhoods...with armed car jacking, one homicide, four wounded two
critically, another wounding on Sherman Avenue, robberies..more
Celery we need additional solutions to the crime
problems we are facing. What is being done now is not as successful as we
But we are at work on other solutions. Briefly, here
1) GANG INTERVENTION:Following my suggestion 10 days
ago, we have had two very positive meetings on taking the successful model on
gang interventions that we have for Latinos, and extending it to African
American crews. We have some preliminary commitments from MPD
2) BETTER TECHNOLOGY; I have asked Mayor Fenty to
provide 3D with SHotspotters, so we can have better technology to fight crime by
identifying the area from which shots are being fired. We have also got to
replace the current cameras with others that are more versatile, and more
effective.t What we have now is very high tech but also very rigid and of
limited utility. Better--though not necessarily more expensive cameras--can be a
helpful crime fighting tool.
3) MORE POLICE, GREATER POLICE PRESENCE: Steps
have recently been taken to improve foot patrols. But Chief Lanier now has from
the Council the authority for 350 additional officers. They should be hired as
soon as possible while keeping quality standards high. In eth meantime, police
have got to be assigned where they are needed. Right now, the escalating level
of violence in our Ward calls for a significant increase in police
4) TOUGH ACTION ON BARS THAT HAVE A PATTERN OF
ATTRACTING CRIME AND VIOLENCE. I respectfully disagree with the decision that
Chief Lanier made over the weekend. I had called upon her to use her emergency
powers to shut down El Salvadoreno, on 14th Street at Parkwood, after still
another stabbing. We must continue to send a clear message that we mean business
in this regard...not on an single event of serious crime, but when there is
present a clear pattern of a bar that draws violence to its premises. Such is
the case with El Salvadoreno. As recently as about a year ago, its license was
suspended for 60 days (30 days stayed) as a result of 12 crimes over a prior 18
In all of thsi, we are not by any means overlooking the
root causes of crime, and need to engage our young people in meaningful
ways...especially when they are very young. And also, in providing job and
training opportunity for a better life.
But right now, we are facing a very serious set of
challenges. One shooting tends to give rise to more, as revenge is
Chief, we need these new approaches right
Bests CM Jim Graham
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