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Come Joing the Community Dialogue with MPD Cheif Peter Newsham This Saturday February 10th

February 7, 2018

On Saturday, Feburary 10th, there is an excellent opportunity to engage and speak with Police Cheif Peter Newsham on issues concerning public safety in Park View. The following details were shared on the Park View listserv. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Park View UNC’s Public Safety Working Group and ANC1A Cordially Invite you to

A Community Dialogue with MPD Chief Peter Newsham
and other guests
on Public Safety in Park View

This Saturday, February 10th from 10:15-noon
Park View Rec Center, 693 Otis Pl. NW (Entrance on Warder St.) 

Please join your neighbors for a dialogue with Peter Newsham, Chief of the DC Metropolitan Police Department, regarding public safety in our neighborhood. Representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office have also been invited to participate.

The meeting will include brief presentations from members of the Park View Public Safety Working Group highlighting areas of concern for our community, followed by a dialogue with Chief Newsham and other guests. All Park View residents are welcome to attend and ask questions.

Many neighbors are likely aware that 6 shootings have taken place in Park View since December 20th. This meeting will be a chance for in-depth discussion of how the community and MPD can work together to make our neighborhood safe for all. It will cover both recent incidents and longstanding community concerns.

We hope to see you on Saturday! If you are interested in becoming part of the Park View UNC’s Public Safety Working Group, please email elanor(dot)starmer(at)gmail(dot)com or
cliffvalenti(at)outlook(dot)com.

Notes from the January PSA 302/409 Crime Meeting

January 18, 2018

The January PSA 302/409 meeting at the 4Th District Substation on Park Road included some changes and case updates.

The biggest change was that PSA 409 now has a new Lieutenants, Sean Connors, who will be working the evening tour of duty. Prior to his assignment at the Fourth District, he was a sergeant at the Second District for a little over 3 years and an officer assigned to the Sixth District for almost 5 years. Lieutenant Jonathan Munk, who has been serving PSA 409 will be moving to PSA 408 in the Mount Pleasant area.

The meeting began with officers for both the 3rd and 4th Districts reviewing crime statistics and stating that crime is largely down across the board in comparison to last year. While this may be true when considering events in the overall areas represented by the reports, a good amount of time was spent discussing how that isn’t necessarily true for the Park View area which straddles both the Third and Fourth districts along Georgia Avenue.

Residents at the meeting focused the discussion largely on problem properties on the 600 block of Newton Place, NW, and asked about the process for getting a property recognized as a nuisance property. It is the Office of the Attorney General that determines when a property is a nuisance, and the process does take some time, but the officers at the meeting confirmed that they are aware of the properties, working to address them, and patrolling the area regularly.

Regarding the shootings in December, 3D Commander Emerman was at the meeting and shared that an arrest has been made in the double shooting at Georgia and Fairmont that occurred on December 29th. The charge is assault with intent to kill.

Commander Emerman also shared that a second arrest has been made in the shooting that occurred on December 20th on the 600 block of Morton Street.

With regards to shooting cases in the area, the 3rd District Prosecutor of the United States Attorney Office for the District of Columbia asked residents to consider writing community impact statements related to the arrest following the August 25th incident where an individual fired shots down the escalators at the Columbia Heights Metro Station.

At the end of the meeting, Commissioner Boese noted that the 14th Street businesses Jimmy Johns, Jenkins BBQ, Gussini, and Children’s Place are all closed or closing, and asked if the increase in vacant store fronts would impact MPDs police deployment. In response, Commander Emerman stated that this section of 14th Street is already a focus area with high call volume, and the store closings wouldn’t impact their deployment or patrols.

The meeting wrapped up shortly after 8 pm.

Brief Notes from Park View Crime Meeting

January 4, 2018

Last night’s emergency crime meeting organized by Councilmember Nadeau and including Commanders from MPD’s Third and Fourth District was packed to the gills. This is all the more remarkable as the meeting was announced just over 26 hours in advance and scheduled from 6:30-7:00 pm. With over five shootings in Park View since December 24th, it was clear that the community is both angry and concerned about the day-to-day public safety in the community. I also noted that there were community members from Petworth, Columiba Heights, and other nearby neighborhoods in attendance. The image below, from Twitter, gives a good sense of how crowded the Park View Recreation Center was.

While the meeting was scheduled for 30 minutes, it ran long and cut into the regularly scheduled Park View UNC meeting by about 20 minutes.

It was announced at the start that the subject of public safety is important and CM Nadeau recognized that 30 minutes would not be enough time to fully address the issue. Because of this a follow up meeting is expected to be scheduled to continue the discussion.

The overall format of the meeting began with CM Nadeau addressing the assembly, stating what she has been doing and listing the legislation she has been working on to make streets safer, such as her Street Harassment Bill. Following CM Nadeau, Commander Wil Manlapaz (4D) and Commander Stuart Emerman (3D) gave an overview of the recent violent crime in the community, where MPD is on these cases, and what steps they are doing.

On this front, the shootings have been describes as unrelated. In some cases they’ve already made arrests (such as the shooting on the 600 block of Morton Street), and in others the cases are still open. It was also noted that MPD is aware of motives behind some of the shootings, whereas in others there is no known motive at present.

In response, both 3D and 4D have increased their presence in the community with patrol officers, along with members of MPD’s Crime Suppression Teams.

Following MPD’s reports, neighbors were given the opportunity to ask questions. However, due to the time, all questions were asked at the same time with CM Nadeau, Manlapaz, and Emerman then following to answer the questions en mass.

It is difficult to say how successful the meeting was due to the limited opportunity to engage in a deep and robust manner.

Questions and topics ranged from where things are with implementing the NEAR Act (which wasn’t answered due to time), asking MPD leadership and CM Nadeau to specifically state what they were doing to restore community safety, and asking how to break the known cycle of events that occur on the 600 block of Newton Place.

I stated that it is difficult to hear that violent crime is down 28% in the District of Columbia from 2014 through 2017, when the same period for the area 1,500 ft. around 600 Newton Place shows assaults with a violent weapon (gun) up by 42.8%. I followed up that in 2017 the Crime Map application officially reports 10 shootings in Park View, with 4 in December alone, and that to me shootings are essentially failed homicides. In his response to this point, Commander Emerman agreed.

I also strongly advocated for all of Ward 1, and Park View and Columbia Heights in particular, to be in a single police district. Beyond the logistics of deploying officers, one of the results of the divided nature of the neighborhood between two police districts is that residents don’t always know which officers to contact with regards to crime in the community, and we can’t easily get crime statistics for our neighborhood because of the fractured manner with which the neighborhood stats are available. Commander Emerman again stated that there is a new crime data application being developed to replace Crime Map and that it should be easier to use for residents.

I’ve barely touched on all that was said at the meeting. The room was crowded, extremely warm, and the pace was fairly quick. If you were there and have corrections or additions to share, please do so below.

Gun Violence Continues in Park View

December 27, 2017

UPDATE: See Commander Emerman’s response below

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, last night (December 26), at approximately 8:45, PM two juvenile males were near the corner of Otis Place and Warder Street when two suspects approached them and began shooting at them. Both victims sustained injuries to their lower extremities, but they do not appear to be life threatening.  The following was also shared on Twitter:

 

MPD also shared through their listserv that “Fourth District members are working a confirmed Robbery Hold Up Gun located in the 600 b/o Princeton Place N.W. The lookout is for two black males. The first subject is wearing a dark coat and black beanie, armed with a handgun. The second make is wearing a dark coat and has dreadlock hair style.”

It is currently unknown if there is any relationship between the Otis Place and Princeton Place events last night.

Last night’s shooting marks the fourth shooting event in the Park View community during the past week.

The recent shootings in the neighborhood since December 20th are:

While these events are in one neighborhood, they are in two police districts. I’ve reached out to both police districts to learn more about the events and what actions are being taken to ensure the public safety of the community.

Anyone with information on any of these events can contact 202-727-9099 to assist.

UPDATE 10:22 am: Response from 3D Commander Emerman:

Good morning Commissioner Boese and thank you for your email.  While the city has been experiencing great reductions in violent crime this year, the incidents last night and those over the past week have been concerning to us as well.  I have been in communication with Commander Manlapaz and his team in the 4th District as we address these recent incidents.  At this time, we do not have any indication that these are related crimes.  Some of the instances are being reported to us as robbery attempts, while others have been unknown motives.  Our detectives continue to investigate all of these incidents.  I would also like to note that no shooting took place at the 3210 Warder location that you listed below.  During the calls that came in last night regarding the shooting at Otis and Warder, that location was given by someone who heard the gunshots.  That area was canvassed and no victims or evidence were found.

In the meantime, we have increased our presence with patrol officers, along with members of our Crime Suppression Teams (CST).  Just this past weekend our 3D CST made an arrest and recovered a handgun from a subject in the 3400 block of Georgia Avenue NW.  Our intelligence unit is continuing to work to determine if there is any explanation for the recent instances, and we are working with our partners in CSOSA and other agencies to see if any offenders with violent felony histories have been recently released into the community.  We will continue to work to investigate these incidents and target the illegal guns on the streets.

You can help us to spread the word as we continue to encourage the community to take part in the Mayor’s camera rebate program.  Information can be found at https://ovsjg.dc.gov/service/private-security-camera-system-incentive-program.  In addition, it is imperative that anyone that observes criminal or suspicious behavior in the community call 911 so that we can send a unit out to investigate as soon as possible.

Thank you again for your continued support of public safety in the community.  Please let me or Commander Manlapaz know if you have any additional questions or concerns.  Thanks again and be safe.

MPD Issues 96-Hour Closure for La Morenita

November 21, 2017

As a follow up to the serious & violent incidents on Georgia Avenue, and the two specifically related to La Morenita, MPD has issue a temporary closure of the establishment. I’ve been in communication with both MPD and ABRA and have the following update from ABRA which I am sharing to keep the community informed.

From ABRA:

The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration is investigating an incident at La Morenita Restaurant at 3539 Georgia Avenue, NW. Additionally, the Metropolitan Police Department issued a 96-hour closure for the establishment effective as of 8 p.m. last night (Nov. 20). The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will issue a decision prior to the 96-hour closure expiring on Friday regarding what additional enforcement action, if any, is appropriate pursuant to § 25-826 (provided below).

§ 25-826. Summary revocation or suspension
(a) If the Board determines, after investigation, that the operations of a licensee present an imminent danger to the health and safety of the public, the Board may summarily revoke, suspend, fine, or restrict, without a hearing, the license to sell alcoholic beverages in the District.
(b) The Board may summarily revoke, suspend, fine, or restrict the license of a licensee whose establishment has been the scene of an assault on a police officer, government inspector or investigator, or other governmental official, who was acting in his or her official capacity, when such assault occurred by patrons who were within 1,000 feet of the establishment.
(c) A licensee may request a hearing within 72 hours after service of notice of the summary revocation, suspension, fine, or restriction of a license. The Board shall hold a hearing within 48 hours of receipt of a timely request and shall issue a decision within 72 hours after the hearing.
(d) A person aggrieved by a final summary action may file an appeal in accordance with the procedures set forth in subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2.

§ 25-827. Request for suspension or revocation of license by Chief of Police
(a) The Chief of Police may request the suspension or revocation of a license if the Chief of Police determines that there is a correlation between increased incidents of crime within 1,000 feet of the establishment and the operation of the establishment. The determination shall be based on objective criteria, including incident reports, arrests, and reported crime, occurring within the preceding 18 months and within 1,000 feet of the establishment.
(b) The Chief of Police may close an establishment for up to 96 hours, subject to a hearing and disposition by the Board under § 25-826 if he or she finds that:
(1) There is an additional imminent danger to the health and welfare of the public by not doing so; and
(2) There is no immediately available measure to ameliorate the finding in paragraph (1) of this subsection.
(c) The order of the Chief of Police to close an establishment under subsection (b) of this section shall terminate upon the disposition by the Board of the matter under § 25-826.

§ 25-828. Notice of suspension or revocation
(a) If the Board orders the suspension or revocation of a license, the Board shall post a notice in a conspicuous place at or near the main street entrance of the outside of the establishment.
(b) The posted notice shall state that the license has been suspended, the period of the suspension, and that the suspension is ordered because of a violation of this title or of the regulations promulgated under this title.
(c) Any person willfully removing, obliterating, or defacing the notice shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.

Neighborhood Involvement Does Help Reduce Area Crime

October 16, 2017

Here’s a great example of how neighbors watching out for their community can make a difference. Last Thursday, when a neighbor noticed that a group of men were entering a building that was being renovated late in the evening, they called 911 to alert MPD. The questionable subjects were entering the building from the alley.

Below is MPD’s description of the call for service shared on the 4D listserv on Friday:

Fourth District units responded to the 600 block of Rock Creek Church Road NW just before 10:30 pm, regarding a call for subjects entering an unoccupied residence under renovation.  Officers arrived on the scene and discovered 5 individuals inside the location, officers also recovered a .25 caliber handgun from the scene.  5 individuals were arrested and charged accordingly, and another gun has been taken off the streets of the city!

Junk & Jam in Columbia Heights on Saturday

September 22, 2017

This Saturday (September 23rd) is Junk and Jam in Columbia Heights, a day full of great community activities! It is a great chance to get out, meet people in the community, and help improve public safety by getting to know neighbors! The day begins with a multi-family yard sale that will stretch along Monroe Street from 16th Street to Sherman Avenue starting at 10 AM on Saturday, September 23rd. Afterwards, there is a Community Engagement Event starting at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza (the fountain @ 14th & Park). It will feature FREE live music, a variety of District agencies, and neighbors!!

Music will be provided by our very own local talent: Cosmic Music Collective, Jim Fey, and Nebraska! While enjoying great music, come by and visit with District agencies and civic groups to learn more about the services our city has to offer. Meet with representatives from: Washington Metropolitan Police Dept. 3D, District of Columbia Office on Aging, Department of Energy & Environment, and MORE!!

The flyer is below:


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