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Residents Discuss Crime Spike With City Leaders

Hundreds of residents attended the meeting at Turkey Thicket in Northeast Washington last night to discuss the recent spike in violent crime. As Postie Elissa Silverman writes, it was a tough meeting for the city officials on hand, which included Mayor Adrain M. Fenty, Council members Harry Thomas Jr. and Kwame R. Brown and Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes.

DC Wire issued a call to those from Brookland in Ward 5, where the recreation center is located, to tell us about the meeting. Reply in our comments section if you attended the meeting and want to share your observations. Brookland resident Daniel Wolkoff tells us:

I live in Brookland. The meeting was extremely loud, sound system echoing through the gymnasium. A radio station was broadcasting and running the meeting. How serious can this issue be treated in this chaotic, show-like atmosphere. The mayor repeated that he has lived here all his life, which probably will not solve this desperate crime situation.
Fenty and Chief Groomes needed to ask concerned residents to visit their office for a serious session of public input. The meeting was basically useless. The problem of youth violence has been out of control for decades. Many young people are frustrated, ill mannered, nasty and violent. This cat has been out of the bag so long, it will be a long time before it's in the bag again.

One gentleman did propose a positive idea, to connect DC, Md. and Va. African American mentoring, men's groups together. We need all of our religious, social, cultural, sports and mentoring groups to unite in a mass organization.

The kids have nothing to do. Though there is tons of work going wanting. The city needs to clean up the streets, parks and help older citizens to maintain their homes.

Environmental work, like mowing lawns with electric and manual equipment would help residents to stop using gas mowers. Let the citywide groups join with the youth and the police and start a work program to clean up DC. The city is a pigs-sty. Over time young people will learn useful skills, know the mentors and the police. Little by little they will become better citizens. The DC government, tries out a new program every other month. Let's establish this citywide, connect the youth and police, mentors and people who need help.

Daniel Wolkoff

By Marcia Davis  |  April 29, 2008; 7:25 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  
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