Citizens Demonstrate in the Streets of DC – “Take Back Our Streets”

On July 24, 2008, citizens in the Carver Terrace and Trinidad neighborhoods in Washington, DC demonstrated against the escalating violence and crime in these neighborhoods. The citizens marched from Carver Terrace to the Trinidad neighborhood in Northeast Washington, DC. Their cry was for “Safe Streets”. The chants of “What Do We Want? Safe Streets!” resonated throughout the neighborhood as the citizens made their way to Trinidad with police escorts.

Police Chief Lanier and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton joined the citizens on their march as well as other high ranking officials from the Metropolitan Police Department. The Mayor, Adrian Fenty, was not present. The citizens were delighted to see Police Chief Lanier and the Honorable Eleanor Holmes-Norton join their ranks in this demonstration. It means a lot when government officials AND citizens join together in a common cause.

The demonstration was spurred by the increase in violent crime in these neighborhoods. More than 20 shootings and even more victims have left the community reeling with shock, grief and anger. The police have been at odds with some citizens who protest the checkpoints. But something MUST be done to curb the violence and protect the lives of citizens in the affected areas.

The latest incident took the life of a 13 year old Alonzo Robinson who was up here in the DC area visiting relatives. This senseless act of violence snuffed out the life of someone who could have been a president of a corporation. He may have graduated from Harvard with honors. He probably would have had a family of his own. Now we will never know. All of this is senseless and is NOT fair. The perpetrators do not take a moment out to think how their acts of violence impact the victim or the people around them. It has a far-reaching effect on the families and the community.

My prayers go out to the families of the victims, their neighborhood and mine. We are all affected by this and it MUST STOP NOW! LIFE is important and must stay that way.

Join us in our fight by leaving your comments, thoughts and prayers.


Joseph R. Mays

PS. If you have any information on this crime (homicide of Alonzo Robinson), please contact the Metropolitan Police Department (Washington, DC) at the following numbers:

Detective Bryan Kasul (202) 277-4898 (Cell) (202) 645-0461 (Desk)
Detective Dan A. Lewis (202) 497-4365 (Cell) (202) 645-9600 (Desk)

A $50,000 Reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) in this case.


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