Illegal Vending on the National Mall

Date: August 11, 2017

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, shortly after 3 p.m. a United States Park Police officer in full uniform was attempting to make contact with multiple individuals who were observed illegally selling water on the National Mall. As the officer approached to give warnings, the violators fled. Nearby officers responded and attempted to stop the two individuals in the area of 9th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

One individual failed to obey lawful commands and resisted, therefore was placed in handcuffs. The other individual was fully cooperative and was not handcuffed. The individuals stated that they were juveniles.  

Both individuals were informed that vending is not permitted on the National Mall and were provided maps delineating the National Park Service boundaries. Both individuals were released shortly thereafter with a verbal warning about vending on the National Mall.

U.S. Park Police have heard the community's concerns toward enforcement of vending violations. In this incident, officers responded with a measured approach to ensure the safety of everyone involved. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of professionalism and strive to ensure that any contact with the public is tactful and considerate.

Last updated: September 21, 2017