(DailyVantage.com) – Last June, in the District of Columbia, Valor Brewpub owner Gaynor Jablonski had a gun drawn at him by a DoorDash driver. He eventually brawled with the driver, was able to steal his gun, and had him arrested. Jablonski’s son was seated nearby during the incident, and he and his father were left traumatized by the scuffle.
The DoorDash driver was offered a plea deal by the U.S. attorney’s office. Jablonski was appalled to find the gunman would only be facing a maximum of 2 years in prison. He was also able to roam free while awaiting his sentencing. The driver was sent to prison for only eight months.
Jablonski attended a House Judiciary hearing and gave a deposition about his thoughts on the violent crime in his region. He told the subcommittee that when he takes his young son to school, the child tells him to stay safe as he exits his vehicle. The pub owner finds D.C.’s recent violent outbreaks to be outrageous. He went on to say he believes criminals are becoming bolder over the last several years.
For example, in 2020, while working as a paramedic, Myisha Richards was concussed and had her eyebrow stitched up after being assailed by two women. Richards learned her attackers would never face jail for their crimes.
In the end, Jablonski was not optimistic and believed no amount of money or persuasion would convince the prosecutors to do their job correctly.
The House Judiciary hearing left many attendees realizing violent crime was often left unpunished in Washington, D.C. In 2022, two-thirds of all violent crimes in the District of Columbia were left unprosecuted.
Chairman of the D.C. Police Union, Gregg Pemberton, stated, “Members of Congress are being assaulted and carjacked. Their congressional staff members are being robbed and stabbed”. He continued by saying violent criminals are also targeting and assaulting tourists. The policies of the D.C. Council are not putting violent criminals in prison, and they fail to acknowledge this result.
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