“Dear PoPville,

As if we needed more evidence that the DC police budget is extremely inflated and misdirected…this scene from Columbia Rd NW between 18th and 16th on the evening of 2/6/21. A small group of peaceful protesters (30-40 people tops; I’m guessing racial justice-focused based on their chants, but I do not know the organizing group nor do I speak for them) walked down Columbia Rd while a disproportionately large police presence preceded them AND followed them. In the attached image, the only group NOT circled is the protestors.

Police escorting large protests/marches to maintain traffic safety is one thing, but this is excessive and clearly intimidating. Read More

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, DC Health announced that beginning the week of January 25, in-person staff, including teachers and support staff, at DC Public Schools (DCPS) and DC Public Charter Schools will begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

This week, DCPS teachers and staff who are already reporting in-person, or who will return for in-person instruction in Term 3, will receive an email outlining the process for scheduling a vaccination appointment. Vaccinations will begin next week and will take place at Dunbar High School. DC Health and DCPS are partnering with Children’s National Hospital to vaccinate DCPS staff. Appointments will be scheduled directly with Children’s National Hospital. 

DC Public Charter Schools will receive guidance from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) regarding the vaccination program expected to start on January 25 for teachers and staff who are reporting in person.

Starting on January 25, other workers necessary for the preservation of societal functions will begin vaccinations, such as other public school staff and members of the Metropolitan Police Department. In addition, “Continuity of District Government” personnel will start their vaccinations next week with Kaiser. Read More


4400 block of Connecticut Ave. NW at Yuma

Thanks to Wendy and Chris for sending starting around 4:30pm: “this is a sample of the large police presence and unmarked cars at Days Inn in Van Ness”

Update from Kristen: “I was there dropping off an Avis car out back- the Avis guy said they found some suspicious items in a car (he specifically mentioned gas masks)”


January 15th 2021

Photo by Libbey Castle

Libby sends the above from the Hopscotch bridge at H Street, NE around 8am.

Photo by Reema Hibrawi

Reema writes at 8:55am: “So…this just happened. Lots of police on horses passing the Omnishore hotel in Woodley headed towards the Capitol I’m guessing”

And the video of the Guard this morning is something: Read More


14th and L Street, NW photo by Joshua Collier “checkpoint at 14TH and L St NW this morning. Every car is getting stopped and questioned.”

Stefanie (and others) report this morning: “Downtown DC really locked up (assuming for Inauguration prep etc) – can’t go south of Gallery Place from at least 6th as far west as I can tell. I had a heck of a time getting to 395 this morning.”

8th and F Street, NW photo by Mark Lyon

From Alert DC:

“MPD reports the following road closures are in effect until further notice due to preparation for the 59th Presidential Inauguration. Read More


Photo by C Buoscio

Late last night MPD tweeted: “Traffic Advisory: On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at approximately 6 am, morning commuters should be aware of parking restrictions & potential street closures in the downtown area. Stay tuned for additional updates.”

I got lots of concerned queries asking what this was about. The Mayor now explains:

“Allow for additional travel time in and around downtown. All are encouraged to sign up for text alerts, text INAUG2021 to 888-777.

This is the beginning of the installation of the inauguration perimeter around the White House, the Mall, the Capitol and parts of downtown.Read More


Photo by angela n.

Mayor Bowser wrote: “On behalf of the residents of the District of Columbia, our thoughts & prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick.

May he Rest In Peace, and we work tirelessly to honor his service to the Congress and our nation.”

From the United States Capitol Police:

“At approximately 9:30 p.m. this evening (January 7, 2021), United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away due to injuries sustained while on-duty.

Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters. Read More


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