You really need to watch this video from yesterday's press conference with Mayor Bowser and MPD Chief Newsham that was held to update the community on the police response to a rash of recent gun violence (including a murder) in a small area of Benning Road NE. I already posted something about the updates from MPD, but there's something else near the beginning of this video that you really need to see.Updates on the recent violent crime near the 1800 Block of Benning Road, NE. https://t.co/j9vFb235Sb— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) September 26, 2018
Screenshot from 25 seconds into the video
It's ANC 5D05 Commissioner Kathy Henderson shoving aside Sydelle Moore, President of the Langston Civic Association. Moore is running for the ANC 5D05 seat currently held by Henderson. Henderson is not a candidate in the ANC race this time around because she's running for a spot on the Council instead, in a bid to unseat current Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie. But don't worry, Henderson handpicked the ANC candidate running against Moore, one Walter Teddy Largent Jr., who lists Henderson's phone number and email address as his contact info with the Board of Elections.
Henderson propelling herself forward after the shove
But let's get back to this video. Early in the video you can see Henderson walking up to join the small group of community leaders surrounding Mayor Bowser. A couple of folks from MPD, Councilmember McDuffie, ANC 5D 5D03 Commissioner James Butler (a disbarred attorney, also not seeking re-election, but running as a write-in candidate for mayor). Sydelle Moore also walks up to the side of the group. Henderson is apparently not happy about where she's standing in the group, because about 24-25 seconds into the video she roughly shoves Moore aside (maybe she shoves McDuffie too, but it's hard to tell from this angle) so that she can be more visible. This does not escape the notice of Mayor Bower, who responds by turning around to scold Henderson, "Whoa, excuse me. Come on. Yeah, don't do that. Don't do that." Henderson responds, but I can't tell what she says (maybe "Ok" a couple of times?). Bowser then resumes the press conference saying "We're here to provide an update on the recent violence that happening here because we're actually concerned about THE COMMUNITY." So there you go, Kathy Henderson once again angling to be front and center for the camera (maybe hoping to deliver a statement?), but this time someone actually calls her out for it. Thank you Mayor Bowser!