FiveThirtyEight noticed that the FBI’s 2016 Uniform Crime Report, the first released under the Trump administration, was missing 70 percent of the data tables that were included in past editions. The feds fired back, alleging a “false narrative” and claiming that plans to “streamline” the report date to 2010. FiveThirtyEight’s data sleuths are not convinced.
African Americans got 55 percent of all tickets issued for pedestrian violations in Jacksonville over the past five years. Nearly all such tickets were written in the city’s poorest sections. “There is not an active effort to be in black neighborhoods writing pedestrian tickets,” says the local sheriff.
Federal police agencies seem stuck in a gender time warp, according to Politico. In 1996, women held about 14 percent of the country’s federal law enforcement jobs. Today, the number is just 15 percent.
Prison officials called off the lethal-injection execution of Alva Campbell Jr., 69, after medical personnel spent 25 minutes trying to find a suitable vein in Campbell’s arms and right leg. The convicted killer’s execution was rescheduled for June 2019.
The cases involved former police Sgt. Ronald Watts, who was sent to federal prison in 2013 for stealing money from a drug courier who was an FBI informant. A defense attorney says 400 more convictions deserve scrutiny.
In the past, reviews of most nonfatal use-of-force encounters were prompted by formal citizen complaints. Police supervisors will now be expected to launch investigations on their own based on reports from the field.
The sponsors of the New York-based initiative are asking volunteers to use their spare computer power to “mine” the digital currency known as Monero, which will then be used to bail the poor out of jail.
Two white officers shot and killed Charleena Lyles, a 30-year-old African American mother of four, after she called 911 in June to report a burglary at her apartment. A police review found the shooting reasonable. An attorney for the dead woman’s family said, “If her killing was within policy and training, we need changes in policy and training.”