Make America (Realize It’s) Safe Again

Make America (Realize It’s) Safe Again:

Donald Trump keeps insisting we live in dangerous times…. And most Americans agree with him. In June 71% of Americans said they expected further terrorist attacks in the United States over the next several weeks. And 53% recently said they worry a great deal about crime while 70% believe that there is more crime in the United States than there was a year ago.

It may have been smart politics for Trump to use Make America Safe Again as the theme for the opening day of the Republican National Convention. The facts, however, suggest Americans are already quite safe.

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Michigan Cops, Prosecutors Knowingly Sent an Innocent Child to Prison For 9 Years

Michigan Cops, Prosecutors Knowingly Sent an Innocent Child to Prison For 9 Years:

A few weeks ago, our client Davontae Sanford was exonerated after spending nearly nine years behind bars for a quadruple murder that he did not commit. Davontae was 14 when he was arrested; he is now 23.

We are thrilled that Davontae is finally free, but we cannot help be angry that Davontae was convicted and that it took eight years to free him after the real perpetrators were identified.

[For some reason, this article fails to mention that Detroit police deputy chief James Tolbert admitted he perjured himself when testifying about evidence that he fabricated.]

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Crime in Context

Crime in Context:

The Marshall Project used a widely accepted statistical calculation to get a weighted average of recent years – essentially smoothing out the year-to-year fluctuations that are common to crime data. We found that the reported violent crimes rose in our cities last year to its highest point since 2010. But viewed in the broader context of the past five decades, crime remains near record lows.

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Error-filled state gang database lists 42 people less than 1 year old

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New attack steals SSNs, e-mail addresses, and more from HTTPS pages

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Weapons Stolen From Arms Room on US Military Base in Germany

Weapons Stolen From Arms Room on US Military Base in Germany:

Special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the theft of guns and other military equipment from a base arms room in Stuttgart, military officials said….

The Army did not identify all the items stolen or the unit targeted, citing the active investigation. A possible breach of the base fence is also part of the ongoing probe.

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Despite Recent Shootings, Police Still Safer Than They Have Been in Decades

Despite Recent Shootings, Police Still Safer Than They Have Been in Decades:

In the aftermath of the mass shooting of a dozen police officers in Dallas…, some conservatives rushed to lay blame for the incident at the feet of the Obama administration….

These statements are part of a broader narrative of a “war on cops” carried out by the Obama administration and/or the Black Lives Matter movement, depending on whom you ask…. But the simplistic and inflammatory notion of a “war on cops” is completely undercut by one fundamental data point: Intentional attacks on police officers are at historically low levels under President Obama.

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We Can Now Tell a Person’s Age Range From Crime Scene Blood

We Can Now Tell a Person’s Age Range From Crime Scene Blood:

There might be a way to help nail down a crime suspect in old blood.

Chemists at the University at Albany, SUNY, have described a new method for quickly but accurately determining a person’s age range based only on a blood sample. The test could one day be used to help narrow down suspects in a crime scene investigation as easily as getting results from a glucose or pregnancy test.

“I hope it will change [and] accelerate the investigation, so you can know right away what is happening,” says Jan Halámek, co-author of the paper, which was published in May in Analytical Chemistry.

Traditional DNA analysis can take up to 72 hours and carries no reliable information about a person’s age. So Halámek and his team focused on levels of alkaline phosphatase (ALP), an enzyme found in blood, to determine age.

In adolescence, active bone growth releases ALP, but when people reach adulthood, bone growth slows and ALP levels begin to plummet. This threshold is generally around age 17 for women and 18 for men. That means the method can help differentiate between juveniles and adults, groups who are treated differently by the legal system.

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Okinawa Residents Rally to Protest Crimes by U.S. Military Personnel

Okinawa Residents Rally to Protest Crimes by U.S. Military Personnel:

Tens of thousands of Okinawa Prefecture residents rallied Sunday to voice their anger about crimes committed by U.S. military personnel, while demanding a drastic review of how such incidents are handled following the recent alleged murder of a 20-year-old local woman by a civilian U.S. base worker.

The protesters, many dressed in black – totaling 65,000 according to organizers – braved scorching heat to gather at a park in the prefectural capital of Naha, in one of the largest demonstrations against U.S. military bases in recent years.

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