Stabbing on the 1300 Block of Irving St, NW

by Prince Of Petworth January 25, 2014 at 7:36 am 23 Comments


From a reader around 12:20am:

“Not sure what’s going in, but they just loaded a person into the back of an ambulance. There were 12 cops on the scene.”

@DCPoliceDept tweeted around 12:30am:

“Stabbing //1300 blk of Irving Street NW”

More info if/when it becomes available.

  • Anonymous

    Gee, how many is this now? We need newly elected leaders as council members. Nothing, literally nothing, is being done to curb crime in this area. It’s always reactive – never proactive. How many arrests have been made? Nothing from the mayor. Nothing helpful from Councilman Graham. And nothing helpful from MPD other than “be on the lookout”.

    DC needs to get their act together and form some police task forces for trouble spots and to work with the community to help curb this ongoing problem. Look at what other cities are doing. Why is DC government so pathetic?

    • Colhi

      According to Uniform Crime Report statistics compiled by the FBI, there were 1,330.2 violent crimes per 100,000 people reported in the District of Columbia in 2010. There were also 4,778.9 property crimes per 100,000 reported during the same period.[8] Overall, violent crime in the District of Columbia has decreased 50% since 1995 and property crime has decreased 49.8% during the same period.

      • Anonymous

        Percentages can hide the true numbers. Do you know the hard numbers? Also, I’d argue crime has gotten better in some parts of DC, but in others (like CoHi) it continues to be a problem. I blame the mayor and Graham. You could argue the decrease in crime has more to do with gentrification than better actual policing.

      • Another Anonymous

        I believe Anon was talking about *this specific area.” The great decline in crime stats for DC as a whole does not mean there aren’t still trouble spots. Even this area being better than the past due to general improving trends doesn’t mean it isn’t a trouble spot.

  • Norris

    That may help a little bit, but won’t solve the problem. It’s going to take more than that to fix the problems caused by decades of educational and social inequality in DC. As an earlier commenter said, things are improving, but not as quickly as most of us hope.

    • Anonymous

      + 3

      Yes, education is the fundamental solution. But instead of a change to the cirriculum of the DCPS, how about a Metro campaign? Much quicker and cheaper.

      Posters could ask patrons to, among other things, “See Something, Say Something”, “Be Less Stabby”, “Walk on the Left, Stand on the Right”, and if you feel “Shooty/Murdery” head to Ivy City/Trinidad.

    • Anonymous

      the problem will be solved by bulldozing the housing projects and ending the subsidization of generational poverty through handouts which breed dependency. which, incredibly, even mayor barry agrees is the root of the problem.

  • anon

    Ok, so let’s say the projects get torn down. Then what will the city do? Give those same people vouchers for section 8 they’ll just be scattered throughout.

    Better education could be a big part of the solution. But there’s a culture of criminality that starts even before kids get to school. And it just grows and grows from there. The shit kids have to deal with at home is really never accounted for by our “problem solvers”.

    • Anonymous

      Scattering them would be a huge improvement over concentrating them in projects.

    • dcd

      Well, yes. Deconcentrating poverty is an excellent first step.

    • Blithe

      – The shit that kids have to deal with at home” can’t necessarily be altered by our “problem solvers” — but it can be addressed: school based mental health programs; sports, arts, and other recreational programs; mentorship programs; early intervention programs that address health, school readiness, and social development; are all helpful interventions. Kids at risk need peers who are doing well, and mentors and teachers who can support them. And it would be step in the right direction if kids affected by poverty had access to neighborhoods, housing, and schools that are not overwhelmingly populated by impoverished kids.
      It would be great if DC had a program like Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone — with interlocking services for children at risk and families in crisis.

      • Anonymous

        Kenilworth-Parkside is seeking to do something like that. They are one of the 57 Promise Neighborhoods across the country; the US Dept. of Education’s Promise Neighborhoods initiative and grant funding is based on/inspired by the Harlem Children’s Zone model. Of course, those efforts take time to build, and there are nowhere near enough resources to put a Promise Neighborhood or HCZ into every community that needs one. But if anyone wants to learn more about the DC initiative, their website is DCPNI-dot-org.

        • Blithe

          Thanks for the info! This sounds like something that I might want to get involved with!

  • Anonymous

    Sentencing laws too. 15 years for second degree murder is sending the wrong message to the kids in DC who like to bring us violence weekly.

    • tomindc

      Who got 15 years for second degree murder?

      • Anonymous

        Check the record, plus or minus a few, it happens all the time in DC.

        • tomindc

          What records are you referring to?

          Can you name a few? The first few that I found on Google have had sentences over 15 years.

  • Mary

    I can’t help but think that if the MPD actually investigated and at least occasionally solved both violent and property crimes that we would see some deterrent effect. All they do is take a “report” on crappy notepads that I think just get tossed. No looking for evidence, no investigating.

  • Anonymous

    Hate to say it, but I agree. I have no issues with projects or low income housing, but if they are a hub of criminal activity, then do something – tear ’em down.

  • Anonymous

    “problems caused by decades of educational and social inequality in DC.”

    Which seems to imply that some external boogyman is preventing kids from getting a good education. DC schools are run, managed, and largely staffed by black americans, and have been for a long time. And per student spending is amongst the highest of any US school district.

    The problem is the parents, whose problem was their parents. The problem is the adults who choose to have kids outside of marriage. The problem is a culture that elevates (or tolerates the elevation of) self-defeating behaviors, and discourages — penalizes — productive ones. The problem is also lots of excuses for completely unacceptable conduct. The problem is normalizing criminality and defining down acceptable conduct. The problem is elites holding urban blacks to such a low standard, a standard much lower than they would expect from anyone else.

    • Anonymous


  • anonymous5

    …And how many of you here who write about public safety/education actually volunteer as a mentor or tutor for DCPS kids? There are plenty of teachers working overtime, trying to make up for what their parents fail to do every day. Instead of pointing the finger at “the failed system” or “cops” or “schools,” how about getting your own hands dirty and trying to be part of the solution? Imagine the impact of 100 POP posters mentoring/tutoring 100 DCPS kids…


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