Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, who supported defund-the-police initiatives in the wake of the death of George Floyd, acknowledged she was wrong.
Reportedly, more than 400 officers in the city have resigned due to Bowser’s policies.
On Monday, Bowser announced a complete change in direction and introduced new legislation to “address skyrocketing crime in the nation’s capital,” according to Fox News.
Addressing the press from Ward Four, the Democrat mayor introduced the Addressing Crime Trends Now Act (ACT), which reportedly provides higher levels of support for officers as they make their reports.
Specifically, ACT allows officers to better restrain suspects and review body camera footage before submitting initial reports. ACT also reduces the amount of information made available to the public regarding officer discipline and provides new guidelines regarding vehicle pursuits.
Bower said: “MPD continues to be a leader in fair and constitutional policing across this nation. They continue to work every day to have and keep the trust of our city. And this legislation won’t change that.
“It will, however, support the department in dealing with some of the negative consequences of the Comprehensive Police Adjustment and Injustice Amendment Act. Some of the changes that were made just don’t match the daily practice of safe and effective policing.
“And whether that’s around incidental contact you can make with a person, or how officers can use their body-worn camera footage to write reports, or whether police are allowed to safely chase a criminal who’s right in front of them.
“Residents have expressed loud and clear to me in every venue you can imagine across this city that they are looking for solutions to help fill the gaps in our public safety ecosystem.
“We promise to leave no stone unturned, but we need to act now, and we need to send the strong message that violence is not acceptable in our city. And this perception that people have that you can commit a brazen crime and get away with it has got to stop. This legislation will help change that.”
Hoping to attract more officers and stem the uptick in crime, Bowser said her proposals will address “current crime trends.” She acknowledged that some of the changes “are just plain common sense.”
Bowser, who advocated indoor and outdoor mask mandates, has changed gears, saying: “Under the new law, it will be illegal for any person to organize a theft for-profit scheme by recruiting or directing other individuals to commit organized retail theft. We are also reinstating the law that makes it unlawful to wear a mask for the purpose of committing criminal acts or threatening people or causing fear.
“Obviously, our community’s relationship around wearing masks has changed significantly since 2020, and thank God for that.”
Regarding the spike in drug activity, Bowser, who has advocated decriminalizing certain drug activity, said: “As for open-air drug dealing. People in the community are not fools. They know what’s happening on some of these sites.
“The new legislation will allow MPD to limit loitering by reinstating the ability for the police chief to declare a drug-free zone for up to 120 hours to disrupt and prohibit people from congregating on public space for the purchase, sale or use of illegal drugs.
“The establishment of a temporary drug-free zone will allow MPD and community members to work together to interrupt illegal activity and allow neighborhoods to reclaim our space.”
Bowser, who pushed to defund the police and had Black Lives Matter painted in bright yellow letters on the street that leads to the White House appears to be acknowledging her approach to dealing with crime has not been successful.
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