The FBI says overall reports of violent crime increased by 8.6 percent in 2016, and homicides were up 4.1 percent. One analyst called the increases “ominous,” following similar upticks in 2015. Others point out that crime in the U.S. is still at modern historical lows. “What’s going on?” asked another expert. “No one really knows.”
ByErin H. Kimmerle, Thomas C. McAndrew and James Markey |
A federally funded database called NamUs provides free forensic and analytical resources for missing, unidentified and unclaimed person cases. But unless all states make it mandatory for use by local authorities, its full potential won’t be realized, say three Florida researchers.
The FBI alleges that the chief contract negotiators for Fiat Chrysler and the United Autoworkers Union colluded for six years to enrich themselves, skimming cash to pay for trips, jewelry and a Ferrari. They succeeded by plotting to keep senior union members “fat, dumb and happy.”
In a growing menace, scammers try to extort money after phoning parents or other kin and falsely convincing them that a loved one is being held hostage. They sometimes research potential victims on social media.
Scores of federal law enforcement agencies are ignoring a longstanding legal mandate to submit statistics to the FBI’s national hate crimes database, calling into question the veracity of what is supposed to be the nation’s most comprehensive source of information on hate crimes.
The action by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was a concession by the Trump administration to Democratic demands for the investigation to be run independently of the Justice Department. Calls for a special counsel mounted after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
The budget deal that keeps the federal government running through September 30 provides increases for several anticrime programs, particularly in the anti-drug and immigration enforcement areas. It also creates four “enforcement groups” to target heroin abuse and 10 new “immigration judge teams.”
In the latest skirmish over privacy in the cellphone age, a federal magistrate in Chicago said the FBI hadn’t presented enough facts in its application that would justify sweeping “intrusions,” including any specific information about those who might be living at a residence or their connection to a child pornography investigation.