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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Huge Party In Edgewood Update

As promised an update after talking to MPD, DPR and CM McDuffie and his office sorry it is a bit delayed.
There has been a lot of progress and meetings including with Howard University to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again in DC.  The meeting with HU officials, MPD and DPR resulted in more collaboration to ensure something like this is not repeated.  HU has also created a community liaison position.

See this note from MPD after the meeting I attended.  

Dear Edgewood Community,

Last night, I attended the Edgewood Civic Association Meeting to address the response of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to a large gathering at the Edgewood Recreation Center located at 3rd and Evarts Streets, NE, on April 12, 2014.
The large gathering was first brought to the attention of MPD by one of our members patrolling in the area.  MPD requested and the Department of Parks and Recreation and Howard University sent representatives to consult with MPD.   Once MPD determined that the gathering was not permitted, we took the necessary steps to shut down the event and allow for a safe and orderly egress of the attendees out of the Edgewood Community.    
I can definitively relay that the large gathering wasnot sanctioned or approved by MPD.  Moreover, after personally speaking with representatives of both the Department of Parks and Recreation and Howard University, it is my understanding that the large gathering was not sanctioned or approved by the aforementioned entities.  
As a result of this unplanned and disruptive event to the community, there has been more collaboration between MPD, Department of Parks and Recreation and Howard University to ensure that such incidents do not occur in our community. 
Respectfully, Commander Dierdre Porter
Fifth District

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