Tonight's Public Safety Meeting
-The burning body discovered on Sunday was male and had a record. This victim had been victimized in a similar manner recently (police believe this was someone finishing the job). The body was burned in an alley behind Danny's & a carpet store (1200 block of H Street). The victim was shot before being set on fire. It is not clear whether the shooting also occurred in that same alley. So far, it does not appear that the victim had ties to this community, but this is only a preliminary assessment since his next of kin has not yet been notified.
-Much discussion centered on alley safety & police enforcement in that alley & others nearby. calls for basics like the city installing better lighting, or trimming trees were heard. We were all reminded that psa 102 has had dramatic decreases in crime overall & that this incident was an extreme anomaly. After the meeting concluded police walked back to the alley with residents to view the scene.
-Another topic was the long requested establishment of a local police substation. Apparently the police are trying to get ( the now vacant) Minor elementary school. The issues are that a charter school, which has first right of refusal, wants the space & also that the school would need to be renovated. The vacant [sorry, not truly vacant since it is sometimes used for HSMS meetings. I guess the plan would be for HSMS to share the space with the police] Bank of America building (10th & H) was mentioned as a possibility, but the police had turned the space down when it was offered to them on the past. There was one mention of the possibility (mentioned at the previous evening's ABL meeting) of using the second floor of 1224 H Street. The police stated that they would be interested in a larger space, similar in size to Minor.