Culture of Fear in D.C.
Can we get Mike Davis in here? Cathy Lanier's latest plan to stop the wave of violence (still bellow 90s levels) in D.C. is a nice, friendly quarantine of the most troublesome pockets of the city. From an exclusive report in the Examiner:
Under an executive order expected to be announced today, police Chief Cathy L. Lanier will have the authority to designate “Neighborhood Safety Zones.” At least six officers will man cordons around those zones and demand identification from people coming in and out of them. Anyone who doesn’t live there, work there or have “legitimate reason” to be there will be sent away or face arrest, documents obtained by The Examiner show.
Aside from the obvious historical comparisons in New York and Russia, it strains the mind to imagine how this will do anything other than displace crime, and send a very clear message to kids growing up in D.C. that the police already think they're criminals.