Likely New D.C. Mayor Backs “Aggressive Policing”


The likely new mayor of Washington, D.C., City Council member Adrian Fenty, is pushing a compromise on permanent crime legislation that would modify youth curfews and eliminate controversial police access to juvenile records, though it would keep neighborhood surveillance cameras, the Washington Post reports. Fenty opposed the emergency crime provisions and still is unconvinced that the measures curtail crime. In a meeting Monday with Mayor Anthony Williams, Fenty outlined a substitute plan that would move the curfew from 10 to 11 p.m. weekdays and from 10 p.m. to midnight on weekends for those 16 and younger.

Although Fenty opposed the surveillance cameras as an infringement on civil liberties, he now says they might help track crime. “This is not the answer to the crime spike,” Fenty said. “Long term, the solution is aggressive policing.” Williams, who leaves office in December, said the emergency legislation has significantly reduced crime, and he wants to make the crime legislation permanent. The D.C. police department says violent crime is down 15 percent. Police say fewer juveniles have been arrested, and fewer juveniles have been crime victims since the curfew went into effect July 31. Fenty backed a measure paying $8 million in overtime to put more officers on the street during the emergency. The increased police activity was the likely contributor to the reduction in crime, Fenty said.


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