DC Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency decided “to monitor a larger than expected Funk Parade”

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Thanks to a reader for sending on from Slate:

“The national-security watchdogs at The Intercept have FOIA’d a bunch of Department of Homeland Security documents related to Black Lives Matter activists,…it does indicate that the Department of Homeland Security may have way too much time on its hands:

An April 29th email from the DHS National Operations Center also mentions planned surveillance of three seemingly innocuous events, two of which were associated with historically black neighborhoods. According to the email, the DHS-funded DC Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency decided to conduct “a limited stand-up… to monitor a larger than expected Funk Parade and two other mass gathering events” in case “any Baltimore-related civil unrest occurs.” It appears that the only Funk Parade in DC occurs in the historically black neighborhood of U Street. The other two events, according to another report, produced by the DHS National Capital Region‘s Information Collection and Coordination Center, were a community parade in Congress Heights, a predominantly black neighborhood, and the Avon 39-Walk to End Breast Cancer.

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  • “Ain’t nothin’ but a party!”
    ― George Clinton

  • To say that this might mean DHS has too much time on its hands demonstrates the writer has a limited uderstanding about DHS’s roles and responsibilities. The email clearly states personnel would be in place in the event a disruption were to occur (a precautionary protection measure for the public). The act of terrorism comment in the article is also misinterpreted. This is how rumors get started, and how easily sensationalism takes over before simply taking time to question/understand the facts.

    • Agree. To not take precautions this year especially seems unwise- I certainly wouldn’t call this a waste of resources. Not sure why cities around the country are experiencing in some cases dramatic upticks in homicides and violent crimes, but something is in the air. With Gray/Brown/Guy in NY not far behind us, you would want to be careful as people can or will bring anger wherever they go. If anything, I am pleasantly surprised that we haven’t had Baltimore-related riots and violence. Viewing DC as a racial tinderbox, full of segregation and not-so-veiled animosity, I was expecting it!

    • Yes, this. If anything, Slate has too much time on their hands. Security and intelligence are quite often ramped up for any large public gathering of people, and it’s not always plainly visible to the naked eye. Welcome to DC. Had precautions not been taken, you know there would be a whole lot of finger pointing if something bad did go down.

  • police state

  • The article seems to imply a racist agenda, but I’m not sure I see that here. While U St. is a historically black neighborhood, I strongly doubt that current demographics would support that as a continuing label. As for the other two, you have one that is in a predominantly black neighborhood and one that is a) not in any one single neighborhood since it goes so long, and probably doesn’t pass through anything that could be considered a largely minority area and b) a largely white event. It doesn’t seem to me that there’s a whole lot of to support claims that DHS is targeting communities of color here…

  • Uhhhh….. after the last Caribbean Day Festival a few years ago devolved into huge fights with some serious injuries, the appropriate office within the District Government that handles large events decides to monitor future events in the same area in case there is a repeat of the same behavior. Basing future plans of past performance is racist now?

  • It wasn’t much of a parade and the Mayor was a big part of it.

  • Yep, because “ni66ers” just don’t know how to act.

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