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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Metro Police Crackdown

First, let me make clear that I am not a dog person. So what follows is purely objective.

The last few weeks the Metro DC police have been cracking down, hard, on folks walking their dogs in Logan Circle. They're out there every night, citing those with dogs off leash.

Now, that's against the law--there's a leash law, after all. But on Thursday night, around 7.30 pm, there were two police cruisers in Logan Circle, citing . . . dog walkers.

Is this the best use of Metro DC police resources? I mean, isn't there an open-air drug market somewhere in the District that they could be cracking down on?

The really interesting point here, from a sociological point-of-view, is that the Logan Circle neighborhood is rapidly gentrifying. So just two years ago, the folks out in Logan Circle were loitering, and many of them looked pretty down-trodden. Some of those folks still hang out in Logan Circle, especially during the day. But in the evenings and on the weekends, there's a whole new crowd in the circle. It's still a long way from Dupont, but things are moving in that direction.

My guess is that the police used to cite folks drinking out of bown paper sacks in Logan Circle. Or, since they still do, I mean, that's how the citing dog owners with dogs off-leash started. The police were there, anyway, enforcing minor regulations (like, say, no open containers), and they moved from that to the dogs-off-leash thing.

But the cops who enforce those rules tend to be on bicycles. (Especially on weekends.) But Thursday, two police crusiers. That seems extreme to me.


At 1:11 PM, Blogger said...

I agree that does seem extreme considering children are getting shot on the playground in other areas. The one thing that worries me about dogs being off the leash is the possibility of the dog attacking others or running into traffic, but get some beat cops or bike cops to handle it.

At 10:58 AM, Blogger Girasol said...

Leave us alone!

At 5:44 PM, Blogger Number Three said...

A dog bite in Logan Circle would be a story. Who are you people?


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