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Ari wrote around midnight: “massive police chase just ended in front of my apartment @ 5th and NY Ave NW. Helicopter too. Cops swarmed the van they were chasing with guns drawn.”

LNWC writes: “As far as the “what’s that helicopter doing?” game goes, that’s a new one.”

The always listening Alan Henney reports: “HIGH-SPEED CHASE FROM ANNE ARUNDEL CO into PG and DC. Suspect reportedly had 25kilos of meth wanted by DEA, led police on a chase at 100+ m.p.h. He dumped contraband in Mt. Rainier and has been stopped at 5th St and NY Ave NW-DC. Eagle overhead”

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Readers report:

“some protestors have climbed the tower crane at Florida & 5th NE”

Stay tuned for a presumable banner/sign drop. [If you get photos please send to [email protected] or @PoPville on social media.]


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From MPD:

“The District of Columbia has recently witnessed a recent spike in Theft One Stolen Automobile to include vehicles that are running unattended and not locked. This evening members of the 5th District Patrol responded to a report of a Theft One Stolen Automobile in the 30 block of K Street NE. As officers arrived they were informed by the complainant that while delivering groceries they left their vehicle running unattended and not locked. The complainants related that as they exited the vehicle and walked away the vehicle was stolen. Additionally the complainants advised they left their young child in the vehicle. Thankfully, this incident ended with members of the 5th District patrol recovering the young child unharmed. Read More

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Update 1pm: The Body Worn Camera footage can be seen here (warning graphic.)

The Washington Post reported:

“Two city officials who viewed police body camera video of the incident said at least two officers approached a vehicle in a parking lot and a foot chase began. As one officer ran past the vehicle, the officials said the footage shows Kay pulling a gun from his waist. The officials said the officer fired, appearing to strike Kay in the chest.

City officials said they plan to publicly release the body camera footage as soon as Thursday.

Some people near the shooting scene questioned the police account. On Wednesday night, a few dozen demonstrators, including some of Kay’s family members, converged at the 7th District police station.”

WTOP reported this morning:

“Protesters took to the streets in Washington, D.C., Thursday morning, calling for change in the wake of a teen shot and killed by police Wednesday afternoon in Southeast.

About a dozen protesters gathered outside the mayor’s house chanting “no justice, no peace” with police nearby.”

From MPD:

“Agents from the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, in the 200 block of Orange Street, Southeast.

At approximately 3:51 pm, uniformed patrol officers of the Seventh District responded to the listed location to investigate a man with a gun. Upon arrival, officers encountered individuals in and around a vehicle. Upon seeing the officers, two of the suspects fled on foot. During the foot pursuit, one of the suspects brandished a firearm. In response, an officer discharged their firearm one time, striking the suspect. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the suspect to an area hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries. After all life-saving efforts failed, the suspect was pronounced dead. The other suspect made good their escape and was not apprehended.

The decedent has been identified as 18 year-old Deon Kay, of Southeast, DC. Read More

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Nick asks around 8:12am: “any idea what’s going on at the post office north of Howard on Georgia? Street is closed and there were about a dozen police/ambulance/fire trucks blocking the northbound side if the road”

DC Fire and EMS reported: “Crash with vehicle striking building 3300 block Georgia Ave. NW. No entrapment. #DCsBravest treated 1 vehicle occupant and found no structural compromise.” Read More

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From MPD:

“First District Patrol units have arrested a male subject in regards to a Bicycle Theft case in the 700 Block G Street SE.

A complainant reported her bike stolen on Saturday, August 22th. On the following Sunday morning, the complainant encountered a male subject riding the stolen bike and waived down a passing patrol unit. When police attempted to contact the subject, he immediately fled. Read More

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6th and M Street, NE

Readers reported: “why is a DC PD helicopter doing constant circles over H and I streets NE between 8th and 6th? This has been going on for 10 minutes…”

“It was crazy! I’m right at the top of 6th where Florida crosses & cops were all around the house! I saw 5 cops Running down FL past 7th street not sure what happened next”

“Car and about 7 police cars sped past me just south of H street and almost hit my friend and I. Was crazy to watch, helicopter following and everything.”

“HUGE police presence on M st and 6th NE. At least 20 cop cars and a helicopter overhead. Any news on what this is?”

One reader who heard police talking reports:

“Re the chase ending near union market. Saw the car speed down our alley closely followed by an unmarked car with its siren on. An hour or so later we’re out with the dog and a few cops are talking. Said four juveniles carjacked a bmw at knifepoint at 10 and L and then joyrode for a while. They ditched on the 600 block of Orleans or the alley bw Orleans and Morton and were immediately arrested. Amazingly nobody got hurt at any point. Was a bit hairy for a while with the chopper and lots of cop cars. But anyway, that’s it from the horse’s mouth.”

From MPD:

“On 8/10/20 at approximately 6:54 p.m., First District officers responded to the 900 block of 11th St NE for a report of an armed carjacking. On the scene, the officers located an adult victim who reported that while he was unpacking his vehicle, he was surrounded by four suspects. One of the suspects showed him a knife and demanded his personal belongings, including his car keys. The victim surrendered his property and the suspects entered the vehicle and drove northbound. The victim was not injured during the offense. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I were witness to the incident reported in the Post [‘Two Black moms took their kids to the Mall. Secret Service officers confronted them with guns, they said.‘] from our car driving on Constitution. We were on scene after the guns but saw the women in handcuffs, the crashed secret service vehicle and I noticed the Women’s car had a “baby on board” sign on the back and appeared legally parked. Read More

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From MPD:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser authorized the release of body-worn camera (BWC) videos related to three deaths involving Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers. The BWC footage is being released pursuant to the Council of the District of Columbia’s Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Second Emergency Amendment Act of 2020.

The BWC footage for the following three incidents is now available on MPD’s website:

Jeffrey Price Read More

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From MPD:

“On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, the burial service for Metropolitan Police Department Senior Police Officer Keith Williams will take place at Fort Lincoln Cemetery located at 3401 Bladensburg Road, Brentwood, Maryland.

In conjunction with this event, there will be increased police activity along the following locations in support of the procession and temporary road closures between 9:30 am and 10:30 am in the following locations: Read More

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Ahead of the Council of the District of Columbia’s first vote on the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget, Mayor Muriel Bowser urged the Council to seriously consider several key issues that are broadly problematic for sound budgeting and the operations of our government in the response and recovery from the pandemic and the recession it caused.

Among the concerns outlined by the Mayor in a letter sent to Chairman Phil Mendelson and members of the Council is the reduction in funding for the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Cadet Program, a very effective program that recruits and employs officers who are both from and familiar with DC neighborhoods and plays an important role in recruiting women and officers of color. Additionally, the Mayor highlights concerns with reducing the MPD budget by nearly $10 million, a reduction that would result in a level of sworn officers that has not been seen in DC since the 1990s, with seemingly no analysis on the impact this cut would have on the deployment of officers, officer response times to calls for service, and on community and neighborhood safety.

They Mayor’s full letter to the Council is below. Read More

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