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D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced a military-style checkpoint yesterday to stop cars this weekend in a Northeast Washington neighborhood inundated by gun violence, saying it will help keep criminals out of the area.
Starting on Saturday, officers will check drivers' identification and ask whether they have a "legitimate purpose" to be in the Trinidad area, such as going to a doctor or church or visiting friends or relatives. If not, the drivers will be turned away.
The program is aimed at the city's most troubled areas. The 5th Police District, which includes Trinidad, has had 22 killings this year, one more than all of last year. Since April 1, the Trinidad neighborhood has had seven homicides, 16 robberies and 20 assaults with dangerous weapons, according to police data. In many cases in Trinidad and across the city, gunshots are fired from passing cars, victims are found in cars or cars are used to make fast getaways.
The Neighborhood Safety Zone initiative is the latest crime-fighting attempt by Lanier and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, who have been under pressure from residents to stop a recent surge in violence. Last weekend was especially bloody, with seven slayings, including three in the Trinidad area.
Originally posted by mybigunit
I have to agree with the ladies here yes Becky and Greeneyedleo we are agreeing sound the bells. Anyways keep in mind freedom works both ways and frankly if you are getting a cap in the head your not to free and its the governments obligation to step in and protect the freedoms of the bystanders in that area. I know its sucks but if you know the area is bad maybe you shouldnt be there in the first place.
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.
Maybe I'm just being paranoid.
its OK for someone else to strip away your freedom to come and go as you please and tell you where you can and cannot go?
A stronger and more effective police presence is whats needed, not dictating where a law-abiding citizen may and may not travel.
They are prisoners in their homes because they allow themselves to be.
First their right to defend themselves and their homes was stripped, now their right against unreasonable search and seizure are being stripped, whats next?
Lanier has been struggling to reverse D.C.’s spiraling crime rate but has been forced by public outcry to scale back several initiatives including her “All Hands on Deck” weekends and plans for warrantless, door-to-door searches for drugs and guns.
Originally posted by Coshy
Another news link, wish I had found these when I started the thread.