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Survey: Trinidad Residents Oppose Checkpoints

Council member Harry "Thommy" Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) has released results of a survey he conducted at a June 13 community meeting about the controversial checkpoints used last week by the D.C. police to attempt to stem a spate of shootings. According to a news release from Thomas's office, two out of three said they believed the tactic has not been effective. Thomas said he surveyd 60 people and the effort was not scientific, considering that the sample was made up of people predisposed to attending a community meeting on the topic. The full results can be read here.

"The checkpoints were implemented without adequate input from Trinidad residents, and they included some controversial tactics," Thomas, who had supported the strategy, said in a statement. "As councilmember, I felt it was imperative to measure whether residents support these types of law enforcement strategies and get input from the residents themselves on ways to reduce violence. We cannot solve the underlying causes of violence without community buy-in and input."

By David A Nakamura  |  June 16, 2008; 5:42 PM ET
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