I would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on the ANC 5D community’s progress in confronting crime.
For the first time in at least a decade, the ANC 5D community has made it through the first quarter of the year without a murder.
Clearly, human lives are a heartbreaking way to measure progress, but our community at least has some cause for cautious optimism. The ongoing challenges we face have not suddenly ended after just a few months of forward-thinking leadership and we should all be clear that we must remain vigilant in order to remain safe. For that reason, it is imperative that our officers and outreach workers be allowed to focus exclusively on their essential safety duties, especially as summer approaches.
With warmer weather, our community has traditionally faced more challenges; so neighbors, MPD, violence interrupters and behavioral health teams in our area will continue to find ways to address new challenges as our community works to find peace.
I hope citizens will seek out accurate information from trusted sources on this important topic. Our ANC meetings, civic association meetings, and community blog, as well as MPD's website, provide reliable content on this important topic. By ensuring that all neighbors are properly informed, we can work together as a community to continue to make smarter choices that literally save lives.
In shared hope for continuing progress,
Comm. Sydelle Moore, 5D05
President, Langston Civic Association
Vice-Chair, ANC 5D
Despite recent incident, Carver Langston and other neighboring communities have seen a decrease in crime as compared to the same time-period last year according to statistics gathered by the Metropolitan Police Department. Most of the decrease in property crime is credited to an increased vigilance from neighbors about removing valuable from autos that had been targeted by thieves.
In addition to crime statistics ANC 5D also heard presentations from the Department of Public Works, Federal City Council on the Langston Golf Course Lease, Edens LLC on future development at Union Market and BYP100 on decriminalizing sex work in the District. The commission did not take votes on any of these presentations, which were all offered for informational purposes. You can view the full presentation at http://www.anc5d.org
During the first ANC 5D safety walk of 2019, more than 100 neighbors, activists, and faith leaders gathered for a march along Benning Rd. NE to call for an end to gun violence in our community. Family members, ANC commissioners, pastors, and other leaders spoke to those gathered about the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to ending gun violence and the importance of community involvement.
Friends and family members of victims spoke about the pain caused by senseless violence. Neighbor joined in prayer and shared hugs. "It was good to just get it out. You know, the sadness and it was good to see that people cared," said one neighbor who lost her brother to gun violence late last year.
This won't be the last march held in ANCs 5D04 & 5D05. Commissioners Moore and Blacknell are planning to host a series of anti-violence summits and town hall forums, to inform the community about the new, approach being taken to address our community's ongoing challenges with violent crime. The commissioners will be working with the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, violence interrupters from the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Behavioral Health, MPD and the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety to address the root problems that cause continued violence on our streets in the weeks and months to come.
You should now call 311 for police non-emergencies. Before, 911 was for any police contact, now it is ONLY FOR EMERGENCIES. This changes starts NOW.
Police Non-Emergencies include, but aren't limited to the following:
An arrest has been made in the murder of 20-year-old Randall Francis. Malik Morris of Northeast DC was arrested in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.