Group Targets Youth Violence In DC Subway


The anti-violence group Peaceoholics said it will send volunteer ex-offenders to the Anacostia and Minnesota Avenue Metro stations in Washington, D.C., a couple of times a week because of altercations among youths on their way home from school or nightclubs, reports the city’s Post. “We can’t rely on [D.C. police] or the city to deal with these problems,” said Keith Johnson, program manager for Peaceoholics.

Metro spokeswoman Cathy Asato said the transit agency was taking a neutral stance. The volunteers “can come in and do their thing, but they can’t impede any Metro rules,” she said. The volunteers do not have police powers, she said. In the past, groups such as the Guardian Angels have offered to help keep the peace on buses, and Metro’s policy allows that sort of activity as long as it does not interfere with customers or Metro employees.

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