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.
With four months left in 2016, there have been 150 shootings and 47 slayings in the city of 216,000, which is still reeling from last December’s terror attacks. San Bernardino had 44 homicides all of last year, including the 14 people killed by terrorists.
“Did you really see that?” Even a slight nuance during police questioning of witnesses to crime could make people change their version of what they saw, says a study that adds to already growing doubts about the value of eyewitness testimony in court.
“Scanner junkies” are shining a light on neighborhood crime and nuisances in the Minneapolis area, using Twitter and Facebook pages to document problems that the traditional media ignore. The police and the press are paying attention to the burgeoning trend.
The effectiveness of the state’s “smart on crime approach” is questioned by Real Clear Policy’s Sean Kennedy as violent crime rises in Texas’ largest cities. Spending cuts are seen as affecting ability to keep deserving individuals behind bars and to monitor those who are released.