“It Sickens Me That Such a Dangerous Person Isn’t Even Worth a Police Inquiry.”

Location: 14th & V St NW (U Street)
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I was walking east on V Street NW on Aug. 10, 2013, at about 1 p.m. when an enraged man was deliberately attempting to hit a woman with his silver Chevrolet sedan because she was “in his way.” He intentionally pulled forward and then abruptly stopped the front of the car literally 2 inches from the woman to intimidate her and was yelling at her furiously and threatening her with his car.

Street harassment in U Street, DC
U Street, DC

I called 911 because he was deliberately trying to hit her with his car! While I spoke with 911, the woman started walking away from the scene. The 911 person said no police would be dispatched if the woman left the scene, but if she stayed, the man would be charged with simple assault. I tried to convince the woman to stay, but her two male companions advised her not to create problems. They said the man in the car “owned” the corner (V & 14 streets NW). If fact, the man parallel-parked his car, took a folding chair from the trunk, and sat with a group of a few other men on the corner! I told the 911 operator I would remain at the scene to be the witness, but was told the woman needed to be there to provide “evidence” (as if my testimony alone wasn’t enough to at least dispatch someone).

It sickens me that such a dangerous person isn’t even worth a police inquiry. Sooner or later, he might kill someone. (If you’re allowed to post it, the car’s D.C. license plate number is CE 9894.)

Emphases by CASS.
Submitted 8/10/13 by “Outraged Citizen.”


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2 Responses

  1. LA
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    A few weeks ago I witnessed a man in a BMW speeding down Florida Avenue in Dupont . He almost plowed me, a another pedestrian, and a bicyclist down as he sped through the red light and we were in the crosswalk with the walk signal. He sped through the next red light too, almost hitting a car coming through the intersection on a green light. I thought it a fortunate coincidence when a police cruiser pulled up to the intersection at this precise moment, soon enough that you could still hear the honks and shouts from the other intersection. I flagged down the officer she told me “I woulda had to seen him do it.” Rolled up her window and drove on leaving me feeling as though I had somehow inconvenienced her. It had just happened and with all the commotion going on in his wake, I would have thought that might at least spark her attention, but nope. And while it would not have been hard to turn right at this light and follow him, she slowly turned left and went the opposite direction. I know there are many police officers out there valiantly protecting the public, but this wasn’t one of them. I was so disheartened and sickened that nothing was being done about this dangerous driver.

  2. Carroll Schmidt
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    As a man who likes to consider himself an ally to women and who is infuriated when I hear about things like this happening to women I know, I want to suggest that any man who feels similarly should also take some time to think about what they can do to intervene when they witness stuff like this happening. Around the time of Cienna’s original post around this, I heard a few other stories from friends (and my sweetheart) about stuff that had recently happened to them. It got me fired up to start confronting other men when I saw them harassing women on the street. But just two days ago, I was walking home and saw a woman walking towards me. A car was driving in the same direction she was walking, and the driver of the car (there were a few other men inside) called out, “Hey girl!” to her. She ignored them and kept walking. They did it again, and she ignored them again. I got really pissed off and thought about telling them to leave her alone and that she obviously didn’t want to talk to some random guy shouting out of his car, but by the time I even formulated that response, she had stepped into a shop, and the car kept going. I’m planning to think about this more, so that next time I see something like this happen, I’ll be ready to say something. I’d encourage other men who want to fight street harassment to do the same. I don’t care if folks want to pick this or me apart for feeling this way. This shit is wrong and needs to stop.

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