A look at what's going on in Trinidad, on H Street, and in the larger area north of Capitol Hill.
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Photos from Last Night's National Night Out at the Starburst
There was a large turnout for the National Night Out event at the Starburst Intersection last night. I spoke with Anwar Saleem or H Street Main Street who told me they had already had over 1,000 people come through by the time I talked to him at a little after 8pm. When I arrived shortly before 8pm a second band had taken the stage, and the food was gone, but the crowd was still going strong. Several agencies and community partners had tables set up with information for residents. I spotted a lot of neighbors and a few ANC commissioners from ANC 5D (including Keisha Shropshire, Kathy Henderson, and Adam Roberts). Multiple Councilmembers had stopped by earlier in the evening.
They even had the fountain turned on (the fountain is rarely on, and that's a sore point), a fact that did not go unnoticed by some residents pointing out on Twitter that even as MPD officers and community members gather to celebrate a united front the District is in the middle of a serious crime upswing. Twitter user and neighbor Matt Ashburn, who frequently tweets about public safety issues, pointed out that the District had three shootings earlier that same day.
Officer Kopp wears one of MPD's new body worn cameras.