Walking some of D.C.’s most dangerous streets, a team of so-called “violence interrupters” root out and mediate problems in neighborhoods before they escalate. It’s part of a budding program out of Attorney General Karl Racine’s office called Cure the Streets.
“Currently we do not have a reserve ladder fleet.” D.C. has no backup ladder trucks if one goes out of service and it’s getting more emergency calls then ever before, the city’s fire chief said.
Opponents of a new congressional effort that would pave the way for a new Redskins stadium in D.C. are ready to mount a defensive stand against putting the new facility at the site of RFK Stadium.
The D.C. Council voted 10-2 to decriminalize failing to pay the fare on Metrorail or buses and lowered the fine to $50 Tuesday night. Metro opposed the change.
The D.C. Council Judiciary and Public Safety Committee has voted unanimously to join Maryland and a dozen other states with “red flag” laws — laws intended to temporarily remove guns from the hands of individuals who may be in crisis.
One day before the full D.C. Council considers lowering the city’s voting age from 18 to 16, the main lawmaker behind the effort is expressing strong optimism that his bill will soon be law.
A bill that would expand the crime of extortion is moving forward in the D.C. Council after passing unanimously through a committee Thursday.
The June 22 incident near Sheriff Road and Eastern Avenue has prompted criticism about how the department polices Wards 7 and 8. While Peter Newsham defended the officers’ asking a group of men for ID, he agreed with a council member that police should be mindful of avoiding tension with the public.
D.C. middle and high school students discussed their impressions on violence and community policing in the city with lawmakers.
Takoma Park, Greenbelt and Hyattsville have lowered the voting age to 16 and proponents in D.C. say the teenagers have become energized voting blocks in those communities.
A bill sponsored by Ward 6 Council member Charles Allen would allow residents beginning at 16 years old to vote on D.C. Council members, the mayor, congressional representative, shadow senator and president, among other races.
D.C. lawmakers learned during testimony Thursday that what they thought was a fully-funded initiative to collect data on all police interactions is only partially being implemented.
Under a bill advanced by the D.C. Council’s judiciary committee Wednesday, political candidates would be able to tap into a pool of public money to finance their political runs. Supporters say the measure will amplify the voice of small donors instead of corporate contributions.
As the District continues to develop its waterfront areas, the D.C. Council is considering legislation that would dedicate resources to keeping waterways safe and orderly, giving city officials the ability to more closely manage increased traffic and growth.
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says the U.S. Park Police is reminding officers they have “great discretion” when dealing with people caught illegally vending on the National Mall after a photo of three black teens handcuffed for selling water last week sparked outrage on social media.
The three-part series "The making of Marion Barry" looks at how the future mayor got his start in the civil rights movement, how he became a power player in the city and his enduring legacy.