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Political Reaction to Ruling in Rawlings Shooting

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty issued the following statement regarding the decision to file no charges in the Deonte Rawlings shooting.

"The death of Deonte Rawlings was a tragic loss for his family and the entire community continues to mourn for them. After an exhaustive, independent investigation, the US Attorney and FBI have rendered their opinion. It is important that all members of the community respect the legal process. Now that this process is complete, we will work to ensure that the community and our officers who put their lives on the line everyday continue to heal together."

From the Wilson Building, Council Member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) and head of the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, told the D.C. Wire, "It's really hard to say whether the right decision was made....The bottom line is that there are no winners. There never is in a situation like this. You've got a family whose lost someone. You've to police officers that have been questioned publicly. You've got a community that's been traumatized."

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By Marcia Davis  |  May 1, 2008; 2:59 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty  
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One would hope that such an incredible statement like the one posted by Jay would be supported by at least a scintilla of evidence. Without such I am left to assume that the writer is not a member of the community and has no basis to make such a comment. While the community in which this incident occurred does have problems, there are many fine people who live there and care a great deal about this.

Posted by: Thomas | May 1, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Mayor I agree with you on one point only, it is a tragedy when a parent loses a child. This was not only a child who made a bad choice, but he also made an adult decision to shoot at the police. When this story first broke you publicly sided with the family without having all the facts. That was a slap in the face to those same Police Officer's who you say put their lives on the line everyday. The amount of crime committed by juveniles in Washington DC between the ages of 12-18 is outrageous. With so many cutbacks, school closures, lack of affordable housing, and not to mention the slumping economy, you have some parents working all the time, trying to make ends meet. That leaves our youths to basically raise themselves and parents have no knowledge of what their children are up to. They are influenced of music, violent video games, and movies that glorify money, cars, and respect. Instead of waiting for tradgeys to happen Mr. Mayor, you need to work with the community to have more programs available for the youth. More parents need to become the parents again, and become more involved in your children's lives and know what they are doing. Mr. Mendelson if a complete investigation was completed, who are you to say you don't know if the right decision was made? Did you help in the investigation? To me it seems that you are playing on both sides, after all you are a politician.

Posted by: Toni | May 1, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Thomas the only thing that the community cares about is whether they are going to get paid. See them suddenly becoming friends with the Rawlings family? The family that bore fifteen children with one woman and six different fathers.

Posted by: Jay | May 1, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Fenty and Lanier threw these officers under the bus in that press conference immediately following this shooting. I mean before even any investigation began. His problem is the sense of betrayal that he has injected into the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. The commander in chief found them guilty until proven innocent.

No wonder crime is escalating. Nobody wants to do anything for fear of a mayoral reprisal. He definately doesn't have your back unless there is a press opportunity in it for him.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

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