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WASHINGTON DC CHECK POINTS or POLICE STATE?

June 10, 2008

What do you all think? Is this a “sign” or are they doing the right thing by Washington D.C.?

D.C. police will seal off entire neighborhoods, set up checkpoints and kick out strangers
‘Under an executive order expected to be announced today, police Chief Cathy L. Lanier will have the authority to designate “Neighborhood Safety Zones.” At least six officers will man cordons around those zones and demand identification from people coming in and out of them. Anyone who doesn’t live there, work there or have “legitimate reason” to be there will be sent away or face arrest, documents obtained by The Examiner show.’

18 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2008 2:05 pm

    its treason they are traitors to america for doing these type of things and this in minor on the list of things they do but we can stand for this anymore before we know it we will have no freedoms left FUCK THE NWO! KILLUMANTI

  2. June 10, 2008 3:36 pm

    Well it depends.

    Do the residents want it? They’re the ones living there.

    Is there a lot of crime there to protect residents from? Is it an area where outsiders come to sell/buy drugs? If so, there might be a reasonable basis to having more stringent control over the flow of people in and out.

    Is this usually a highly trafficked neighborhood? If it is, then this is an impractical tactic to increase resident security. If not, then maybe it’s a good way to make people who live there feel safer.

    You should be free to go where you want to go, but if it’s not a tourist area then it’s more important to protect residents. If there are drugs and other crimes prevalent there, maybe security cameras aren’t enough — preventative rather than post-damage control might be in order.

  3. June 10, 2008 3:51 pm

    Weither or not the residents want something there has to be a unity in the solution. There’s alot of crime going on Trinidad Street in DC (Seriously? you have no Idea) City of God, anyone?
    Unfortunately folks are born and killed in that ghetto labyrinth, and I believe the residents have tried some things and it really hasn’t worked, so the last result is the cops setting up shop. I don’t think it needs to be that forceful, it needs to be the cooperation of the residents and the police department to orchestrate something like that.

  4. frankie permalink
    June 10, 2008 5:44 pm

    the trinidad neihborhood has been messed up for a minute but 8 murders in a weekend! if the police dont do somthing who is. if they wasnt there people would complain that they aint doin there job.

  5. Mike permalink
    June 10, 2008 5:58 pm

    This isn’t a police state. If you live in or around D.C. you know what’s going on around here. Even if you don’t it is known that D.C. has one of the highest crime rates in our country. 8 People were murdered in one weekend. It isn’t a safe place and people need to stop killing each other. I know there are a lot of bad police out there but I think this is being done to try and help and it’s sincere. People killing over dice games, drugs and everything else. We need upliftment. We need change in relationship with the cops. All we been doing is one vicious cycle of murder and drugs and the people vs. the cops. so what we just supposed to keep on like that forever. Kill, drugs, hate cops, cop hate us, kill, kill, never make it. Attitudes need to change. Don’t get me wrong the worst of all is sitting up on capitol hill. maybe the cops should run up there!!

  6. Are You Serious?? permalink
    June 10, 2008 6:48 pm

    How is this a sign that the world is coming to an end? Police intervention is EXACTLY what they need over in Trinidad, there have been 22 Murders there so far this year. Most of the time these murders are coming from people who don’t even live in the Trinidad and come in and cause problems.

    Its about damn time the joke of a police force and local Government DC has does something and this is a step in the right direction. People in those neighborhoods complain when Police don’t come through or aren’t seen in there neighborhood but when the Police actually DO something, people get “outraged.”

    As long as you are not causing problems or doing something you are not supposed to, this should not be an issue.

    It is easier to complain then to offer realistic solutions to solve the real problems going on.

    22 People Dead within the vicinity of a few blocks warrants a lock down and Police intervention.

    Sorry, the truth hurts.

  7. June 10, 2008 8:00 pm

    Well, there are certain orgs that are watching this very closely. its a slippery slope. and the police and the gov need to address the ISSUES that are causing this violence. they are always trying to put a bandaid on a gaping cut.

  8. GET REAL permalink
    June 10, 2008 10:51 pm

    Oh I am sure certain organizations are watching this closely, the NAACP came out against this, which is moronic to say the least because every single person that died over the weekend, there were 9 I believe were ALL African American, so its not like they are “profiling” people when the majority of these neighborhoods are all African American. 1 died over a domestic dispute, another over a dice game….and they were not all kids, most of them were grown men. What is there to do for people who have the nerve to kill someone so quick over a domestic dispute, what is there to argue about that is worth shooting ANOTHER HUMAN? Tell me, because I can’t think of anything. People want to act like crazy, they are going to be treated like they are crazy and the Police are going to PROTECT AND SERVE. I am a DC resident and have lived in the DC Area since I was a kid. It has gotten MUCH BETTER here but the police are going to have to do what they got to do to make sure this spike of murders doesn’t return. DC is doing to much to try to turn itself around as far as the image problem the city has had and the reputation for having some pretty rough neighborhoods.

    I know you are one of those “anti police anti establishment” people from reading your blogs and fighting the powers that be.

    DC HAS tried to address the issues that cause violence, they tried to ban guns in the city and that got shot down and people were outraged.

    Yes, this is a short term solution to what has and always be a long term problem, but the root of the problem lies with the parents and the values these kids in the inner DC area are holding dear.

  9. June 11, 2008 12:16 am

    well, thats good news as far as i can tell. like i said, its a slippery slope. i posed the question. i dont live in DC, but i live in the hood, so to speak. hopefully some long term solutions come out of this.

  10. June 11, 2008 6:18 pm

    Is crime in D.C. that bad? Sounds worse than Baghdad.

  11. yallstillsleepin permalink
    June 11, 2008 6:52 pm

    Hey Illseed, I live in Baltimore and we have been a ‘police state’ for about 8yrs now, they do it all year long in a lot of neighborhoods, but mostly all summer!!! Can’t visit friends, if you go to the store you must have your I.D. to get back in, can’t sit on the steps SMH at that shit, its funny how much NEWS this AIN’T making!!!

  12. GET REAL permalink
    June 11, 2008 9:41 pm

    No, DC is not that bad, crime is pretty much isolated to over Anacostia with some bad parts mixed in, but DC is the kind of place where unless you go looking for trouble, its really not going to find you, I love living in DC.

  13. June 12, 2008 1:42 am

    Dont listen 2 guy above me sayin crime in DC is isolated in southeast LOL he must be from Mo county, Its major crime all over DC and Ward 5 which is in northeast 4 the dumb nigga above me, has been in code red twice this year for all the murders and crime thats been goin on

  14. ... permalink
    June 12, 2008 1:15 pm

    Like I said, if you go looking for trouble, you can find it, but DC dudes arent out head hunting and cutting random people down. And MoCo? I dont even step foot in Maryland so ummm nice try? I live in Georgetown.

    And for the record, I didnt say it was just Anacostia, I said there are bad neighborhooods mixed in, but DC STILL, isnt as bad as some would like to think or portray it to be.

  15. AshBurn permalink
    June 13, 2008 9:41 pm

    I live in a surrounding DC area (Mo County). I think this is totally uneccessary, DC is not that bad anymore. What they need to be focusing is all the illegals from VAthat are bringing the crime rate up in the surrounding areaa. And why DC residents are being kicked out of there neighborhoods for new “white” developments. Thats a question that needs to be answered. They should bring that to Baltimore because thats were the real crime is happening. DC has calmed down alot. It would make more sense to have had this in the 90′s. But it ain’t that bad. I mean the go-go scene has seriously died down (In my opinion) so there isn’t a lot of fakery in the parties anymore. I dunno I think its just dumb…seems to me like someones trying to show Fenti they are doing their job so they don’t get fired.

  16. boyo permalink
    June 15, 2008 1:24 am

    Paperdreamer said:

    “Well it depends.
    Do the residents want it? They’re the ones living there.”

    What the fuck? What resident wants to be cordoned off and required to provide their identification or be sent away from their neighborhood upon threat of arrest?

    ‘I’m sorry, officer, I had no idea that it was ‘nazi-regime’ day because that executive order of yours hadn’t come down yet! Unfortunately, I was just walking up the street to get the Sunday paper and a gallon of milk before I went to church. – Yes, I see. – You’re so right: ‘Well, thank goodness I am white.’ Have a great day.”

    I don’t know much, I’ll give you that, but I do know that D.C.’s police force, like most of America, applies its laws in a pretty openly discriminatory manner. Who do you think this is most likely to affect? My guess is undocumented immigrants and non-white citizens.

    And personally, even if that’s not the case, the government should not be using the police to enforce social mores or freedom of association. Fuck that. What’s next, requiring me to only associate with jerks in uniforms? Or maybe the white middle class kids can’t play with the lower-class ones anymore, right? Because cordoning off and isolating by the government is “acceptable” -Right?

    Public safety is undefined. Investigation of 8 murders is not. End of story.

    You should be embarrassed, paperdreamer.

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