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November 2, 2013
We have hundreds of young black men, black boys, being locked up, for simple possession of a couple bags of marijuana. We don’t want to be proud of the wrong kind of thing here. We need to stop that kind of injustice from happening.
D.C. City Council member Marion Barry • Discussing the city’s renewed push to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, something driven largely in part by the high disparity of arrests between black and white D.C. residents. In 2010, blacks were eight times more likely to be arrested as whites, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
15:13 // 1 month ago
September 30, 2013
September 16, 2013
Flag lowered to half-staff at the White House in honor of the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting
17:44 // 2 months ago
Everybody was going down the stairs. People were pushing. People were shoving. People were falling down. After we came outside, people were climbing the wall, trying to get out over the wall. … It was just crazy.
Shooting eyewitness Todd Brundidge, discussing the shooting which has led to a number of deaths near Washington D.C.’s Navy Yard. The situation, which is believed to still be active, may have as many as three gunmen, though at least one has been shot and killed.
12:46 // 2 months ago
(Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images)
Alleged shooter reported wounded after SWAT teams swarm headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command in southeast Washington, D.C.
My fiancée works not far from here. Her building is in lockdown mode. The story is very fluid by the way, with some reports saying that there may be as many as three shooters.
10:37 // 2 months ago
August 24, 2013
March on Washington anniversary speech draws massive crowds
- 100k the number of people organizers expect to show up at today’s March on Washington anniversary march, which takes place a few days before the 50th anniversary of the iconic event. Thousands of people are floating around the city for the event, which is being led by the Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III—whose father became a national icon thanks in large part to the 1963 event. That’s not to say things will be the same as they were in 1963—for one thing, security has been beefed up on the National Mall, and most attendees were kept at a distance from the speech itself at the Lincoln Memorial. source
13:41 // 3 months ago
January 24, 2013
Victims of sexual assault in Washington, DC, are not getting the effective response they deserve and should expect from the district’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Sexual assault cases are too often not properly documented or investigated and victims may face callous, traumatizing treatment, despite official departmental policy to the contrary.
The 196-page report, “Capitol Offense: Police Mishandling of Sexual Assault Cases in the District of Columbia,” concludes that in many sexual assault cases, the police did not file incident reports, which are required to proceed with an investigation, or misclassified serious sexual assaults as lesser or other crimes. Human Rights Watch also found that the police presented cases to prosecutors for warrants that were so inadequately investigated that prosecutors had little choice but to refuse them and that procedural formalities were used to close cases with only minimal investigation. The mayor and City Council should create an independent mechanism to monitor police department response to sexual assault complaints.
Read more after the jump.
2012 Mariam Dwedar/Human Rights Watch
Pretty shocking stuff.
11:32 // 10 months ago
January 19, 2013
Spotted in D.C. today: A DJ, busking for donations. I wonder if this is how Skrillex got his start. The stuff you see on inauguration weekend … — Ernie @ SFB
EDIT: From the comments: “albertis said: Skrillex got his start being the front man of a band named From First to Last.” Thanks for taking my snark seriously, pal.
18:03 // 10 months ago
December 27, 2012
Blame the David Gregory gun flap on crossed wires
- situation On Sunday, “Meet the Press” host David Gregory discussed gun control with the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre. During the interview, Gregory pulled out an empty gun magazine for purposes of showing the audience at home.
- claim He was in D.C., however, which has very strict gun control laws. The city claimed that they told NBC they could now do this, leading to an investigation of Gregory. People rolled their eyes or criticized Gregory for being stupid.
- counterclaim However — and here’s the fun part — NBC asked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives before the show if they could show ammunition or an empty magazine on air. The ATF asked the city, and based on info provided to them, told NBC it was OK to show an empty magazine. So basically, this all happened because someone screwed up somewhere. source
18:42 // 11 months ago
December 25, 2012
The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department is investigating whether any city laws were violated when NBC’s David Gregory displayed what appeared to be a 30-round gun magazine on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, a spokesman confirmed to POLITICO.
Meet the depressed.
14:43 // 11 months ago