A little off topic, but still relevant – to me, at least.
Adams Morgan, one of the more popular neighborhoods in Washington, DC, has been experiencing an increase in crime recently. Just last week the relatively affluent area suffered two separate shootings, one of which resulted in a fatality.
Anyway, Saturday night, assembling IKEA furniture (which is probably pretty normal for Adams Morgan), and I suddenly hear about 10 gunshots from right outside my bedroom window. I look out at the street and I see a bunch of people lying down, but no unusual police presence (the police routinely limits traffic to one direction on weekend nights on of the streets around here).
About a minute later a few police cars show up, flashing lights, sirens blaring and all. They drive down the street, they drive back up the street, they drive back down the street again. This is repeated for a few times, and it is fairly evident that they have no clue what is going on. They probably were notified that shots were fired somewhere in the area and decided that driving up and down the street is a good way of finding the crime scene. Great way to attract criminals too – since it is widely known that criminals are attracted to flashing lights and loud noises.
More than a few minutes passed before a crime scene was taped off and at least 10 minutes passed until ambulances arrived on the scene.
I realize I’m no authority on police methodolgy or criminology or anything else really related, but from this civilian’s point of view, someone (or some people) seems extremely incompetent.
It’s also pretty odd for me to hear gunshots in this environment, feels totally out of place.