Final week, hours earlier than the council unanimously voted to move D.C.’s controversial felony code reform, a felony justice coverage advocate who helped move the invoice was fatally shot and killed, Washington Publish reported.
Kelvin Blowe, 32, was shot useless after a automobile crash simply earlier than 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday in Washington, DC.
Blowe is a member of DC Justice Lab, a company that advocates for felony justice reform in DC’s felony authorized system.
On the identical day, town council unanimously authorized a invoice he supported that decreased penalties for felony offenses like theft, housebreaking, carjacking, and firearm possession with no license.
Kelvin Blowe, über citizen (entrepreneur, embellished Marine Corps rifleman w/ a number of excursions) incessantly petitioned DC Council
— paul johnson (@paulotjoao) November 19, 2022
The Washington Publish studies Blowe had spent over 5 years in jail for theft, and the expertise “instilled in him a ardour to proper inequities he believed he encountered.”
After getting out, he joined DC Justice Lab, one of many teams that pushed to overtake town’s felony code. He testified in assist of the proposed invoice in December.
The Marine Corps veteran, who was identified with PTSD, was working as a safety guard and was taking coworkers residence final week when he was shot and killed when a gunman “emerged from a stolen automobile after a crash with Blowe. Authorities mentioned they imagine Blowe additionally possessed a weapon, as they recovered a gun subsequent to his physique… Blowe’s household mentioned they didn’t know he had a weapon.”
After the crash, Blowe bought out, approached the automobile, and was shot. It isn’t identified if Blowe pointed his firearm on the suspects, who fled the scene and have but to be discovered.
The police said that no arrests have been made and that the investigation remains to be ongoing.
“There’s highly effective false narrative within the District that felony justice reform is preventing for leniency in lieu of security…It’s about freedom and security,” DC Justice Lab wrote on Twitter.
There’s highly effective false narrative within the District that felony justice reform is preventing for leniency in lieu of security…It’s about freedom and security.https://t.co/naQv70rq9G
— DC Justice Lab (@DCJusticeLab) November 22, 2022