“Lazy Policing” and a Hate Crime in Columbia Heights: Your Take

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Columbia Heights Metro, as seen from 14th Street NW.

There are some lessons that can be learned from an incident late last month when five women were assaulted by two men near the Columbia Heights Metro, according to observers. Originally, the men were flirtatious, but when one of the women identified another as her partner, the men shouted homophobic slurs, then physically attacked them.

Chai Shenoy of Holla Back DC noted that it was a bystander who called police. “Kudos,” Shenoy said. “Community engagement is key to creating safe spaces in DC.”

She said Police Chief Cathy Lanier was smart to send a strong signal by investigating the police officers who were involved.

Shenoy said that’s key “with the increase of gender-based crimes happening in the LGBTQ community.”

D.C. residents used social media to air their concerns about the case:

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SR3IUHGQSANUH7KNSEUUOPKJ6Q Sharon White

    We have the same problem in Harlem NY except it is more blacks own homes than whites in Harlem

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SR3IUHGQSANUH7KNSEUUOPKJ6Q Sharon White

    What is it with all these race biting articles…are you trying to stir the pot of contentment LOL