Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Jack Evans Meeting on Crime, 2/21

Tonight's meeting on crime attracted a large number (I'd guess at least 150-200) community residents to the United House of Prayer--not surprising given the alarming increase in shootings in the community. Acting Police Chief Lanier spoke at some length, making what seem to be good points:

  • We cant just rely on statistics, but have to look at non-numeric indicators, like graffiti and general conditions in the area;
  • Police visibility has been increased and will remain so, but visibility isn't the answer for everything--some shootings have taken place within sight of fixed police posts;
  • There has been a shift of resources into Shaw and this will continue--it's not just a temporary fix;
  • The age of kids doing this stuff is very disturbing; there's a great need to engage them in positive activities;
  • People are not reporting what they see, and without that help there is much less that the police can do.
Mayor Fenty arrived late (about 6:40) and left early. I didn't think he had anything very interesting to say, but at least he was there to listen to some of the community comments and questions. Most of the latter were familiar to anyone who attended the last two meetings in June and September which were covered in previous posts here and elsewhere. One resident of 1330 7th made an impassioned plea for help from the city and MPD to get rid of residents at that and other properties who are engaged in crime, saying it simply takes too long. Some other issues mentioned included a growing rat problem in the neighborhood, and the need for programs for seniors. A representative of UHOP made another pitch for the city to sell the bleak little "park" at 7th and N to the church. Someone else said--to some applause--that people need to be placed ahead of dogs--presumably a reference to requests by some residents for a dog park.

I guess the meeting was useful as a indicator of neighborhood residents' increased concerns, and top level agency heads were all there to listen. Unfortunately, a lot of the time was consumed in introducing city and neighborhood notables and (thankfully fairly brief) speechifying. These meetings are looking more and more like political events for the folks on the dais.

Which is an interesting point, and seems to call for a sort of local version of old-school Kremlinology. Though supposedly organized by Jack Evans, the meeting was co-hosted by Leroy Thorpe (there as "President East Central Civic Association") and ANC Commissioner Doris Brooks, who as usual played second fiddle. As for the other ANC commissioners, Alex Padro managed a seat at the table (at the end) but neither Barbara Curtis nor Kevin Chapple were included. Chapple was not invited, as it turns out, nor was he recognized as being present in the audience (he was there), though at least a dozen other people were. Don't know about Curtis. The Mt. Vernon Square Neighborhood Association was not at the table either (nor has it been included at previous meetings), but the ECCA was. Go figure. Apparently, the crime problem isn't bad enough to get beyond this kind of pettiness.

Oh, yes. There probably won't be a video of the meeting. Commissioner Brooks told a resident who was setting up to record the meeting that this wasn't to be permitted, even though he had written permission from Evans' office to do so. Evans apparently caved when the moment came. What is with this videophobia?
(I did see one other resident with a videocamera, so maybe some of it will show up anyway.)


20 Comments:

At 2/22/2007 6:03 AM, Anonymous Martin said...

Mr Chapple was recognized for a brief moment by Mr Evans, but clearly not invited to co-chair the meeting (probably it might have rubbed his friend "Mr. T" the wrong way). Evans might as well just make Mr T his deputy for ANC2C. Audio recording available here: (enjoy the pick from my garden while waiting for the mpeg to download).

 
At 2/22/2007 6:06 AM, Anonymous Martin said...

[ignore links in previous post, corrected here]

Mr Chapple was recognized for a brief moment by Mr Evans, but clearly not invited to co-chair the meeting (probably it might have rubbed his friend "Mr. T" the wrong way). Evans might as well just make Mr T his deputy for ANC2C. Audio recording available here: (enjoy the pick from my garden while waiting for the mpeg to download).

 
At 2/22/2007 7:21 AM, Blogger Shaw Rez said...

I couldn't make it because of work but am outraged to hear about this.

1. WHY WAS LEROY CO-CHAIR at this government-sponsored meeting?

2. I hope someone good runs agains Jack Evans in the next election; he's lost my respect, confidence, and vote over the past few months.

3. The Fenty Administration is looking far too much like the Barry Administration so far. I want Tony back.

 
At 2/22/2007 8:42 AM, Blogger si said...

MVSNA was not invited to co-host nor were we acknowledged as far as I am aware. Thats cool, we dont need it.
I do wish that the co-sponsors could've been announced in advance and I was a bit surprised that the entire ANC 2C was not included in this event.
post coming up shortly on http://lifein.mountvernonsquare.org/

 
At 2/22/2007 9:52 AM, Anonymous rr 446 said...

thanks 5-OH for the realistic assessment.

UHOP wants that park, it's essential if they are ever going to redo that entire block in partnership with CEM.

i didnt goto the shaw crime summit because fenty isn't going to do anything different than before, just run his mouth alot. jack is ward 2 councilmember for life! LT
is the president of ECCA and has carried the water for UHOP whenever they want. just a little truth here.

thorpe believes MVSNA is a devil group.

 
At 2/22/2007 11:17 AM, Anonymous Carmen said...

Sorry to poop on this, but I thought the meeting was a complete and utter waste of time:

1. Prayer to Jesus to start the PUBLIC meeting

2. Leroy at the table, referred to repeatedly as 'Commissioner' by Evans,

3. Tons of political back-patting and speachifying,

4.lots of church people spouting about 'family values' and god.

5. Belive it or not, an elder from the United House of Prayer for 'all people' referred back to slavery and to African Americans being considered 1/4 of a person, and used that as the basis for an argument that the church should get ownership of the small plot of land at 7tn and N, as opposed to a dog park, which in this gentleman's mind would mean that the 'people' are being treated as less than dogs.

It was just an insane display.

 
At 2/22/2007 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

agreed...I thought it to be very rude that Fenry showed up late, and distracted everyone, then "left" early, but really acted like he was still capaigning by patronizing people and shaking hads, further disrupting what was going on. This was a CRIME meeting, it wasn't the approprite forum for UHOP guy to spend, what TEN MINUTES, making a round about point about why UHOP should get a 4x4 area of land. I was so aggravated by that. People rambled on and on and I feel like noone got anywhere. Crime was brushed upon but certainly not the highlight of the night. I got fed up and left

 
At 2/22/2007 3:27 PM, Anonymous Sam Farmer said...

Sounds like it was the kickoff event for Elect Thorpe 2008 hosted by Jack Evans.

 
At 2/22/2007 5:33 PM, Anonymous Charles Walker said...

Does Leroy have pictures of Jack? That would explain it.

Ick ... that doesn't bear thinking about.

 
At 2/22/2007 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you need more evidence that Fenty is nothing more than Barry Lite, people? Wonder when he'll discover the pleasures of crack? Glad I spent the evening getting my car fixed. Always hated those hypocritical prayers and, Jack-Leroy love feasts. How much longer before Chief Lanier is handing out donated police bikes and those new tuff books to the Mahdi?

 
At 2/23/2007 7:10 AM, Anonymous rr 446 said...

leroy often states that he was one of jack's origional supporters in shaw. in deed he was.
when john wilson decided to run for chairman of council, the ward two seat was open. the top two candidates were jack evans, an ANC comissioner from dupont circle and jim zais, john wilson's constituant service rep. jim zais, who was gay and white happened to have a black boyfriend.
this is when leroy started his street corner bullhorn act against the gays and whites creating fear and angst in shaw. cartoon were distributed around shaw depicting zais chasing after black men with big dicks. jack won the primary by a very few votes. someone can check with the BOEE for the primary vote totals. jacks relationship with leroy does in fact go way back. by the way, i supported zais.

 
At 2/23/2007 7:38 AM, Anonymous rr 446 said...

ps. back then ward 2 extended to 8th and H NE

 
At 2/23/2007 11:34 AM, Blogger Tad Rainwater said...

I'm tired of being insulted by Jack Evans' refusing to recognize our elected official and the democratic process. Has he, like Thorpe, forgotted that his is not a lifetime appointment?

 
At 2/23/2007 7:14 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

For some reason, I did not know that the meeting was part of a series and went to it thinking it had been called in response to all the recent shootings.
When I realized my mistake, I just sat back and watched "the play". Very, very interesting.
As far as actually fighting crime--thanks for your notes on Ms. Lanier's remarks. I had not heard her speak before so I was especially interested in how she plans to do her job.
As it turns out, I think Leroy Thorpe made the most valuable point of all at the end when he said that parents need to parent their children. Don't know if he was sincere but it was good to hear it said because it is so very, very true.

 
At 2/24/2007 5:19 AM, Anonymous eugene scott said...

If Leroy Thorpe was my child and expressed such hate, I would have washed his mouth out with soap. I will never attend one of these Jack Evans/Leroy Thorpe pep rallys again. Even President Bush occasionally says something true.
I didn't hear Leroy Thorpe offer any parenting skill workshops so all he said were words.

 
At 2/24/2007 7:24 PM, Blogger volvolution1 said...

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At 2/25/2007 9:16 AM, Blogger volvolution1 said...

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At 2/25/2007 5:20 PM, Blogger DaddyFiveOh said...

Sorry, volvolution1, but I thought the comment was a bit over the top. Feel free to rephrase and repost in a less inflammatory way.

 
At 4/10/2007 6:00 PM, Blogger bebejack said...

why don't we bring back the police substation at 7-11. that seemed to help before.

 
At 4/24/2007 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Mr. Thorpe have any children? He couldn't possibly impose his macho man mentality on any youth, and we have yet to hear any mention of any. Does anybody have the answer? Please let me know.

 

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