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Does it seem like crime is getting worse in the US?

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Crime and Criminals
« on: June 05, 2007, 10:49:24 AM »
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-cdragging05jun05,0,3795710.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines

   

Tipster leads police to dragging death suspect minutes before he leaves U.S.

its a sick, sick world
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Re: Crime and Criminals
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2007, 12:19:17 PM »
Depends on the type of crime I suppose and the geographic area in question and how we make our measure of crim. Also, it's no secret that violent crime statistics tend to increase in times of war.
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2007, 12:25:30 PM »
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4861868.html

Dexter Johnson stands trial in death of woman
Prosecutors describe night of rape, taunts and killings



maybe we just hear about it more these days.

but, stats aside, it does seem like we are living in more violent times...
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2007, 12:31:38 PM »
A lot of it also has to do with the expansion of the media. We've got numerous all-news channels, court TV, and others that tend to sensationalize these stories for ratings purposes. Statistically there is less violent crime now than during the 1980s crack "epedemic" or the periods of excessive racial tension.   
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2007, 01:45:26 PM »
A lot of it also has to do with the expansion of the media. We've got numerous all-news channels, court TV, and others that tend to sensationalize these stories for ratings purposes. Statistically there is less violent crime now than during the 1980s crack "epedemic" or the periods of excessive racial tension.   

well, intellectually we know that, but its not the feeling you get...
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2007, 10:43:02 AM »
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2007/06/07/0607metfoiledrobbery.html

Family subdues, beats robbery suspect

The Associated Press
Published on: 06/07/07

HINESVILLE A robbery suspect had to be rescued by police and treated for injuries after the intended victims disarmed him, beat him with a broomstick and were about to whack him with a shovel, authorities said.

Police officers in the southeast Georgia community of Hinesville said they found the exhausted suspect, Darrel Rolle, 27, lying on the living-room floor about 11 p.m. Tuesday as Wu Ni's family held him down.

Police said Wu Ni, his wife, Rong Lin, and their two small children were returning home after he had finished his shift as a cook at a local restaurant. With them were Wu Ni's mother, his father and a cousin.

Wu Ni told officers that after finding a back door open, he entered and went to the master bedroom where Rolle stepped from behind the open door and pointed a gun.

"Where's the money?" Rolle reportedly shouted. "Give me the money!"

According to the police report:

Wu Ni said Rolle forced him to his knees. His mother then appeared and offered Rolle the cash in her purse. As Rolle reached for it, Wu Ni grabbed Rolle's arm and the two men struggled before Wu Ni got control of the gun and tossed it on the bed.

Ni's mother, father and cousin jumped on Rolle, and the combatants exited the bedroom, went down the hallway and into the living room, where Rong Lin took a metal broomstick and began to pummel Rolle.

When the broomstick bent, Rong Lin got a shovel from the backyard. As she entered the living room with shovel in hand, Liberty County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Barnes and Hinesville Police Officer Eric Sink arrived before Rolle could be struck with the shovel.

"When we walked into the living room, the family let Rolle go," Barnes said. "We were able to cuff him without incident. He was so exhausted, we had to help him walk to the patrol car."

The officers sent Rolle to Liberty Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for scratches and a bite on his ear and then sent to jail.

Rolle was charged with three counts of armed robbery, two counts of battery, and one count of burglary.

Wu Ni was treated at the scene for cuts and a bite on his arm.

The gun turned out to be a pellet gun.


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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2007, 09:54:40 AM »
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/20/AR2007062002172.html

University Accused of Lying to Hide Killing
Eastern Michigan Official Apologizes

By Kari Lydersen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 21, 2007; A10

CHICAGO -- A janitor found Laura Dickinson dead in her Eastern Michigan University dorm room in December, naked below the waist, a pillow over her face. The door was locked, and her keys were gone.

No foul play was suspected, the university announced. As the campus mourned and Dickinson's family gathered to bury the 22-year-old rower, police opened an investigation. But school authorities stuck to their story for more than two months -- even after they learned that the medical examiner had found semen on her body and even as police questioned other students and faculty and took DNA samples -- until the arrest of a fellow student on rape and homicide charges.

Now, an independent report contends university officials covered up the likelihood that a crime had been committed and the killer was still at large. The 568-page document, commissioned by the university's board of regents, says that school authorities withheld information, deceived the public and potentially violated a federal law designed to warn students of campus safety threats.

"The facts show that the University failed to timely and properly warn the campus community about Ms. Dickinson's death, which was unquestionably a possible homicide," says the report, by the Detroit law firm Butzel Long.

"After they realized they had a murder, not only did they not warn people, they lied about it," said S. Daniel Carter, senior vice president of the national nonprofit organization Security on Campus, founded by the parents of murdered Lehigh University student Jeanne Clery. "Every other residential student on that campus was risking their lives. It's reflective of a culture that would rather keep things secret and deal with them internally."

The incident has gained resonance since the killings at Virginia Tech, where university officials were criticized for not alerting students after the first two victims were found dead in a dorm room. As in that tragedy, critics say EMU's actions could have placed more students in harm's way.

A federal law named after Clery requires universities to publicize crimes on campus and warn students about safety threats. The Education Department is investigating whether EMU violated the Clery Act. Results are expected shortly.

Earlier this week, appearing before the board of regents, EMU President John A. Fallon III formally apologized for the university's handling of the case and vowed that "never again will such a confounding series of mistakes be made on my watch." Student Orange Taylor III remains in custody in Dickinson's death.

Statements on the university's Web site say officials were following the lead of the police department and the medical examiner's office, which said that they were investigating a "death," rather than a "homicide," and registered no official cause of death until February.

"We probably should have said there are some suspicious circumstances here, and that probably would have ended the problem," Vice President for Student Affairs James Vick, who has been placed on paid leave, said Tuesday. "Certainly one could armchair-quarterback it, but to say there was a coverup or some sort of insidious plan there is crazy."

The Butzel Long report says Vick ordered the shredding of a document from the university's Public Safety Department describing the scene in Dickinson's room.

Vick's attorney, Thomas Manchester, said Tuesday that Vick did not order the shredding. He said his client has been made the scapegoat for a systemic lack of departmental communication and policy.

Dickinson was killed sometime after entering her dorm room the night of Dec. 12, after attending a crew team Christmas party. Security camera footage shows that Taylor entered the Hill Hall dormitory in the early hours of Dec. 13 and left 90 minutes later, carrying a gift bag Dickinson received at the party.

After Dickinson missed final exams and did not return phone calls for two days, a custodian unlocked the door and found her body. Dickinson's parents did not learn of the circumstances of her death or the criminal investigation until Taylor's Feb. 23 arrest.

Victor Walker, an EMU senior, said he thinks school officials had students' best interest at heart but they should have done more.

"Sometimes a few short words can make all the difference," said Walker, 31. "Even if it had been 'We are not sure, but we may have a possible homicide.' I don't know anyone who's going to run out in the street howling and screaming if they say that. But then you don't walk around with your head in the clouds not believing you could fall victim to the same thing."


this is just so wrong!  >:(
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2007, 10:03:47 AM »
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naked below the waist, a pillow over her face. The door was locked, and her keys were gone.

No foul play was suspected
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Victor Walker, an EMU senior, said he thinks school officials had students' best interest at heart
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2007, 10:09:42 AM »
I bet being victim number two to a rape-homicide is even more of a buzzkill.

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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2007, 10:12:50 AM »
Fair enough