Prosecutor Nancy O’Malley is investigating possible criminal violations in last weekend’s fire that killed dozens. Law Prof. Robert Weisberg says a property owner can be held liable if “a reasonable person under the circumstances would have realized there was some high probability of death.”
Republican Eric Greitens says he is focusing more than ever “on the mission of creating safer neighborhoods” after his wife is robbed at gunpoint near their St. Louis home. Grietens assumes office as governor next month.
Tremblay is cited for research on predictors of violence among youth. Using the predictors to select children in Montreal for intensive support resulted in a 34 percent reduction in criminal records by age 24 compared with aggressive children not in the program. Tremblay is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatrry and Psychology at the University of Montreal.
One person was killed and nine were injured on Bourbon Street while nearby officers heard the shots. “We’ve made a strong message that this was not the time or place to bring firearms,” said Police Superintendent Michael Harrison. “This was not something that should have happened.”
Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) says a state of emergency should be declared in high-crime, low-employment areas of Chicago. Davis’ grandson, Javon Wilson, 15, was murdered after a dispute over gym shoes. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for “federal action” after the death.
Pennsylvania newspaper explores how John Wayne Strawser Jr. repeatedly was charged with domestic violence offense before he murdered a man in Pennsylvania and allegedly killed his former girlfriend in West Virginia. The newspaper says the case is marked by “breakdowns within the criminal justice system.”
In a policy speech focused on a violence epidemic that “corrodes our core,” Rahm Emanuel announced plans to add nearly 1,000 cops over the next two years, to focus on job growth in minority neighborhoods, and to initiate a three-year, $36 million plan to expand youth mentoring programs.
A series of incidents featuring someone wearing a clown mask have been reported this week in Alabama, prompting school lockdowns. Authorities say the clown phenomenon began in the Carolinas and has migrated to elsewhere in the South. Police are not laughing.
The FBI’s national crime data for 2015, which is expected to show a substantial overall increase in murders, will be released on the morning of the first presidential debate on September 26. Some estimates would make the increase the largest since 1990, or even 1968.