September 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm EST | by Staff reports
Police Log: September 16

The following incidents were reported by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit:

A woman reported that on Sept. 12, while at 23rd and Savannah streets, S.E., that she was shot by a known suspect during an altercation in a vehicle. She received one gunshot wound to the neck and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

A man reported that on Sept. 12 in the 1400 block of Parkwood Place, N.W., a suspect and he had a verbal altercation. The suspect accused the man of having an affair. The complainant reported the verbal altercation escalated and the suspect hit him multiple times in the face with a closed fist. They have been involved in a relationship for three years.

On Sept. 7 at 42nd and Benning Rd., S.E., in the late night hours, a man reported that he was riding in a vehicle with the suspect when they became involved in a verbal altercation. The victim further stated that at some point the suspect became enraged and struck him in the face, causing minor injuries. He refused medical treatment at the scene.

On Sept. 8 in the 700 block of Jackson Street, N.E., in the early morning hours, a man reported while at the listed location, he and the suspect had a verbal altercation over financial issues. The victim reported that the suspect became violent and pushed him, causing him to fall into a table and resulting in a head injury. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.


  • The manner in which this report is written demonstrates that everything could have been handled by the police department with no need for a GLLU to be involved.

  • LGBT residents should be watchdogs over the 3 DISTINCT AREAS of the criminal justice process… with tough questions for police, prosecutors and judges (and activist groups, too)…  
    (1) POLICE ENFORCEMENT: Is MPD/GLLU effectively investigating, charging and enforcing with arrests, the criminal laws– both large and small–  which are already on the books? IMO, police failure to enforce smaller LGBT bias motivated crimes, may be an invitation to the twisted, hateful minds of too many, to commit even more serious crimes.

    How knowledgeable of applicable laws are investigators at MPD/GLLU? And are complaining LGBT victims promptly provided MPD Criminal Complaint Numbers (CCN numbers) and a copy of MPD’s Event Report soon after a Complaint is filed?

    (2) USAO-DC PROSECUTION: Is USAO-DC (or the DCAG, if suspects are minors) effectively prosecuting hate crimes laws when suspects are so charged by MPD? If so, are prosecutors’ plea bargains penalties in hate crimes cases roughly 50% greater than non-hate crimes plea bargains?

    (3) CRIMINAL SENTENCING: Are admitted/ convicted hate crimes perpetrators getting lighter sentences than comparable crime perps in the criminal justice process? Are any LGBT activist groups (GLOV, GLAA, e.g.) monitoring hate crimes cases from start to finish? What about providing LGBT victims and community members an opportunity to submit *community impact statements* to judges prior to sentencing through a *Court Watch* type program?

    How many LGBT residents in DC know that criminal THREATS and STALKING crimes are not even included as part of DC’s aging hate crimes law (Bias-Related Crimes Act)? I confirmed that fact with MPD just last week.

    Given an escalating hate crimes crisis in DC, Mayor Gray and/or the Council should introduce legislation to promptly fix that, and give MPD and prosecutors more tools to combat hate crimes.

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