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Friday, July 25, 2008

TRINIDAD CHECKPOINTS

Anti-Violence Effort to Be Extended, Chief Says

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced yesterday that the military-style checkpoint program in the Trinidad neighborhood will be extended for five days.

The controversial program was challenged by civil liberties organizations, but Lanier said she will continue it unless a court rules it is unconstitutional. The chief reinstated the checkpoints after a weekend of violence left two people dead, including a 13-year-old boy, and 11 people wounded in the Northeast neighborhood.

Lanier said in a statement that extending the checkpoints "sends a clear message" that D.C. officers will continue their efforts to keep Trinidad residents safe and find those responsible for the recent attacks.

-- Elissa Silverman

CRIME

Man, 18, Fatally Shot on North Capitol Street

An 18-year-old man was fatally shot last night in the 1100 block of North Capitol Street, police said.

The man, whose name was not released immediately, was with a group of young people on the sidewalk in front of Mount Airy Baptist Church about 8 p.m. when two people approached and at least one shot him in the head, sources said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police knew of no motive in the killing.

-- Elissa Silverman and Clarence Williams


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