If incoming Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wants to undo his nation’s culture of violence, he needs to focus his resources on the large numbers of young people without jobs or prospects around the country, according to a leading expert on Latin America.
Activists gathered at Chicago Police Headquarters Monday morning in response to the video issued by police that showed a man who was shot to death by an officer on the weekend had a firearm and tussled with officers before the shooting. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson quickly disseminated the body camera video, but activists called for his resignation.
Using data from Chicago, Julia Burdick-Will of Johns Hopkins University linked exposure to neighborhood violence to a drop in test scores, an effect that extended to students coming from communities that experienced little or no violence.
Alek Minassian, 25, is accused of mowing down 25 pedestrians on busy Yonge Street in Toronto, killing 10. One former classmate said he couldn’t conceive that Minassian had learned to drive–let alone carry out such an attack.
Republican lawmakers and conservative media critics pressed President Trump to explore new restrictions on the videogame industry, arguing that violent games might have contributed to mass shootings like the attack at a Parkland, Fl., high school. The industry says studies have shown no connection between videogames and violence.
It’s an old controversy: do video games encourage violence in real life? After reports that the Florida school shooter spent as many as 15 hours daily playing violent video games, President Trump calls a White House meeting on the issue.
The city signs on to controversial gun-violence reduction program called Advance Peace, which critics say pays violent criminals not to shoot guns. Participants can receive $9,000 stipends during an 18-month period for reaching goals such as successfully completing substance abuse treatment or completing education.