First District Commander Daniel Hickson wrote today that he was coordinating with retailers in and around Capitol Hill to prepare for the release of the Air Jordan XX8, which will sell for $250. Hickson said that in the past, police only found out about the releases after the fact—and often after violent incidents took place:
There have been several incidents in the city over the past year that have occurred outside of shoe stores that were hosting a “release” of a new shoe model. In the past, MPD was not notified in advance of these events and usually we became aware when a crowd would begin to gather outside of retailers. First District Officers have met with shoe stores’ managers in 1D, who have agreed to provide advance notice to the First District when a shoe release is scheduled.Shots were fired into a crowd standing outside a shoe store on H Street NE in late December, though no one was injured. The crowd had been there overnight, waiting for a new model of Air Jordans to be released to the public.