With just weeks to go before the runoff for mayor, a choice between vastly different visions of policing.
Tag Archives: Crime and Criminals
The F.B.I. Has an Art Crime Team. And These Days, It’s Busy.
A raid of the Orlando Museum of Art, in which 25 works attributed to Jean-Michel Basquiat were seized, has placed renewed spotlight on the unit.
Senate Clears Bill to Block D.C. Crime Law, Sending It to Biden After Reversal
Thirty-one Democrats joined Republicans in voting to rescind a local law, in a demonstration of the political power of crime as an issue. The president, who had opposed the measure, now says he will sign it.
Is It Safe to Travel to Mexico? Here’s What You Need to Know.
A spate of incidents, including a kidnapping and the death of two Americans near the border, and protests among taxi drivers in Cancún, is rattling would-be tourists.
Eric Adams to Shoppers: Drop that Mask
To prevent robberies, Mayor Eric Adams is telling shopkeepers to bar customers who refuse to lower their masks when they first enter stores.
City Life, Culture Wars and Conspiracy Theories
When walkability meets grievance and paranoia.
It Would Be Foolish to Ignore What Just Happened in Chicago
Democratic candidates everywhere should be paying attention to the miserable showing of Lori Lightfoot in the mayoral primary.
Biden Won’t Veto Republican-Led Measure Blocking D.C. Criminal Code
G.O.P. lawmakers took aim at the law reducing some sentences as part of their effort to make fears of violent crime a political liability for Democrats.
The Spectacular Fall of Lori Lightfoot and the Politics of Race and Crime
Are Black mayors too quickly and easily blamed for rising crime?
Alex Murdaugh Murder Jurors to Visit ‘Moselle’ Crime Scene
It is rare for jurors to visit crime scenes, and doing so can be a risk for both the prosecution and defense. Closing arguments were scheduled for later on Wednesday.
Why Chicago’s Mayoral Election Matters, Even if You Don’t Live in Chicago
America’s cities increasingly face similar problems, particularly worries about crime and hangovers from the pandemic. That’s why the mayor’s election in Chicago on Tuesday is about more than Chicago.
‘Nobody Wants to Be the World’s Villain’
Inside the Louisville Police Department, where officers are reckoning with what it means to be a cop in a city that doesn’t trust them.
Biden Could Face Veto Test Over Contentious D.C. Crime Bill
Legislation blocking a new crime law in the District of Columbia has drawn bipartisan support in the House, and Senate Republicans are working to win over Democrats.
The Coldest Case in Laramie
A long-unsolved murder. An unexpected arrest. A slam-dunk case that mysteriously fell apart. The sound of an investigation as it unfolds. All eight parts arrive on Thurs, Feb. 23.
Lori Lightfoot Seeks a Second Term as Chicago Mayor
Elected in an upset four years ago, Lori Lightfoot is presiding over a bruised city, one wary in particular about crime.
Amid Criticism, Elite Crime Teams Dwindled. Then Cities Brought Them Back.
The Scorpion police team whose officers are charged in the death of Tyre Nichols has been disbanded. But Memphis wasn’t the only city to turn again to specialized teams to fight a new surge in crime.
Muscle Cars, Balaclavas and Fists: How the Scorpions Rolled Through Memphis
Residents say the street crime unit has been an intimidating and sometimes violent presence in the city. Five Scorpion officers are charged with murdering Tyre Nichols during an arrest.
In London’s Poor Areas, Budget Cuts and Youth Violence Collide
Poor neighborhoods that have been hit hardest by austerity have also seen violence among young people surge or remain stubbornly high. Residents say that’s no coincidence.
Scorpion Unit Emerged as Memphis Pursued Get-Tough Strategy
City leaders had praised the new group as a key strategy for fighting crime. Now they are trying to assess whether it was flawed from the start.
Tyre Nichols’ Death Proves Yet Again That “Elite” Police Units Are a Disaster
They shatter the trust of the community, and the results can be deadly.
Man Is Shot on Subway Train in Lower Manhattan
The 34-year-old was in stable condition, and the police were looking for the suspect. Hours earlier, Mayor Eric Adams had trumpeted a decline in subway crime since October from last year’s figures.
New York Officials Say Subway Crime Is Down After Boost in Police
Data shows major crimes have dropped 16 percent in the three months since more officers were assigned to the system, the governor and mayor said.
Murdaugh Said He Knew Killer’s Motive on Night His Wife and Son Were Slain
Prosecutors said that Alex Murdaugh, the lawyer now on trial in the murders, was trying to cover his tracks when he offered a ready explanation to the police.
Data From Cities Show Violent Crime Rates Fell Slightly Last Year
A report from the nonpartisan Council on Criminal Justice found that homicides and gun assaults mostly declined in the 35 cities studied and that car thefts rose dramatically.
A Smarter Way to Reduce Gun Deaths
To break the paralysis, focus less on guns and more on those firing them.
The Unknown Hedge Fund That Got $400 Million From Sam Bankman-Fried
After the collapse of FTX, prosecutors and lawyers have scrutinized its discredited founder’s huge investment in Modulo Capital.
After Trump Trial Win, Alvin Bragg Prepares for Year 2
Alvin L. Bragg finished his first year in office with a conviction of the Trump Organization, but he must still contend with rising crime.
Prosecutors Say Young Thug’s YSL Is Both Gang and Rap Label
With a blockbuster case set to begin, the superstar rapper sits at the intersection of complex questions about art, crime and the criminal justice system.
Idaho Killings and Criminology
As a professor of criminology and a former F.B.I. special agent, I am frequently surprised by the misperceptions of what criminologists study.
10 Key Revelations in Idaho Murder Case
Court records unsealed this week provided vital and unsettling new details about the night four University of Idaho students were killed.
Major Crimes Rose 22 Percent in New York City, Even as Shootings Fell
Homicides fell to their lowest level since 2019, before the pandemic, but other categories of crime, including robbery and burglary, drove the overall increase compared to last year.
At Inauguration, Hochul Vows to Make New York Safer and More Affordable
Gov. Kathy Hochul, the first woman to be sworn in for a full term as New York State governor, appealed for unity.
Eric Adams Said He Wanted to ‘Get Stuff Done.’ Did He?
In his first year as mayor, he focused his attention on fighting crime. But critics say he is not moving quickly enough to address New York City’s other urgent challenges.
A Continuing Drop in Murders
The situation changed for the better in 2022.
The Language We Use to Talk About Domestic Violence Isn’t Enough
Terms like “crime of passion” can imply that violence is a consequence of love.
In the Bahamas, a Lingering Sympathy for Sam Bankman-Fried
Residents there have a generous view of the disgraced FTX founder, who has been accused of misusing billions of dollars in customer funds.
As Applications Fall, Police Departments Lure Recruits With Bonuses and Attention
Many police chiefs say staffing levels have not rebounded from a wave of resignations that started with the pandemic and the 2020 unrest.
How Did Sam Bankman-Fried Make His $250 Million Bail?
Though Mr. Bankman-Fried was not required to pay $250 million, the large amount of the bond in this high-profile case has raised questions about the federal bail process.
In Criticism of Eric Adams, Some See Echoes of David Dinkins
Mayor Eric Adams said that when some people “look at these two Black mayors, Dinkins and my role now, there are those that wish we fail.”
Russian Hackers’ Latest Target Is Cab Dispatch Line at J.F.K., U.S. Says
Federal prosecutors say two Queens men worked with Russians to charge cabbies $10 to jump the line at the airport. The scheme was an open secret among drivers competing for fares.
Scaring People Won’t Make Our Cities Safer. Here’s What Will.
How to escape the narrative black hole of “tough on crime” policies.
Druggings, Deaths and Robberies Put New York’s Gay Community on Edge
At first, the men’s deaths were treated as overdoses, until tens of thousands of dollars were found drained from their bank accounts.
Meet the Voters Who Fueled New York’s Seismic Tilt Toward the G.O.P.
Republicans used doomsday-style ads to prey on suburban voters’ fear of crime in New York, helping to flip enough seats to capture the House.
Crowded and Deadly, U.S. Jails Are in Crisis
In Houston, the jail has reached its highest population in a decade. More than half of the detainees who died there had a history of mental problems.
The Judge and the Case That Came Back to Haunt Him
In 1981, Anthony Kline helped send a juvenile offender to prison for four decades. This year, in a twist of fate, he had a chance to decide her case again.
Why the Democrats Just Lost the House
The arrogance and incompetence of their lawmakers in New York botched the House for the rest of the party.
U.K. Doubles Down on a Tactic Disproportionately Targeting Black People
The United States helped inspire Britain’s tough-on-crime politics. Even as crime fell and warnings mounted, politicians never looked back.
Una madre en México dedica su vida a los desaparecidos
Más de 100.000 personas están desaparecidas en el país. En medio de esa tragedia nacional, la historia de María Herrera Magdaleno resalta tanto por su sufrimiento como por su trabajo organizativo.
After 4 Sons Vanish, Their Mother Devotes Her Life to Mexico’s Missing
Over 100,000 people are missing in Mexico, but even amid this national agony, one mother’s story stands out both for the scope of her suffering and for her work trying to end the nation’s nightmare.