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December 07, 2005

Washington DC's Zero Tolerance: Ticketed While Dying

When relatives of Charles Atherton got to the hospital they found him in critical condition after being struck by a car while crossing Connectitut Avenue. What they also found among his possessions was a jaywalking ticket that some sensitive DC cop tucked onto his body as he was being ambulanced to the hospital. Atherton, a former secretary of the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts that advises the government on architecture and design in official Washington, later died of his injuries.

Washington also has one of the highest ratios of unsolved homicides in the country.

Posted by dymaxion at December 7, 2005 09:20 PM


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