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As DC Gets More Dangerous, DC Council Cuts Police Budget


As DC Gets More Dangerous, DC Council Cuts Police Budget

Washington, D.C. – (April 25, 2022)

Over the past several days, the neighborhoods of Van Ness, Brightwood, Takoma, and Petworth were terrorized by gun violence. Patrick Mara, Chairman of the DC Republican Committee, said, “At the same time that the DC Council Committee on Public Safety voted to cut Mayor Bowser’s budget for policing and recruitment, we witnessed a terrifying act in the Van Ness neighborhood. Elsewhere across DC, violent crime continues to increase, and we are suffering the worst murder rate in a generation.” He continued, “Upon review of the media images from Connecticut Avenue, what you see are hundreds of uniformed officers protecting students and ushering people to safety. Without a robust police response, the shooter may have done far greater harm. District residents deserve elected officials who know how to deliver public safety and at the same time guarantee that our police department is the finest in the nation.” Mara added, “We’re not getting that from the DC Council. Instead, we’re getting politicians who seek applause from their followers on Twitter and ignore the reality of our increasingly dangerous and deadly city. Summer is just around the corner, and our elected leaders continue to pander to national liberal special interests.”

For further information, please contact Nicole M. McClure, Executive Director of the DC Republican Committee, at

The DC Republican Committee is composed of registered Republicans living throughout the District of Columbia in all eight wards nominated and elected to serve as members.


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