DC mayor heads to Dubai on a mission for climate change as crime consumes her city

With public emergencies on the books, including out-of-control violent crime, D.C.’s mayor hightailed it out of town to pitch tourism and tout climate change.

It’s been two decades since the nation’s capital has seen as many homicides as it has this year with more than a month remaining. But, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) saw fit to set off for the Middle East after a tree lighting ceremony to get in on a climate summit.

Saturday, Bowser’s office released her public calendar and detailed, “On Sunday, Mayor Muriel Bowser will depart for Dubai, UAE as part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors delegation for the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 28). Mayor Bowser will join leaders from across the globe for the first-ever local action climate summit hosted by the COP 28 Presidency and Bloomberg Philanthropies.”

“She will first visit Doha, Qatar to engage with leaders on the issues of infrastructure, sports and education, as well as promote Washington, DC as a destination for investment and tourism in partnership with the DC Chamber of Commerce,” the release indicated.

While the mayor jet sets to gaslight on her city, data from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) indicated as of Nov. 27 there had been 250 homicides in D.C., an increase of 34% over the same period for 2022, and the highest total since 2003.

Sexual abuse may have ticked down marginally with a discrepancy of three incidents compared to the prior year, but violent crime totals had climbed by a whopping 40% with nearly 5,000 reports

Additionally, motor vehicle theft had climbed 93% with 6,317 incidents, and arson, though minimally represented with 9 total incidents, was up a dramatic 125%.

Bowser’s own apparent dismissal of those concerns didn’t stop social media users from calling out the problems as one criticized, “Mayor Bowser can’t keep DC kids in school, can’t keep DC shooting under control, can’t come up with a solution to #carjacking beyond ‘Air Tags,’ but sure…@MayorBowser is going to encourage people to put money into the ‘Defund the Police’ haven she created.”

The trip also comes two weeks after the mayor declared a public emergency over opioids and youth violence in the nation’s capital.

In a Nov. 13 release, her office acknowledged, “The District is experiencing an increase in violent crime, particularly among youth. In the first nine months of 2023, there have been 458 arrests of juveniles for robbery, including carjacking, homicide, or assault with a dangerous weapon — 10% more than the total number of such arrests in all of 2022. A total of 151 juveniles have been arrested for carjackings, which represents one-third of all carjacking arrests.”

Also noted was the number of young people who have been victims as a result: “Between January and October 2023, 97 juveniles suffered gunshot wounds, including 15 homicides — a 9% increase from the same period in 2022.”

“This violence is having a devastating impact on victims, their families, communities, and the District as a whole,” the release said.

In response, the emergency measures highlighted included rehabilitative programs and shelters, with a passing note of the authorization of “expeditated [sic] procurement, the disbursement of funds, and the activation, implementation, and coordination of mutual aid agreements between the District and federal, state, or local jurisdictions, as appropriate.”

Upon her return, the mayor is slated to kick off “Black Restaurant Week” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new establishment.

Kevin Haggerty

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