D.C. Police Focus on Preemption to Reduce Murder Rate, Retaliatory Violence

June 4, 2010  |  

(Washington Post) — D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier arrived at 4022 South Capitol St. SE minutes after the gunfire March 30, as the nine victims were being loaded into ambulances. And not much time passed before she and other officials realized the motive for the drive-by attack.

Facing TV news cameras in the early evening darkness, Lanier appeared shaken, saying: “We’ve made a lot of progress to stop retaliation and gang violence. And, in the end, if this comes out to be some sort of gang retaliation, shame on all of us.”

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