Crime Emergency? Not on Dupont!

Okay, who else, beside Circumlocutor saw the article in yesterday’s Post about a beating in Dupont Circle? I’m really pretty horrified that this guy both witnessed a guy getting the crap kicked out of him in the middle of Dupont, and not only was there no response from the Metropolitan Police Department, there was nothing but excuses made by the MPD in the conduct of same.

This is the most incrimination paragraph of the whole thing:

“They were responding to a dispute at a restaurant, and they walked off. I ran and caught up to the attacker, though trying to stay out of sight, and managed to flag down another police car. I again described the man, pointed him out just up the street and then pointed back toward the circle, where emergency workers were loading the victim into an ambulance. The cops seemed annoyed. They gave each other a look, sat for a beat, then said “Okay, thanks” and drove off — in the opposite direction from the man who had just attacked a person in the middle of a public park. He strutted off into the dark.”

But clearly, all we need in this crime emergency is some surveillance cameras that won’t even be watched, just maybe looked at in retrospect. Thanks DC Council, you guys rock hard.

4 Comments so far

  1. danny (unregistered) on August 21st, 2006 @ 9:31 pm

    This was just unbelievable!

  2. Smouie Kablooie (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 12:41 am

    I was once pulled over in DC for making an illegal turn. He jumps out of his vehicle, runs over and says “I pulled you over for making an illegal turn but there’s a bank robbery in progress that just got called in so you’re off with a warning.” After that he ran back to his patrol car and sped away… I guess times have changed… everyone really needs to read about what Rudolph Giuliani did in New York city with Compstat and other reform programs. He put a chapter about it specifically in his book Leadership.

  3. Rob Downs (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 9:05 am

    Ummm…at times like this, a very large rock to the back of the head works wonders. How large groups of people can just sit back and watch a man be beat unconcious is beyond me. Yeah, I know in D.C. there’s always the threat of the perp. having a gun, but I’m pretty sure if he did, he would have used it.

    Seriously, these problems in D.C. are only going to be resolved if citizens take collective action, because the cops sure as hell aren’t going to do it!

  4. elllie (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 10:53 pm

    what the hell are you people doing out past curfew anyhow? at times like these it’s better not to venture into the city after dark. i think we should just stay in virginia where it’s safe m’bloggers.

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