Checkpoint Ends, Thomas Calls for Meeting in Trinidad
Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) is hosting a meeting in the Trinidad community tonight to begin, he says, "the healing process" after a wave of violence in the Northeast neighborhood. That violence yielded a controversial police checkpoint program in which officers stopped motorists trying to access one street in the neighborhood, Montello Avenue. Yesterday, MPD Chief Cathy L. Lanier suspended the program, which has raised civil liberties concerns.
Tonight's meeting, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Joseph Cole Recreation Center, will include professional counselors, members of the clergy and civic leaders to work with residents. It's being billed as an "interactive session."
"The shootings and other violence occurring in Trinidad are taking their toll on neighborhood residents," Thomas said in a statement. "It's times like this when we need to reach out to our neighbors and help them along the path of healing."
The center is at 1200 Morse Street NE.
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