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Fundraiser Underway to Help Officers Injured in Adams Morgan

July 7, 2017

On June 8th, Brandon Figures-Mormon got behind the steering wheel of his pickup truck in Adams Morgan, veered around a stopped Metro bus and sped onto a median, striking two uniformed D.C. police officers and a city transportation worker. The incident was widely reported (read Washington Post article).

What I think is lesser known if that the two officers struck by the truck were seriously injured. In checking with MPD and beat officers in Adams Morgan recently, I was able to get an update on their condition. One of the officers has been released from care and is undergoing  physical therapy. The other is still hospitalized and with significant injuries.

To help the two injured officers, the FOP Auxiliary, DC Police Union, and the entire greater DC law enforcement community have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to support the officers and their families as they face months and possibly years of tough recovery and rehabilitation.

The fundraising goal is $50,000 to be split between the two injured officers and families. Anyone is welcome to participate at https://www.gofundme.com/fund-for-2-dc-officers-injured-68

MPD Investigating Whether Officers Hit Boy and Left Scene

July 3, 2017

On the evening of June 30th, I was notified by neighbors living on 6th Street between Newton and Otis that at around 7:35 p.m. they heard a thud outside and a child scream. They indicated that it appeared to them that the police car had hit the child. Shortly thereafter, the offices left with the injured boy and his damaged bicycle still in the alley. According to the Washington Post, (read article here), this incident is currently being investigated.

Immediately after receiving the report of this incident, I reached out to Chief Newsham, Assistant Chief Greene, and the Fourth District Commander Manlapaz seeking answers. Both Chief Newsham and Commander Manlapaz responded quickly that they were aware of the incident and investigating it. I’ve since scheduled a meeting with Chief Newsham later this week at which I’ll be addressing this incident among my other public safety concerns.

Regardless of the details of the incident, one thing to me is quite clear … leaving the scene of the incident before an ambulance could arrive to make sure the 11-year old boy was alright is not acceptable. This is not the relationship that we should have between the community and those entrusted to ensure our public safety. Additionally, I think the incident highlights a symptom of a much larger problem — one made worse by the number of retirements and new hires that MPD is currently working through. Because of the attrition rate and efforts to hire new officers, I believe we currently have police offers who are disconnected from the communities they serve for a variety of reasons.

On a human level, no one who knew the community and those who live in it would have left a child in need sitting in an alley. This was demonstrated by the residents of 6th Street who took it upon themselves to ensure that an ambulance was called and made sure that everything would turn out alright. While they were doing the right thing as any neighbor would, to me they are heroes.

For my part, I’ll be seeking a resolution to this that ensures that MPD takes the appropriate corrective action and restores confidence that the incident currently being investigate never happens again.

MPD Seeks Assistance for Person of Interest in Armed Robbery on Georgia Avenue.

January 10, 2017

MPD is seeking assistance in identifying a person of interest in an armed robbery that occurred on January 5th on the 3200 block of Georgia Avenue. Below is the video followed by the MPD news release.

January 9, 2017
 
Person of Interest Sought in an
Armed Robbery of Establishment (Gun):
3200 Block of Georgia Avenue, Northwest
 
(Washington, DC)– The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in reference to an Armed Robbery of Establishment (Gun) offense that occurred in the 3200 block of Georgia Avenue, Northwest, on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at approximately 5:30 pm.
 
The suspect entered an establishment in the area, brandished a gun, and demanded money.  The suspect then went behind the counter, took US currency from the register, and fled the scene in an unknown direction.
 
Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.  The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a violent offense, including an armed robbery, committed in the District of Columbia.

MPD Unveils Sector Concept

January 4, 2017

Yesterday, MPD announced that they would be implementing a city wide sector model to improve response times. Below is the full announcement. You can read the accompanying FAQs here and see the sector model maps for Park View following the announcement.

Over the past several months, the Metropolitan Police Department has been working to broaden its use of a sector model. This model brings additional management accountability to districts and allows for faster dispatch, lower response times, and improved service to the community.

Under this model, each patrol district is divided into three sectors with a sector being an informal grouping of Police Service Areas (PSAs). Each sector will be led by a captain, who will report directly to their respective district commanders. Sector captains will be responsible for their assigned areas 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Lieutenants will share responsibility for overseeing the PSAs and personnel in their sector on any given shift. Please note that officers and sergeants will continue to be assigned to their current PSAs under the sector model.

The sector concept does not eliminate PSAs. The PSA boundaries within 1D, 2D, 3D, 4D, and 7D remain the same. The Fifth and Sixth Districts will have a small modification to their PSA boundaries within their District. These changes to 5D and 6D PSA boundaries are in line with MPD’s patrol strategy and are intended to support more efficient dispatching operations and decisions. Please see below for the modification changes. These modifications are scheduled to go into effect the first week of January 2017.

The sector model will not disrupt or alter MPD operations and activities, or services to the community in any way. This is an internal organizational change intended to better support operations. Additionally, as eligibility for retirement in the command ranks continues to grow, the sector concept affords the Chief of Police another opportunity to develop managers and assess Sector Captains for command staff positions.

Maps after the jump. (more…)

Police and Bangs on Georgia Avenue Cause Concern Tuesday Night

December 15, 2016

I received a few emails asking about a police presence and explosions on Georgia Avenue that occurred around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13th, near the intersection of Newton Place, NW. In reaching out, I was able to find out that it was part of an investigation conducted by the ATF in which MPD assisted in executing a search warrant using their Emergency Response Team. The explosions/bangs people heard were the result of flash-bang grenades used as part of the operation.

The investigation is ongoing with no additional specifics at this time.

m6ur1iav(MPD’s Emergency Response Team supporting December 13th ATF search warrant on Georgia Avenue near Newton (Photo courtesy of reader).

Nuisance Property at 805 Rock Creek Church Road is Evicted

December 6, 2016

I’m happy to report that the nuisance property located at 805 Rock Creek Church Road was evicted yesterday. This property has long-been a know problem due to its use as a drug marketplace. Back in March MPD executed a search warrant at the place which resulted in MPD seizing multiple quantities of controlled substances as well as a loaded firearm.  Three adult males were also arrested inside of the location. In September a judge finally granted an eviction for those using the property, and that was carried out yesterday.

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Person of Interest Sought in Burglary: 3500 Block of Georgia Avenue

September 9, 2016

MPD issued the following call for assistance in identifying a person of interest in a burglary on Georgia avenue that occurred on July 24th.

According to the announcement, anyone who has information regarding the case should call police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.  Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.

The announcement is below:

Person of Interest Sought in a Burglary Two:
3500 Block of Georgia Avenue, Northwest
 
(Washington, DC) – The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in reference to a Burglary II offense which occurred in the 3500 block of Georgia Avenue, Northwest, on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at approximately 6:25 am.
The suspect entered an establishment by breaking the front door lock.  Once inside, the suspect took cigarettes then fled the scene.


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