Policing and the New York Mayoral Race

As voters head to the polls, we talk to two Democrats about an election that is testing the city’s values.

#audio-neutral-informative, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #crime-and-criminals, #elections-mayors, #hate-crimes, #mayors, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #police-reform, #race-and-ethnicity

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First They Lace Up Their Skates. Then They Fight Terrorism.

The police in Karachi, Pakistan, put 20 officers on in-line skates for counterterrorism patrols and to soften the force’s image. Critics call it a publicity stunt.

#community-policing, #crime-and-criminals, #karachi-pakistan, #roller-skating, #terrorism

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2 Children Out Walking Get Caught Between a Gunman and His Target

The harrowing scene in the Bronx, captured on surveillance video, came about a week after a 10-year-old Queens boy was fatally shot.

#bronx-nyc, #crime-and-criminals, #elections-mayors, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc

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Why People Misperceive Crime Trends (Chicago Is Not the Murder Capital)

What readers got wrong and right in our quiz.

#chicago-ill, #crime-and-criminals, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #polls-and-public-opinion

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Justice Sotomayor, the Supreme Court’s Truth Teller

In her opinions, Justice Sotomayor explains how Supreme Court cases are part of a larger unfolding story of where the country finds itself. 

#black-people, #breyer-stephen-g, #capital-punishment, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #congressional-black-caucus, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #kagan-elena, #mandatory-sentencing, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #race-and-ethnicity, #sotomayor-sonia, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence

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5 Police Officers Are Fired After a Man in Custody Hangs Himself

Three of the officers in Savannah, Ga., mocked the death of William Harvey in a group text message exchange, in which an inappropriate GIF was shared, officials said.

#black-people, #cameras, #crime-and-criminals, #curtis-david, #deaths-fatalities, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hewett-christopher, #kerr-michael, #leuschner-silver, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-savannah-ga, #savannah-ga, #text-messaging, #tremblay-erica, #william-harvey

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As Battle Against Virus Wanes, Mayors Confront a New Challenge: Crime

Most city leaders, eager to rejuvenate downtown economies, have lifted coronavirus restrictions. But rising violent crime has kept both residents and tourists at home.

#crime-and-criminals, #mayors, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police, #united-states

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Bitcoin Is Actually Traceable, Pipeline Investigation Shows

The F.B.I.’s recovery of Bitcoins paid in the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack showed cryptocurrencies are not as hard to track as it might seem.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #bitcoin-currency, #blockchain-technology, #colonial-pipeline-co, #computers-and-the-internet, #crime-and-criminals, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #darkside-hacking-group, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #search-and-seizure, #start-ups, #virtual-currency

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Crime and Qualifications at Issue in Heated N.Y.C. Mayoral Debate

The eight Democratic contenders jousted in contentious exchanges over the fundamental question of who among them was qualified to run New York City.

#adams-eric-l, #crime-and-criminals, #debates-political, #democratic-party, #donovan-shaun-l-s-1966, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #mcguire-raymond-j, #morales-dianne, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses, #stringer-scott-m, #wabc-tv, #wiley-maya, #yang-andrew-1975

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Archaeologists Uncover Decapitated Bodies From Roman Britain

Technological advances, including DNA and tooth enamel analyses, allowed researchers to form new conclusions about capital punishment under Roman rule.

#agriculture-and-farming, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #cambridge-university-press, #capital-punishment, #cemeteries, #crime-and-criminals, #freedom-of-religion, #gosden-chris, #great-britain, #london-england, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #politics-and-government, #research, #roman-civilization, #scotland, #skeletons

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Melanie Stansbury, a Democrat, Cruises in New Mexico House Race

Ms. Stansbury won a landslide victory in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. The result is likely to hearten national Democrats worried about the 2022 midterms.

#albuquerque-nm, #crime-and-criminals, #elections-house-of-representatives, #haaland-deb, #moores-mark-1970, #new-mexico, #stansbury-melanie-1979, #united-states-politics-and-government

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G.O.P. Rivals Trade Insults in Chaotic N.Y.C. Mayoral Debate

Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, and Fernando Mateo, a restaurateur, yelled at each other repeatedly during the free-wheeling virtual debate.

#crime-and-criminals, #debates-political, #elections-mayors, #mateo-fernando, #new-york-city, #police, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #sliwa-curtis

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Violent Crime Is Spiking. Do Liberals Have an Answer?

James Forman Jr. on the wicked problem of crime and the messy politics of safety

#crime-and-criminals, #forman-james-jr, #police, #washington-dc

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Philadelphia’s Progressive District Attorney Fends Off Democratic Challenger

Larry Krasner, part of a new breed of prosecutors, easily defeated Carlos Vega in Tuesday’s primary in spite of a rise in gun crime.

#crime-and-criminals, #democratic-party, #elections-district-attorneys, #krasner-larry-1961, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #philadelphia-pa, #primaries-and-caucuses, #vega-carlos-attorney

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The House Passes Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Bill

The legislation is the first action Congress has taken to bolster law enforcement’s response to attacks on people of Asian descent amid an uptick in discrimination and violence during the pandemic.

#asian-americans, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #crime-and-criminals, #hate-crimes, #house-of-representatives

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Is New York’s MTA Subway Safe? Many Riders Say No.

City officials cite lower subway crime numbers, but a spate of random attacks has unnerved riders.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crime-and-criminals, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #riders-alliance, #subways, #transit-systems, #wylde-kathryn-s

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Biden Is Developing a Pardon Process With a Focus on Racial Justice

As a senator, he backed legislation that led to mass incarceration and long drug sentences. Now his administration is signaling that he could use clemency to address inequities.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #justice-department, #race-and-ethnicity, #sentences-criminal, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Spike in Shootings During the Pandemic May Outlast the Virus

About 505 people were shot in New York City through May 9, the highest year-to-date number in a decade.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crime-and-criminals, #de-blasio-bill, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc

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Shootings and Subway Attacks Put Crime at Center of N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race

Rising concerns over crime have led candidates to issue strong appeals for public safety, less than a year after the city was under pressure to defund the police.

#adams-eric-l, #black-lives-matter-movement, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #democratic-party, #donovan-shaun-l-s-1966, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #mcguire-raymond-j, #morales-dianne, #new-york-city, #police, #police-department-nyc, #police-reform, #primaries-and-caucuses, #stringer-scott-m, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #wiley-maya, #yang-andrew-1975

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Atlanta Mayor Faces Criticism Over ‘Covid Crime Wave’

Keisha Lance Bottoms, who announced she would not run for re-election, faced criticism for her city’s sharp increase in violence.

#atlanta-ga, #bottoms-keisha-lance, #crime-and-criminals, #elections-mayors, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-reform

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Keisha Lance Bottoms Won’t Seek Second Term as Atlanta Mayor

Ms. Bottoms, who was mentioned briefly as a potential running mate with President Biden, is the latest mayor to move on after a year of pandemic challenges and social justice protests.

#atlanta-ga, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #bottoms-keisha-lance, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crime-and-criminals, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections-mayors, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #mayors, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Daniel Alan Baker Convicted of Threatening Protesters in Florida

Prosecutors said that Daniel Alan Baker had issued a “call to arms” asking people to violently confront demonstrators at the Florida State Capitol.

#baker-daniel-alan, #crime-and-criminals, #decisions-and-verdicts, #florida, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #tallahassee-fla, #united-states-army, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Police Find More Than 90 People Crammed Into a Houston Home

Houston police officers found more than 90 people — some showing symptoms of Covid-19 — “all huddled together” on Friday in what they believe may be a case of human smuggling.

#crime-and-criminals, #houston-tex, #police-department-houston-tex, #smuggling

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Suspects in Ahmaud Arbery’s Shooting Charged With Hate Crime

The charges are the most significant hate crimes prosecution so far by the Biden administration, which has made civil rights protections a major priority.

#crime-and-criminals, #georgia, #justice-department

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Georgia Sheriff Faces Civil Rights Charges Over Use of Restraint Chairs

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill is accused of ordering detainees to be strapped down for hours at a time as punishment, federal prosecutors said.

#atlanta-ga, #clayton-county-ga, #crime-and-criminals, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #georgia, #hill-victor-1965, #justice-department, #kemp-brian-p, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

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Former White House Adviser Is Charged With Stealing From Charter School Network

Seth Andrew, who served in the Obama administration, stole more than $200,000 to help him buy a $2 million Manhattan apartment, prosecutors said.

#andrew-seth, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #charter-schools, #crime-and-criminals, #democracy-prep-public-schools, #education-k-12, #frauds-and-swindling, #interest-rates, #money-laundering, #mortgages

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Austin, Texas, Shooting Leaves 3 Dead

The authorities said the gunman, a former sheriff’s deputy, knew the victims and that the shooting appeared to have been “targeted to them.”

#austin-tex, #crime-and-criminals, #domestic-violence, #stephen-nicholas-broderick, #travis-county-tex

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White Police Officer to Face Charge She Intimidated Son’s Black Friend

Officer Patricia Lio of the Milton Police Department in Massachusetts is accused of berating her son’s 14-year-old Black friend about his stance on the Black Lives Matter movement.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #crime-and-criminals, #discrimination, #lio-patricia, #massachusetts, #milton-police-department, #police

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Biden Picks Anne Milgram, Former NJ Attorney General, to Lead DEA

Anne Milgram built her reputation fighting crime in the city of Camden.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #camden-nj, #crime-and-criminals, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #manhattan-nyc, #menendez-robert, #new-jersey, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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I Helped Lead the Gun Control Movement. It’s Asking the Wrong Questions.

A campaign galvanized by mass shootings and assault weapons will inevitably find itself in a dead end. But there’s a way out.

#accidents-and-safety, #brady-campaign-to-prevent-gun-violence, #crime-and-criminals, #firearms, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #mental-health-and-disorders, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

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Would You Jump In to Stop an Assault?

A recent video showed several men seeming to ignore an anti-Asian attack in Midtown. Yet research shows that most people are more than willing to intervene and help someone.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #chauvin-derek-1976, #crime-and-criminals, #floyd-george-d-2020, #genovese-kitty, #hate-crimes, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #psychology-and-psychologists, #race-and-ethnicity, #research, #urban-areas

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Georgia to Weaken Citizen’s Arrest Law

The governor supports a bill passed on Wednesday that repeals language allowing people to arrest someone who they witnessed committing a crime.

#arbery-ahmaud-1994-2020, #crime-and-criminals, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #law-and-legislation, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #state-legislatures, #vigilantes

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Too Many People Are Locked Up for Small Thefts

An estimated 45,000 Americans are behind bars for thefts of less than $10,000. The punishment doesn’t fit the crime.

#crime-and-criminals, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #prisons-and-prisoners

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$1 Million Raised After Attack on Asian Woman Will Go to Fight Racism, Family Says

The woman, Xiao Zhen Xie, 75, was punched by a white man last week. Her family raised money through GoFundMe to pay for her medical expenses. Now, they want to use it to fight anti-Asian racism.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #chinese-americans, #crime-and-criminals, #discrimination, #elder-abuse, #jenkins-steven-march-17-2021-assault, #philanthropy, #race-and-ethnicity, #san-francisco-calif, #xie-xiao-zhen

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Class and the History of Korean-Americans in Georgia

The shootings in Atlanta show how class warps the immigrant narrative.

#atlanta-ga, #crime-and-criminals, #discrimination, #georgia, #gwinnett-county-ga, #income-inequality, #korean-americans

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Murder Rate Remains Elevated as New Crime Reporting System Begins

A new system will be a “leap forward,” but in the short term it may hurt the public’s ability to evaluate key trends during a volatile period.

#bureau-of-justice-statistics, #crime-and-criminals, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #united-states

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US Murder Rate Remains Elevated as New Reporting System Begins

A new system will be a “leap forward,” but in the short term it may hurt the public’s ability to evaluate key trends during a volatile period.

#bureau-of-justice-statistics, #crime-and-criminals, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #united-states

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Cadaver Dogs Search Property Linked to ‘Prime Suspect’ in Kristin Smart Case

Paul Flores, the last person to see Ms. Smart before her disappearance in May 1996, continues to be the focus of investigators, the authorities said.

#california, #california-polytechnic-state-university, #crime-and-criminals, #flores-paul, #flores-ruben, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #san-luis-obispo-calif, #search-and-seizure, #smart-kristin-d-1996

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Democrats Repent for Bill Clinton

In the last decade, the party and the former president himself have been forced to admit the failures of his administration.

#black-people, #clinton-bill, #crime-and-criminals, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #minorities, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

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Illinois Prison Guard Pleads Guilty for Role in Beating Inmate to Death

Willie Hedden is one of three guards at the Western Illinois Correctional Center charged in the May 2018 assault of Larry Earvin, who was handcuffed at the time.

#banta-alex, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #crime-and-criminals, #earvin-larry-d-2018, #hedden-willie, #illinois, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #sheffler-todd

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Man Threatened to Lynch 2 Congressmen, U.S. Says

A judge on Monday ordered Kenneth R. Hubert of Missouri held in jail, saying his words rose to the level of posing danger.

#black-people, #cleaver-emanuel-ii, #cohen-stephen-i, #crime-and-criminals, #democratic-party, #hubert-kenneth-r, #missouri, #race-and-ethnicity, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #tennessee, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Criminal Justice Is a State Issue

State power is the path to racial equality and liberation.

#bail, #black-people, #brookings-institution, #capital-punishment, #crime-and-criminals, #death-penalty-information-center, #illinois, #income-inequality, #race-and-ethnicity, #states-us, #virginia, #whites

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Illinois Becomes First State to Eliminate Cash Bail

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law that he said would end a system that disproportionately hurts the poor and favors wealthier defendants.

#bail, #crime-and-criminals, #illinois, #law-and-legislation, #mental-health-and-disorders, #pritzker-j-b

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South Dakota Attorney General Charged With Careless Driving in Man’s Death

Jason Ravnsborg avoided felony charges, including manslaughter, after he struck and killed a pedestrian with his car last September.

#boever-joe-1964-2020, #crime-and-criminals, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #ravnsborg-jason, #roads-and-traffic, #south-dakota, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

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Why Does Louisiana Consistently Lead the Nation in Murders?

It has problems common to several Southern states, like a high rate of poverty, but also an inheritance of violence.

#crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #firearms, #gun-control, #louisiana, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-orleans-la, #poverty, #prisons-and-prisoners, #southern-states-us

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3 Detectives Obtained a False Murder Confession. Was It One of Dozens?

Huwe Burton was wrongly convicted because of deceptive interrogation techniques. How many more cases were “solved” the same way?

#bronx-nyc, #crime-and-criminals, #cuomo-andrew-m, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #green-haven-correctional-facility, #interrogations, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-nyc, #witnesses, #youth

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In ‘Crime Scene,’ Joe Berlinger Investigates True-Crime Obsession

In his latest Netflix docu-series, the director of foundational works like “Paradise Lost” turned his lens to the fans and web sleuths who are changing the stakes of true crime.

#berlinger-joe, #cecil-hotel-los-angeles-calif, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #crime-and-criminals, #crime-scene-the-vanishing-at-the-cecil-hotel-tv-program, #documentary-films-and-programs, #lam-elisa-1991-2013, #los-angeles-calif, #netflix-inc, #television

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Selfies With Guns on Party Bus Get N.Y.P.D.’s Attention

Fourteen people were arrested after investigators found eight firearms, the police said, as gun violence in the city continues to spike.

#buses, #crime-and-criminals, #dumbo-brooklyn-ny, #gun-control, #police-department-nyc

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Thieves Nationwide Are Slithering Under Cars, Swiping Catalytic Converters

The pollution-control gadgets are full of precious metals like palladium, and prices are soaring as regulators try to tame emissions. Crooks with hacksaws have noticed.

#automobiles, #crime-and-criminals, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #robberies-and-thefts

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The Netanyahu Trial, Explained

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is standing trial on corruption charges. Here’s a look at the context of the trial, the main charges and the political ramifications.

#corruption-institutional, #crime-and-criminals, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin

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