Via this week’s Dupont Current comes a nice scoop: The police cameras installed across the city under the reign of police Chief Charles H. Ramsey may well be worthless. The Current discusses a pair of incidents around Adams Morgan that occurred within range of such cameras, yet they yielded no useful clues/evidence for the crimes. The incidents in question include an April break-in at Asylum on 18th Street and a shooting at 17th and Euclid streets in February.

Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham tells the Current: “I think we have to approach this with limited expectations about what the cameras can achieve.”

Right on. The cameras are a colossal waste of time and money, and a distraction from the difficult job of fighting crime in the District. They came through on one front that was terribly important to Ramsey: public relations.