A US Park Police sergeant approaches a stolen car.
A screenshot from body camera footage of the U.S. Park Police fatal shooting of Dalaneo Martin.

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Happy Monday, D.C. Get ready for another week of sunny spring weather. Here’s the news you may have missed while rolling Easter eggs and reacting to twists on prestige cable dramas over the weekend.

Families Calls for Justice

Family and friends of Alaunte Scott, the 22-year-old whom deputy U.S. Marshals fatally shot in late February while they attempted to execute an arrest, gathered on Saturday to demand explanations and the release of body camera footage of the shooting. They joined other activists with Black Lives Matter in a 36-car caravan that wended its way through Congress Heights and Anacostia, displaying signs featuring Scott’s picture and written demands for justice.

The Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division announced Saturday that it had concluded its investigation into the incident and forwarded its findings to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. It remains unclear whether any criminal charges will be filed. Scott’s mother, Alanta, told an assembled group of reporters that officials still haven’t explained why her son was shot in the back. Her grief, she told them, is all-consuming.

At an Easter egg hunt in Anacostia Park this weekend, loved ones gathered to remember Dalaneo Martin, a 17-year-old who a U.S. Park Police officer shot and killed on March 18. Martin, the father of a young child, started planning the event three months ago and planned to participate. Now, his family says, they’ll put on the event every year to honor his memory. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI say they will launch a civil rights investigation of the shooting.

Aw, Rats!

As temperatures rise, rats are coming out of their winter hidey holes and making their presence known throughout the District. DC Health is encouraging residents to help control the rat population by cleaning their trash cans and the areas where they’re stored and making sure the lids are tightly secured so rodents can’t reach the goodies buried inside. A $3.4 million initiative in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposed 2024 budget will provide all residents with new trash cans over the next eight years, a move the city believes will also limit rodent activity.

Don’t count out the rats so quickly, though. As one local reporter saw during a rodent abatement for members of the media, the intrepid rodents move quickly and managed to outmaneuver the DC Health workers who were attempting to seal a burrow.

Roads to Nowhere

If you were thinking about driving through downtown D.C. this week, here’s a tip: Don’t do it. 

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are hosting spring meetings, which means several roads west of the White House will be closed throughout the week. The 1900 block of H Street NW is already closed to parking and won’t reopen until next Sunday; that closure extends from Pennsylvania Avenue to 20th Street NW beginning Tuesday evening. Surrounding streets are deemed “Emergency No Parking” routes.

Today’s White House Easter Egg Roll is also prompting street closures closer to the Mall. 15th and 17th streets NW are closed to vehicle traffic between Constitution Avenue and H Street NW until 7 p.m. this evening.

Caroline Jones (tips? cjones@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • To see today’s COVID-19 data, visit our coronavirus tracker.
  • Mayor Bowser announced a bump in hiring bonuses for new D.C. police officers from $20,000 to $25,000. [NBC Washington]
  • “And we def have to catch up for drinks before you leave,” MPD Lt. Shane Lamond texted former leader of the Proud Boys Enrique Tarrio, according to evidence shown in court during Tarrio’s trial stemming from his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Lamond is under federal investigation for his relationship with Tarrio, which a judge has said shows a “closeness” and “inappropriateness.” [Post]
  • For some facing rent hikes in a rent-controlled building on Longfellow Street NW, the increase—as much as $150 per month—is the difference between putting another meal on the table or not. [DCist]
  • “Dictators in the backyard:” Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ “friend” Harlan Crow collects Nazi stuff and has statues of dictators in his backyard. Crow is a billionaire and major Republican donor who has gifted Thomas and his wife access to his private jet and yacht and taken them on luxury vacations across the world—apparently in violation of Supreme Court ethics rules. [Washingtonian]
  • More families applied for the D.C. Public School lottery this year—a 3 percent increase over the current year, according to DCPS officials—and 74 percent matched with their first choice schools. [Post]

By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C.’s Office of Inspector General found that the city’s Department of Employment Services suffered from a variety of failings contributing to long delays in distributing unemployment benefits in the pandemic’s first two years. [Post]
  • Nearly 80 advisory neighborhood commissioners are urging Mayor Bowser not to redirect traffic camera revenue away from safety projects, as she’s proposed to do in her new budget. [WUSA]
  • A proposal from former Attorney General Karl Racine to apply certain affordable housing standards to downtown developments is dead. Bowser’s deputies opposed this expansion of inclusionary zoning, arguing it would stymie already-expensive projects in the neighborhood. [WBJ]

By Alex Koma (tips? akoma@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A local woman is chronicling the recipes some people have inscribed on their tombstones—and making her own versions of the recipes—on TikTok. [Washingtonian]
  • Some of the region’s best and most beloved restaurants are family-owned operations. But don’t romanticize these spots—working with family and keeping an institution running isn’t for the faint of heart. [DCist]
  • Bao Bei, tucked away in an industrial warehouse in Rockville, is serving delicious and authentic Taiwanese pork buns. [Post]

By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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  • Round of applause: The National Gallery of Art was the most visited art museum in the U.S. in 2022—finally topping New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s main museum, which came in second place. The Met has reigned at number one since 2008. [Art Newspaper]
  • If you missed reporter Ari Shapiro talk about his new memoir at Sixth & I last month, at least you can read a review of it here. [Blade]
  • How local actor Tray Chaney, who you’ll recognize as “Poot” from The Wire, kept himself relevant until Hollywood caught on. [Informer]

By Sarah Marloff (tips? smarloff@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Attorney General Brian Schwalb reached a settlement with the Washington Commanders over ticket deposits that allegedly were not returned to fans but should have been. The team will pay $200,000 directly to fans and $425,000 to the District in restitution, attorney’s fees, and other incurred costs. The Maryland AG’s office secured a similar settlement agreement with a $250,000 civil penalty. [OAG, WUSA9
  • The Wizards’ 35-47 season was an “abject failure.” [Athletic]
  • More words to describe the Wizards 2022–2023 campaign: “kind of embarrassing,” “fatal underachievement.” [Post, Post]
  • Congratulations to the boys and girls basketball teams from Sidwell Friends School, who both won the State Champions Invitational this weekend. [Post, SCI Hoops]
  • The Nats showed signs of life this weekend with two straight wins against the Colorado Rockies. [Federal Baseball]

By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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