Category Archives: Crime

September 3, 2017

What Criminologists Don’t Say, and Why

Monopolized by the Left, academic research on crime gets almost everything wrong.

The history of academic criminology is one of grand pronouncements that don’t often prove out in the real world. In the 1960s and 1970s, for example, criminologists demanded that public policy attack the “root causes” of crime, such as poverty and racism. Without solving these problems, they argued, we could not expect to fight crime effectively. On this thinking, billions of taxpayer dollars poured into ambitious social programs—yet crime went up, not down. In the 1970s and 1980s and into the 1990s, as crime rates continued to spike, criminologists proceeded to tell us that the police could do little to cut crime, and that locking up the felons, drug dealers, and gang leaders who committed much of the nation’s criminal violence wouldn’t work, either.

These views were shown to be false, too, but they were held so pervasively across the profession that, when political scientist James Q. Wilson called for selective incapacitation of violent repeat offenders, he found himself ostracized by his peers, who resorted to ad hominem attacks on his character and motivations. Wilson’s work was ignored by awards committees, and criminological reviews of his books, especially Thinking About Crime and Crime and Human Nature, were almost universally negative. In the real-world policy arena, however, Wilson attained significant influence: the Broken Windows theory of policing and public order, which Wilson developed with criminologist George Kelling, became a key part of the proactive policing strategies that would be largely responsible for the great crime decline starting in the mid-1990s.

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Ex-Petersburg city attorney convicted for calling in fake racist threats to cancel council meeting

The judge said the method Telfair used to carry out the ruse “makes absolutely no sense to the court. The method by which it was done was a calculated crime. He uses threats to harm all of the citizens of the community, and that is indefensible.”

Former Petersburg City Attorney Brian K. Telfair was found guilty Friday of lying to police about a supposed 2016 threat to city officials in which he used a prepaid cellphone to call himself but claimed an unknown “redneck” caller made racist threats to the mayor and two other city leaders.

In finding him guilty after a two-hour trial in Petersburg General District Court, Judge Ray P. Lupold III said there was “no doubt whatsoever” that Telfair committed a “calculated” crime and admonished him for the harm he caused to the community.

“This is not only a crime,” Lupold said from the bench. “This is a breach of trust; this is a breach of duty. We are held to a higher standard as lawyers.”

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September 1, 2017

Staff Fear for Their Safety as Hospitals Across Sweden See Rise in Violent Crime and Death, Rape Threats

Healthcare professionals working in Swedish hospitals are living in fear as a result of threats and violence from criminal patients and their extended families.

Local media reports that staff caring for gunshot victims, many of whom are criminals and people injured in gang related violence, are threatened with death and rape as patients’ “clans” storm the hospital.

“It has become almost a given in some situations that we will see victims’ relatives charging into the hospital wards and issuing verbal threats to healthcare workers,” said an emergency room nurse working at Vrinnevis Hospital in Norrköping, who wished to remain anonymous.

Surveying 15 of Sweden’s largest hospitals, SVT News said it is “becoming more and more common” that hospital staff see “the mood become threatening” when treating gunshot victims, and patients with connections to gangs or the country’s criminal underworld.

As a result of the threats and violence being spread in Swedish hospitals by gangsters, criminals, and clans, healthcare workers often hide their name badges to conceal their identities, fearing assaults outside of working hours, and even attacks on their families on children.

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August 28, 2017

Swedish Businesses Helpless as Security Firms Refuse to Work in No-Go Zone

Swedish businesses in the Stockholm no-go zone suburb of Husby have been left feeling helpless to vandalism and robbery as no security firm will accept a contract to patrol the town centre.

The local government promised that by April there would be security guards in the centre of Husby in order to mitigate the violence and vandalism that is common in the area.

At the end of 2016, shopkeepers in the area kept their shops closed to protest the ongoing chaos but now it looks increasingly unlikely the promised security guards will ever come, Stockholm paper Mitt i Stockholm reports.

“Nobody dares to watch Husby centre. The businessmen are left in the ditch,” said Salam Kurda, local grocer and chairman of the corporate association in Husby. Whilst there have been CCTV cameras set up in the area, the local business owners say it is not enough.

“We have been screaming for years that there is chaos in our area. It’s a deserted area. It feels like this, with the guards, was just propaganda,” Kurda said, adding that he is giving up on the area entirely and plans to close his shop and move elsewhere.

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August 19, 2017

HUD Director Goes on $336,000 Shopping Spree with Low-Income Housing Funds

Fraud and corruption has also been pervasive among HUD employees and field directors.

A high-ranking public housing official charged with providing government-subsidized homes to the poor stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the agency and used it to buy furniture, alcohol, clothes, makeup and other personal items. The crooked public official scammed the government for years undetected which may seem unbelievable though not when it comes to the agency she worked for, a bastion of corruption known as Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

This is an agency that’s been embroiled in a multitude of serious scandals—under both Democrat and Republican administrations—over the years. One veteran employee at a state branch stealing a few hundred thousand bucks to go on a marathon shopping spree is no biggie. Problems go back to the Ronald Reagan administration, when an influence-peddling scandal led to the conviction of 16 people, including top aides to then HUD Secretary Samuel Pierce. Bill Clinton’s housing secretary, Henry Cisneros, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about payments to his former mistress. George W. Bush’s HUD secretary, Alphonso Jackson, was ousted after the feds launched an investigation into his plots to enrich himself and his friends by giving them lucrative government contracts. Barack Obama’s second HUD secretary, Julian Castro, misspent the agency’s federal funds as mayor of San Antonio.

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August 18, 2017

Senate opens probe of Mexican resort alcohol poisonings of U.S. tourists

Since the death of Connor, 20, one bar at the resort was closed, 10,000 gallons of “illicit alcohol” was seized, and State issued its warning.

An influential Senate committee has opened an investigation into recent alcohol poisonings and blackouts of U.S. tourists to Mexican resorts, including one at a posh Cancun area all-inclusive that claimed the life of a Wisconsin woman in January.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee kicked off the probe with a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week demanding what it knows about the reports and why the department issued a warning to tourists about drinking alcohol in Yucatan resorts.

“I write to request information about a number of reported incidents of American tourists vacationing in Mexico consuming potentially tainted alcohol, including information regarding the death of 20-year-old Wisconsinite, Abbey Connor,” penned the chairman of the committee, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson.

Johnson has been conducting his own probe into Connor’s death and the reports of others being poisoned by bad alcohol in the resort area popular with Americans. Connor died in January days after she and her brother were found face down in a pool after drinking at the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar, between Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

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July 24, 2017

Cops Worry Phoenix PD Sanctuary Policy Change Will Lead to Explosion of Violence

There is concern among Phoenix police officers that proposed changes by the city’s police department to restrict officers from contacting immigration authorities will lead to an explosion in gang violence similar to the one that gripped the city in the 80’s and 90’s.

In recent weeks, Phoenix officials have been discussing changing the city’s Police Operation Orders with a revision that would not allow officers to contact U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during traffic stops or investigations, Breitbart Texas reported. Before an officer can contact ICE, they “must first contact the Violent Crimes Bureau (VCB) desk Sergeant who will document all immigration related data and give authority to call ICE.” Currently, officers have the discretion to call ICE or any federal law enforcement agency while carrying out investigations or during traffic stops. Other policy changes point to a softening view on immigration by the department under pressure from city leaders.

Current and former Phoenix cops who spoke with Breitbart Texas have revealed their concerns about how such a soft stance could have serious repercussions on the levels of crime in the city.

Due to years of neglect of enforcing our immigration laws and a steady flow of illegal aliens pouring across our virtually unprotected southern border, the street gang dynamics changed drastically in the late 80’s and 90’s in Phoenix. Many factors contributed to the changes but one of the most noticeable during this time was the emergence of illegal alien street gangs that took hold and eventually became the largest and some of the most violent in the city.

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July 19, 2017

Federal grand jury indicts Baltimore police officers on additional robbery charges (Video)

In February, seven officers in the task force – the entirety of the unit — were indicted on federal racketeering charges.

A federal racketeering case against officers in an elite unit of the Baltimore Police Department deepened Thursday with a new indictment alleging three of them robbed civilians of more than $280,000 over five years.

The three veteran officers from the Gun Trace Task Force also plotted to sell drugs they confiscated during arrests and forged reports to cover their tracks, federal prosecutors said.

A grand jury indictment was unsealed Thursday bringing additional robbery charges against Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, 37; Detective Daniel Hersl, 48; and Detective Marcus Taylor, 30.

Jenkins is due in court Friday and will plead not guilty, his attorney Steven Levin said. Attorneys for Hersl and Taylor did not return messages Thursday.

The grand jury also indicted two civilians with impersonating police officers to commit an armed robbery while a detective from the gun unit served as a lookout. Thomas Finnegan, 38, of Easton, Pa., and David Rahim, 41, of Baltimore, are charged with conspiracy and robbery.

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July 16, 2017

Teamsters boss indicted on charges of extorting $100,000 from business

Coli and his relatives have also been accused in civil lawsuits in both state and federal court of running the union like a racket — accusations they have vehemently denied.

A politically connected Teamsters union boss was indicted Wednesday on federal charges alleging he extorted $100,000 in cash from a local business.

John Coli Sr., considered one the union’s most powerful figures nationally, was charged with threatening work stoppages and other labor unrest unless he was given cash payoffs of $25,000 every three months by the undisclosed business.

The alleged extortion occurred when Coli was president of Teamsters Joint Council 25, a labor organization that represents more than 100,000 workers in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana.

Coli, 57, an early backer of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, was charged with one count of attempted extortion and five counts of demanding and accepting prohibited payment as a union official.

In all, Coli accepted five payoffs, most recently a $25,000 sum on April 4, according to the indictment. Last year, he also accepted four cash payments totaling $75,000, according to the charges.

The indictment seeks forfeiture from Coli of at least $100,000.

An arraignment in federal court in Chicago had not been set as of Wednesday.

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July 13, 2017

San Fran Transit: We Refuse To Release Crime Surveillance Videos Because It Will Make People Racist

Releasing videos “would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”

Video surveillance footage of crimes committed on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) service by minority youths is being withheld by San Francisco authorities due to their concern that the videos might perpetuate racial bias and stereotyping.

In three months time, at least three robberies have transpired at the San Francisco station by groups of teenagers. One such attack, on April 22, was committed by some 40-60 teens, reports KPXI-TV.

“I think people are genuinely concerned — they are fearful about the stories that have come out about the recent attacks, the assaults, the thefts,” explained a member of the BART board of directors, Debora Allen.

Yet, authorities are refusing to release footage of the crimes.

So, when Allen pressed for the rationale behind withholding the important evidence from the public, she was eventually told the release of the videos “would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”

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