Talk about going full circle, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser wants a law banning criminals from wearing face masks while committing a crime AFTER the city scratched just such a law during the height of COVID insanity.
“Obviously, our community’s relationship around wearing masks has changed significantly since 2020, and thank God for that, but we’ve all seen the videos,” the Democratic mayor said.
While seeing the heavy-handed response to the pandemic for what it was is a positive thing, violent crime in the nation’s capital prompting concern about masks is not.
“We need to act now, and we need to send the strong message that violence is not acceptable in our city — and this perception that people have, that you can commit a brazen crime and get away with it, has got to stop,” Bowser said Monday at a press conference. “This legislation will help change that.”
“You should be proud in your city that we give people one chance, two chances, three chances, but your chances can affect my safety, and that’s what we’re here to talk about,” Bowser added.
Flanked by Metropolitan Acting Police Chief Pamela Smith, Bower announced the Addressing Crime Trends Now Act, which will “address recent crime trends,” according to the Washington Examiner. The mayor described several of the proposed changes as “just plain common sense.”
After referencing a recent robbery involving four suspects wearing ski masks, who emerged from a car and stole multiple items from people nearby, Bower said the city needs to “address that,” but stressed that the proposed law would not apply to those wearing masks for their health, the Examiner reported.
With crime rising, Bower all but acknowledged that the progressive criminal justice reforms introduced in DC over the past few years to counter a supposedly racist system — giving people “one chance, two chances, three chances” — are not working out too well with jails becoming revolving doors and charges frequently being reduced, if not dropped altogether, in the name of equity.
“MPD continues to be a leader in fair and constitutional policing across this nation,” the mayor said. “They continue to work every day to work and have the trust of our city and this legislation won’t change that.”
“It will, however, support the department in dealing with some of the negative consequences of the Comprehensive Policing and Justice Amendment Act,” Bowser continued. “Some of the changes that were made just don’t match the daily practice of safe and effective policing.”
The Examiner noted that total violent crime is up 41% in DC, as of Monday. Total property crime is up 25% compared to this time last year, and robberies and motor vehicle theft are up 70% and 102%, respectively.
Two Democratic members of Congress have been attacked near DC residences this year, according to The Hill. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) was the victim of an armed carjacking earlier this month and U.S. Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) was assaulted in an elevator of her apartment building in February.
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