An Immediate Obama Effect in African-American Communities?

| Mon Nov. 24, 2008 4:48 PM EST

Spotted over at Ben Smith's space, an attempt by the Washington DC police department to stop gun violence by invoking the President-elect.

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A quick look at the crime map application hosted by the DC police department shows that 1,726 crimes have been committed in the District of Columbia since Obama's election on November 4, an 11 percent drop from the same period last year. Unfortunately, homicides are up 100 percent, suggesting the need for this initiative and many others.

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