No mercy for Nats scalpers


A police crackdown has made Half Street SE a treacherous zone for unsophisticated ticket resellers. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

The stated priority of the Metropolitan Police Department is to prevent and solve violent crimes. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for other kinds of policing. Like, for example, locking up out-of-towners like Joe Carr who engage in the “unspeakable crime” of reselling their Nationals tickets on Half Street SE. Carr, in a Washington Post op-ed, says one of his arresting officers “told me that scalping at a Taylor Swift concert at Verizon Center in May was so bad that the powers that be had mandated a zero tolerance on ticket resale” and that he had “no discretion” on whether or not to make the arrest. “I begged to differ,” Carr writes, “and he said that I could go along without a fuss or I could wait until Monday to see a judge. … So I shut up and went to jail.” After paying a $50 fine and waiving his right to contest the ticket, Carr was set free two-and-a-half hours later. He muses: “I broke a law. Guilty. But what purpose was served by my arrest? … I am certain that the costs of my arrest, transport and processing had to be many multiples of the $50 I paid. Does the District have a massive budget surplus it needs to spend down?” Actually, Joe ….

In other news:

Peaceoholics sued over alleged false documentation, purchase of SUVs (PostLoose LipsWNEW-FMWUSA-TV)

Colby King: Council’s action on campaign finance will prove reform mettle (Post column)

Lanier: Marijuana arrest rate “is a complex issue that cannot be boiled down to an allegation that MPD selectively enforces the law against our black communities” (Post op-ed)

PERB dysfunction has a hefty if imprecise price tag (WaTimes)

Henry Docter just wants to plant some flowers (Post columnWRC-TVHuffPo)

“It’s time to get moving” on McMillan redevelopment (Post editorial)

Killer of H Street deli owner Grace Kim will do 27 years (PostWTTG-TVHomicide Watch)

Arlington carves out niche as “D.C. Light” for young professionals: “D.C. isn’t really my thing. It has no parking, and too many people everywhere” (Post)

Paul Mannina’s defense lawyer said he saw no suicide risk (Post)

20-year-old man arrested in women’s stabbings in Petworth (PostWUSA-TV)

Michael Brown is refusing to file 2012 financial disclosure form (WaTimes)

On education reform, stay the course, indeed (Post editorial)

Scratch-off lottery ticket contract demonstrates CBE flaws (Post column)

Can wider sidewalks and an overhead tram save Georgetown? (Capital Business)

D.C. taxes: Low for residents, high for businesses (WBJ)

Snowden leaks put D.C.-based FISA court in the spotlight (Post)

Four years after Red Line crash, emotions remain raw (PostWTOPWNEW-FM)

Meet Economic Growth DC, another pro-business voice in local politics (WBJ)

Federal City Council transportation policy preferences benefit members of Federal City Council (GGW)

Howard U.’s financial woes are due in part to changes to federal student lending rules (Post)

If you can’t get statehood, try to get symbols (WAMU-FM)

Doctors debate whether they’ll prescribe marijuana (WJLA-TV)

Ellipse tree-planting is blamed on security, like everything else (DCist)

Reading between the lines of Alta’s statement on Capital Bikeshare wage investigation (BikePortland)

Kwame Brown can’t travel to Brazil and South Africa because the judge sees “no good reason to do so” (@MikeScarcella)

D.C. lawyers who commit crimes abroad won’t necessarily face bar discipline (Legal Times)

Demoted police commander’s discrimination case can go to trial, appeals court says (AP)

Principal of Meridian Public Charter School, subject of cheating allegations, quits (Post)

Two Friday night/Saturday morning killings close a violent week (PostHomicide Watch)

Transgender woman stabbed; police say not a hate crime (Blade)

Arrest made in November incident where autistic child was left on D.C. school bus (AP)

Big Sunday night bang in NoMa was not a bomb (Post)

D.C. unemployment held steady in May (Post)

Expect the D.C. apartment leasing market to loosen up big time (Capital Business)

GWU seeks to develop another prime Foggy Bottom lot (Capital Business)

$19M West Heating Plant sale closes (Housing Complex)

Free pets at the New York Avenue animal shelter! (DCist)

Peter Bug keeps on keepin’ on (Post)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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