This week, Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier offered an encouraging development regarding violent crime. “I am happy to report that . . . we have reduced robberies almost 20 percent,” Lanier said to a smattering of applause, mostly from city employees. “Yes, you can clap. Robberies are down almost 20 percent. I know I clap when I hear that.” There was a problem, the Washington Post Want to read more? Please subscribe to The Crime Report!