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Why Don’t Police Catch Serial Rapists? - The Atlantic
When the members of Cleveland’s task force began shipping rape kits to the state lab, they didn’t imagine they’d end up fomenting a small revolution in criminology. Yet those evidence boxes uncovered new clues about the behavior of sexual assailants and overturned some basic assumptions—about how often they offend, whom they attack, and how they might be captured.
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What struck her first was the sheer number of repeat offenders: Of the rape kits containing DNA that generated a CODIS hit, nearly one in five pointed to a serial rapist—giving the Cleveland investigators leads on some 480 serial predators to date. On a practical level, this suggested that every allegation of rape should be investigated as if it might have been committed by a repeat offender. “The way we’ve traditionally thought of sexual assault is this ‘he said, she said’ situation, where they investigate the sexual assault in isolation,” Lovell told me. Instead, detectives should search for other victims or other violent crimes committed nearby, always presuming that a rapist might have attacked before. “We make those assumptions with burglary, with murder, with almost any other crime,” Lovell said, “but not a sexual assault of an adult.”
crime  police  rape  DNA  serial  rapists 
4 weeks ago by Quercki
Lessons from testing decades of forgotten rape kits: serial rapists are common, they don't follow a pattern, they're not very bright, and they're often the same men who commit acquaintance rape / Boing Boing
The first insight is that serial rapists are very common and very prolific. Police departments had assumed that rapes with different types of victims and different techniques were committed by different men, but it turns out that serial rapists aren't meticulous and careful repeaters of patterns: they're chaotic and impatient and even if they're looking for a specific kind of woman to attack, if they can't find someone who matches their desires, they'll just attack any handy woman.

So rapists also aren't very smart about their crimes: their poor impulse control leaves behind plenty of physical evidence that can be used to convict them (Former Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty: "These are not the Napoleons of crime. They’re morons. We were letting morons beat us"). They get away with it because the cops don't investigate rapes.

They're also not discriminating as to the kind of crimes they commit: as the old rape kits are subjected to DNA tests, we're learning that many men who've been committed for petty property crimes or non-sexual assaults have also committed strings of rapes. Frequently, these men start with vulnerable women (poor women, sex workers, women with disabilities, women who are addicted) and then rape women with more privilege, which sometimes leads to the police taking action. But the lack of action on rape kits meant that even when a rapist was convicted for an assault on a wealthy white woman, we didn't know about the string of rapes on less-privileged women in his past.
rape  serial  rapists  crime  rape.culture  police  test  data  facts  DNA 
4 weeks ago by Quercki
Open Forum: Exaggerating California crime to protect their livelihoods - SFChronicle.com
California has seen seven years of transformative justice system reforms: AB109, enacted in 2011, lowered the prison population; Proposition 47, approved by voters in 2014, reduced certain nonviolent crimes to misdemeanors; Prop. 57, passed in 2016, gave more people a chance at parole and reduced prosecutors’ power to try children in adult court; and, in March, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on the death penalty.

California’s crime rate, meanwhile, is near historic lows.
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But to listen to the politicians and law enforcement officials leading the charge against California’s recent reforms, the state is in crisis. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood claims that reform will inevitably drive up crime; Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer asserts that California voters are “uninformed” and that “weak laws” will drive up violence; and Assemblyman Jim Cooper, a Sacramento County Democrat and Sheriff’s Department veteran, says law enforcement is under attack. This doom-and-gloom chorus calls for a return to the era of tough-on-crime, dumb-on-safety policymaking.
police  violence  crime  statistics  liars 
8 weeks ago by Quercki
Jared Kushner uses WhatsApp to talk with foreign leaders, claims Cummings / Boing Boing
House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings says Abbe Lowell has confirmed that President Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House advisor Jared Kushner has been using the encryptable/disappear-able messaging WhatsApp to communicate with leaders of foreign nations.
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southpaw @nycsouthpaw

-Jared used WhatsApp to communicate with foreign persons, probably including MBS
- Ivanka still uses a home brew server she shares with Jared for emails about official business
- KT McFarland used an AOL email to participate in Flynn’s shady nuclear deal https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000169-a11b-dbd1-a5eb-e5df7a170001
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Kushner's the tip of the iceberg -- the House attention to this is about a number of additional White House senior staff communicating in the same manner. If true, we are talking about many people committing violations of federal record-keeping laws. If they're doing so to hide their involvement in other possibly criminal shenanigans, we are talking even more serious business.
email  Jared_Kushner  WhatsApp  crime 
march 2019 by Quercki
Vanishing Violence: Tracking California’s remarkable collapse in youth crime
Possible reasons include a decline of lead poisoning in children, which reduced the toxic effects on young brains, and pivotal shifts in the street drug trade, including diminishing demand for crack cocaine and strict laws that sent dealers who might recruit young people away for decades.

In San Francisco, said Gascón, prosecutors moved away from incarcerating children for low-level offenses like truancy or petty theft as research showed that even one stint in juvenile hall led to a higher likelihood of recidivism.

“We recognized that actually institutionalizing people, especially young people for low-level offenses, actually has the reverse impact,” Gascón said. “It doesn’t deter them.”

The transition from a lock-’em-up mentality toward home- or community-based alterna
juvenile  deliquent  crime  prison  california  drop 
march 2019 by Quercki
San Diego is America's safest city, but Republicans keep claiming that the US-Mexican border is responsible for "gangs, drugs, human trafficking and massive crime" / Boing Boing
San Diego and Tijuana are practically a single city, separated by a border, which Donald Trump wants to close, claiming that "The most important way to stop gangs, drugs, human trafficking and massive crime is at our Southern Border."

White supremacist Tucker Carlson, who grew up near the San Diego/Tijuana border-crossing at San Ysidro, blames immigration for making America "poorer and dirtier and more divided."

San Diego is America's safest large city.

And it's not an exception: other safer-than-average US cities include the border towns of El Paso, San Antonio, and Phoenix.

Reality has such a left-wing bias.

San Diego is poised to end 2018 with 1.9 murders per 100,000 residents, compared to 23.1 per 100,000 in Indianapolis and 51.7 per 100,000 in Baltimore. That means a resident of Indianapolis is 12 times more likely to be murdered, a resident of Baltimore 27 times.
crime  murder  border  immigration  Mexico  statistics 
january 2019 by Quercki
Investigators rip Oakland’s handling of police sex scandal - SFGate
The internal affairs investigator in charge of the sexual misconduct case worked with almost no supervision, spoke to the teen just once by phone, gathered no electronic evidence, ignored leads and brushed aside the advice of a deputy city attorney, Swanson and Barron said.

During an interview with the young woman, investigators leading the criminal probe did not stop her from deleting conversations she had with at least six officers on her phone — messages that may have included evidence of illegal acts, the report said.

In the presence of investigators, she “began deleting her messages with officers, covering the names of the individuals but stating they worked for OPD.” After one investigator asked her to stop, she “continued to delete the messages, counting out the officers one by one as she deleted her messages with each. ... Finally, the second investigator changed the subject, and (the teen) turned her focus away from her phone.”

One investigator called the teenager a “whore” while questioning an officer suspected of having sex with her. And one witness recalled that Whent called the case “bull—,” according to the report.

Schaaf and Landreth found out about the sexual misconduct allegations six months after the investigations were opened.

Whent abruptly resigned last June and was succeeded by a merry-go-round of department leaders over the following two weeks. Landreth oversaw the agency for eight months without a chief before Anne Kirkpatrick was sworn in as top cop in February.

The federal judge who has overseen the Police Department and its court-ordered reforms for more than a decade tapped Swanson and Barron to step in after an outside investigator hired by Schaaf to review the case failed to interview any witnesses or issue any findings or reports, even though she and her assistants were paid by the city for their work.

“Despite the fact that the investigation stalled, the City Administrator and the Mayor did not press the investigator to find out whether OPD’s investigation was conducted appropriately, nor did they inquire as to the status of the attorney’s investigation,” the report said.

The report suggests that federal oversight of the Police Department — which has cost the city more than $13 million in the wake of a landmark civil rights settlement stemming from the Riders police-abuse scandal — is not likely to end anytime soon.
Oakland  police  sex  crime  investigation 
october 2018 by Quercki
Long-Term Follow-Up of Transsexual Persons Undergoing Sex Reassignment Surgery: Cohort Study in Sweden
Abstract
Context

The treatment for transsexualism is sex reassignment, including hormonal treatment and surgery aimed at making the person's body as congruent with the opposite sex as possible. There is a dearth of long term, follow-up studies after sex reassignment.
Objective

To estimate mortality, morbidity, and criminal rate after surgical sex reassignment of transsexual persons.
Design

A population-based matched cohort study.
Setting

Sweden, 1973-2003.
Participants

All 324 sex-reassigned persons (191 male-to-females, 133 female-to-males) in Sweden, 1973–2003. Random population controls (10∶1) were matched by birth year and birth sex or reassigned (final) sex, respectively.
Conclusions

Persons with transsexualism, after sex reassignment, have considerably higher risks for mortality, suicidal behaviour, and psychiatric morbidity than the general population. Our findings suggest that sex reassignment, although alleviating gender dysphoria, may not suffice as treatment for transsexualism, and should inspire improved psychiatric and somatic care after sex reassignment for this patient group.
transgender  mortality  morbidity  crime  sexual_assault  science 
september 2018 by Quercki
Wells Fargo Discloses Tax-Credit Probe, Accidental Foreclosures - Bloomberg
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Wells Fargo & Co. disclosed another round of lapses and potential scandals in a quarterly report Friday, saying it faces a U.S. inquiry into its purchase of low-income housing credits and conceding it may have unnecessarily foreclosed on about 400 homeowners.

Government agencies are examining how Wells Fargo negotiated and purchased “certain federal low-income housing tax credits in connection with the financing of low-income housing developments.” The San Francisco-based bank didn’t identify the agencies in the filing.

Separately, the bank said an internal review found it failed to grant about 625 customers modifications to mortgages even though they qualified for relief -- and that it ultimately carried out foreclosures on 400. The bank said it erred when calculating attorney fees for changes between 2010 and 2015, deeming some applicants ineligible. It set aside $8 million to make customers whole.

The disclosures add to almost two years of revelations about probes, misconduct and other lapses that have taken a toll on the firm’s reputation, business and relations with regulators, who in February imposed an unprecedented cap on the bank’s growth. In some cases, the firm discovered problems itself as part of a broad review its businesses and efforts to overhaul internal controls.
Wells_Fargo  crime  bank  house  car 
august 2018 by Quercki
Lead: America’s Real Criminal Element – Mother Jones
The biggest source of lead in the postwar era, it turns out, wasn’t paint. It was leaded gasoline. And if you chart the rise and fall of atmospheric lead caused by the rise and fall of leaded gasoline consumption, you get a pretty simple upside-down U: Lead emissions from tailpipes rose steadily from the early ’40s through the early ’70s, nearly quadrupling over that period. Then, as unleaded gasoline began to replace leaded gasoline, emissions plummeted.

Gasoline lead may explain as much as 90 percent of the rise and fall of violent crime over the past half century.
Intriguingly, violent crime rates followed the same upside-down U pattern. The only thing different was the time period: Crime rates rose dramatically in the ’60s through the ’80s, and then began dropping steadily starting in the early ’90s. The two curves looked eerily identical, but were offset by about 20 years.

So Nevin dove in further, digging up detailed data on lead emissions and crime rates to see if the similarity of the curves was as good as it seemed. It turned out to be even better: In a 2000 paper (PDF) he concluded that if you add a lag time of 23 years, lead emissions from automobiles explain 90 percent of the variation in violent crime in America. Toddlers who ingested high levels of lead in the ’40s and ’50s really were more likely to become violent criminals in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.
crime  lead  poisoning  children 
may 2018 by Quercki
A Look at Guns Sold by Police That Ended up at Crime Scenes | Oregon News | US News
A Look at Guns Sold by Police That Ended up at Crime Scenes
An Associated Press review has found more than a dozen firearms sold by police in Washington state since 2010 ended up as evidence in new police investigations.
guns  police  crime 
february 2018 by Quercki
Two new lawsuits against the organizers of Charlottesville’s Unite the Right rally.
A lawsuit filed Thursday morning seeks to hold Spencer and the organizers of the Aug. 12 Unite the Right rally accountable for the harms and injuries they caused. The suit, filed by 11 plaintiffs harmed that day, was filed in federal court in the Western District of Virginia. Plaintiffs include clergy leaders, peaceful protesters, and University of Virginia students. One suffered a stroke. Two were struck in a car attack. Among the named defendants are Spencer, rally organizer Jason Kessler, Vice interviewee Christopher Cantwell, Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin, and James Alex Fields, the driver of the car that killed Heyer.

The suit was brought by a pair of seasoned litigators: Roberta Kaplan, who successfully represented Edie Windsor in the 2013 case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, and Karen Dunn, a former federal prosecutor in Virginia. (Disclosure: Kaplan is a friend.) It was funded by a new nonprofit, Integrity First for America, dedicated to defending democratic norms and ensuring equal rights for every American.
Charlottesville  hate  crime  lawsuit 
october 2017 by Quercki
Inside The Federal Bureau Of Way Too Many Guns | GQ
The National Tracing Center is not allowed to have centralized computer data.
“That's the big no-no,” says Charlie.
That's been a federal law, thanks to the NRA, since 1986: No searchable database of America's gun owners. So people here have to use paper, sort through enormous stacks of forms and record books that gun stores are required to keep and to eventually turn over to the feds when requested. It's kind of like a library in the old days—but without the card catalog. They can use pictures of paper, like microfilm (they recently got the go-ahead to convert the microfilm to PDFs), as long as the pictures of paper are not searchable. You have to flip through and read. No searching by gun owner. No searching by name.
gun  guns  crime  trace  politics  bureaucracy  government  NRA 
october 2017 by Quercki
This is the first database that tracks America’s criminal cops – VICE News
American cops are arrested, as well as some early insights into the consequences they face for breaking the laws they’re supposed to enforce.

The data set includes 8,006 arrest incidents resulting in 13,623 charges involving 6,596 police officers from 2005 through 2012, with more years of data to come. Nearly half these incidents, Stinson and his research team concluded, were violent.

The data covers 2,830 state, local, and special law enforcement agencies across all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. That’s just a fraction of the approximately 18,000 law enforcement agencies and 1.1 million sworn officers in the U.S.,
police  crime  arrest  database 
september 2017 by Quercki
Phoenix Newspaper Tears Into Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio In Brutal Twitter Thread | HuffPost
Arpaio’s tenure as sheriff from 1993 through 2016 has received strong criticism from civil rights advocates, largely stemming from his extreme stance on immigration and for overseeing what they say was cruel treatment of inmates.

And few know those controversies better than the Phoenix New Times, an alternative weekly that’s doggedly covered Arpaio for two decades.

The night that Trump pardoned him, the Phoenix New Times unleashed an eye-opening Twitter thread reminding readers of some of the grimmest stories of Arpaio and his office.
Arpaio  Arizona  sheriff  crime  immigration 
august 2017 by Quercki
Crime Rises in Oakland, and Dim Lights Get Blame - The New York Times
By day, True Vine Ministries on Isabella Street in West Oakland serves as a center for Bible study and worship.

By night, the exterior of the pale pink building serves as a backdrop to prostitution and drug dealing that has been allowed to flourish, according to the pastor, Zachary E. Carey, beneath excessively dim streetlights.

After the California Legislature enacted new energy-efficient lighting standards in 2002, many cities followed suit. Among them was Oakland, which imposed restrictions on its 37,000 streetlights.

The ordinance required the city to begin using energy-efficient bulbs, “cap” new lampposts to prevent light from flooding into the sky and maintain lower levels of light to prevent waste and glare, among other measures.

But Oakland residents are reeling from a crime spike — as of Thursday afternoon, there were 85 homicides so far this year, up 25 percent from the comparable period last year. And Mr. Carey and his supporters have decided to fight for an exemption to the standards in the flatlands of East and West Oakland, where they claim the star-friendly policy has contributed to the city’s crime problem.
Oakland  crime  street  sexual_harassment 
july 2017 by Quercki
This Study Found That as Immigration Increases, Violent Crime Decreases | Colorlines
Published online yesterday (June 6), “Refuting Fear: Immigration, Youth and California's Stunning Declines in Crime and Violence” documents “dramatic reductions in crime” as California’s population has evolved from 67 percent White in 1980 to 62 percent people of color in 2017. The shift is even more pronounced when considering people under the age of 25, where the population went from 60 percent White to 71 percent people of color—a demographic change that the author, senior research fellow Mike Males, says is largely driven by immigration.

The study found that as the complexion of California changed, crime decreased: violent crime rates for youth dropped by 72 percent between 1980 and 2015, and homicide arrests of youth plummeted by 92 percent in the same period.
crime  immigration  solution 
june 2017 by Quercki
Witnesses: Man Cut the Throats of Two MAX Passengers Who Tried to Stop Anti-Muslim Bullying of Women on Northeast Portland Train - Willamette Week
Gateway Transit Center (TriMet)
By Aaron Mesh | Published May 26 at 7:00 PM
A man riding the MAX in Northeast Portland fatally stabbed two passengers who tried to stop him from hurling racial and anti-Muslim insults at women on the train, witnesses tell WW's news partner KATU-TV.
hate  crime  murder  Muslim 
may 2017 by Quercki
Police arrests are plummeting across California, fueling alarm and questions - LA Times
In 2016, violent crime in Los Angeles increased for the third straight year and was up 38% over the previous two years. Property crime jumped for the second consecutive year, with a 4% rise that was driven by double-digit increases in car-related thefts.

Still, the city remains far safer than a decade ago, when there were 40% more robberies than in 2016 and 480 homicides compared with 294 last year.

Proponents of Proposition 47, which was designed to funnel funds that would have been used to jail low-level offenders into creating treatment programs for those same people, say there is no evidence linking the legislation to crime increases. They say that criminal justice officials, including prosecutors and judges, need to change the way they do business.
crime  LA  police  arrests 
april 2017 by Quercki
40 years of data show immigration decreases or stabilizes crime rates | Ars Technica
This study builds on previous findings on arrests and criminal offenses. That previous data showed that foreign-born residents of the US were less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans. The new study looked at 200 major metropolitan areas as defined by the US Census Bureau. The researchers then used Census data and FBI crime reporting data from 1970-2010 to look at trends for these regions.

The authors were interested in increases in crimes that might be attributable to an influx of immigrants who decreased economic opportunities or ended up in jobs that might otherwise have gone to local-born residents. To that end, they looked at violent crimes and property crimes, including rates of murder, non-negligent manslaughter, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, and larceny.
....The most striking finding comes from the authors’ models for violent crime, murder, and robbery. The authors found that in three out of four statistical models, an increase in the percentage of foreign-born residents was significantly associated with decreases in these three types of crimes. In other words, when immigrants went up, violent crime went down. For example, rates of property crimes declined more rapidly in cities with high percentages of foreign-born residents than they did in cities with low percentages of foreign-born residents.
immigration  crime  research  data 
february 2017 by Quercki
Urban crime rates and the changing face of immigration: Evidence across four decades: Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice: Vol 15, No 1
ABSTRACT
Research has shown little support for the enduring proposition that increases in immigration are associated with increases in crime. Although classical criminological and neoclassical economic theories would predict immigration to increase crime, most empirical research shows quite the opposite. We investigate the immigration-crime relationship among metropolitan areas over a 40 year period from 1970 to 2010. Our goal is to describe the ongoing and changing association between immigration and a broad range of violent and property crimes. Our results indicate that immigration is consistently linked to decreases in violent (e.g., murder) and property (e.g., burglary) crime throughout the time period.

KEYWORDS: Immigration, crime, US metropolitan areas
immigration  crime  abstract 
february 2017 by Quercki
For the past 40 years, the presence of immigrants in US cities was correlated with a reduction in violent and property crime / Boing Boing
In a new paper published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, sociologists and criminologists from University at Buffalo (SUNY), the University of Alabama, Kennesaw State University, the State of Georgia, and Georgia State University review 40 years' worth of FBI data on violent crimes and property crimes, correlating this data series with Census data on the influx of immigrants to US cities.

The authors conclude that US cities undergoing net increases in migrants also experienced stable or declining crime rates for murder, non-negligent manslaughter, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, and larceny.

Further, they found that there was "significant association" between the presence of foreign-born people in a city and a decline in crime -- the more foreigners, the safer the cities became.
immigration  crime  data 
february 2017 by Quercki
Hate crime charge in El Sobrante slaying of African American man - SFGate
A Richmond man has been charged with a hate crime and murder in the death of an African American man found beaten and shot on an El Sobrante road near a pool hall where investigators believe he was attacked.
Daniel Porter-Kelly, 31, who is white, was arrested Nov. 16 and is being held without bail at the Martinez Detention Facility, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.
County prosecutors have charged Porter-Kelly with robbery and murder with a hate crime enhancement in the killing of 28-year-old William Sims of Richmond, police said.
On Tuesday, authorities identified two other suspects for whom they are searching: Ray Simons, 32, of Hercules, and Daniel Ortega, 31, of Novato or Richmond. The two, both of whom are white, are considered armed and dangerous.
Trump  hate  crime  racism  bayarea  African-american 
november 2016 by Quercki
Trump Foundation admits to violating ban on ‘self-dealing,’ new filing to IRS shows - The Washington Post
The Trump Foundation has existed since 1987. This appeared to be the first time that it had admitted committing such a violation.

Philip Hackney, who formerly worked in the IRS chief counsel’s office and now teaches at Louisiana State University, said he wanted to know why the Trump Foundation was now admitting to self-dealing in prior years — when, in all prior years, it had told the IRS it had done nothing of the kind.

“What transactions led to the self-dealing that they’re admitting to? Why weren’t they able to recognize them in prior years,” Hackney said. He said that, since the prior years’ returns were signed by Trump, that opened the president-elect to questions about what he had missed and how.

Trump Foundation 2015 tax filing

During the presidential campaign, The Post revealed several instances — worth about $300,000 — where Trump seemed to have used the Trump Foundation to help himself. From 2009 until this year, the charity was funded exclusively with other people’s money, an arrangement that experts say is almost unheard of for a family foundation.

In two cases, The Post reported, the Trump Foundation appeared to pay legal settlements to end lawsuits that involved his for-profit businesses.
Trump  charity  IRS  illegal  crime  taxes 
november 2016 by Quercki
KING: Huckabee's false Facebook post undermines real hate crimes - NY Daily News
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is peddling misleading content online — and in the process, undermining real hate crimes that have occurred following the presidential election.

Huckabee posted a Conservative Tribune article on Facebook about vandalism at Northwestern University. Huckabee's page has more than two million fans, and the post, shared tens of thousands of times, is among his most popular.

"Everything You Know Is Wrong Dept: Liberals went ballistic after someone defaced the chapel at Northwestern University in Chicago, using spray paint to deface photos of Muslim students, draw swastikas and write slurs against blacks and gays, and of course, the name 'Trump,'" Huckabee wrote. "Can you believe what those evil, racist, homophobic, Islamophobic deplorables who support Trump did?!"


Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee posted a misleading story from the Conservative Tribune on his Facebook page. (VIA FACEBOOK)
Huckabee identified the suspects as "liberal, Jewish Northwestern students who were trying to smear Trump and his supporters."

Trump slams media, denies transition chaos in Twitter blitz
The problem? The actual incident happened eight months ago.

This past March, two Northwestern University students vandalized a local church with horrible anti-black, anti-gay, anti-Muslim, and anti-Semitic graffiti. Anthony Morales and Matthew Kafker were caught on camera and charged with a series of hate crimes. They were expelled from the university and the incident sent shockwaves across the campus. These young men could go to prison for what they did.

Not a single report on the incident states anywhere that these young men were Jewish.
pro  Trump  lies  Huckabee  hate  crime  facts 
november 2016 by Quercki
Pittsburg: Whistleblower cops claim department falsified reports, failed to document use of force - EastBayTimes.com
Sibbitt and Terwilliger were hired by Pittsburg police on the same day in September 2012 and often worked in the field together.

According to court records, Sibbitt, who had worked as a Contra Costa Sheriff's Office deputy for six years before joining Pittsburg, said he quickly realized his new agency handled reports differently.

During training, his supervisors instructed him and other officers to classify an incident as a felony only if an arrest had been made and if witnesses were readily available and willing to testify. He alleged officers were trained to "discount felonies to misdemeanors," particularly if they were "wobblers," crimes straddling the line between minor or more serious offenses. He also alleged supervisors instructed them to funnel potential felonies into the "suspicious circumstance" category.

"(Pittsburg police), by mandating these lesser crime classifications and instructing officers to redact incident reports, artificially spiked its department's crime solving rate, misrepresented the City of Pittsburg's safety, and fraudulently received federal funds," Sibbitt claims in the lawsuit.

When he protested, he said his training officer told him: "That's the way we do business. Don't complain."
police  crime  misconduct  lies  Pittsburg 
august 2016 by Quercki
Fact-checking the Democrats | The Marshall Project
“She fought, as a senator, against sentencing disparities and racial profiling.” — Eric HolderIn 2007, Hillary Clinton co-sponsored legislation to eliminate the sentencing disparity between crack and cocaine and the five-year mandatory minimum for first-time crack possession. The bill died. In 2010, Obama signed legislation that reduced the disparity from 100 to 1 to 18 to 1. Clinton has pledged during her campaign to eliminate this disparity completely and make it retroactive. Clinton was a co-sponsor on the End Racial Profiling Act several times while in Congress. The act would have created a federal ban on racial profiling by law enforcement, required agencies to collect data on routine stops and investigations, and allowed the Department of Justice to withhold grant money from agencies that continue discriminatory policing. It never came to a vote.
Hillary  justice  crime  facts 
july 2016 by Quercki
Home - Oakland Police Beat
Data Dump: 3,014 Oakland Police Officer Awards, 2007-2013
Apr 29, 2014 | Data
The Oakland Police Department gives out hundreds of awards every year, for everything from good driving to fostering innovation to courageous action.
Oakland  police  database  violence  crime 
june 2016 by Quercki
Violence in Blue | Patrick Ball | Granta Magazine
Approximately three-quarters of all homicide victims in America are killed by someone they know.[2] And the real threat from strangers is quite different from what most fear: one-third of all Americans killed by strangers are killed by police.

This is the story of the hidden numbers of police homicides in the United States. The killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Walter Scott have increased the world’s attention to US police violence, yet most Americans underestimate the threat posed by the people charged with keeping them safe.

Let’s turn to the facts.

There is no national registry of civilians killed by police and corrections officers in the United States. Several states, including Texas, Connecticut and California, maintain complete records, but in most parts of the United States, local law enforcement chooses whether to report officer-involved homicides to the federal government. The lack of systematic data poses a challenge both for those who wish to hold police accountable for their actions and for those who want to propose reform measures to reduce police violence. How many killings are committed by police?

In recent months, a number of ‘crowdsourced’ databases have emerged, including in particular Fatal Encounters and Killed by Police.[3] Journalistic efforts, including those by the Washington Post and the Guardian, have conducted infographic-style analyses of the patterns of police homicides that are known to the public. This latter qualification is a big one.
police  killing  statistics  data  crime  murder 
march 2016 by Quercki
Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote | The Nation
An oft-repeated myth about the Clinton administration is that although it was overly tough on crime back in the 1990s, at least its policies were good for the economy and for black unemployment rates. The truth is more troubling. As unemployment rates sank to historically low levels for white Americans in the 1990s, the jobless rate among black men in their 20s who didn’t have a college degree rose to its highest level ever. This increase in joblessness was propelled by the skyrocketing incarceration rate.

Why is this not common knowledge? Because government statistics like poverty and unemployment rates do not include incarcerated people. As Harvard sociologist Bruce Western explains: “Much of the optimism about declines in racial inequality and the power of the US model of economic growth is misplaced once we account for the invisible poor, behind the walls of America’s prisons and jails.” When Clinton left office in 2001, the true jobless rate for young, non-college-educated black men (including those behind bars) was 42 percent. This figure was never reported. Instead, the media claimed that unemployment rates for African Americans had fallen to record lows, neglecting to mention that this miracle was possible only because incarceration rates were now at record highs. Young black men weren’t looking for work at high rates during the Clinton era because they were now behind bars—out of sight, out of mind, and no longer counted in poverty and unemployment statistics.


To make matters worse, the federal safety net for poor families was torn to shreds by the Clinton administration in its effort to “end welfare as we know it.” In his 1996 State of the Union address, given during his re-election campaign, Clinton declared that “the era of big government is over” and immediately sought to prove it by dismantling the federal welfare system known as Aid to Families With Dependent Children (AFDC). The welfare-reform legislation that he signed—which Hillary Clinton ardently supported then and characterized as a success as recently as 2008—replaced the federal safety net with a block grant to the states, imposed a five-year lifetime limit on welfare assistance, added work requirements, barred undocumented immigrants from licensed professions, and slashed overall public welfare funding by $54 billion (some was later restored).
Hillary  crime  race  Black  Crystal_Blanton  African-american 
february 2016 by Quercki
I'm Not a 'Super-Predator': Why I Confronted Hillary Clinton
Later, on the back porch of the Shem Creek Bar and Grill in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Ashley had this message for the people:



“She said that ‘We need to bring them to heel.'” recalled Williams. “And in this quote she is pathologizing and demonizing and also criminalizing black youth and other youth of color in terms of how they participate in criminal activity or how they are involved in criminal activity. I found these comments really racist and inappropriate. And also untrue.

“I feel there’s been a sense of idolization with Hillary Clinton… I wanted her to apologize to black people and other people of color who have been affected by mass incarceration in a very real, material way. And I also wanted her to take responsibility for the ways in which she was complicit in those things. I still haven’t gotten an apology.”

Far from apologizing, Clinton snapped at Williams, “You’re the first person to ask me that” before kicking them out of the event, which she payed $500 to attend.

“Ultimately the hashtag came out of thinking about #WhichHillary Clinton are we getting?” Ashley continued. “So are we getting this 1994 Hillary Clinton who pathologizes these black youth in this very criminal way? Are we getting the Hillary Clinton who made inappropriate comments about President Obama on the campaign trail, being a black person running for President?”

This is referring to an infamously dirty tactic by the Clinton campaign, in which they showed a picture of Obama in traditional Somali garb during an official trip, and implied Obama was a Muslim.

“Lastly,” Williams concluded. “Are we getting this new, kind of refined Hillary Clinton who allegedly is showing up for racial injustice in these ways that we can’t identify with, due to some of the things that she has supported in the past? Ultimately, I hope that people are paying close attention.”
Hillary  crime  racism 
february 2016 by Quercki
Bernie Sanders voted for the 1994 tough-on-crime law. But it's complicated. - Vox
Sanders voted for the crime bill, largely because it included some provisions that he strongly approved of, like the Violence Against Women Act and a 10-year assault weapons ban. And he backed more funding for police, which the 1994 law included and remains a popular way to fight crime among liberals and conservatives.

But in other instances, Sanders voted against tough-on-crime measures. He voted against the 1991 crime bill. He voted against banning Pell grants (for college) for prisoners. He voted to amend the 1994 crime law to ban the federal death penalty. And he voted against the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, which stripped defendants and prisoners of their ability to contest court rulings — even when the rulings may be unconstitutional.



But mostly, Sanders didn't really seem to care much about criminal justice policy. To him, the root of many of America's problems, including crime, has always been the economy and economic inequality in particular. The tough-on-crime push never fit into his ideals.
Bernie_Sanders  Hillary  crime  domestic_violence 
february 2016 by Quercki
America's Real Criminal Element: Lead | Mother Jones
So this is the choice before us: We can either attack crime at its root by getting rid of the remaining lead in our environment, or we can continue our current policy of waiting 20 years and then locking up all the lead-poisoned kids who have turned into criminals. There's always an excuse not to spend more money on a policy as tedious-sounding as lead abatement—budgets are tight, and research on a problem as complex as crime will never be definitive—but the association between lead and crime has, in recent years, become pretty overwhelming. If you gave me the choice, right now, of spending $20 billion less on prisons and cops and spending $20 billion more on getting rid of lead, I'd take the deal in a heartbeat. Not only would solving our lead problem do more than any prison to reduce our crime problem, it would produce smarter, better-adjusted kids in the bargain. There's nothing partisan about this, nothing that should appeal more to one group than another. It's just common sense. Cleaning up the rest of the lead that remains in our environment could turn out to be the cheapest, most effective crime prevention tool we have. And we could start doing it tomorrow.
crime  data  lead  poison  environment  sociology 
february 2016 by Quercki
America's Real Criminal Element: Lead | Mother Jones
During the '70s and '80s, the introduction of the catalytic converter, combined with increasingly stringent Environmental Protection Agency rules, steadily reduced the amount of leaded gasoline used in America, but Reyes discovered that this reduction wasn't uniform. In fact, use of leaded gasoline varied widely among states, and this gave Reyes the opening she needed. If childhood lead exposure really did produce criminal behavior in adults, you'd expect that in states where consumption of leaded gasoline declined slowly, crime would decline slowly too. Conversely, in states where it declined quickly, crime would decline quickly. And that's exactly what she found.

Meanwhile, Nevin had kept busy as well, and in 2007 he published a new paper looking at crime trends around the world (PDF). This way, he could make sure the close match he'd found between the lead curve and the crime curve wasn't just a coincidence. Sure, maybe the real culprit in the United States was something else happening at the exact same time, but what are the odds of that same something happening at several different times in several different countries?

Nevin collected lead data and crime data for Australia and found a close match. Ditto for Canada. And Great Britain and Finland and France and Italy and New Zealand and West Germany. Every time, the two curves fit each other astonishingly well. When I spoke to Nevin about this, I asked him if he had ever found a country that didn't fit the theory. "No," he replied. "Not one."
crime  data  lead  poison  environment  sociology 
february 2016 by Quercki
Pay for Success in Recidivism - The Atlantic
Less than $1 out of every $100 of federal government spending is “backed by even the most basic evidence that the money is being spent wisely,” wrote Peter Orszag, the former head of the Office of Management and Budget, and John Bridgeland, the former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, in a 2013 piece in The Atlantic.

In their article, Orszag and Bridgeland advocate for a “moneyball for government,” arguing that an era of fiscal scarcity should force Washington to become more results-oriented.

A new partnership among New York State, 40 private investors, and a nonprofit called the Center for Employment Opportunities seeks to apply this sort of thinking to an area of policy that has been particularly resistant to interventions: lowering the recidivism rate in an era of growing prison populations.
prison  re-entry  crime  solution  government  spending 
december 2015 by Quercki
A guide to debunking 'black-on-black crime' | Fusion
So we here at Fusion have put together a comprehensive list on what to do when someone you love, hate, or feel so-so about goes on about “but what about that black crime in the black community” as an alternative to talking about the deaths of black people by police. We got you. Start with: “Nah, chill. Here’s what’s actually going on.”



1. First thing to debunk? The term “black-on-black crime”:
Black  crime  facts  racism  BlackLivesMatter 
november 2015 by Quercki
10 (Not Entirely Crazy) Theories Explaining the Great Crime Decline | The Marshall Project
Over the course of the 1990s, crime rates dropped, on average, by more than one-third. It was a historic anomaly; one that scholar Frank Zimring dubbed “the great American crime decline.” No one was sure how long the trend would last. Then, in 2010, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced that the homicide rate had reached a four-decade low. (Since then, overall crime rates have remained relatively flat.)While everyone agrees this is fantastic news, no one, least of all researchers and experts, can agree on exactly why it happened. Below are 10 popular theories for the decline, from abortion to lead to technology to the broken windows theory, with unvarnished views from three leading researchers—Zimring; Richard Rosenfeld, chairman of a National Academy of Sciences roundtable on crime trends; and John Roman of The Urban Institute—on which are the most plausible.
crime 
october 2015 by Quercki
FBI Report Says Americans Less Violent than Ever, Except for Police - Counter Current News
While violence among citizens has dropped, violence against citizens carried out by police has been rising sharply.

According to the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report, 461 felony suspects were shot by police last year, which is the highest number seen in decades. These numbers are likely unreported as well, and only includes felony suspects, so it is possible that this figure is much higher than the study suggests.

Another interesting angle is that in the same time period gun sales soared across the country, which seems to support the idea that more people owning guns actually contributes to making society a safer place.
violence  crime  police  links 
october 2015 by Quercki
The FBI Is Finally Taking a Huge Step in Fighting Police Brutality - Pacific Standard
This year's preliminary federal report on crime in the United States, drawn from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system, is full of good news. Violent crimes decreased by 0.2 percent compared to 2013, continuing a steady decline in nationwide crime rates since a peak in the 1970s and 80s. And despite anxiety over rioting and looting in protest-gripped cities like Ferguson and Baltimore, property crimes fell 4.3 percent since last year. Even sexual assaults showed a slight decrease. America, it seems, is getting safer.

But the goods news isn't in the data; it's in the promise of even more information. In an accompanying announcement, FBI Director James Comey declared that the agency would start collecting more complete data on shootings involving police officers. As of April, the FBI had already begun requesting more data from local police departments as part of a major overhaul of its UCR system. But Comey's statement comes an explicit acknowledgement of the protests that have rocked the nation over the past year:

"Once we receive this data, we will add a special publication that focuses on law enforcement's use of force in shooting incidents," Comey said. "We hope this information ... will help to dispel misperceptions, foster accountability and promote transparency in how law enforcement personnel relate to the communities they serve."
FBI  crime  safety  police  shooting  data 
september 2015 by Quercki
Drummond: Paying violent offenders not to shoot - ContraCostaTimes.com
Imagine a fellowship program where the only people eligible are young men who have been identified by law enforcement or community members as individuals who have shot someone or have a high likelihood of doing so. The fellows can earn a stipend of up to $1,000 per month if they demonstrate a serious desire to renounce gun violence and take concrete steps to establish a new, healthier life plan. We're talking about a violence prevention program that basically pays young men to not pull the trigger. But instead of telling them, "just say no," this novel approach puts young violent offenders through a rigorous daily, minimum 18-month mentoring program that gives them the tools and opportunities to transform their lives.

It may sound crazy to many people, but it's part of a collaborative crime prevention strategy in the city of Richmond that is generating international attention for helping substantially reduce gun killings and assaults in a city that once had one of the highest per capita homicide rates in the country. (This year started off with a spike, but things are far better than in the past.)
Richmond  shooting  solution  Oakland  crime 
september 2015 by Quercki
The simple idea that could transform US criminal justice | Tina Rosenberg | US news | The Guardian
As Pratt read the report on Red Hook, she felt a growing excitement. “Newark really needs this,” she reported to Crump. A few months later, Pratt went to Red Hook to see the court in action. It wasn’t just what Judge Calabrese did that was different – it was how. Calabrese, a big man whose instinctive mode of interaction is a verbal bear hug, sat at eye level with defendants. He congratulated them on each victory, no matter how small. He explained things clearly, in plain language. He asked defendants to tell the court how they had ended up there. He quizzed them on their plans for the future. Over the years, Calabrese became famous in Red Hook as the judge who actually went into the public housing buildings when handling housing matters. He asked defendants: what do you think is best for you? “I had never seen anything like that,” Pratt said.

Calabrese was using what have become the four principles of procedural justice: first, that people who come before a judge trust that the process is impartial; second, that they are treated with respect; third, that they understand what is going on and what they are expected to do; fourth, that they have a voice. Defendants find the procedure fairer when they are allowed to state their views. Experimental evidence shows that this is true even when they are allowed to speak only after the judge has announced their decision. No one likes to lose a court case. But people accept losing more willingly if they believe the procedures used to handle their case are fair.
crime  law  procedural  justice  solutions 
june 2015 by Quercki
Oakland Mayor Schaaf and Police Seek Unproven 'Predictive Policing' Software | East Bay Express
Brian Hofer, a civil liberties advocate working with the City of Oakland to craft policies regarding the acquisition and use of surveillance tools, said there are other reasons to be concerned about predictive policing technologies. "I would treat this just like any other piece of surveillance equipment," said Hofer, who noted that besides the fact that the purchase of PredPols' software is in Schaaf's budget, there has not yet been a public discussion about it. Representatives of Schaaf's office did not respond to requests for comment.

Hofer said the city should evaluate whether it will actually help OPD prevent crime. "We definitely suffer from a shiny gadget syndrome," said Hofer. "There's lots of lobbying pressure by companies that make these hi-tech surveillance products, and we're right up the road from Silicon Valley. It's the age of Big Data. People mistakenly think we'll find some silver bullet to Oakland's problems."

Hofer said he doubts PredPol would help OPD solve and prevent crime. "The biggest issue is the community will not talk to the police, but instead of addressing that they want to spend more money on gadgets," said Hofer. "You don't add more surveillance equipment like this to monitor people that distrust you and expect to get a different result."
Oakland  police  crime 
june 2015 by Quercki
A Great Injustice — The Message — Medium
In a report to investors in 2014, CCA wrote that “The demand for our facilities and services could be adversely affected by the relaxation of enforcement efforts, leniency in conviction or parole standards and sentencing practices or through the decriminalization of certain activities that are currently proscribed by our criminal laws.”

Private prisons often require an occupancy rate as a contract condition with states, making policies like Stop and Frisk necessary to fill obligatory cells.
prison  law  crime  police 
may 2015 by Quercki
"But What about Black-on-Black Crime?" is not a valid answer to Ferguson or Anything.
But it's Not Racial. Nope. Just Facts and Figures.

The first problem that they have is that the actual FBI stats don't prove what they claim it proves.  The FBI Uniform Crime Stats for Robbery and Theft and Assault Aren't Broken Down By Race.

They just aren't.  I've been looking at them for 20 years, and they aren't.

Here is the Robbery Data, which as a matter of fact is separate from Burglary and Larceny Theft.

None of them are broken down by Race of the Offender.

So where does this "Blacks Commit more Crime" stuff come from?

Well, there is a Racial Breakdown on Murder.  And it goes like this.

attribution: Screenshot of FBI Murder stats
The first immediate problem is that this data is Incomplete. This chart only reflects Murders where a) Both Victim and Perpetrator's Race are Identified and b) there were only One of Each.
One Single Victim and One Single Perpetrator.

So if you have One Perpetrator who kills multiple people, like say for example White Guys like Adam Lanza or James Eagan Holmes, or Jared Loughner, or  James David Addkisson or Eric Harris or Dylan Kleibold or John Wayne Gacy or Ted Bundy or Jeffry Dahmer, or the Boston Strangler, or the Zodiac Killer, or The Unibomber - none of them have ever been included on this chart. It doesn't cover spree killings, mass murders or murder suicides.  Every time some distraught guy guns down his ex, and his kids, and his in-laws, and his dog and the neighbors dog, and then himself - it's doesn't show up on this chart.  It doesn't include Serial Killers, and shouldn't there be bonus points awarded for being a Serial Killer? Shouldn't Tim McVeigh kinda tip the scales a bit all by himself? [Ed. Aren't most Serial and Spree Killers - generally speaking - White?  I mean, they are - aren't they?  Ain't that weird? Why y'all gotta shot the dog too? What's the matter with White Spree Killing People anyway?  Why is it they're "Misunderstood" and must be "Insane", but Kunta Jr's obviously a "Killa!"] Shouldn't all that start to add up? But this chart wouldn't include any of them or the killings of the Hillside Stranger, because there were TWO of them, not just one. They were a Team.  Not single. Not on the chart.

You can verify this by looking at the totals. The Racial Breakdown Chart has the "Total Murders" at 6018.

But the total number of Murders in 2012 wasn't 6018. It was 12,765
murder  crime  racism  Black-on-Black  statistics 
may 2015 by Quercki
Drummond: Will Oakland finally get a real public safety plan? - Inside Bay Area
Schaaf. . . has put together a group of people from diverse sectors to develop a public safety plan. Schaaf's reticence to publicize her efforts in the early planning stages is understandable given the intense polarization around the issue of violence.

The Oakland Community Safety Plan planning group is scheduled to hold its first meeting Tuesday. Those who have been invited to participate in what will be three strategic planning sessions over the next 3-5 months include representatives from law enforcement, the school district, re-entry and workforce development, the county health department, community organizations, the City Council, multiple city agencies, faith groups, foundations and victims rights advocates, among others.

Schaaf said the group will create a "blueprint" for a comprehensive public safety plan "backed up by hard data."
Oakland  safety  Schaaf  police  crime 
may 2015 by Quercki
▶ A Ceasefire Ends In Death – A Confused War (Part 2) - YouTube
Published on Mar 12, 2015
In 2007, Richmond, California, had one of the highest murder rates in the country. Turf wars spurred shootouts and reprisal killings in a seemingly endless cycle. Desperate, the city created the Office of Neighborhood Safety to engage with those directly involved in the violence.
Richmond  violence  crime  police  criminal  murder  solutions 
april 2015 by Quercki
How One Of The Most Dangerous Cities In America Reduced Gun Violence – A Confused War (Part 1) - YouTube
Published on Mar 12, 2015
In 2007, Richmond, California, had one of the highest murder rates in the country. Turf wars spurred shootouts and reprisal killings in a seemingly endless cycle. Desperate, the city created the Office of Neighborhood Safety to engage with those directly involved in the violence.
Richmond  violence  crime  police  criminal  murder  solutions 
april 2015 by Quercki
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A Confused War Pt. 1: Reducing Violence on the Streets

How did one of America's most dangerous cities dramatically reduce gun violence in the streets?
Richmond  violence  crime  police  criminal  murder  solutions 
april 2015 by Quercki
Federal Prosecutor Tries A Radical Tactic In The Drug War: Not Throwing People In Prison
In North Charleston, federal and local law enforcement officials identified a total of 31 narcotics dealers. Most were arrested in January 2011 and charged on either the state or federal level, but eight were kept out of handcuffs. Four of those eight eventually fell back into their old habits and were arrested, but the other four stayed away from drug dealing. None of those four have re-offended, one is up for promotion as a sanitation worker, and another recently earned his GED.

Initially, the plan faced skepticism from narcotics officers on the ground, who referred to it as "hug-a-thug." Ultimately, they too were convinced it was a better strategy.

"We were inundated with telephone calls for the whole entire deployment, from the time we did the first call-in, from others interested in the program," said Assistant Police Chief Reggie Burgess, who oversaw the program in North Charleston. "We had corner boys from other surrounding cities outside of our jurisdiction come in and say, 'Hey, man, what can I do to get in this program?' ... They were telling us, basically, 'I'm a drug dealer and I want to get off the streets.'"

The program helped not only the drug dealers but also their families. If a job came with health care benefits, Burgess said, the former drug dealer could take his kids to the pediatrician, rather than rely on hospital emergency rooms.

"If we can affect one life, that's a ripple effect to that family," North Charleston Sgt. Charity Prosser, who initially resisted helping to run the program, told NBC's "Dateline" last year. "Their daddy's not in jail, they have someone there constant, someone to teach them right from wrong, to teach them responsibility. That, in itself -- if we could just save one, if we could just help one. The ripple effect? You're talking countless people. Countless."
solution  crime  drugs  jobs 
april 2015 by Quercki
Asking the Right Questions About the Death Penalty | The Marshall Project
The first Baldus Philadelphia study, published in the late 1990s, showed that among all Philadelphia cases in which the prosecution sought the death penalty, the odds that a defendant would be sentenced to death increased by a factor of 3.1 if the defendant was black. Among all cases that resulted in a conviction for capital murder and advanced to a penalty trial, the odds of being sentenced to death were 9.3 times greater if the defendant was black. And among all cases in which the jury had found both aggravating and mitigating factors, and so was required to choose whether the defendant should live or be sentenced to die, the odds that the jury would exercise its discretion to take a defendant’s life were 29.9 times greater if the defendant was black. Using the same data analysis that is used in determining medical risks, the researchers learned that black defendants in Philadelphia faced an “excess death rate” of 30 percent, meaning that nearly a third of the more than 100 African Americans sentenced to death in Philadelphia would not have been sentenced to death but for their race.
death  penalty  crime  punishment  racism 
march 2015 by Quercki
(25) Jim Wright - Rank does indeed have its privileges It wasn't...
Rank does indeed have its privileges
It wasn't enough for him to fuck around on his wife with a contractor in direct violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Yes that's right, Article 134, Adultery, which is a crime in the military and for which hypocrital flag officers have no problem whatsoever using against their subordinates (along with, oh, you know, sodomy and whatever other antiquated bullshit charge they can dream up). Not to mention Article 133, Conduct Unbecoming an Officer - and not only an officer, but THE officer, the Four Star General who is required by law and regulation to lead by example, yeah, that guy. No,he had to willingly violate 18 US Code, Article 798 and give the same bimbo he was sleeping with classified information too.
Oh, hey, so long as I've given you (wink wink) "exclusive access" (wink wink) to (wink wink) "the General" (wink wink) so you can write my awesome heroic biography where I'm all honorable and moral and forthright and heroic (and honest, don't forget honest), might as well just hand over this classified information in direct violation of the SAME GODDAMNED LAWS AND REGULATIONS I'M CHARGED WITH UPHOLDING AND FOR VIOLATION OF WHICH I'VE SENT OTHER MEN TO JAIL.
Oh, and hey, don't forget that part where I publicly disrespected my Commander in Chief in front of my subordinate officers - yet another UCMJ violation, because yeah, that's how honorable soldiers set the example.
And then he lied to the FBI - which is yet another felony, but by that point what the fuck, right?
And there's nothing alleged about any of it. They got him. And he admitted it.
Anybody else in uniform, ANYBODY, would be sitting in a prison cell right next to Chelsea Manning, but when you're General David Goddamned Petraeus, well, you get probation and a fine - which you can pay off with the royalties from your fucking book tour.
Patraeus  leak  crime  Bradley_Manning 
march 2015 by Quercki
Lateefah Simon: Youth advocate nominated as Visionary of the Year - SFGate
Simon to help start a program to help nonviolent, first-time, low-level drug offenders get jobs, enroll in school, attend parenting classes and otherwise improve their lives before they became embroiled in the revolving door of the criminal justice system.
“Our goal was to get people off the street. How do you do that? Turned out it was easy — you just ask them what they need,” Simon said. “Housing? A bank account? A job? Therapy? A gym membership, so you can take better care of yourself? We could help them get those things.”
Simon and her colleagues would go to court hearings and try to intercept young men and women as they met with a judge. In the one-year program, offered as an alternative to jail, offenders would take mandatory parenting classes, regular drug tests, job training workshops and other steps designed to help them “transition to a crime-free life,” Harris wrote in the Huffington Post.
If they completed the program, their felony charges would be dropped.
The program, called Back on Track, was immediately successful. Those who graduated from Back on Track had only a 10 percent recidivism rate, compared with 70 percent for those not enrolled in the program. It was also a bargain for taxpayers: The public pays about $5,000 for each participant, compared with the $50,000 or so it costs to keep a person incarcerated for a year.
social  justice  crime  solutions 
january 2015 by Quercki
After Ferguson, we must ask: Who owns the streets? | Grist
The creation of jaywalking laws was not so much about public safety as it was about handing the streets over to the growing Chevy empire. It’s been ingrained in our heads ever since that the streets belong to the have-wheels, not the have-nots.

When I called the Canfield Green apartments in Ferguson, where Wilson stopped Brown, the property manager (who elected not to share her name) told me, “The thing is, [the Brown killing] didn’t happen on our property. We don’t own the street, we just own the buildings on either side.”

The property manager might be technically correct, in that the city regulates and maintains the street(s). But the idea that the Canfield residents have no ownership claim in the tar-paved surfaces of their neighborhoods unless they have a vehicle brings a whole new icky meaning to the great American phrase “Don’t tread on me.”

“Too often, roads that function as communities’ main streets are fast-moving and lack adequate pedestrian infrastructure such as wide sidewalks, frequently spaced crosswalks, and pedestrian refuges,” Mary Lauran Hall of the Alliance for Biking and Walking told me. “These are characteristics that we often see in neighborhoods that face a historic lack of investment.”

She pointed to the case of Raquel Nelson as an example of car supremacy gone completely awry. Nelson, an African-American woman, was charged with homicide after her son was killed by a driver on a road in an Atlanta suburb in 2013. She was crossing with her son to get to a bus stop on the other side of the street.

“Who was really at fault here,” asked Hall, “a mom trying to get to the bus, or a transportation network that is not designed to keep families safe?”

The Nelson case is an example of the other major abuse of public traffic/space that I referenced: The criminalization of those who society has deemed undesirable.

For much of the 20th century, police used jaywalking and loitering laws to jail or remove marginalized people from public spaces under the arbitrary precept of “vagrancy.” It was often wealthy whites who pushed police to enforce these vagrancy codes to get immigrants, women of the night, African Americans, hippies, and the homeless out of their sight.
Ferguson  jaywalking  police  crime 
december 2014 by Quercki
Guest commentary: 'Restorative Justice' program has become a vital tool for public - Inside Bay Area
Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth launched California's first urban school-based restorative justice pilot at a middle school in 2007, reducing suspension rates by 87 percent, eradicating violence and teacher attrition, and improving academic outcomes. These successes led the school board to adopt restorative justice as official policy in 2010.

Today, restorative justice is in almost 30 Oakland schools, with a growing infrastructure of staff at the district and school site levels. At a current RJOY pilot, a last-chance continuation high school, graduation rates are up and violence, suspensions, and racial disparities in discipline have been eliminated.

According to a school district report soon to be released, from 2011-2014, suspensions of African-American students for defiance decreased by 40 percent; harm was repaired in 70 percent of conflict circles; students are learning to talk instead of fight through differences at home and at school; and graduation rates and test scores are increasing while chronic absence and dropout rates are decreasing.

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Oakland is also trailblazing restorative juvenile justice practices. Inspired by the successes of New Zealand's Maori-influenced Family Group Conferencing, Oakland's Community Works West has launched a restorative diversion pilot that is dramatically reducing recidivism.

The Oakland-based National Council on Crime and Delinquency is helping other jurisdictions initiate similar pilots.
justice  education  African-American  Indigenous  Oakland  crime  solutions 
december 2014 by Quercki
Tim Wise » Race, Crime and Statistical Malpractice: How the Right Manipulates White Fear With Bogus Data
Despite claims by right-wingers (both mainstream and overtly white supremacist) that violent crime by African-Americans is out of control — and that blacks are criminally victimizing whites at massive and disproportionate rates — the facts say otherwise. As I show in the below analysis:
* Only about 1 percent of African Americans — and no more than 2 percent of black males — will commit a violent crime in a given year;
* Even though there are more black-on-white interracial crimes than white-on-black interracial crimes, this fact is not evidence of anti-white racial targeting by black offenders. Rather, it is completely explained by two factors having nothing to do with anti-white bias: namely, the general differences in rates of criminal offending, and the rates at which whites and blacks encounter one another (and thus, have the opportunity to victimize one another). Once these two factors are “controlled for” in social science terms, the actual rates of black-on-white crime are lower than random chance would predict;
* No more than 0.7 percent (seven-tenths of one percent) of African Americans will commit a violent crime against a white person in a given year, and fewer than 0.3 (three-tenths of one percent) of whites will be victimized by a black person in a given year;
* Whites are 6 times as likely to be murdered by another white person as by a black person; and overall, the percentage of white Americans who will be murdered by a black offender in a given year is only 2/10,000ths of 1 percent (0.0002). This means that only 1 in every 500,000 white people will be murdered by a black person in a given year. Although the numbers of black-on-white homicides are higher than the reverse (447 to 218 in 2010), the 218 black victims of white murderers is actually a higher percentage of the black population interracially killed than the 447 white victims of black murderers as a percentage of the white population. In fact, any given black person is 2.75 times as likely to be murdered by a white person as any given white person is to be murdered by an African American.
African-American  racism  crime  murder  statistics 
november 2014 by Quercki
Marion Zimmer Bradley: It’s Worse Than I Knew
It is a lot worse than that.

The first time she molested me, I was three. The last time, I was twelve, and able to walk away.

I put Walter in jail for molesting one boy. I had tried to intervene when I was 13 by telling Mother and Lisa, and they just moved him into his own apartment.

I had been living partially on couches since I was ten years old because of the out of control drugs, orgies, and constant flow of people in and out of our family “home.”

None of this should be news. Walter was a serial rapist with many, many, many victims (I named 22 to the cops) but Marion was far, far worse. She was cruel and violent, as well as completely out of her mind sexually. I am not her only victim, nor were her only victims girls.

I wish I had better news.

Moira Greyland.

Followed up with:

It should also be noted that Walter was convicted on 13 counts of PC 288 A, B, C, and D.

Oral sex was the least of anyone’s worries.
child  abuse  sexual_assault  crime  sciencefiction  MZB 
june 2014 by Quercki
Forensic science is biased and inaccurate, but juries believe it and convict the innocent.
Behind the myriad technical defects of modern forensics lie two extremely basic scientific problems. The first is a pretty clear case of cognitive bias: A startling number of forensics analysts are told by prosecutors what they think the result of any given test will be. This isn’t mere prosecutorial mischief; analysts often ask for as much information about the case as possible—including the identity of the suspect—claiming it helps them know what to look for. Even the most upright analyst is liable to be subconsciously swayed when she already has a conclusion in mind. Yet few forensics labs follow the typical blind experiment model to eliminate bias. Instead, they reenact a small-scale version of Inception, in which analysts are unconsciously convinced of their conclusion before their experiment even begins.

The second flaw that plagues forensics is even more alarming: For decades, nobody knew how accurate forensic analyses were, or whether they were accurate at all. There’s no central agency that evaluates each test for precision or reliability before approving its use, and most were developed with barely a gesture toward the scientific method and with little input from the scientific community. Nor did the creators of forensics tests publish their methods in peer-reviewed scientific journals. And why should they? Without a government agency overseeing the field, forensic analysts had no incentive to subject their tests to stricter scrutiny. Groups such as the Innocence Project have continually put pressure on the Department of Justice—which almost certainly should have supervised crime labs from the start—to regulate forensics. But until recently, no agency has been willing to wade into the decentralized mess that hundreds of labs across the country had unintentionally created.
prison  bad  science  crime  evidence  CSI 
june 2014 by Quercki
Crime’s Down, So Why is Police Aggression Increasing? | NationofChange
“There has been a clear escalation of violence by police, particularly since 9/11,” says Brigitt Keller, who heads up the National Police Accountability Project of the National Lawyers Guild. “The willingness of police to use very harsh measures against people has definitely increased.”

A big part of the problem, she says, is that these days “officer safety” is given primacy over “protect and serve.” A case in point: a South Carolina sheriff’s deputy in February shot and seriously injured a 70-year-old man at a traffic stop when the man tried to retrieve his cane from the back of his pick-up truck. The Sheriff’s Department said the deputy acted “appropriately,” as he had “a legitimate fear” that the cane might have been a long rifle.

In another recent example, New York City police shot and injured an unarmed man who was acting “erratically” in Times Square. The officers were exonerated, while the man they shot was charged with causing injury to several bystanders—who were hit by the police officers’ stray bullets.

“I’m all for police officers not getting hurt on the job,” says the Lawyers Guild’s Keller, “but if you make that your firstconcern, then it’s problematic, because you allow the use of deadly or excessive force in practically every situation between an officer and a citizen, and you end up with citizens getting hurt.”

In fact, while being a police officer has been getting less dangerous, killings committed by police have been rising despite the drop in police who are killed.

The numbers are eye opening. The Justice Department, which keeps all kinds of statistics on violent crime, does not tally up individuals killed annually by police. But by combing public news reports and other sources, the Justice Policy Institute has estimated that police officers in the U.S. killed 587 people in 2012 alone. Over the course of a decade, they’ve tallied more than 5,000 people in the U.S. during that period—far more than the number of people who lost their lives in acts officially classified as terrorism in roughly the same span.

The many instances of deadly police violence captured on video give a visceral reality to these statistics. They show police beating and sometimes needlessly shooting citizens—even those with their hands up or armed only with a knife or stick while standing too far from responding officers to pose a threat.

In some jurisdictions, police have responded to these damaging videos by routinely confiscating bystanders’ cell phones and threatening witnesses with arrest, even though federal courts have consistently held that citizens have a right to photograph and videotape officers engaged in police actions.

The National Police Accountability Project’s Keller suggests that, along with the public’s acceptance of military-style policing, the killing of civilians has become more acceptable too. Police are rarely punished for killing people—even those who were unarmed or already restrained—because in most communities, police shootings are investigated by the police themselves, or by a closely-allied district attorney’s office. Indeed, about 95 percent of police shootings end up being ruled “justified,” a statistic that hasn’t changed as the body count has risen.

“I think when non-targeted individuals are killed in a raid, or when a person is shot in the course of a routine traffic stop, it’s seen as a kind of ‘collateral damage,’” Keller says, “instead of as some tragic or criminal use of excessive force by police.”

Public indifference to “civilian” casualties in police actions highlights a disconnect: The public perceives rampant crime while the actual crime report suggests nothing of the sort.
police  violence  murder  crime  statistics 
march 2014 by Quercki
A Letter From Ray Jasper, Who Is About to Be Executed
Imagine you're a young white guy facing capital murder charges where you can receive the death penalty... the victim in the case is a black man... when you go to trial and step into the courtroom... the judge is a black man... the two State prosecutors seeking the death penalty on you... are also black men... you couldn't afford an attorney, so the Judge appointed you two defense lawyers who are also black men... you look in the jury box... there's 8 more black people and 4 hispanics... the only white person in the courtroom is you... How would you feel facing the death penalty? Do you believe you'll receive justice?

As outside of the box as that scene is, those were the exact circumstances of my trial. I was the only black person in the courtroom.

Again, I'm not playing the race card, but empathy is putting the shoe on the other foot.
prison  crime  race  murder  class 
march 2014 by Quercki
Oakland sees crime rate drop in 2013 - SFGate
Throughout 2013, Oakland's strategies to create jobs and reduce violence built momentum, and we saw our second-largest year-to-year drop in homicides in 40 years. Homicides came down 28 percent and home burglaries dropped 18 percent.

Nearly every category of crime is on the decline. Although robberies increased in the first months of the year, and will be a continuing priority in 2014, the rate peaked in the summer and has been declining ever since.

Last year, Oakland's economy took several big steps forward, with businesses and development expanding and unemployment declining. As a result, city revenues grew, and we worked with the City Council to invest that growth in a public safety.
Oakland  police  crime  good  news 
january 2014 by Quercki
The Real Purpose of Oakland's Surveillance Center | Feature | Oakland, Berkeley & Bay Area News & Arts Coverage
Oakland's citywide surveillance system, the Domain Awareness Center, or DAC, gained national notoriety earlier this year when some city residents voiced strong concerns about the project's privacy and civil rights implications. City officials and supporters of the DAC have responded by contending that objections over privacy and civil rights issues are overblown and that the true purpose of the surveillance center is to help Oakland finally deal with its violent crime problem. But thousands of pages of emails, meeting minutes, and other public documents show that, behind closed doors, city staffers have not been focusing on how the DAC can lower Oakland's violent crime rate.

So what is the real purpose of the massive $10.9 million surveillance system? The records we examined show that the DAC is an open-ended project that would create a surveillance system that could watch the entire city and is designed to easily incorporate new high-tech features in the future. And one of the uses that has piqued the interest of city staffers is the deployment of the DAC to track political protesters and monitor large demonstrations.
Oakland  police  surveillance  Occupy_Oakland  crime 
december 2013 by Quercki
Former high school football star, accomplice charged with Rockridge carpooler robberies - ContraCostaTimes.com
A 17-year-old boy who will be prosecuted as an adult for his suspected participation in the Monday morning robberies of a group of casual carpoolers in the Rockridge area is a former McClymonds High School football star who was named to several all-star teams, officials said Wednesday.
social_justice  racism  crime  Oakland 
september 2013 by Quercki
Oakland admits it erred in suspect identification - SFGate
police held a news conference on Aug. 15 to announce the arrests of eight individuals yet declined to name them. The department would only say they were violent criminals who were picked up as part of the city's Operation Ceasefire crackdown, Mayor Jean Quan's primary crime-fighting program.

The strategy calls for police to seek the cooperation of suspected gang members to reduce criminal activity. Those who do not comply with the program face arrest.

Quan touted the arrests in a newsletter Wednesday morning: "We believe they are responsible for several murders and hundreds of robberies. In the neighborhoods where we have conducted these operations we are seeing a reduction in violence."

Last week, law enforcement experts and others criticized the Oakland Police Department for withholding the names of the people arrested on Aug. 14-15. Police said they withheld the names to protect the integrity of their investigation and to protect some suspects who could face retaliation. They also promised to release the names on Tuesday.

But instead they released the names of 14 people who were arrested during a separate operation.
Oakland  crime  Operation_Ceasefire  police 
august 2013 by Quercki
Obama DOJ Asks Court to Grant Immunity to George W. Bush For Iraq War | War Is A Crime .org
In court papers filed today (PDF), the United States Department of Justice requested that George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz be granted procedural immunity in a case alleging that they planned and waged the Iraq War in violation of international law.

Plaintiff Sundus Shaker Saleh, an Iraqi single mother and refugee now living in Jordan, filed a complaint in March 2013 in San Francisco federal court alleging that the planning and waging of the war constituted a “crime of aggression” against Iraq, a legal theory that was used by the Nuremberg Tribunal to convict Nazi war criminals after World War II.
Iraq  war  Bush  Cheney  Rice  crime 
august 2013 by Quercki
Cleveland prosecutes multiple, decades-old rape cases simply by bothering to process rape kits.
Cuyahoga County, where Cleveland is located, has decided to go Eliot Ness on rapists. The Plain Dealer reports:

Cuyahoga County prosecutors and investigators are revisiting decades-old unsolved rape cases, using DNA evidence to connect serial rapes, tracking down victims and sending cases to grand juries for indictment—often racing against a 20-year statute of limitations.

The Plain Dealer rightfully takes credit for this, having turned the pressure up for years on authorities. Efforts escalated in 2011 at the request of Ohio's Republican attorney general Mike DeWine, and the result has been a factory line of indictments, often against men who are accused of spending decades attacking women without facing any repercussions for it. Now the newspaper has created a clearinghouse page so readers can follow the stream of indictments since March, as well as other stories about the DNA testing, in one place. (The above screenshot is only part of the page—I couldn't get the entire thing into one screen—but gives you an idea of how many cold cases are being turned into indictments with this move.)

Many of these indictments open up multiple cold cases at once, which is to be expected, as most rapists are serial rapists. Cleveland set aside about 3,000 untouched rape kits to be processed, which is a massive amount of work, but it's hard to argue with results like this.
rape  police  crime  solutions 
july 2013 by Quercki
Medical Student Won't Perform Pelvic Exams on Anesthetized Patients - Blog -
What stops students from simply asking the patient for permission?

When I was a student and approached the chairperson of my department and said I was uncomfortable with this, and he said, “I don’t see anything wrong with it.” My response was, “If there’s nothing wrong it, then you won’t mind if I ask permission.” He said I couldn’t do that. He knew that women would be absolutely outraged at the thought, and so, no one would tell them anything.



As a woman, if I just had surgery at a teaching hospital and asked my doctor if students had been practicing pelvic exams on me without my consent while I was unconscious, what would he say?

Particularly in this perceived climate of liability, doctors wouldn’t say anything. Medical ethics literature reveals surveys that say 50% of doctors blatantly falsify patient records and 70% mistreat patients. I had a case in my internship where doctors literally lied about killing a patient. They have so little respect for the autonomy of the patient, or that patients have any say in what they do or how they carry out their practice. Doctors know the right thing to do, but they’ve been socialized to fit in with the team and protect their own.
medical  consent  crime 
may 2013 by Quercki
Mugged and Pepper Sprayed in Downtown Oakland | nthmost
What I write here is true and happened to me last night (April 8th, 2013) at about 11:45pm while I was waiting for the 72M at the 20th-and-Broadway stop in Oakland, CA.
Oakland  mugged  police  crime  bus 
april 2013 by Quercki
The Good and Bad of William Bratton | Seven Days | The Weekly News Roundup | East Bay Express
As for the positive things that Bratton, who is to be hired as part of a team with former Hartford, Connecticut Police Chief Patrick Harnett, could bring to Oakland, there's CompStat, a crime-tracking system Bratton developed that could, if it's employed correctly, enable OPD to use solid data to lower the city's high crime rate. OPD has long needed to adopt smart, data-driven policing strategies.

Harnett, who also worked for Bratton when Bratton was New York's police commissioner, also is a big proponent of solving crimes. In 2006, Oakland's then-Mayor Jerry Brown commissioned Harnett and his team to examine OPD; Harnett concluded that a substantial portion of Oakland's crime problems could be attributed to the fact that OPD does a poor job of investigating and solving crimes.

As the Express has repeatedly reported, OPD has one of the worst track records in the nation when it comes to its "clearance rate," which is police jargon for its rate of solving crimes (see "Arrests Are Down and Crime Is Up," 12/3/08, and "Getting Away with Murder," 11/14/12). In 2011, the most recent year for which complete data is available, OPD solved just 29 percent of the homicides in the city. In other words, killers got away with murder more than 70 percent of the time that year in Oakland.

Harnett contends that putting criminals behind bars not only stops them from committing more crimes, but also leads to a lower crime rate, while the failure to catch them leads to a higher crime rate. "Investigative work, the search for and arrest of perpetrators of past crimes, is ... one of the most effective ways to prevent future crimes," he wrote in his study of OPD. That may sound like a no-brainer, but, for whatever reason, OPD has failed to fully embrace crime-solving as one of its primary strategies.
Oakland  crime  police 
january 2013 by Quercki
Daniel J. Willis: Oakland officials need to stop making up statistics out of thin air - Inside Bay Area
Oakland city officials have once again proved that their definition of "90 percent" is "an unknown percentage between 0 and 100, but probably not 90."
Police Chief Howard Jordan said on Monday that 90 percent of the city's crime since summer had been committed by just two gangs. That would have meant those two gangs were responsible for 1,980 robberies and 51 homicides, which would have required them to be either extremely large or extremely efficient.
Those figures, of course, did not last long. By the end of Tuesday, Jordan claimed that he got confused -- which raises its own set of issues about a police chief who gets confused and makes up numbers at a news conference -- and what he meant was that

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan, center, speaks to the media at a press conference to discuss the recent spate of gun violence in the city and the police department's proposed response, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 in Oakland, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Staff)
14 gangs were responsible for 65 percent of 58 percent of homicides.
OK, 37.7 percent is not 90 percent and, more importantly, 2.7 percent of the city's violence per gang is not 45 percent of the city's violence per gang.
By itself this would be bad but it's the second appearance of the imaginary 90 percent in the city's recent history. Mayor Jean Quan's 100 Blocks program was originally based on the premise that, according to the mayor, 90 percent of crime occurred in 100 blocks of Oakland. The real number turned out to be 17 percent.
How could this be? How could the leadership of the eighth largest city in California be that fast and loose with facts when justifying policies to the people they serve? Do they simply consider
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truthful, correct information to be unimportant?
Oakland  police  crime  lies 
january 2013 by Quercki
CounterPoints: The Quick-Trigger "Solutions" To Oakland's Violence Problem | Oakland Local
I can't think of one good reason,” Ms. Drummond wrote in a January 14 column, “why Oakland shouldn't use its local emergency ordinance—and everything else at its disposal, for that matter—to help get control of the killing.” (“Tammerlin Drummond: No Good Reason For Oakland Not To Declare Public Health Emergency” Oakland Tribune January 14, 2013)

Myself, I can think of several reasons, the first of which is one possible outcome Ms. Drummond asserts could come of such an action. Declaring an emergency, she says, “followed by a public request for help to [Governor Jerry] Brown could bring more pressure on the governor” to provide state aid to the city. Such aid, she suggests, could include bringing the National Guard into Oakland.

What possibly could go wrong with bringing in troops unfamiliar with the city or its culture or its residents, armed with assault rifles and artillery, to patrol our streets? 
Oakland  crime  murder  police 
january 2013 by Quercki
What happens to women denied abortions? This is the first scientific study to find out.
Here's the short version of what they discovered, from a post they made on the Global Turnaway Study Facebook page:

We have found that there are no mental health consequences of abortion compared to carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term. There are other interesting findings: even later abortion is safer than childbirth and women who carried an unwanted pregnancy to term are three times more likely than women who receive an abortion to be below the poverty level two years later.

Below, you can find the longer, more complex version of the story. I spoke with Foster about the groups' preliminary findings.

Poverty

The women in the Turnaway Study were in comparable economic positions at the time they sought abortions. 45% were on public assistance and two-thirds had household incomes below the federal poverty level. One of the main reasons women cite for wanting to abort is money, and based on the outcomes for the turnaways, it seems they are right.

Most of the women who were denied an abortion, 86%, were living with their babies a year later. Only 11% had put them up for adoption. Also a year later, they were far more likely to be on public assistance — 76% of the turnaways were on the dole, as opposed to 44% of those who got abortions. 67% percent of the turnaways were below the poverty line (vs. 56% of the women who got abortions), and only 48% had a full time job (vs. 58% of the women who got abortions).

When a woman is denied the abortion she wants, she is statistically more likely to wind up unemployed, on public assistance, and below the poverty line. Another conclusion we could draw is that denying women abortions places more burden on the state because of these new mothers' increased reliance on public assistance programs.
abortion  statistics  poverty  crime 
january 2013 by Quercki
The Simple Truth About Gun Control : The New Yorker
the central insight of the modern study of criminal violence is that all crime—even the horrific violent crimes of assault and rape—is at some level opportunistic. Building a low annoying wall against them is almost as effective as building a high impenetrable one. This is the key concept of Franklin Zimring’s amazing work on crime in New York; everyone said that, given the social pressures, the slum pathologies, the profits to be made in drug dealing, the ascending levels of despair, that there was no hope of changing the ever-growing cycle of violence. The right wing insisted that this generation of predators would give way to a new generation of super-predators.

What the New York Police Department found out, through empirical experience and better organization, was that making crime even a little bit harder made it much, much rarer. This is undeniably true of property crime, and common sense and evidence tells you that this is also true even of crimes committed by crazy people (to use the plain English the subject deserves). Those who hold themselves together enough to be capable of killing anyone are subject to the same rules of opportunity as sane people. Even madmen need opportunities to display their madness, and behave in different ways depending on the possibilities at hand. Demand an extraordinary degree of determination and organization from someone intent on committing a violent act, and the odds that the violent act will take place are radically reduced, in many cases to zero.

Look at the Harvard social scientist David Hemenway’s work on gun violence to see how simple it is; the phrase “more guns = more homicide” tolls through it like a grim bell. The more guns there are in a country, the more gun murders and massacres of children there will be. Even within this gun-crazy country, states with strong gun laws have fewer gun murders (and suicides and accidental killings) than states without them.
guns  control  violence  murder  crime  solutions 
december 2012 by Quercki
The real gun crisis is in America’s urban sacrifice zones | Grist
While violent crime rates are down nationwide, they’re up in these places. Depending on the day, the murder rate in Oakland, Calif., where I live, is between No. 3 and No. 5 in the country. Spurred in part by the Newtown shooting, a gun buy-back in Oakland and San Francisco this past Saturday was expected to yield about 600 working weapons. But critics say it’s like “trying to empty the Pacific with a bucket.” That same Saturday morning, there was a shooting just a couple blocks from the Oakland buy-back.

Oakland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore — these are places we are looking to, in many ways, to lead us into a new future for America’s urban centers. Where things are broken, there’s a greater possibility of building new, smarter, and more sustainable infrastructure. But they are plagued. Oakland is one of America’s greenest cities — it’s No. 5 in the country for bicycle commuters, and home to a burgeoning local gourmet food movement. But Oakland’s most vibrant urban farms are yards away from its hottest killing zones.
Oakland  crime  murder  guns  solutions 
december 2012 by Quercki
Arrest totals down sharply in Oakland - SFGate
That's 6,410 fewer arrests - an average of 18 fewer per day - in a city that has the highest crime rate in the state and, this year, is grappling with a 23 percent spike in murders, muggings and other major offenses.

The drop is so steep it has eased a backlog of cases in Alameda County Superior Court and may be contributing to a shrinking county jail population, officials said.

The arrest figures, obtained under the state's Public Records Act, raise questions about the effectiveness and assertiveness of the Police Department, which is struggling under the weight of job cuts, low morale and the demands of federal court oversight.
Oakland  crime  police  arrest 
december 2012 by Quercki
Oakland chief of staff: Quan's crime data wrong
For eight months, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has talked up her leadership on what she has called the city's top priority: reducing violent crime by concentrating on roughly 100 blocks where 90 percent of shootings and homicides have occurred.

She announced her plan to infuse those 100 blocks with police and other city services in October, saying it already was showing results. She touted her plan during her State of the City address in February. She handed out copies of the plan at public meetings. And her office defended her plan when it was the subject of criticism.

Now, the mayor's chief of staff says that Quan's assertion that 90 percent of the shootings and homicides have occurred on 100 blocks was incorrect.
Oakland  police  crime  data 
june 2012 by Quercki
No Good Cops Go Unpunished When They Stop a Beatdown - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine
Whenever I read a news report about police assaulting a homeless guy or unleashing a stream of pepper spray on peaceful protesters, I always wonder where the good cops are. I mean, we're constantly assured that most police officers are good cops, and that their reputation is being besmirched by a few bad apples. So why aren't those good cops busy tasering their off-base colleagues? Or at least giving them a good thumping?

The answer, it appears is "Regina Tasca." She's a Bogota, New Jersey, police officer who responded to a medical call to transport an emotionally disturbed young man to the hospital. As per protocol, she called for backup. Two officers from Ridgefield arrived on the scene, and proceeded to whomp on Kyle, the guy they were supposedly helping. According to WPIX:
police  violence  crime  culture  whistleblower 
april 2012 by Quercki
Go to Trial - Crash the Justice System - NYTimes.com
AFTER years as a civil rights lawyer, I rarely find myself speechless. But some questions a woman I know posed during a phone conversation one recent evening gave me pause: “What would happen if we organized thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of people charged with crimes to refuse to play the game, to refuse to plea out? What if they all insisted on their Sixth Amendment right to trial? Couldn’t we bring the whole system to a halt just like that?”

The woman was Susan Burton, who knows a lot about being processed through the criminal justice system.
justice  crime  drugs  solutions 
april 2012 by Quercki
Politicized ‘Hate Crimes’, the OPD and District Attorney O’Malley | Hyphenated-Republic
Finally, angered by the relentless verbal abuse, Brontez spat on the car the two men were driving. One of the attackers then rushed over and punched Brontez, and began to return to his car. Brontez then struck the car with his bike lock; the attacker returned and attacked Brontez. As the attacker set upon his friend, Adal rode back on his bike to help, but was attacked by the other man and knocked off his bike. He blacked out and awoke covered in blood as Brontez was calling the police.

What would seem like an easy investigation, with a clear mandate for a hate crime charge, however, has astonishingly, from Adal’s perspective, become a nightmare of justice denied. Despite the fact that Brontez had made it clear that the attack had been motivated by their perceived sexual orientation—the department’s clear predicate to launch a hate crimes investigation according to its own rules—Oakland police were uninterested in even a simple assault charge. No supervisor was called, as departmental rules require in the case of a possible hate crime.

“The cop didn’t even want to talk to me” Adal says, “Brontez was like, don’t you want to talk to him? And the cop was like, no, it doesn’t matter.”

Despite having obviously severe facial injuries, and being covered with blood, the police


Xrays show the extensive damage to Adal's skull, where plates were used to reconstruct his face.

officer’s report said only that Adal had received a “chipped tooth”. None of his teeth were damaged, though his jaw, cheek and eye socket were shattered—another example of the shocking indifference that OPD showed toward the case.

Brontez and Adal were determined, however, to have the case investigated. Indeed, Adal argues that Brontez’s throwing the bike lock was a tactic to slow down the assailant’s escape long enough to get the car’s license number so that they could report their attackers to the police and prevent other attacks on their community.

“Everyone should stand up for social justice.” argues Adal,
hate  crime  Oakland  justice 
march 2012 by Quercki
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