PANDERING IN DC

The irony was not lost on me. How about you?


DC’s top lawyer and prosecutor, Attorney General Karl Racine, recently filed a lawsuit against the DC Housing Authority for failing to provide “critical security enhancements to [10] properties following repeated instances of homicides, assaults and drug arrests” in these public housing complexes. The legal action came as throngs of protesters in DC chanted and painted “Defund the police” on a section of 16th Street NW.


Relying on the DC Drug-, Firearm-, or Prostitution-Related Nuisance Abatement Act, Racine’s office has asked the court to force DCHA to increase the presence of “security officers and cameras at the properties, improve lighting, and enforce barring notices and lease obligations against individuals engaged in serious criminal activity.”



That certainly counters the “Defund the police” mantra being heard around the city and the country. It may be a catchy slogan but it ignores the reality of life in parts of DC and other urban centers where police and security officers frequently are required to stand between residents (most of whom are people of color) and criminals (most of whom are people of color) who are intent on stealing the peace of ordinary, tax-paying citizens while instilling fear in whole communities. READ MORE

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