On Tuesday night, August 4th, 2009, neighborhoods throughout the nation celebrated National Night Out (NNO). NNO is America’s night out against crime. As stated on the website, NNO is “designed to: (1) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.” This event was a nicely-timed precursor for Mayor Fenty who on Thursday signed into legislation the Omnibus Public Safety and Justice Emergency Amendment Act of 2009 that toughens a number of laws in an effort to fight violent crime.
My wife and I strolled over to the Mount Pleasant celebration, the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) 3rd district, police substation 301. What a great night of celebration! I took numerous photos, which I’ll have placed on this website soon. For now, I’ll leave you with a video I took that captures an Afro-Cuban drumming and dancing group performance. This old man stole the show.