Mendelson Seeks More Info on Safety Zones
Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) wants police Chief Cathy L. Lanier to provide him with the special order that gave her the authority to establish the controversial Neighborhood Safety Zones that will kickoff this weekend in Trinidad.
Mendelson also wants the legal opinions from the office of Acting Attorney General Peter J. Nickles and tables showing the number of arrests and convictions in other zones created by the city to combat crime - drug free zones, prostitution free zones and gun free zones.
He outlined his requests in a letter to Lanier. He said the neighborhood safety zones and Council member Jim Graham's proposed "hot spot loitering zone" legislation are causing concern. A hearing was held on Graham's legislation Wednesday, and Mendelson is planning a hearing on the neighborhood safety zones.
"These issues have commonality in their questionable treatment of District residents' civil liberties," he said in the letter. "It is regrettable that the Executive chose yet again to not send a representative to the public hearing. Both the Committee members and public were denied an opportunity to discuss these serious issues in an open and transparent manner."
Here is the letter in its entirety.
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