Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) will hold a press conference Thursday morning to outline her new agenda to reduce crime in the city — and Black Lives Matter organizers will be there to say her approach is wrong.
Bowser is expected to ask the D.C. Council to expand law enforcement powers, making it easier for officers to search individuals on parole or probation and immediately detain anyone found in violation of the terms of release. This announcement comes amid a citywide homicide spike — one that city officials says is partially driven by repeat offenders.
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The D.C. region’s chapter of Black Lives Matter is calling on residents to attend Bowser’s press conference at 10:30 a.m. at the former Malcolm X Elementary School near the Congress Heights Metro station to express their concerns over her agenda. Nationwide, Black Lives Matter activists have called to limit police interventions, which seems to contradict with Bowser’s proposed new policies.
“It seems that they are trying to re-justify stop and frisk at a time when the public has decided that’s not the way we want our communities to policed, said Aaron Goggans, a member of the local chapter of Black Lives Matter. “We want Mayor Bowser to know that there are people in the community who do not think police are the answer.”
Goggan said he doesn’t think the city should be investing more in the police, but rather in more social services, like mental health resources and secure housing.
The Black Lives Matter flier for Thursday’s press conference calls on people to tell Bowser “No! to expanding #policeterror in D.C.”