A congressman added to the widespread pressure to end a wave of drug trafficking and violence in the nation's capital by calling for the federal government to take over public safety in the District of Columbia.
Rep. Stan Parris, R-Va., says he will introduce legislation that would authorize President Bush to appoint a National Capital Public Safety Director responsible for managing the district's police and fire departments, emergency ambulance service, and corrections system for a five-year period."The situation in our nation's capital is clearly out of control," Parris said Wednesday in a statement. "The drug dealers are perpetuating their bloody carnage with impunity, since they know there is little that will done to them."
Parris' proposal was the second from Congress in less than a week, and it came as the drug-related crime spree in the nation's capital has gained new attention.