Bad news: another murder. Derrick Marshall, 20, was gunned down Friday night in Southwest. Good news: MPD have made an arrest in the case, a 17-year-old has been charged.
Borderstan reports on a vigilante-style beat down of a mugger. Who knows how accurate this account is, but supposedly a couple 20-something "hipsters" chased down a mugger on U Street and started beating him in the gutter near Nellie's Sports Bar. I don't condone this behavior, since it's a bit risky--the mugger could have had a weapon. In this instance the mugger escaped with some injuries, and MPD was not involved. It's hard to say if it would have been safer or more prudent to restrain the assailant and wait for MPD to make an arrest. As it stands now, the so-called hipsters went from victims of robbery to perpetrators of (possibly) aggravated assault. But I bet it felt good. Hopefully this actually was the case of hipsters beating muggers, and not some pissed off kids beating someone up for the hell of it.
Another fire at the Embassy of Gabon. District fire officials are investigating a late-night fire in the basement of the embassy. There were no injuries but damage is estimated to be near $100,000. This is the second fire at the embassy in the last month, the previous fire being declared as arson. It's unclear the cause of this fire, though it may be related to the serious political turmoil going on within Gabon. It's always interesting to see how international crises play out here in DC.
As expected, Lanier appeals All Hands on Deck ruling. No surprise here, MPD Chief Lanier has appealed a federal labor board's ruling that the AHOD program must end. MPD's argument continues to be that these initiatives are necessary to reduce crime. According to the federal arbitrator and the DC police union, the measures violate officers' labor contract and the law. Lanier wants to argue the programs necessity and effectiveness. I don't understand how that's even relevant if the program violates the law. I bet we might see a reduction in crime if we made police work 24-hour shifts, everyday forever until those new police robots are developed. Who cares if it's legal or not. Heck, I bet we'd see a reduction in crime if we put up checkpoints around high crime areas and asked people for papers to enter. Right?
H Street Country Club to get even more ridiculous. The mini-golf location is now featuring expensive designer cocktails. PoP reports that mixologist Gina Chersevani will be assisting in their revamping of their drink menu. This will include artistic cocktails. And mini-golf. I'm still hoping for a place that will have skeeball, air hockey and fancy 'foam' cuisine served with handcrafted cocktails, dangerous pies, and charcuterie.
Photo from the H Street Festival by Francis Chung, via DCist. Not pictured: vigilante hipsters.