Washington D.C. is contemplating a sort of reverse "Escape From New York" scenario, where people driving into particular neighborhoods will be stopped by the police and turned away unless they can give what the police consider to be a legitimate reason to be there:
D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced a military-style checkpoint yesterday to stop cars this weekend in a Northeast Washington neighborhood inundated by gun violence, saying it will help keep criminals out of the area.
Starting on Saturday, officers will check drivers' identification and ask whether they have a "legitimate purpose" to be in the Trinidad area, such as going to a doctor or church or visiting friends or relatives. If not, the drivers will be turned away.
Seeing the sights, chilling, cruising, and just getting in your car and going wherever you want is not a legitimate reason, apparently. Although the police apparently assume that the killers and drug dealers they are hoping to deter are lazy; they aren't stopping pedestrians. Scooters? Sedgways? Not yet clear.
You might remember that this is the same mayor and police chief who announced a program in which police would go door to door asking nicely if they could come in to search for guns. I'm sure their manners would be impeccable.
These programs won't be happening in Georgetown, in case you were wondering.
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