According to Mike German, a former FBI undercover agent, the fact that police officers, public safety workers and military veterans were among those arrested after the insurrection at the Capitol January 6, was another illustration of the inroads made by white power advocates in mainstream U.S. society.
Federal arrests in 2018 increased by 38 percent in just one year, according to figures compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Over half the arrests were for immigration offenses, and some 40 percent of the defendants were non-U.S. citizens.
Homicides in Chicago are up 33 percent in the first three months of the year compared to 2020, while shootings are up nearly 40 percent for the same period year-over-year. Meanwhile, the family of a 13-year-old boy who was killed last week by a Chicago cop condemned a recent alert issued by police leaders warning that factions of the Latin Kings “were instructed by ranking members to shoot at unmarked Chicago police vehicles.”
A preliminary data analysis released Tuesday shows a startling 20 percent increase in pedestrian fatality rate during the first six months of 2020, despite many jurisdictions under stay-at-home orders.
New York City’s five police unions are joining grieving parents to plead with judges and lawmakers to address the surge in gun violence, blaming the spike on bail reform and criminals not being held accountable. This comes as the City Council’s April 1 deadline to detail reform measures approaches.
The number of armed career criminals decreased by almost half, from 590 in fiscal year 2010 to 312 in fiscal year 2019, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission. But diminishing numbers haven’t reduced their zeal: More than half of the armed career criminals released between 2009 and 2011 were rearrested within an eight-year follow-up period.
Jeffrey Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College, traces the increase in violent crime in New York and other large cities to social disruptions caused by the pandemic. He explains why in an interview launching “At the Crossroads,” a new series sponsored by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.
As anti-Asian hate crimes skyrocket in America, cities are trying their hand at reform through passing bills and launching task forces. However, some advocates feel policing the problem is a “band-aid” for addressing the root of anti-Asian sentiment.