Thursday, December 11

HOW ABOUT POLICE CHECKPOINTS FOR ADAMS MORGAN?

News of a murder near Adams Morgan's on 18th Street raises the possibility that Police Chief Kathy Lanier will want to establish police checkpoints for those coming to the popular entertainment district just as she did for Trinidad. It would be interesting to see whether staffers at WPFW and City Paper - both just a couple of blocks from the crime scene - would be permitted through the blockade.

Of course, they could cite Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the Gaza checkpoints: "Coming from South Africa . . . and looking at the checkpoints . . . when you humiliate a people to the extent that they are being. . . humiliated - when you do that, you're not contributing to your own security."

But we suspect that it won't be necessary because Adams Morgan isn't Trinidad. Murders in the better off parts of town have fewer victims because the police don't lock everyone down.

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