Police Take Control of D.C. Neighborhood

<p>Washington, D.C. police decide to stop everyone entering a neighborhood that has seen 22 killings so far this year, including a recent triple homicide.</p>
June 5, 2008, 10am PDT | Tim Halbur
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"Officials said police will stop all cars driving in the 1400 block of Montello Avenue, between Penn Street and Oates Street and about a block east of Gallaudet University.

Drivers will have to show identification proving they live in the neighborhood, or explain why they are in the area. Valid reasons would include 'attending church, a doctor's appointment or visiting friends or relatives,' the city said in a statement. Those lacking identification or a reason to be in the neighborhood will be forced to leave.

Similar efforts may be made in other neighborhoods as well, if local police commanders request them, officials said.

'In certain areas, we need to go beyond the normal methods of policing.' Mayor Adrian Fenty said. 'We're going to go into an area and completely shut it down to prevent shootings and the sale of drugs.'

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said the approach is modeled after a program used in New York City."

Thanks to Larry Schooler

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Published on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 in The Washington Post
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