Sealing Off the Rough Parts of Town? Papers Please?

We’ve all seen the news reports lately indicating a rise in violence in the District, with murders up year-over-year, but is it really necessary to start to setup soviet travel checkpoints inside DC? Chief Lanier says yes. In fact, she’s advocating that certain neighborhoods have cordons set up around them, with police controls on who enters and exits the neighborhood. Residents, and those wishing to enter the neighborhood, will have to display ID and a reason to be in the area, or be subject to being turned away, or arrested. Each “Neighborhood Safety Zone” will last for up to 10 days.

Wait. Really? Have we reached a point where we have to put up police checkpoints all over DC in order to feel safe? Needless to say the DC ACLU is on high alert and was seen in the corner mumbling something like “what could they possibly be thinking?”

I know that in situations like this it’s not exactly polite to mock a proposal so clearly, but do you really think that just six officers will be able to create an effective neighborhood-wide cordon?

2 Comments so far

  1. farrelley on June 5th, 2008 @ 7:22 am

    It’s just like going to war. The MPD is not going to tell you how many people/checkpoints they will have or where they will be. If they did then everyone would go around them.

    I have a feeling that this may move crime to another area but let’s not judge until the results come out.


  2. mik (kimberley) on June 5th, 2008 @ 10:54 am

    Um. WHAT? So you’re saying that cabbie might just have a viable reason for not taking me to 14th St NE after all? Why not set one up in Georgetown and prevent the yuppies from shopping, the lawyers from going to work, the hipsters from hitting up the bars…this is absurd! Has DC really come to this?



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