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NYC Officer Acquitted of Killing Mentally Ill Woman

A judge cleared Sgt. Hugh Barry in the fatal 2016 shooting of bat-wielding, mentally ill Deborah Danner, 66. Her death became a flash point in the national, racially charged debate over whether police officers are too quick to shoot people and whether they are adequately trained in dealing with people suffering from severe mental illness.

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Why The AR-15 Rifle Shows Up in Mass Shootings

The National Rifle Association calls it “the most popular rifle in America.” It is used by mass shooters because of a copy-cat mentality. “Thank God they don’t know any better because if they did they would use much more effective weapons,” one expert says.

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The Media, The FBI, and Confusion on Shooting Data

Many oft-cited statistics disregard forms of school violence that may not have involved guns but are similar to shootings in intention or impact, says The Atlantic. The messiness of counting school shootings contributes to sensationalizing or oversimplifying a modern trend of mass violence in the U.S. based on information is confusing at best and inaccurate at worst.

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Grassley ‘Incensed’ at Sessions Opposion to Crime Bill

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) hit back hard at Attorney General Jeff Sessions after his former colleague launched a pre-emptive strike on his criminal justice bill. The legislation, which Grassley has worked on for more than two years, is expected to win committee approval Thursday. It faces a tough climb to the Senate floor amid reluctance from GOP leaders and conservative resistance.

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Key Senators Back Restoring Prison Pell Grants

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he was open to re-examining Pell grants for prisoners, which were banned in the 1994 crime law passed under President Bill Clinton. If reinstated, millions of dollars would be made available to eligible students in the prison population of 1.5 million.