DC Council chairman claims ‘there is no crime crisis’ in nation’s capital days after Senate staffer stabbed

DC Council chairman says

chairman washington, dc The city council in Congress testified Wednesday that there is no crime crisis in the nation’s capital as House Republicans go on the offensive against the city’s police reform bill.

“In terms of crime, yes, there is a huge concern. But while the realization is important, the reality is less of a concern. Let me be clear: People need to feel safe and it’s an issue many residents of the area don’t,” D.C. Council President Phil Mendelsohn told House Committee on OversightR.

“I know it contradicts popular belief – and when it comes to crime, how people feel matters – but there is no crime crisis in Washington, D.C.,” Mendelsohn said.

The hearing follows months of battles between Congress and the D.C. Council over crime proposals, and occurs just days after a member of Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s team was hospitalized with serious injuries after being stabbed by a man recently released from prison.

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D.C. Council President Phil Mendelsohn says there is no crime crisis in Washington, D.C

D.C. Council President Phil Mendelsohn says there is no crime crisis in Washington, D.C (House Oversight Committee)

Mendelsohn was supportive of a Washington, D.C., police reform bill that House Republicans had threatened to overturn through congressional power to overturn city ordinances.

According to Mendelsohn’s written testimony, the D.C. crime bill was passed in response to the murder George Floyd in Minneapolis In 2020 – “Strengthens police accountability by codifying the use of the Force Review Board, strengthening vetting capabilities, strengthening training requirements, and prohibiting the hiring of officers with a history of misconduct. It also strengthens our Chief of Police’s ability to enhance force by firing officers who engage in egregious misconduct or commit serious crimes. If Congress sets aside these measures, it would be a major setback in the county’s efforts to address longstanding concerns about officer misconduct and make it difficult to hold bad cops accountable.”

Reversing the bill, Mendelsohn said, would hinder efforts to strengthen accountability in the Washington, D.C. Police Department.

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The Metropolitan Police Union opposes the measure, saying it was part of a failed experiment to pass anti-police measures that have had disastrous effects on public safety.

“The empirical data is out there, and we know for sure that their efforts were a complete failure, resulting in thousands of victims of crime in this city,” Gregory Pemberton, the head of the Metropolitan Police Union, told the commission in written testimony. “The lasting effects of these horrible policies will not be fully realized for some time, and efforts to repair the damage done could take decades without swift and deliberate action.”

Mendelsohn stated that crime in the region is lower so far in 2023 than it was at the same point in 2022, and testified that “the number of violent crime incidents in 2022 was 45% lower than the number of violent crime incidents in 2012.”

Philip Todd, a staffer for Senator Rand Paul, was stabbed on Monday

Philip Todd, a staffer for Senator Rand Paul, was stabbed on Monday (Courtesy of the Todd family)

Senator Rand Paul’s staffer Philip Todd was attacked on H Street in Washington, D.C., at approximately 5:30 p.m. Saturday, by a man who was identified by Police as Glenn Neal. The suspect was reportedly released from prison just one day before the stabbing attack.

“Our son is in stable condition, and he underwent surgery for physical injuries to treat the wounds on his body. He also has a fracture to his skull, which will be treated with non-surgical neurosurgery. He is expected to make a full recovery due to his young age and good health.”

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Neil is arrested and booked on charges of murder Assault with intent to kill. An earlier update from Philip Todd’s uncle this week revealed that Todd had sustained “deep head injuries” from the attack, and doctors were concerned he might have seizures over the next month.

President Biden signed a bipartisan congressional-passed bill to fix proposed changes to the D.C. criminal code earlier this month — the first time since 1991 that Congress has overturned D.C. statutes through a denial process. The measures renewed calls to grant the capital statehood.

Mayor Muriel Bowser opposed the City Council’s action in January, stating in a letter that she had “extremely significant concerns” about some of the bill’s proposals. Bowser later proposed changes after the council overrode her veto.

Fox News’ Emma Colton and Julia Mostow contributed to this report

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