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Crime Stats for Short Attention Spans

By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

Recent studies have shown that, because of the barrage of technology like the social media, our attention spans are about half what they were ten years ago. For computer users, like ticklethewire readers, this attention span has been calculated to be 8 seconds, about the same as a goldfish.

For those of you who are still reading this, as a public service the following are the latest numbers in ten law enforcement/crime categories presented as succinctly as possible:

1. Violent Crime Statistics increased 1.2% in 2012, the first increase after a five-year decline of about 15%. Stats were up for murder, robbery, and aggravated assault, down for rape, burglary and arson. Property crime dropped .8%. The largest increase occurred in the West (3.3%), the lowest in the Northeast (-.6%).

2. Law Enforcement Officers Killed, Assaulted—72 officers were killed in the line of duty, a significant increase over the 41 to 57 per year in the previous nine years. Another 53 were killed in accidents, mostly in auto accidents. 54,774 were assaulted (about 1 in 10 officers). The most dangerous time—between midnight and 2 a.m. The safest time—between 6 and 8 a.m. 1,686 federal officers were assaulted, 3 killed. The most dangerous federal agency—U.S. Department of Home Security.

3. Prison Population dropped for the third year in a row, about 1.7%, which interestingly is almost exactly the same decrease as the number of students entering college this year.

4. Capital Punishment—Prisoners under a sentence of death dropped from 3139 to 3082 last year. 43 were executed in 9 states, the same number as the previous year but about half the number a decade ago. Texas executed 15 last year,10 so far this year, including one woman, Kimberly McCarthy.

5. Law Enforcement Officer Employment remained steady at 2.4 per 1,000 people in the U.S. Employees in law enforcement was about 3.4/1.000. Of the officers, 88.2 were male, 11.8% female. Of employees 73.4% were male and 26.6% female.

6. Crime Clearance by Arrest was 47.7% for violent crimes, 18.6% for property crimes. The highest clearance rate was 64.8% for murder, the lowest 11.9% for motor vehicle theft. The highest rate occurred in the South (50.1%), the lowest in the West (42.5%).

7. School Crime increased by 4 % last year over the previous year. There were 1,246,000 victimizations in our nation’s schools. Intentional homicides on school property jumped from 11 to 25.

8. DOJ Police Department Investigations in President Obama’s first term were double the number in President Bush’s second term. Cities under investigation include Miami, New Orleans, Seattle, Missoula, Montana, and East Haven, Connecticut. Subjects of the investigations include use of excessive force, racial profiling, treatment of the mentally ill, and sexual assault investigations. The federal court consent decree against the Detroit Police Department for excessive force, false arrests, and illegal detentions has been in effect for 11 years.

9. Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S. are, in order, Flint, Michigan, Detroit, Oakland, St. Louis, and Memphis. Despite this dubious achievement St. Louis recently slashed its law enforcement budget.

10. Most Dangerous Cities in the World –all 15 were in Latin America. The five most dangerous in order are San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Acapulco, Mexico, Caracas, Venezuela, Distrit Central, Honduras, and Torreon, Mexico. If you are wondering why Honduras and Mexico top the world in this category, see the earlier columns on America’s insatiable appetite for drugs and the effect it has on countries on the transportation route from source countries to the American consumers.

For those of you who made it to the end, you must be over 40 since the attention span plummet seems to occur mostly in our children’s generation.

 

Column: Crime Stats for Short Attention Spans

Ross Parker

Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office.
By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

Recent studies have shown that, because of the barrage of technology like the social media, our attention spans are about half what they were ten years ago. For computer users, like ticklethewire readers, this attention span has been calculated to be 8 seconds, about the same as a goldfish.

For those of you who are still reading this, as a public service the following are the latest numbers in ten law enforcement/crime categories presented as succinctly as possible:

1. Violent Crime Statistics increased 1.2% in 2012, the first increase after a five-year decline of about 15%. Stats were up for murder, robbery, and aggravated assault, down for rape, burglary and arson. Property crime dropped .8%. The largest increase occurred in the West (3.3%), the lowest in the Northeast (-.6%).

2. Law Enforcement Officers Killed, Assaulted—72 officers were killed in the line of duty, a significant increase over the 41 to 57 per year in the previous nine years. Another 53 were killed in accidents, mostly in auto accidents. 54,774 were assaulted (about 1 in 10 officers). The most dangerous time—between midnight and 2 a.m. The safest time—between 6 and 8 a.m. 1,686 federal officers were assaulted, 3 killed. The most dangerous federal agency—U.S. Department of Home Security.

3. Prison Population dropped for the third year in a row, about 1.7%, which interestingly is almost exactly the same decrease as the number of students entering college this year.

4. Capital Punishment—Prisoners under a sentence of death dropped from 3139 to 3082 last year. 43 were executed in 9 states, the same number as the previous year but about half the number a decade ago. Texas executed 15 last year,10 so far this year, including one woman, Kimberly McCarthy.

5. Law Enforcement Officer Employment remained steady at 2.4 per 1,000 people in the U.S. Employees in law enforcement was about 3.4/1.000. Of the officers, 88.2 were male, 11.8% female. Of employees 73.4% were male and 26.6% female.

6. Crime Clearance by Arrest was 47.7% for violent crimes, 18.6% for property crimes. The highest clearance rate was 64.8% for murder, the lowest 11.9% for motor vehicle theft. The highest rate occurred in the South (50.1%), the lowest in the West (42.5%).

7. School Crime increased by 4 % last year over the previous year. There were 1,246,000 victimizations in our nation’s schools. Intentional homicides on school property jumped from 11 to 25.

8. DOJ Police Department Investigations in President Obama’s first term were double the number in President Bush’s second term. Cities under investigation include Miami, New Orleans, Seattle, Missoula, Montana, and East Haven, Connecticut. Subjects of the investigations include use of excessive force, racial profiling, treatment of the mentally ill, and sexual assault investigations. The federal court consent decree against the Detroit Police Department for excessive force, false arrests, and illegal detentions has been in effect for 11 years.

9. Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S. are, in order, Flint, Michigan, Detroit, Oakland, St. Louis, and Memphis. Despite this dubious achievement St. Louis recently slashed its law enforcement budget.

10. Most Dangerous Cities in the World –all 15 were in Latin America. The five most dangerous in order are San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Acapulco, Mexico, Caracas, Venezuela, Distrit Central, Honduras, and Torreon, Mexico. If you are wondering why Honduras and Mexico top the world in this category, see the earlier columns on America’s insatiable appetite for drugs and the effect it has on countries on the transportation route from source countries to the American consumers.

For those of you who made it to the end, you must be over 40 since the attention span plummet seems to occur mostly in our children’s generation.

 

NYPD Commissioner Kelly Quiet on Whether He’s Interested in Top Homeland Security Post


NYPD Commissioner Kelly/nypd photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is interested in the top post at Homeland Security, he’s not saying anything about it, CBS New York reports.

Kelly is believed to be on President Obama’s short list to replace Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“I think Ray Kelly is one of the best there is, so he’s been an outstanding leader in New York,” Obama said in an interview last week.

Kelly declined to comment on Obama’s remarks or the prospect of replacing Napolitano.

“I’m flattered by what the president said, but I’m not going to comment further on it,” he said.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Man Fooled by Fake FBI Warning, Hands Over Computer with Child Porn

Steve Nevling
ticklethewire.com

A 21-year-old man fell for an Internet virus that claimed he owed a fine for looking at child porn. 

When Jay Matthew Riley went to a local police department to pay his fine, he was arrested on multiple charges of child porn, accruing to the Prince William County Police Department, ABC 7 WJLA reports.

Riley told he police he was inquiring about any outstanding warrants related to child pornography after he received an “FBI Warning” on his computer that said he would be investigated if he didn’t pay a fine.

So Riley voluntarily handed over his computer, which authorities said contained inappropriate messages and photos of children.

“We’ve never had a case like this, I’m safe to say that,” says Prince William County Police spokesman Officer Jonathan Perok. “But the nature of what we have here is quite significant and severe.”

Reporter Says Snowden Can Prove NSA Makes it Easy for Even Low Level Employees to Spy on Americans

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. officials have said NSA leaker Edward Snowden was exaggerating when he indicated it was easy for even a low-level defense contractor to wiretap someone.

Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who broke the story, told George Stephanopoulos on ABC News on Sunday that abusing the surveillance would be easy because of the lack of oversight and controls.

“The NSA has trillions of telephone calls and email in their databases,” Greenwald said. “What these programs are are very simple screens, like the ones that supermarket clerks or shipping and receiving clerks use, where all an analyst has to do is enter an email address or an IP address, and it does two things: it searches that database and lets them listen to the calls or read the emails of everything that the NSA has stored, or look at the browsing histories or Google search terms that you’ve entered; and it also alerts them to any further activity that people connected to that email address or connected to that IP address do in the future. And it’s all done with no need to go to a court, with no need to even get supervisor approval on the part of the analyst.”

If true, National Intelligence Director James Clapper may find himself in trouble. Clapper testified under oath that it would be impossible for low-level employees and others to spy on Americans because of internal controls.

Experts Say Reputed Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger May Be Unable to Resist Testifying in Own Trial

 

Updated Bulger photo/wbur

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Will reputed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger testify in his own murder and racketeering trial?

Some experts believe it may be too hard for Bulger to resist.

“He’s already done-in. He’s going to die in prison,”  James McDonald, a lawyer for corrupt FBI agent John Connolly, told the Boston Herald. “This is the time to say what he’s going to say.”

But defense attorneys said it would be damaging if Bulger testifies in his own trial.

“From a defense attorney’s perspective, I’d rather he not take the stand,” William Kickham, an attorney and courtroom commentator, told the Boston Herlad.

“The risk of cross-examination is always very high. However, I think Whitey Bulger knows the chances of him walking away from this a free man are zero to none. I don’t think Bulger will be able to resist.”

Today, the defense takes center stage after prosecutors rested their case Friday.

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