Washington D.C. police chief Robert Contee slammed rising crime within the metropolis Friday, insisting ‘You can not coddle violent criminals’, and the White Home’s new technique to sort out violent crime.
A taking pictures Thursday night time on the fashionable D.C. 14th Avenue eating space that left two injured and despatched diners fleeing for his or her lives, sparked Contee’s go to to the busy hall to speak to enterprise house owners.
‘Persons are actually mad as hell proper now, and I do not blame them, as a result of I’m too. That is the fact,’ he mentioned.
‘I feel individuals are sick and bored with being sick and drained. I feel that individuals need to guarantee that there’s accountability for what’s taking place in our communities.’
He pleaded: ‘I am asking neighborhood members: be part of with me.’
Police Chief Robert Contee spoke out in regards to the present violent crime wave taking place throughout the nation and particularly in Washington D.C.
He lamented on the dearth of accountability being positioned on the person criminals themselves and the shrinking drive’s lack of the sources
The DCP is asking for the general public’s assist in figuring out the unknown gunmen or gunman
‘My voice is just however one voice and I have been saying this for a very long time … I have been on this police division for over 30 years. This is identical film from once I was a boy rising up right here. When are we going to do one thing totally different?’ mentioned Contee. ‘And what totally different seems to be like – what doesn’t occur right here – is accountability.’
Contrasting the Biden Administration’s technique to deal with gun sellers as an alternative of particular person criminals, Contee mentioned he needs to crack down on those that have led a surge in crime.
‘I am speaking about these people who overtly use unlawful firearms in our road,’ Contee clarified.
However sources are skinny. A ‘shrinking workforce’ is an issue within the division, now brief greater than 200 officers, in addition to typically restricted sources.
‘What am I going to do with these sources?’ he mentioned. ‘I do know that is an extended reply – however that is the reality.’
Hours earlier than the taking pictures within the 14th Avenue hall, the Justice Division introduced it was launching firearms trafficking forces in 5 cities together with D.C.
Through the each day White Home briefing Friday, press secretary Jen Psaki commented on Thursday night time’s taking pictures.
White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki commented on the D.C. taking pictures explaining that the Biden Administration is simply starting its crackdown on violent crime
Pskai reiterated that the White Home is focusing their consideration on the unlawful arms sellers forward of the person criminals
‘Lots of us dwell there or dwell within the neighboring communities or know people who find themselves on 14th Avenue or within the neighboring areas — and for people who find themselves not, who’re watching or listening to this, who are usually not from these neighborhoods, there’s loads of eating places there, loads of foot visitors, it is a fairly fashionable a part of town many people dwell in,’ Psaki mentioned.
She defined that the administration is simply starting its crackdown on violent crime and plans to curtail unlawful gun trafficking.
‘We’re simply implementing our technique, which is a multi-pronged effort to work in partnership with native leaders together with Mayor [Muriel] Bowser, who has been a terrific companion to us on this effort to deal with gun violence that is rising in cities throughout the nation together with Washington.’
Offering communities with instruments and sources to cut back gun crime, together with in Washington, D.C., is a part of the plan.
‘D.C. is without doubt one of the 5 areas nationwide the place DOJ launched gun trafficking strike forces simply yesterday.’
Contee spoke passionately in regards to the crime wave in D.C. saying, ‘You can not coddle violent criminals’
Police are nonetheless attempting to find gunmen who shot two on 14th Avenue, a preferred eating space
One man was shot within the chest and one within the arm, however neither was non life-threatening
Surveillance digicam footage launched by police confirmed two individuals working right into a ready black Honda Civic
Psaki mentioned Bowser’s finances proposal would make investments $59 million to cut back violent crime.’ ‘It could add 100 new slots to the cadet program and add $14 million for youth security initiatives.’
Two males had been damage within the taking pictures, however neither had life-threatening accidents. One of many males is believed to be the goal, whereas the opposite is regarded as an harmless bystander.
Police are nonetheless looking out for the gunman or gunmen who fled the scene Thursday. They launched footage exhibiting a black man in a lime inexperienced or yellow hoodie and one other man in all black working from the scene and leaping right into a ready black Honda Civic.