Chief Lanier Thinks We’re All Being Mean.

Chief Lanier doesn’t understand the problem with her new plan to turn parts of DC into little parts of Baghdad right here on US soil. In fact, when challenged about the new program, her defensive response is pretty telling: “We put check points in place all the time for major events around federal buildings and nobody cares. Now that we want to do it to stop shootings and violence in our neighborhoods, it’s as if it’s something that’s unreasonable.”

We’re talking about people’s homes here, Chief. We’re talking about hassling them at the end of their long day. And for what, exactly? It’s not like the people from Trinidad go over to Georgetown to rob the rich white folks who live there, is it? Crimes that we’re seeing are local. They’re within the neighborhoods, not without them. So the people that you’re “letting through” the cordon aren’t always going to just be innocent residents. So really, what did you think we were going to do when you decided to set up Sadr City in DC? Were we just going to sit there and say, “Good on you, chief! This is perfect!”

Hell no. Crime’s not as simple a problem that you can fix it with barriers like this. You might get more results just from having more officers in the neighborhood. Which is what you should have anyway. According to DC Law, you are never required to carry identification, yet this new law will bring that to all residents of certain (poor) neighborhoods in the city. So, really, Chief, go back to the drawing board and figure out how to really fight the crime, not just push it around the city with cameras that no one’s really watching, and regulations that make it seem like they belong in a gulag or an eastern bloc country. Okay?

5 Comments so far

  1. bhrome on June 5th, 2008 @ 11:12 am

    According to some other news reports, there’s only going to be one checkpoint and they’re only doing "Checkpoint Charlie" on cars at that one spot. Pedestrians, cyclists, etc. won’t be stopped. Considering everyone will know where the checkpoint is and that it’s only targeted to cars (being driven by those who apparently don’t pay attention to news) means this will be another Complete Waste of Police Dollars (aka "All Hands on Deck").

    I can understand the frustration…but there has GOT to be a better way here.

  2. Jay Bushman (jaybushman) on June 5th, 2008 @ 11:43 am

    Juking the stats, FTW!

  3. farrelley on June 5th, 2008 @ 12:19 pm

    Keep up the good work chief! Everyone is quick to jump on her but when things work the right way no one wants to say good job!

    Let’s give it a try and see what happens!

  4. Tom Bridge (tbridge) on June 5th, 2008 @ 12:33 pm

    Hey, I’m all for alternative solutions, but let’s remember that we’re citizens and not property, farrelley.

  5. tomm on June 5th, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

    I have to disagree with the original post. I think the state of some neighborhoods in DC has gotten to be like a war zone. It’s about time that DC police tried some more aggressive tactics.

    If crime were rampant in my neighborhood and I had to dodge bullets every time I went to the grocery store, I’d wouldn’t be put out by check points one bit.

Terms of use | Privacy Policy | Content: Creative Commons | Site and Design © 2009 | Metroblogging ® and Metblogs ® are registered trademarks of Bode Media, Inc.