DC AG under spotlight after saying district cannot ‘prosecute or arrest our way’ out of crime epidemic

Washington, D.C., Attorney General Brian Schwalb is again under scrutiny for his response to crime after arguing that the district cannot “prosecute or arrest our way” out of the area’s rising crime levels.

Schwalb responded to district residents who showed up at a panel discussion on carjacking and juvenile crime on Tuesday led by Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen. U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew Graves was also in attendance.

Many community members demanded accountability from district leaders to address the violent crime epidemic after 2023 ended with a 39% increase in violent crime. Motor vehicle theft in the district increased 82%, rising for the sixth year in a row, totaling 959 reported incidents. Metropolitan Police Department data showed 173 carjacking arrests were made in 2023, with 62%
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