9th and U Street, NW
Update from Nellie’s:
“Nellie’s Sports Bar has terminated, with immediate effect, the independent security vendor hired to protect our guests during Pride Week. Our investigation into the matter is ongoing, and we will cooperate with any law enforcement investigation, however we do not need to wait for the investigation’s conclusion before we take decisive action. We offer a heartfelt apology to all who witnessed the horrific events of this past weekend. No matter what behavior occurred prior, nothing warrants mistreating, and disrespecting, one of our guests.
What we can say is we have heard the concerns of the BIPOC and LGBTQ communities. Nellie’s will be closed this week as we evaluate this regrettable situation, though we will continue to pay all non-security staff their normal wages. In the interim, we will use this time to listen and understand what more we can do to create the safe and friendly atmosphere our guests have come to expect from Nellie’s Sports Bar over the past 14 years.
The Nellie’s Family”
I don’t believe related but earlier gunshots were fired nearby at 8th and Florida Ave, NW: Read More
From Black Lives Matter DC:
“Rev. George Gilbert and The Center for Racial Equity and Justice are calling for immediate action on policing. This Thursday May 6, 2021 (the Thursday before Mother’s Day) at 12PM they are calling for 1,000 mothers, grandmothers, and women on the frontlines affected by police terror to join the Hear the Cry Rally. They are coming together at Freedom Plaza to answer George Floyd’s cry for “Momma!” and demand that the President, Congress, and Senate act swiftly to address policing in America. Read More
Photo by Mark Lyon
Mark writes: “Plywood summer begins today.” Read More
Photo by Sam Ward near Judiciary Square
About those low flying helicopters at the June BLM protests the Washington Post now reports:
“In an announcement, the Army said one helicopter “hovered under 100 feet” over the heads of people in the nation’s capital on June 1 as D.C. police and federal agencies worked to disperse crowds protesting police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis days earlier. Read More
There will be a rally for opening DC Schools this Saturday, 3/13, 2-4 pm at Mayor Bowser’s office (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW). Anyone who supports this cause is welcome to attend! It’s past time to open schools. Kids have already lost way to much.”
Thanks to all who messaged us yesterday: “I was doing a lot of reading after I passed the protest. It’s a horrible situation in Ethiopia. If you haven’t read anything about it, basically, the new Ethiopian government is attacking one region of the country for not wanting to join into a new political system/ supporting the new government that came into power in November. They’ve been slaughtering the people of the region. Eritrea’s government has been helping.”
From the Washington Post:
“Ethiopian and Eritrean forces committed war crimes during an offensive to take control of the town of Axum in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region late last year, with one massacre by Eritrean troops a potential crime against humanity, Read More
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
Photo by Diane Krauthamer
Update from MPD:
“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District announce an arrest has been made in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) offense that occurred on Saturday, December 12, 2020, in the 500 block of 11th Street, Northwest.
At approximately 9:00 pm, the suspect and victims were engaged in an argument at the listed location. The argument escalated and became a physical altercation. The suspect then brandished a knife and stabbed four victims. The suspect was apprehended by responding officers. The victims were transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Read More