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Sherman Circle Residents Concerned About Violent Crimes



    (Published Tuesday, July 1, 2014)

    After two murders over the past two years and a recent rash of armed robbery attempts, some residents are calling for more police protection at D.C.'s Sherman Circle.

    Among them is Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who says there should be more police patrols at the federal park -- she wrote letters to National Park Service and U.S. Park Police demanding action after an early morning robbery at a nearby bus stop. 

    "This is brazen, this is a broad daylight crime," Norton said. "I think they have to deploy more police to Sherman Circle first."

    Norton, and other local leaders, contacted park police four years ago when a college student was killed in Sherman Circle on his way home from work. New lighting was  installed in the area, but two years later, another person was killed near the circle.

    Neighbors have said a lot of D.C. police officers are seen in the area often, but Norton says the park should be the responsibility of park police.

    "The police are here, we've had more police protection in this particular area than we've ever had before," Sherman Circle resident Joyce Fleming said.

    A spokesperson for park police declined comment.