Tag: Crime and Criminals

Defying N.R.A., Texas Lieutenant Governor Favors Background Checks on Private Gun Sales

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas publicly endorsed expanding the state’s background checks to private gun sales on Friday, defying the National Rifle Association — a group that had previously given the conservative an A-plus grade for his Second Amendment bona fides. Mr. Patrick, a Republican who was elected to a second term in 2018, […]

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In South Africa, a Call to Punish Rapists

In 2007, Thalitha Mukansi moved to Diepsloot, an informal township on the northern fringes of Johannesburg. She was a social worker who settled in the region because it was what she could afford, and she liked working with, and helping, victims of assault. But outside Ms. Mukansi’s window, assaults and rapes were common — sometimes […]

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Ending the War on Drugs

SEATTLE — On gritty streets where heroin, fentanyl and meth stride like Death Eaters, where for decades both drugs and the war on drugs have wrecked lives, the city of Seattle is pioneering a bold approach to narcotics that should be a model for America. Anyone caught here with a small amount of drugs — […]

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When Violent Crime Is Your Fixation

SAVAGE APPETITESFour True Stories of Women, Crime and ObsessionBy Rachel Monroe In “Savage Appetites,” the journalist Rachel Monroe is interested in a paradox: upper-middle-class women who find that proximity to murder makes them feel more alive. This enthralling book devotes case studies to four bored or directionless women whose fixations on other people’s crimes unlock […]

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A Summer of Angst in One of the World’s Safest Countries

BERLIN — Germany ranks in international studies as one of the safest, most peaceful countries in the world. Overall crime has declined for the better part of a decade, and statistics show that Germans have relatively few reasons to feel insecure. But don’t tell that to Germans in what has become their summer of anxiety. […]

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In U.K. Chicken Boxes, Drumsticks, Thighs and Tough Talk on Knife Crime

LONDON — Fried chicken, a mainstay of takeout food in Britain, normally comes in colorful paper boxes with a company logo or a joking reference to the succulent contents inside. But this week, customers at chicken shops across the country will instead encounter boxes with a government message about knife crime, which has been rising […]

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The Epstein Investigation, Now That He’s Dead

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Federal prosecutors were confident that, this time, justice would be served in the case of Jeffrey Epstein. What happens to the case against him now that he is dead? [For an exclusive look at how the […]

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Hate Crimes Are Slipping Through the Cracks

August 12 is a date forever ingrained in both of our memories. It’s when our children, Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer, were murdered in hate crimes — one year apart from each other: Khalid in 2016, on the doorsteps of his family home in Tulsa, Okla.; and Heather in 2017, on a crowded street in […]

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She Warned That Her Life Was in Danger. 5 Days Later, She Was Shot.

“I’m being bullied by a 6’3” man,” a New Jersey woman wrote on Facebook last week. “Bullied to the point I’m afraid.” It was apparently not her only warning. Lauren Kanarek, a dressage rider, said on Facebook that she had gone to the police and tried to report a well-known dressage trainer to the U.S. […]

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Attempted Murder Charge Over Child Pushed From Tate Modern Balcony

LONDON — A teenager who is accused of throwing a 6-year-old boy off a balcony at the Tate Modern museum in London appeared in court on Tuesday on a charge of attempted murder. In a five-minute hearing, a magistrate confirmed the teenager’s identity and heard a short statement from prosecutors before referring the case to […]

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Walmart Shooting in El Paso Renews Attention on Crime Frequency at Its Stores

A 21-year-old man was charged with murder last week after shooting another man in the parking lot of a Walmart in Auburn, Me. At the retailer’s store in North Bergen, N.J., a woman squirted pepper spray at people around the customer service desk in February, temporarily blinding some employees and customers. She then retreated into […]

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Politicians Again Blame Video Games for Shootings, Despite Evidence

After two mass shootings over the weekend that killed 31 people and wounded dozens more, powerful Republicans, including the president, blamed an old boogeyman: video games. “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society,” President Trump said on Monday in a White House address on the shootings. “This includes the gruesome and grisly […]

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Joe Biden Is Learning That Liberals Eat Their Own

As a conservative watching the Democratic debates, one of the most astonishing aspects of the multicandidate assault on Joe Biden was that the case against him seems to be based in large measure on his role in two generations of Democratic victories. His “crimes” consist partly in playing crucial roles in the political successes of […]

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Children as Young as 11 Added to N.Y.P.D. Facial Recognition Database

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The New York Police Department has been loading thousands of arrest photos of children and teenagers into a facial recognition database despite evidence the technology has a higher risk of false matches in younger faces. For about four years, […]

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What We Know as ASAP Rocky’s Trial Begins

As the rapper ASAP Rocky’s trial on an assault charge started on Tuesday in Stockholm, the case has already billowed into a scandal of international proportions: Accusations of racism and human rights abuses have been leveled against Sweden’s justice system, and President Trump has taken to Twitter to criticize Sweden’s prime minister. It has been […]

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An Impeachment Inquiry Is Coming. It Might Have Already Begun.

Last Wednesday, after Robert Mueller’s terse and sometimes halting congressional testimony, conventional wisdom quickly congealed: Mueller’s performance had made Donald Trump’s impeachment far less likely. “Robert S. Mueller III’s disastrous testimony has taken the wind out of the sails of the Democratic impeachment drive,” wrote Marc Thiessen in The Washington Post. CNN’s Chris Cillizza declared […]

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Baltimore to Trump: Knocking Our City Is Our Job, Not Yours

When nearly 15,000 people gathered in downtown Baltimore over the weekend to watch a championship boxing match, the crowd favorite was not in doubt: Gervonta Davis, a Baltimorean who easily fended off the blows of an out-of-town opponent. Hours earlier, another fight had broken out, this one beginning on President Trump’s Twitter feed. Again, Baltimore […]

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Staging a (True) Crime in Edinburgh

The popularity of true crime has increased substantially in the past five years, spurred by podcasts such as “Serial” and documentaries like Netflix’s “Making a Murderer.” It’s no wonder that a true crime wave is hitting Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August. The festival, starting Aug. 2 and running for over three weeks, has at least […]

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ASAP Rocky Is Charged With Assault in Sweden

The rapper ASAP Rocky was charged on Thursday with having committed an assault causing actual bodily harm on June 30 in central Stockholm, Swedish prosecutors said in a statement. The prosecution will proceed “despite claims of self-defense and provocation,” the public prosecutor for Stockholm, Daniel Suneson, said in an email. The rapper, who was identified […]

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ASAP Rocky Is Charged With Assault

The rapper ASAP Rocky was charged on Thursday with suspicion of committing an assault causing actual bodily harm on June 30 in central Stockholm, Swedish prosecutors said in a statement. The prosecution will proceed “despite claims of self-defense and provocation,” the public prosecutor Daniel Suneson said in an email. The rapper, who was identified in […]

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