Serial No. 108-106: How Can the Federal Government Assist State and Local Programs to Protect Citizens and Communities Against Drug-Related Violence: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, July 21, 2003   [open pdf - 2MB]

This hearing considers how the Federal Government can best work with cities, and State, and local governments to support and protect brave individuals like Angela Dawson who are willing to stand up in their communities against drug dealing and drug violence. In Baltimore, the pain of drug abuse is especially felt. Drug dealers have taken over many parts of the city, making law-abiding citizens virtual prisoners in their own homes. In the face of this threat, many citizens and families have stepped forward to try to take back their neighborhoods from dealers and gangs, often at great personal risk. The Dawson family is the most recent and poignant reminder. Angela Dawson lived in Baltimore with her husband, Carnell, and their five young children. In an effort to rid her street of drug dealers, she repeatedly called 911, reporting suspicious activity to the police. Her efforts came at a terrible price. In the early morning hours of October 16, 2002, the Dawson family's home was firebombed by a local drug dealer in retaliation. The bombing claimed the lives of Angela, Carnell, and all five of the Dawson children. Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Arthur T. Dean, Iris Tucker, Martin O'Malley, Alan C. Woods III, Thomas Carr, Kevin P. Clark, Elijah E. Cummings, David W. Czorapinski, Preston L. Grubbs, Mark E. Souder, and Linda S. Thompson.

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