The nation’s capitol city was shocked by a deadly shooting incident at the Potomac Avenue Metro Station in Southeast Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. A gunman, identified as Isaiah Trotman, opened fire randomly, killed a 64-year-old Metro employee who tried to stop him and injured three bystanders. Trotman was eventually subdued by passengers and arrested by the police.
Reports now indicate that Trotman had a prior assault case dismissed last year by Albemarle County, Virginia, prosecutor Jim Hingeley, who won his election in 2019 with substantial contributions from liberal mega-donors, including globalist billionaire George Soros.
Court records show Isaiah Trotman was charged with assault and battery in November 2021, only to have those charges dismissed six months later by Albemarle County, Va., prosecutor Jim Hingeley, who won election in 2019 with the help of six-figure contributions from George Soros. https://t.co/dLJ5xZhuSa
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Hingeley is known as a progressive prosecutor who often dismisses low-level offenders and seeks alternatives to incarceration. He received $114,000 from Democratic donor Sonjia Smith and $5,000 from Soros during his campaign.
This incident has once again brought attention to the issue of rising homicides in many jurisdictions run by Soros prosecutors. In 2022, more than 200 murders were recorded in Washington, D.C. In addition, the D.C. Council recently voted to downgrade penalties for minor offenses in the criminal code, which reduced sentences for carjackings, robberies, and gun-related felonies.
Trotman had prior arrests in Pennsylvania for public intoxication and drug-related charges last year. He pleaded guilty to the latter charge and was released before his sentencing. When he was arrested in April 2022, police recovered drugs, including methamphetamines and marijuana, and drug paraphernalia from his car.
The recent shooting incident has also highlighted the district’s shortage of law enforcement personnel. Following the anti-police riots in 2020, the D.C. Council cut the law enforcement budget, leading to the loss of around 280 officers from the D.C. police department over the next two years. This shortage of personnel has left the department short-staffed and ill-equipped to respond to emergencies.
Assistant Chief of Police Ashan Benedict expressed his disappointment and concern over the incident. “The fact that our citizens have to intervene with a gunman is disturbing to me,” he said. The incident is under investigation, and the prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The shooting has once again raised questions about the consequences of progressive leftist policies and reduced law enforcement budgets in the district.