Props to the Cops: “It was the picture of de-escalation.”

11th and Clifton Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

There’s been a lot of talk lately about crime in the city, and it’s a real concern. However, I had a really good interaction with the police and I wanted to share it.

I live across the street from Cardozo High School and I generally find them to be a great neighbor; staff are friendly, the school is beautiful, and the kids are just kids. Last week, however, as school was letting out, there was a fight. I didn’t see what happened, but police were called and within just a minute there were several police cars and dozens of officers. At one point I counted 25 officers, and I couldn’t even see all of them. They controlled the situation very quickly, got the kids out of the roads, and yelled for them to go home. (I don’t know about the ones in the fight, I only saw officers talking to a small group after everyone else had dispersed.) Kids ran off in all directions. It was the picture of de-escalation.

The officers not immediately handling the fight stuck around for a little bit, talking with neighbors, making friends with the dogs playing on the lawn, and joking with the kids and staff who were left. Their command of the situation and then their relaxed demeanor put everyone at ease.

It was a job well done.”

4 Comment

  • Thanks for posting this – nice to hear some good news for a change!

  • I think this is one area where MPD is really ahead of the rest of the country. If you read the history of the Pershing Park debacle, it seems like MPD actually learned the lessons of their mistakes there. There’s a reason why you see the real difficulties with police shootings in the area happen in the suburbs- their training and mindset is much more like the standard American police mindset of using force (sometimes deadly) as the first resort.,

    • Agreed, DCPD could be a lesson for the rest of the country in this area. I saw how they handled one of the semi-spontaneous Ferguson protests that occurred during late rush hour last year and it was impressive. W/in 5m they had rerouted traffic and metro buses and appeared to work with the protesters to get stuck commuters out of the occupied space. For the time I stuck around it looked like there was continuous, but discreet contact/discussion between someone(s) leading the protest and an officer. There was no massing of riot police like you see in more amateur departments (ie, pg county), but from the small groups of police spread around it was clear there was a considerable amount of force ready to respond and probably more importantly isolate any bad apples if need be. Clearly much more effective than chest-thumping in front of the DOD’s cast-off hardware.

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