'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
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The Metropolitan Police Department is moving a liaison unit that works with the city's Asian community from its longtime home in Chinatown, a quiet change that ignited fears the police chief plans to tinker with another specialized crew despite vows that little will change except where the officers store their gear.
Earlier this month, Ward 8 D.C. Council member Marion Barry denigrated Washington's Asian business owners, insisting, "They ought to go. I'm going to say that right now."
The D.C. police department is entering its third year of a program aimed at providing a more aggressive presence in the Chinatown neighborhood, easily one of the city's busiest — especially on weekend nights.
The All-Star question of Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison is impertinent.
"As you know, you along with Chinatown leaders fought tooth and nail to allocate a space for the Asian Liaison Unit in Chinatown and particularly the Gallery Place complex," she said. "The [unit]) has been a fixture in Chinatown now for over 10 years."
"They never told the community," Tony Cheng, who has owned a restaurant in Chinatown for decades, said Wednesday. "It's not very nice."