Backward SUV, a helicopter and not acquiescing

So I see police lights outside, and being the intrepid blogger that I am at 1am, went out to see what was happening. I found a DC Metro Transit Police SUV parked backwards at the bus stop around the 4200 block of New Hampshire Ave. An MPD PSA 407 patrol car rolled up, so I waited for them to talk with MTPD before I approached. Just me with a camera slung across my back, looking casual. At 1am.

A MTPD officer came up onto the sidewalk from the street, so I approached her and asked politely what was going on.

"What's it to you?" she said.

"Well, I live here and I'd like to know what the situation is," I said.

Then the other MTPD officer comes over, "Why do you want to know?"

"Nothing is going on," the female officer said. 

"Thing is, ma'am," I said. "Something is going on. See, there's a transit police SUV parked backwards on New Hampshire avenue," I said.

"Yeah, so?" the officer responded.

"So... that's not normal," I said, very politely. (And there's a helicopter circling.) "I write a blog for the area, and I'm sure people will have questions."

"Oh, well, you'll need to uh, to talk to Media relations, we can't help you," she said.

"Yeah," the other officer replied, not looking at me, "I can not... uh.. acquiesce... to your request. Yeah, that's good, acquiesce." Then he laughs and the two officers walk back to their SUV and ignore me. 

So I asked MPD for an update, and 4D comes through again. Transit police were responding to an assault on the metro bus (not sure if it was that spot) "Nothing major," according to MPD. 

The helicopter was unrelated -- It was a US Park Police helicopter searching for three robbery suspects who fled into DC from PG Country, and bailed out of their car around 16th St and Argyle Terrace NW. MPD found guns in the vehicle and they're searching with K-9 units.

All in a day's work -- for MTPD, MPD and yours truly.

Again, big thanks to 4D MPD for responding very quickly to my questions and good luck with the manhunt. Hope everyone is safe.

Drew Schneider

Local DC blogger in Petworth, Washington DC.

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