Family members of dozens of homicide victims packed into a small auditorium yesterday and peppered top Washington, D.C., police officials with questions, says the Washington Post: Why was it taking so long to solve their relatives’ murders? Why didn’t detectives return their calls? Why can’t police find the right witnesses?
After airing their concerns, the relatives were led into small rooms to meet with detectives investigating their loved ones’ killings. The large meeting and the individual sessions were part of a D.C. police effort to reach out to the family members of homicide victims. Police officials and community activists said yesterday’s “open house” was the first of its kind in the capital. “I am still very frustrated by this,” said the mother of one victim. Still, she said, the talk was helpful because it let the family know where the detective stood with their case. The father of another victim said: “The detective hasn’t called us, he hasn’t done anything. He didn’t give us any information. It was just a waste of time.”