Recommendations: Avoid if possible. If you are in the DC, avoid engaging in political protests or actions. Be aware of elevated crime risks and unpermissive self-defense laws. Be extra cautious not to provide a pretext for a traffic stop or law enforcement encounter. Practice good situational awareness at all times. Keep values well hidden and secured.
Analyst Comment:Crime has risen rapidly in the DC area. Additionally, law enforcement and the judicial system has become extremely politicized to the extent where people engaging in political speech or self-defense actions are targeted with harsh prosecution. Judges and the jury pool are largely aligned with this sentiment, so receiving a fair trial in DC is unlikely.