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Two Homicides in NE DC Sat. Night

by Prince Of Petworth December 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm 14 Comments

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Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Departments Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal stabbing which occurred in the 500 block of 23rd Place, NE.

On December 4, 2011, at approximately 12:28 am, units from the First District responded to the 500 block of 23rd Place, NE for the of an unconscious person. Upon arriving on the scene officers located an unconscious and unresponsive adult female inside of the location. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel determined that there were no signs of life. The victim was pronounced dead by a member from the Chief Medical Examiners Office. Subsequent investigation revealed that the decedent suffered multiple stab wounds.

The decedent has been identified as 47 year-old Elaine Coleman of Northeast, Washington, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to DC CRIME SOLVERS at 1-800-673-2777 and to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. If the information provided by the caller to the Crime Solvers Unit leads to an arrest and indictment, that caller will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000


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Saturday evening at about 6:45 pm, a man was shot and killed in the 1100 block of 21st St., NE.

We do not have anyone in custody in connection to this and we ask that anyone with any information please call 727-9099.

  • kevin

    Welcome back PoP…shame the fancy new site has to be trashed with crappy news.

  • scuttlebutterscotch

    Yeah, this is terrible.

  • Anonymous

    Any word on the shooting [and stabbing] in Adams Morgan last night?

  • Anonymous

    What’s with this new guy (or gal) shooting people in the face in NE? WTF!

  • ron

    Terrible news. Anyone know what the homicide count is right now? At one point, there was talk of DC finishing below 100 homicides for the year. Seems unlikely at this point.

    • Anonymous

      We’re at least at 104. We came so close, but there is always next year.


      • Marcus Aurelius

        Wow. Any time someone mentions the fact that things are much better now than they used to be they are accused of ignoring the problem. Homicides are down 75% from 20 years ago and 50% from 10 years ago, and trending down every year since 2002. Acknowledging that is not ignoring the problem, it’s having some perspective.

        • Maire

          Are homicide numbers really a good indicator of overall safety? What about robbery numbers, home invasion numbers – and what about perception? I think there’s a lot more to the story than just the number of people who get murdered every year and whether it’s higher or lower than previous years.

    • FrickFrack

      Crime in Washington, D.C. (formally known as the District of Columbia) is directly related to the city’s changing demographics, geography, and unique criminal justice system. The District’s population reached a peak of 802,178 in 1950. However, shortly thereafter, the city began losing residents and by 1980 Washington had lost one-quarter of its population. In turn, economic recession and decaying neighborhoods led to increases in the crime rate. The population loss to the suburbs also created a new demographic pattern, which divided affluent neighborhoods west of Rock Creek Park from more crime-ridden and blighted areas to the east.

      Despite being the headquarters of multiple federal law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the nationwide crack epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s greatly affected the city and led to a massive increases in crime.[1] The number of homicides in Washington peaked in 1991 at 479,[2] and the city eventually became known as the “murder capital” of the United States.[3]

      The crime rate started to fall in the late 1990s as the crack epidemic gave way to economic revitalization projects. Gentrification efforts have also started to transform the demographics of distressed neighborhoods, recently leading to the first rise in the District’s population in 60 years.[4] By the mid-2000s, crime rates in Washington dropped to their lowest levels in over 20 years. As in many major cities, crime remains a significant factor in D.C., especially in the city’s northwestern neighborhoods, which tend to be more affluent, draw more tourists, and have more vibrant nightlife.[5] Violent crime also remains a problem in Ward 8, which has the city’s highest concentration of poverty.[6]

      1 Statistics
      2 Criminal justice
      2.1 Law enforcement
      2.2 Court system
      2.3 Corrections
      3 Gun laws
      4 References
      5 External links

      [edit] Statistics
      Crime Trends, 1995-2007[7]
      Year Violent Crime Change Property Crime Change
      1995 2,661.4 – 9,512.1 –
      1996 2,469.8 -7.1% 9,426.9 -0.9%
      1997 2,024.0 -18% 7,814.9 -17%
      1998 1,718.5 -15% 7,117.0 -8.9%
      1999 1,627.7 -5.3% 6,439.3 -9.5%
      2000 1,507.9 -7.4% 5,768.6 -10.4%
      2001 1,602.4 6.3% 6,139.9 6.4%
      2002 1,632.9 1.9% 6,389.4 4.1%
      2003 1,624.9 -0.5% 5,863.5 -8.2%
      2004 1,371.2 -15.6% 4,859.1 -17.1%
      2005 1,380.0 0.6% 4,489.8 -7.6%
      2006 1,508.4 9.3% 4,653.8 3.7%
      2007 1,414.3 -6.2% 4,913.9 5.6%
      2008 1,437.7 1.7% 5,104.6 3.9%
      1995 2,661.4 – 9,512.1 –
      2008 1,437.7 -46.0% 5,104.6 -46.3%

      According to Uniform Crime Report statistics compiled by the FBI, there were 1,437.7 violent crimes per 100,000 people reported in the District of Columbia in 2008. There were also 5,104.6 property crimes per 100,000 reported during the same period.[8] Overall, violent crime in the District of Columbia has decreased 46% since 1995 and property crime has decreased 46.3% during the same period. However, violent crime is still more than three times the national average of 454.5 reported offenses per 100,000 people in 2008.[9]

      In the early 1990s, Washington, D.C. was known as the “murder capital”,[10] experiencing 474 homicides in 1990.[11] The elevated crime levels were fueled by the crack epidemic in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The crack was brought into Washington, D.C. by Colombian cartels, and sold in a drug market known as “The Strip”, the largest in the city, located a few blocks north of the United States Capitol.[12] A quarter of juveniles with criminal charges in 1988 tested positive for drugs.[10] The number of homicides in Washington, D.C. peaked in 1991, followed by a downward trend in the late 1990s. In 2000, 242 homicides occurred,[11] and the downward trend continued in the 2000s. There were 181 murders and non-negligent homicides in Washington, D.C. in 2007,[8] and 131 homicides in 2010, the lowest such tally since 1963.[13]

      As Washington neighborhoods undergo gentrification, crime has been displaced further east. Prince George’s County, Maryland has witnessed a large increase in crime as poorer residents are forced out of the city into the nearby suburbs due to rising property values.[14] However, the influx of more affluent new residents in the city has also led to an uptick in robberies and property crimes in gentrifying areas, including Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan, Mount Pleasant, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, and Shaw. There were an average of 11 robberies each day across the District of Columbia in 2006,[5] which is nowhere near the levels experienced in the 1990s.[15]

      In 2008, 42 crimes in the District were characterized as hate crimes; over 70% of the reports classified as hate crimes were a result of a bias against the victim’s perceived sexual orientation.[16] Those findings continue the trend from previous years, although the total number of hate crimes is down from 57 in 2006,[17] and 48 in 2005.[18]
      [edit] Criminal justice
      [edit] Law enforcement
      See also: List of law enforcement agencies in the District of Columbia
      Homicides in Washington, D.C. are concentrated in eastern neighborhoods.

      Law enforcement in Washington, D.C. is complicated by a network of overlapping federal and city agencies. The primary agency responsible for law enforcement in the District of Columbia is the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). The MPD is a city agency headed by the Chief of Police, currently Cathy L. Lanier, who is appointed by the mayor. The Metropolitan Police has 3,800 sworn officers and operates much like other municipal police departments elsewhere in the country. However, given the unique status of Washington as the United States capital, the MPD is adept at providing crowd control and security at large events.[19] Despite its name, the MPD only serves within the boundaries of the District of Columbia and does not have jurisdiction within the surrounding Washington Metropolitan Area.

      Several other local police agencies have jurisdiction within the District of Columbia, including: the District of Columbia Protective Services Police Department, which is responsible for all properties owned or leased by the city government; and the Metro Transit Police Department, which has jurisdiction within Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority stations, trains, and buses. Alongside local law enforcement agencies, nearly every federal law enforcement agency has jurisdiction within Washington, D.C. The most visible federal police agencies are the United States Park Police, which is responsible for all parkland in the city, the United States Secret Service, and the United States Capitol Police.

      A number of special initiatives undertaken by the Metropolitan Police Department in order to combat violent crime have gained particular public attention. Most notable are the city’s use of “crime emergencies”, which when declared by the Chief of Police, allow the city to temporarily suspend officer schedules and assign additional overtime in order to increase police presence.[20]

      Despite the fact that crime emergencies do appear to reduce crime when enacted,[21] critics fault the city for relying on such temporary stop-gap measures.[22] In 2003, the city launched its “Gang Intervention Project” to combat the then-recent upward trend in Latino gang violence, primarily in the Columbia Heights and Shaw neighborhoods. The initiative was claimed a success when gang-related violence declined almost 90% from the start of the program to November 2006.[23]

      The most controversial new program designed to deter crime is a system of police checkpoints in neighborhoods particularly affected by violence. The checkpoints, introduced in June 2008, have only been used thus far in the Trinidad neighborhood of Northeast Washington. The program operates by stopping cars entering a police-designated area; officers then turn away those individuals who do not live or have business in the neighborhood. Despite protests by residents, the MPD claims the checkpoints to be a successful tool in preventing violent crime.[24] However, in July 2010, a federal appeals court found that the checkpoints violated residents constitutional rights. The police had no plans to continue to use the practice—with declining crime rates—but D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles said that officers would work to find a “more creative way to deal with very unusual circumstances that is consistent with the Fourth Amendment.”[25]
      [edit] Court system

      The Superior Court of the District of Columbia hears all local civil and criminal cases in Washington, D.C. Despite the fact that the court is technically a branch of the D.C. government, the Superior Court is funded and operated by the United States government.[26] The D.C. Superior Court should not, however, be confused with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, which only hears cases dealing with violations of federal law.[27]

      The District of Columbia has a complicated criminal prosecution system. The Attorney General of the District of Columbia only has jurisdiction in civil proceedings and prosecuting minor offenses such as low-level misdemeanors and traffic violations.[28] All federal offenses, local felony charges (i.e. serious crimes such as robbery, murder, aggravated assault, grand theft, and arson), and most local misdemeanors are prosecuted by the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.[29] United States Attorneys are appointed by the President and overseen by the United States Department of Justice.[30] This differs from elsewhere in the country where 93% of local prosecutors are directly elected and the remainder are appointed by local elected officials.[31]

      The fact that the U.S. Attorneys in the District of Columbia are neither elected nor appointed by city officials leads to criticism that the prosecutors are not responsive to the needs of local residents.[32] For example, new felony prosecutions by the U.S. Attorneys in the District of Columbia have fallen 34%; from 8,016 in 2003 to 5,256 in 2007. The number of resolved felony cases has also fallen by nearly half; from 10,206 in 2003 to 5,534 in 2007. In contrast, the number of misdemeanor and civil cases prosecuted and resolved by the D.C. Attorney General’s office has remained constant over the same time period.[33] The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia cites the drop in prosecutions to a 14% cut in its budget. The cuts have caused the office to decrease the number of federal prosecutors from a high of 110 in 2003 to 76 in 2007.[34]

      Efforts to create the position of D.C. district attorney regained attention in 2008. The D.C. district attorney would be elected and have jurisdiction over all local criminal cases, thereby streamlining prosecution and making the justice system more accountable to residents. However, progress to institute such an office has stalled in Congress.[35]
      [edit] Corrections

      Under the National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997, prisoners were put under custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons; the District’s own prison in Lorton, Virginia was closed in 2000. Offenders serving short sentences for misdemeanors serve time either the Central Detention Facility or the Correctional Treatment Facility, both run by the District of Columbia Department of Corrections. Approximately 6,500 prisoners convicted in the District of Columbia are sent to Bureau of Prison facilities around the United States, including over a 1,000 sent to West Virginia, and another 1,000 to North Carolina.[36] The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency was established, under the National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act, to oversee probationers and parolees, and provide pretrial services. The functions were previously handled by the D.C. Superior Court and the D.C. Pretrial Services Agency.[37]
      [edit] Gun laws
      DC homicide trends (1986–2005)

      Washington, D.C., has enacted a number of strict gun-restriction laws. The Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975 prohibited residents from owning handguns, excluding those registered prior to February 5, 1977; however, this law was subsequently overturned in March 2007 by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Parker v. District of Columbia.[38] The ruling was upheld in June 2008 by the Supreme Court of the United States in District of Columbia v. Heller. Both courts held that the city’s handgun ban violated individuals’ Second Amendment right to gun ownership.[39] However, the ruling does not repeal all forms of gun control; laws requiring firearm registration remain in place, as does the city’s assault weapon ban.[40] Additionally, city laws still prohibit carrying guns, both openly and concealed.[41]

      Critics, citing numerous statistics, have questioned the efficiency of these restrictions. The combination in Washington of strict gun-restriction laws and high levels of gun violence is sometimes used to criticize gun-restriction laws in general as ineffective. A significant portion of firearms used in crime are either obtained on the second-hand market or in neighboring states.[42][43] Results from the ATF’s Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative indicate that the percentage of imported guns involved in crimes is tied to the stringency of local firearm laws.[42]

      Washington, D.C., has tried a number of other strategies to deal with gun violence. In 1995, the Metropolitan Police Department conducted Operation Ceasefire, a gun-violence crackdown initiative involving intense gun law enforcement, in conjunction with the United States Attorney’s Office.[44] This initiative resulted in seizure of 282 firearms in its first four months, mainly 9mm, 380ACP, and .25ACP pistols, and .38 caliber revolvers, most of which were purchased in Maryland and Virginia.[45]

  • Anonymous

    What scares me is that it’s winter. What happens when the weather starts warming up in the spring.

  • mike

    Is that first one right next to the good deal or not house that was going for $399,000 the other day? Odd coincidence.

    • MH

      One street over, same block. Backs of houses connected by an alley.


      • FrickFrack

        Good link to know: http://homicidewatch.org/

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        The death is being investigated as a homicide, police said.

        In a message on MPD’s First District listserve, Commander Daniel Hickson wrote:

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  • Anonymous

    Are their any old photos or family photos of elaine coleman


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