Father of slain journalist frustrated with illegal ATVs – NBC4 Washington
DC police are searching for ATV riders in connection with a road rage shooting that seriously injured a man in southeast DC earlier this week.
The crime brought back horrific memories for Ken McClenton, whose daughter’s shooting death seven years ago also involved ATV riders. Her daughter, Charnice Milton, was a journalist waiting for a bus on Good Hope Road in May 2015 when she was shot dead.
Although it’s illegal to ride ATVs or dirt bikes on city streets, police say they can’t enforce the law because of the department’s no-prosecution policy.
“There must be no one riding ATVs or dirt bikes in the District of Columbia,” McClenton said. “We were frustrated that this crime is allowed to continue.”
Police are still investigating whether Milton was used as a human shield by the intended target. Police later released video of ATV riders in connection with Milton’s murder, but there was never a break in the case.
“It seems like if crime is allowed, that’s OK, and unfortunately there’s so little respect for the police, so little respect for the law,” McClenton said.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said the police department will review its approach to ATVs.
“Some of these stunts that we see people doing, they think it’s fun and fun,” Bowser said.
In the past, DC officials have released images of runners and offered reward money to help identify them. A few years ago, police released a video of seized bicycles being crushed.
Bowser is now hinting at a new enforcement involving the department’s traffic division and greater visibility in entertainment districts, where the roar of these racers is often heard on weekends.
“ATVs are for off-roading… By definition, they’re illegal on the road and they’re dangerous,” she said.
McClenton plans to meet with detectives to get an update on her daughter’s case for the first time in three years.
Although he’s not convinced the police will make any progress in cracking down on ATV riders, he still hopes his daughter will get justice.
“It will be the day I die before I give up hope,” he said.
Police said the Milton case is still open and active, but no arrests have been made. A $25,000 reward is offered to help solve the crime.