What happened last night on 14th Street is "unacceptable in any community," he said. "This should be shocking to the conscience of every person in our city. I don't care where you live, it has the attention that it is gotten now because it's happened where it happened."
"The justice system we have right now is not functioning the way that it should. The courts are not open. That is a fact. Barely open. So cases from last year that happened during COVID -- violent criminals -- they have not been disposed of, where do you think those individuals are?" he asked. "They're in communities.... And their cases have not been disposed of."
"You cannot coddle violent criminals," he said. "They might not want a job. They might not need services… They may need to be off our streets."
He also decried reductions in police personnel: "The reality is we have a shrinking workforce. I have a definitive amount of resources. 200 and some officers less this year than I had last year."
Happening now: DC Police Chief Contee takes a walking tour of 14th street the day after a brazen shooting here injured 2 and terrified the community pic.twitter.com/AYZg0aSNKr— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) July 23, 2021