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D.C.’s ornery Parking Enforcement rankled some Hill East residents this morning when a parking officer issued tickets to cars parked in a street cleaning zone—-right as the street reopened after being closed for about 10 hours during a police standoff in a nearby apartment.

Police went to serve a warrant to a man living in the 1300 block of East Capitol Street SE around 10:30 p.m Tuesday, but the man barricaded himself in his home, leading to a standoff with police during which several surrounding streets were closed.

The streets reopened just before 9:30 a.m., the start of a two-hour street cleaning parking restriction.

But by this point, according to Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells‘ chief of staff, Charles Allen, many residents had already left for work or hadn’t moved their car yet.

When the residents saw tickets being issued on their vehicles, Allen said they explained the situation to the parking officer to no avail and were given tickets anyway.
“Folks were very very frustrated,” Allen said. “It plays into everyone’s worst nightmares around parking enforcement in the city.”

Five tickets were issued in all, and three people called Wells’ office to complain.

The Department of Public Works says it has since voided all the tickets.

Photo by Wayan Vota via Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0 License