Bowser admits DC had ‘tough’ 2023 on crime but paints positive picture for future

Democratic Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser was optimistic about the district’s future, signaling crime is on its way down following the district’s deadliest year since a surge in the late 1990s.

“We had a tough year last year,” Bowser admitted to Axios about the district’s crime before changing her tone. “Don’t be so down on D.C.”

FILE – District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Last year, violent crime in the district increased by 39%, with a 35% uptick in homicides and 959 carjackings, according to Metropolitan Police Department data. The violent surge left 274 people dead in the nation’s capital. At the news outlet’s What’s Next Summit on Monday, Bowser admitted 2023 was a challenging year for the district
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