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Dallas PD's Story of Joshua Brown's Death Is Unbelievable
The Dallas Police Department just came up with a story so farfetched, I am going to stop roasting both Empire and Power for some of the ridiculous shit that happens on both of those soapy-ass shows that I cannot stop watching.

Joshua Brown, 28, was shot and killed Friday night—a week after he served as a witness for the prosecution in the murder trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who was charged in the death of Botham Jean in September 2018.

When news broke that Brown was gunned down in the parking lot of his apartment complex as he exited his vehicle, many speculated that he had been snuffed out by the police or by order of the police. He did, after all, testify against a cop and participated in the trial that ultimately sent her to prison.

Dallas police vowed to investigate his murder, and on Tuesday, they came up with the most cockamamie story you have ever heard in your life.
police  murder  witness  against 
5 days ago by Quercki
Alice Sheldon and the name of the Tiptree Award « James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award
In her 2006 biography of Tiptree, Julie Phillips quoted some sources who suggested that Ting may not have been ready to die. Since the conversation about the Sheldons’ deaths has become public, however, Phillips has shared further details from her research, reporting that Ting’s friends and family understood his death and Alice’s as the fulfilment of an agreement between the two of them. On Twitter, Phillips writes:

The question has come up whether Alice Sheldon (James Tiptree, Jr) and her husband Ting died by suicide or murder-suicide. I regret not saying clearly in the bio that those closest to the Sheldons all told me that they had a pact and that Ting’s health was failing.

Ting’s son Peter Sheldon also said there was a pact, and that Ting was declining. Alli probably wanted to die more than Ting did. But the pact didn’t have to do with his blindness or disability. He was going, and they chose to go out together.

In an email to the Tiptree Motherboard, quoted with permission, Phillips writes:

Ting didn’t leave a statement, but all Ting’s friends that I talked to plus his son Peter were unanimous that it was a pact, and that Ting’s health was failing when it happened. The only one who cast doubt on that was the lawyer who talked to her on the last night, James Boylan. He didn’t know either Ting or Alli very well, and I have doubts about how well he understood what was happening. I’m planning to write up what I know, because I left too much room for doubt when I wrote the book.
James_Tiptree  sciencefiction  murder  suicide  fandom 
5 weeks ago by Quercki
Common red flag in gunmen is anger toward women - Marin Independent Journal
The man who shot nine people to death last weekend in Dayton, Ohio, seethed at female classmates and threatened them with violence.

The man who massacred 49 people in an Orlando nightclub in 2016 beat his wife while she was pregnant, she told authorities.

The man who killed 26 people in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in 2017 had been convicted of domestic violence. His ex-wife said he once told her that he could bury her body where no one would ever find it.

The motivations of men who commit mass shootings are often muddled, complex or unknown. But one common thread that connects many of them — other than access to powerful firearms — is a history of hating women, assaulting wives, girlfriends and female family members, or sharing misogynistic views online, researchers say.

As the nation grapples with last weekend’s mass shootings and debates new red-flag laws and tighter background checks, some gun control advocates say the role of misogyny in these attacks should be considered in efforts to prevent them.

The fact that mass shootings are almost exclusively perpetrated by men is “missing from the national conversation,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom of California on Monday. “Why does it have to be, why is it men, dominantly, always?”
misogyny  massacre  murder  guns  data 
8 weeks ago by Quercki
New study finds police-related fatalities may occur twice as often as reported | Cornell Chronicle
“One thing that really stands out within our research is that while the large central metros see a large chunk of killings by police, it is only a third of the total,” Edwards said. “That means two-thirds of all the shootings we’re finding are in suburban, smaller metropolitan and rural areas, which have received scant attention from both researchers and the media.”

In the Mountain States, police were responsible for about 17 percent of all homicides, while in the Middle Atlantic states, police accounted for about 5 percent of all homicides. Police accounted for more than 10 percent of all homicides in predominantly rural areas and about 7 percent of all homicides in large central metropolitan areas.
police  murder  people  rural  study  data 
9 weeks ago by Quercki
8% of all male homicides are committed by police, study says — and black men are most at risk
It was clear to me that we didn’t have an understanding of basic police killing facts — how prevalent they are, and some of the geographic regions they happen a lot in,” he added. “We hadn’t really established good baselines for what the rates of killing were.”

Many questions still need to be answered. Edwards is currently working on a future study that will more closely look at the lifetime risk of being killed by police among black, white, Latino/Latina, American Indian, Alaskan Native and Asian-Pacific Islander men and women. So far, his research suggests black women are at the highest risk of police homicide, followed generally by Latina women, then American Indian, white and Asian.

There’s also a question of why so many people die during encounters with police, regardless of whether or not it was a homicide.
police  murder  people  study  data 
9 weeks ago by Quercki
Risk of Police-Involved Death by Race/Ethnicity and Place, United States, 2012–2018 | AJPH | Vol. 108 Issue 9
Objectives. To estimate the risk of mortality from police homicide by race/ethnicity and place in the United States.

Methods. We used novel data on police-involved fatalities and Bayesian models to estimate mortality risk for Black, Latino, and White men for all US counties by Census division and metropolitan area type.

Results. Police kill, on average, 2.8 men per day. Police were responsible for about 8% of all homicides with adult male victims between 2012 and 2018. Black men’s mortality risk is between 1.9 and 2.4 deaths per 100 000 per year, Latino risk is between 0.8 and 1.2, and White risk is between 0.6 and 0.7.

Conclusions. Police homicide risk is higher than suggested by official data. Black and Latino men are at higher risk for death than are White men, and these disparities vary markedly across place.

Public Health Implications. Homicide reduction efforts should consider interventions to reduce the use of lethal force by police. Efforts to address unequal police violence should target places with high mortality risk.
police  murder  Black  Latino  men  study  data 
9 weeks ago by Quercki
Becerra backs change in murder law that's widely opposed by state prosecutors - The San Diego Union-Tribune
State Senator Nancy Skinner
21 hrs ·

Good news for my legislation, SB 1437, which was signed into law last year:

"The court filings from Attorney General Xavier Becerra contend the state’s new felony-murder law is constitutional, a significant break from the positions of scores of prosecutors across the state."
Criminal justice reform advocates said the law unfairly swept up and punished individuals for a crime they did not personally commit. The new law says an accomplice can only face murder charges if they directly participated in the killing, aided and abetted it, or were a “major participant” and acted with reckless indifference. The law does not apply to killings of police officers.
murder  justice  law  Nancy_Skinner 
11 weeks ago by Quercki
Oakland Is Slowly Solving America's Rising Gun Violence Trend | HuffPost
As major cities throughout the United States have struggled to deal with rising gun violence over the years, one community in California is seeing a reversal of the trend in its own backyard.

Oakland has cut its annual homicides and nonfatal shootings by nearly half since 2012, a huge drop for what used to be considered one of the more violent cities in the U.S., according to a new report by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

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The reduction is no random miracle but rather an overwhelming effort made by the entire Oakland community to address some of America’s daily gun violence in a city whose communities of color also deal with intergenerational poverty, housing segregation and systemic racial oppression.
The Oakland Ceasefire Initiative
Oakland  gun  violence  murder  solution 
june 2019 by Quercki
Vallejo city council meeting disintegrates into shouting and name-calling over police behavior - Story | KTVU
Some residents were also upset that some of the officers flooding in to secure the meeting, were the same ones they've had negative or violent encounters with.

Activists are hopeful Attorney General Xavier Becerra will step in.

"The usual way of doing business is over," said attorney Adonte Pointer, speaking at the rally. "We're calling on the state's top cop, the Attorney General, to no longer sit on the sideliines."

Police critics are also unimpressed by the prospect of the Department of Justice sending help from its' Community Relations Division.

They would rather see the feds review actual police practices and policies.

"We don't have a PR problem, we have a violence problem," said attorney Nold,"and when people are dying we don't need community relations, we need an investigation."

In the next few months, Vallejo's police chief will retire, to start drawing a $19,000 monthly pension.

Former Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan has been hired as a temporary consultant to help guide the search for a new chief.
Vallejo  CA  police  killing  POC  murder 
may 2019 by Quercki
Oakland police chief defends officer discipline in Joshua Pawlik shooting – East Bay Times
By David DeBolt | | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: April 4, 2019 at 10:18 am | UPDATED: April 4, 2019 at 8:40 pm

SAN FRANCISCO — Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick defended herself in response to criticism over the discipline she handed out to officers who shot and killed a homeless man, telling a federal judge on Wednesday she “personally reviewed all the evidence.”

“I know this is not the time or place to litigate the specifics of the (shooting) but I do want you to know that I did not simply sign off” on the case, the chief told U.S. District Judge William Orrick.

In recent weeks, the federal monitor expressed disappointment in how the internal investigation of the 2018 shooting of Joshua Pawlik was handled. For example, monitor Robert Warshaw was upset that a sergeant in the shooting did not face stricter discipline.

Kirkpatrick, who was joined by Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Administrator Sabrina Landreth, City Attorney Barbara Parker and several members of the OPD, also defended her department against claims it is sliding in its reform effort. Oakland is entering its 17th year of federal oversight, the longest such program in the country.
Oakland  police  murder  homeless  Anne_Kirkpatrick 
april 2019 by Quercki
Police release body-cam video of Willie McCoy killing, showing him asleep in car | US news | The Guardian
Vallejo police have released footage of the killing of Willie McCoy at a Taco Bell, showing six officers shooting the 20-year-old who was sleeping in his car.

The disturbing body-camera videos show the young rapper had moved his hand to scratch his shoulder before officers opened fire. The footage is consistent with key claims of McCoy’s family, who watched footage earlier this month and said the officers “executed” him while he was not alert or awake. The videos, released after significant pressure, show:

The officers did not try to wake McCoy up or talk to him after they spotted a gun in his lap, and instead pointed their firearms at his head directly outside the car as he slept for several minutes.

One officer said: “I’m going to pull him out and snatch his ass.”
Vallejo  police  murder  Willie  McCoy 
april 2019 by Quercki
California keeps a secret list of criminal cops, but says you can't have it
Their crimes ranged from shoplifting to embezzlement to murder. Some of them molested kids and downloaded child pornography. Others beat their wives, girlfriends or children.

The one thing they had in common: a badge.

Thousands of California law enforcement officers have been convicted of a crime in the past decade, according to records released by a public agency that sets standards for officers in the Golden State.

The revelations are alarming, but the state’s top cop says Californians don’t have a right to see them. In fact, Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned two Berkeley-based reporters that simply possessing this never-before-publicly-released list of convicted cops is a violation of the law.

The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training — known as POST — provided the information last month in response to routine Public Records Act requests from reporters for the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and its production arm, Investigative Studios.
police  murder  domestic_violence  shoplifting  embezzlement  porn  First_amendment 
february 2019 by Quercki
California rapper killed in car was shot by police about 25 times, lawyer says
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California rapper killed in car was shot by police about 25 times, lawyer says
Bullets struck the center of Willie McCoy's face and throat and blew off part of an ear, the family's attorney said, adding that "overkill is an understatement."
Video appears to show police opening fire on Calif. rapper in car
Feb. 14, 201900:54
Feb. 19, 2019, 11:13 AM PST
By Erik Ortiz

A young California man fatally shot by police after they found him unresponsive in his car with a gun in his lap was hit about 25 times — with bullets striking the center of his face and throat and blowing off part of his ear, a lawyer for his family said.

Oakland attorney Melissa Nold, who said she examined the body of Willie McCoy, 20, last week, told NBC News that he also sustained injuries to his shoulders, chest and arm, during the Feb. 9 encounter with six officers.

"Overkill is an understatement," Nold said of his wounds and the number of times he was struck.
Image: Willie McCoy was fatally shot by California police officers on Feb. 9, 2019.
Willie McCoy was fatally shot by California police officers on Feb. 9, 2019.Courtesy of David Harrison

A coroner's report has not been released and Vallejo police have declined to comment further during an active investigation.
police  killing  Valejo  Willie_McCoy  sleep  gun  murder  Willie_Bo 
february 2019 by Quercki
San Diego is America's safest city, but Republicans keep claiming that the US-Mexican border is responsible for "gangs, drugs, human trafficking and massive crime" / Boing Boing
San Diego and Tijuana are practically a single city, separated by a border, which Donald Trump wants to close, claiming that "The most important way to stop gangs, drugs, human trafficking and massive crime is at our Southern Border."

White supremacist Tucker Carlson, who grew up near the San Diego/Tijuana border-crossing at San Ysidro, blames immigration for making America "poorer and dirtier and more divided."

San Diego is America's safest large city.

And it's not an exception: other safer-than-average US cities include the border towns of El Paso, San Antonio, and Phoenix.

Reality has such a left-wing bias.

San Diego is poised to end 2018 with 1.9 murders per 100,000 residents, compared to 23.1 per 100,000 in Indianapolis and 51.7 per 100,000 in Baltimore. That means a resident of Indianapolis is 12 times more likely to be murdered, a resident of Baltimore 27 times.
crime  murder  border  immigration  Mexico  statistics 
january 2019 by Quercki
École Polytechnique, Montréal: Remember the 14
n Dec. 6, 1989, the country was forever changed. Fourteen women died at Montreal’s École Polytechnique, killed simply because they were women. They were brilliant students, creative thinkers, beloved sisters, cherished daughters.

Their lives, cut short, became the source of sorrow for a nation.

Their deaths sparked a movement that took direct aim at violence hidden in the shadows for too long. These are the stories of the 14 women, 13 students and one university employee, who lost their lives.

Select a photo below to read more about the victims.
Montreal  women  engineer  murder  massacre  1989 
december 2018 by Quercki
Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Oakland near MacArthur BART - YouTube
Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Oakland near MacArthur BART




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Oakland police shot and killed a man Sunday near the MacArthur BART station, which began as a call to the fire department for a man down in the street.

Police say the man they shot at a home in the 900 block of 4th Street had a gun-- and refused commands to drop it.

KTVU’s cameras were rolling as at least one officer fired multiple rounds and other officers took cover behind a tactical vehicle
Oakland  police  murder  20180311 
march 2018 by Quercki
Men, women, and murder: gender-specific differences in rates of fatal violence and victimization. - PubMed - NCBI
J Trauma. 1992 Jul;33(1):1-5.
Men, women, and murder: gender-specific differences in rates of fatal violence and victimization.

Kellermann AL1, Mercy JA.
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To study the potential differences that distinguish homicides involving women as victims or offenders from those involving men, we analyzed Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reports data on homicides that occurred in the United States between 1976 and 1987. Only cases that involved victims aged 15 years or older were included. Persons killed during law enforcement activity and cases in which the victim's gender was not recorded were excluded. A total of 215,273 homicides were studied, 77% of which involved male victims and 23% female victims. Although the overall risk of homicide for women was substantially lower than that of men (rate ratio [RR] = 0.27), their risk of being killed by a spouse or intimate acquaintance was higher (RR = 1.23). In contrast to men, the killing of a woman by a stranger was rare (RR = 0.18). More than twice as many women were shot and killed by their husband or intimate acquaintance than were murdered by strangers using guns, knives, or any other means. Although women comprise more than half the U.S. population, they committed only 14.7% of the homicides noted during the study interval. In contrast to men, who killed nonintimate acquaintances, strangers, or victims of undetermined relationship in 80% of cases, women killed their spouse, an intimate acquaintance, or a family member in 60% of cases. When men killed with a gun, they most commonly shot a stranger or a non-family acquaintance.
murder  death  men  women  data  statistics 
march 2018 by Quercki
Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Implicated in Murder | The Nation
A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company’s owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. The former employee also alleges that Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe,” and that Prince’s companies “encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life.”

In their testimony, both men also allege that Blackwater was smuggling weapons into Iraq. One of the men alleges that Prince turned a profit by transporting “illegal” or “unlawful” weapons into the country on Prince’s private planes.
Iraq  Blackwater  murder  Erik_Prince  smuggling  Christian  military  law  intelligence 
march 2018 by Quercki
150,000 American Students Have Experienced a School Shooting. They Are Our Best Hope.
In 1996, Australia Enacted Strict Gun Laws. It Hasn't Had a Mass Shooting Since.
Violent crime and gun-related deaths did not come to an end in Australia, of course. But as the Washington Post’s Wonkblog pointed out in August, homicides by firearm plunged 59 percent between 1995 and 2006, with no corresponding increase in non-firearm-related homicides. The drop in suicides by gun was even steeper: 65 percent. Studies found a close correlation between the sharp declines and the gun buybacks. Robberies involving a firearm also dropped significantly. Meanwhile, home invasions did not increase, contrary to fears that firearm ownership is needed to deter such crimes. But here’s the most stunning statistic. In the decade before the Port Arthur massacre, there had been 11 mass shootings in the country. There hasn’t been a single one in Australia since.
Australia  gun  control  massacre  murder  shooting  guns  suicide 
february 2018 by Quercki
Have your representatives in Congress received donations from the NRA? - Washington Post
Have your representatives
in Congress received
donations from the NRA?
Since 1998, the National Rifle Association has donated $4.23 million to current members of Congress. Explore below to see how much money has been donated to members of Congress in your state.

By Aaron Williams
Updated Oct. 5, 2017
gun  violence  massacre  murder  shooting  congress 
february 2018 by Quercki
BART police officer involved in fatal shooting outside West Oakland Station - SFGate
A BART police officer was involved in a shooting outside the West Oakland Station Wednesday evening that killed one man and sent another to the hospital with serious injuries, authorities said.
What happened at Seventh and Chester streets, across from the West Oakland BART Station and in front of the Upperkutz barbershop, remains unclear, and Oakland police said they wouldn’t offer any more details before Thursday morning.
But one witness told The Chronicle she saw two men arguing before shots rang out. Another said she saw one man shoot the other in the leg, prompting a BART police officer to run across the street from the station and shoot him.
BART  murder  Oakland  2018  Sahleem_Tindle 
february 2018 by Quercki
(6) At the West Oakland Police Station today, myself... - Yolanda Banks Reed
At the West Oakland Police Station today, myself with our Attorney John Burris, my sons LaRon and Karim, my daughter Nalia, my husband Kevin, my sister Lisa, my daughter-in-law Shanda; Sahleem's lady/Mother of their children Ciara LovesImarogbe Tindle viewed the Oakland officer's police body-cam.
The recording revealed that my son, Sahleem Tindle was shot in the back and killed by the officer Joseph Mateu on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, West Oakland BART station..Sahleem's back was to the officer; Sahleem's hands were up and HE WAS KILLED BY THE OFFICER.
Channels 2, 4 & 7 news reported that a gun was in his hand. The officer's body-cam revealed that there was no gun in Sahleem's hand...and my son was still shot in the back.
Sahleem_Tindle  BART  Oakland  murder 
february 2018 by Quercki
‘Insulting’: Judge blisters defense for race allegations, upholds $15M verdict against Lakewood in killing of unarmed black man | The Seattle Times
U.S. District Judge Barbara Rorthstein said there was ample evidence for the jury to conclude officers acted outrageously, unreasonably and with malice and callous indifference to the life of Leonard Thomas.

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By Mike Carter
Seattle Times staff reporter
A federal judge has upheld a $15.1 million jury verdict against the city of Lakewood in Pierce County, Police Chief Mike Zaro and two other Lakewood officers for killing Leonard Thomas during a 2013 SWAT operation, taking the opportunity to scold the defense for suggesting the jury was motivated by fear of racial backlash if it exonerated the officers for killing an unarmed black man.
police  murder  BlackLivesMatter  justice 
february 2018 by Quercki
Last year set a bloody record for anti-LGBTQ homicides - 2017
Researchers found that trans homicides also hit a historic high in 2017, a mark that dovetails with a five-year-long upward trend in the number of trans women of color killed for their identities. Indeed, people of color seem to be the most at-risk cohort in the LGBTQ community. Of the 27 transgender homicides in 2017, 22 were women of color. Of the 52 total anti-LGBTQ homicides in 2017, 71 percent were people were non-white.
murder  LBGTQ 
january 2018 by Quercki
Gun violence research: History of the federal funding freeze
At the time APA advocated in support of firearm-related injury research, and APA released the following statement when the Dickey amendment was adopted: 
Research on the prevention of firearm-related injury, supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and coordinated within CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), has come under attack from Rep. Jay Dickey (R-Ark.) and the National Rifle Association (NRA). The House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee initially rejected Rep. Dickey's attempt to eliminate the $2.6 million dedicated to CDC firearm-injury research. However, Mr. Dickey prevailed in the full Appropriations Committee. The Dickey amendment would transfer the $2.6 million to regional health education centers. This research has attracted a powerful and wealthy opponent — the NRA. The NRA has taken the position that firearm-related injury research at the CDC amounts to 'antigun' political advocacy and has also attacked the quality of this research. However, research proposals submitted to CDC are subject to a peer review process that follows standard practices. APA's Public Policy Office (PPO) has distributed accurate information to Congress on the nature of CDC-supported firearm-injury research and is advocating against the Dickey amendment.
gun  death  politics  budget  murder 
december 2017 by Quercki
Murder Accountability Project
Why We Exist
America does a poor job tracking and accounting for its unsolved homicides. Every year, at least 5,000 killers get away with murder. The rate at which police clear homicides through arrest has declined over the years until, today, about a third go unsolved.

As a result, more than 229,000 Americans have perished in unsolved homicides committed since 1980 — more than the combined death toll of all U.S. military actions since World War II. In fact, total U.S. military fatalities during the eight-year invasion and occupation of Iraq were less than a single year of civilian losses from unsolved domestic homicides.

No one knows all the names of these victims because no law enforcement agency in America is assigned to monitor failed homicide investigations by local police departments. Even the official national statistics on murder are actually estimates and projections based upon incomplete reports by police departments that voluntarily choose (or refuse) to participate in federal crime reporting programs.
The Murder Accountability Project is a nonprofit group organized in 2015 and dedicated to educate Americans on the importance of accurately accounting for unsolved homicides within the United States. We seek to obtain information from federal, state and local governments about unsolved homicides and to publish this information. The Project’s Board of Directors is composed of retired law enforcement investigators, investigative journalists, criminologists and other experts on various aspects of homicide.

At this site, you can determine how often police departments in your community clear a homicide through arrest using the "Clearance Rates" tab. You can also explore individual cases reported to the FBI or obtained by the Murder Accountability Project under local Freedom of Information Acts. Using the "Search Cases" tab, you can look for patterns in the occurrence of specific types of homicides and how often police identified the offender.
murder  statistics  data 
december 2017 by Quercki
What Keeps Happening? White Men With Guns | Bitch Media
Columbine. Virginia Tech. Colorado Springs. Sandy Hook. Aurora, Colorado. Isla Vista, California, Roseburg, Oregon. Orlando. Too many cities in the United States are now indelibly associated with the mass shootings that have become, perhaps more than anything else, a hallmark of life in America. A tweet from journalist Dan Hodges—“In retrospect Sandy Hook marked the end of the US gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over”—and the Onion article titled “‘No Way to Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens” surface each time, as chilling as they were the first time. 

Since the devastating day five years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary, the nonprofit database Gun Violence Archive estimates that there have been at least 1,518 mass shootings that left at least 1,715 people dead and 6,089 wounded. Repeat: That’s in just the last five years. And this is happening at the same time that Congressional funding for research on gun violence as a cause of death has stalled out. And we all know why that is.
massacre  links  media  white  men  guns  murder  shooting  Las_Vegas  **** 
october 2017 by Quercki
Say No to 'The New Normal' -- Five Things You Can Do About Gun Violence |
1) Change Our Culture
2) Stop Investing in Guns

The Campaign to Unload has done a brilliant job of pressuring large private equity firms, hedge funds and other investors to get out of the business of guns
3) Make Corporations Get Off the Sidelines
4) Make Politicians Uncomfortable
5) Use Your Voice
gun  violence  murder  massacre  howto  solution 
october 2017 by Quercki
America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts - Vox
This chart, compiled using United Nations data collected by Simon Rogers for the Guardian, shows that America far and away leads other developed countries when it comes to gun-related homicides. Why? Extensive reviews of the research by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Control Research Center suggest the answer is pretty simple: The US is an outlier on gun violence because it has way more guns than other developed nations.
gun  violence  murder  massacre 
october 2017 by Quercki
• U.S.: mass shootings by race 1982-2017 | Statista

The statistic shows the number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and 2017, by race and ethnicity of the shooter(s). Between 1982 and July 2017, 50 out of 90 mass shootings were initiated by White shooters. The Orlando nightclub massacre in 2016 had the highest number of victims between 1982 and 2017, with 49 people killed, and 53 injured.

Additional information on mass shooter profiles in the United States
a look at mass shootings in the United States by gender shows a great majority of mass shootings are carried out by men.
murder  massacre  statistics  graphs 
october 2017 by Quercki
Young black men killed by US police at highest rate in year of 1,134 deaths | US news | The Guardian
The FBI also announced plans to overhaul its own count of homicides by police, which has been discredited by its reliance on the voluntary submission of data from a fraction of the country’s 18,000 police departments. The Guardian’s total for 2015 was more than two and a half times greater than the 444 “justifiable homicides” logged by the FBI last year.

The FBI director, James Comey, said in October it was “embarrassing and ridiculous” that the government did not hold comprehensive statistics, and that it was “unacceptable” the Guardian and the Washington Post, which began publishing a database of fatal police shootings on 1 July, held better records. The Counted will continue into 2016.
police  murder  2015  death  demographics  black 
september 2017 by Quercki
Sem City Gang Members Charged With Racketeering Conspiracy, Attempted Murder, Assault With A Deadly Weapon, And Maiming | USAO-NDCA | Department of Justice
Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of California
Friday, December 20, 2013
Sem City Gang Members Charged With Racketeering Conspiracy, Attempted Murder, Assault With A Deadly Weapon, And Maiming

OAKLAND - A nine-count federal indictment charging four members of the Sem City gang was returned by the Grand Jury yesterday and unsealed today in federal court, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag.

All four defendants, listed below, are in state custody and will be transferred into federal custody:

DAMIEN EDWARD MCDANIEL, a/k/a “Famous,” “Lil’ Dame,” and
JOSEPH PENNYMON, a/k/a “Junkie.”
All four defendants, Oakland residents, are charged with a racketeering conspiracy, attempted murder in aid of racketeering, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, maiming in aid of racketeering, and discharge of a firearm in furtherance of those crimes of violence. Three of the four defendants are also charged with a second count of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering and discharge of a firearm in furtherance of the same. Each defendant faces a maximum term of imprisonment of life.

According to the Indictment, Sem City is a violent street gang based in the Seminary neighborhood of East Oakland. Members of Sem City engaged in criminal activity, including attempted murder, assault, robbery, narcotics distribution, pimping of minors, illegal firearms possession, and credit card fraud. Additionally, members of Sem City are expected to engage in acts of violence to protect the name, reputation, and status of the gang.
Oakland  gang  murder  police 
september 2017 by Quercki
Federal prosecutor struggles to describe stingray use in attempted murder case | Ars Technica
the Wednesday hearing may prove to be a crucial one in the ongoing case of United States v. Ellis, where four men are charged with the 2013 attempted murder of local police officer Eric Karsseboom in a parking area near an East Oakland apartment complex. (One of those men, Damien McDaniel, pleaded guilty earlier this year.)

This case has now been running for over three-and-a-half years, and it may finally be entering a new phase: the judge could call for an evidentiary hearing where the intricacies of the stingray are more fully explored. In turn, that could pave the way for a firm trial date or plea deals (which Alioto said remain on the table). Either way, the court's next ruling likely will bring United States v. Ellis closer to its conclusion.


Ellis has provided rare insight into how the stingray is used in practice to find suspects and the seeming lengths the government is willing to go to keep it quiet. The surveillance tool has come under increasing scrutiny by lawmakers and activists in recent years. Since this case began, the Department of Justice, which oversees the FBI, and the State of California now require a warrant when a stingray is used in most circumstances.
Oakland  police  stingray  attempted  murder  mobile  phone 
september 2017 by Quercki
St Louis Police Officer Caught On Camera Breaking Out Culpepper's Restaurant Window
St Louis police officer caught on camera breaking out Culpepper’s Restaurant window
The act of vandalism was caught on camera by Chris Phillips who later posted the video to his Facebook

Witnesses claim law enforcement officers broke out at least one other window in the area

It is believed that the officer broke the window to later blame the incident on protesters in the area
police  violence  St._Louis  black  murder  demonstration 
september 2017 by Quercki
Protests in Central West End Met with Teargas and Massive Police Presence | News Blog
the streets had almost entirely cleared, except for cops firing pepper balls at stragglers from the protest. One officer — "a little dude" — was "just randomly firing at people, and when they would call him out on it, he would fire again," he says.

"It made no sense," Sommers adds. "There was no rhyme or reason to it. It was not based on any escalation or perceived escalation of events."

He says police launched a tear gas canister at his restaurant and shot a man nearby with a pepper ball as he watched.

"Awful day for St. Louis," Sommers says.
pizza  St._Louis  demonstration  BLM  police  murder  free 
september 2017 by Quercki
Why the Texas Shooting Is a Deadly Symptom of Male Entitlement and a Gender Issue | Alternet
It’s a sad sign of the collective learned helplessness of Americans when it comes to gun violence that the recent shooting in Plano, Texas — which left nine people dead, including the shooter — has barely registered on the national consciousness. That the murderer was a domestic abuser who was motivated by rage at his wife for leaving him just adds to the collective national shrug. Sure, feminist journalists and bloggers will dutifully note the role that domestic violence plays in mass murders, but beyond that there’s no larger discussion about why so many men get so resentful and angry at women that they lash out, often killing themselves and others in the process.
massacre  murder  domestic_violence  Texas  20170911 
september 2017 by Quercki
Who Is Killing American Women? Their Husbands And Boyfriends, CDC Confirms. | HuffPost
It is already well-established that women in the U.S. are far more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than by any other group of people. As HuffPost previously reported: It’s not strangers, friends or acquaintances who pose the biggest threat to women’s lives. It’s the men they date and marry. 

Around three women a day are murdered by an intimate partner, and in many cases, children and others are also killed. The majority of mass shootings ― defined as four or more people fatally shot, not including the perpetrator ― involve domestic violence.

The CDC found that firearms were used in 54 percent of all female homicides. Limiting access to guns for those subject to a domestic violence protective order could serve as a preventative measure to help reduce deaths, it said.
women  violence  murder  domestic_violence 
september 2017 by Quercki
A Most American Terrorist: The Making Of Dylann Roof | GQ
Shortly after Roof was identified as the killer, a story circulated in the press that Dylann had been upset about a white girlfriend who had rejected him for a black boy. But Roof himself denied this in court. There was no girl. In fact, no one, not a single person anywhere, remembers Dylann Roof ever dating anyone. Occasionally he went to strip clubs; in an interview with the Charlotte Observer, Meek's girlfriend recalled that Dylann had a preference for black strippers.
On a whim one night, I sent a series of messages to the other Meek brothers, Justin and Jacob.
I asked them lots of things about Roof that they ignored.
But when I asked Jacob if Dylann Roof was a virgin, I saw the text bubbles that meant he was typing a response.
Finally, his answer appeared: Yes.
Roof is what happens when we prefer vast historical erasures to real education about race. The rise of groups like Trump's Republican Party, with its overtures to the alt-right, has emboldened men like Dylann Roof to come out of their slumber and loudly, violently out themselves. But in South Carolina, those men never disappeared, were there always, waiting. It is possible that Dylann Roof is not an outlier at all, then, but rather emblematic of an approaching storm.
Dylann_Roof  racism  murder 
september 2017 by Quercki
Oakland Police Department - Posts (facebook)
OPD ARRESTS HOMICIDE SUSPECT; DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHARGES – On June 4, 2017, at approximately 3:20 a.m., Oakland police officers responded to a report of a fatal shooting in the 1600 block of Linden Street. Responding officers located the victim, 32-year-old Andrew Williams of San Pablo, who was pronounced deceased on scene.

On June 8, 2017, the murder suspect, 31-year-old Artison Manalastas of Antioch, was located and taken into custody by the Oakland Police Department.

On June 12, 2017, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged Manalastas with the murder of Williams.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department Homicide Section at (510) 238-3821 or the TIP LINE at (510) 238-7950.
OPD  arrest  murder 
june 2017 by Quercki
women who believe women
And then they did what I've seen so many 60-something women do: they figured out a new vector for their energy, their curiosity, their simmering rage. 

That's what I wrote about in my short piece in The Keepers: how post-menopausal women, rendered invisible by popular culture, dismissed as un-useful or un-beautiful simply because they're neither nubile teens nor childbearing mothers, get shit done. They wield that dismissal, that under-estimation, like a weapon. They've been quietly negotiating the patriarchy for sixty years, managing the eternal flow of busywork that almost always falls to women — there's no way a government office's attempt to turn them away is going to actually do so. Keep waiting for a FOIA request? NO PROB, WE HAVE OUR ENTIRE RETIREMENT TO DO SO, WE'RE JUST HANGING OUT HERE WITH OUR DOGS AND SOLVING MURDERS. 

Men and women have different fates once they pass the age of, oh, 50.
women  menopausal  crones  murder  investigation  Catholic  sex  abuse 
june 2017 by Quercki
The Women Of "The Keepers" Aren't Afraid Of The Truth
As postmenopausal women, they’re not sex objects; they don’t have viable wombs. Within our still profoundly conservative calculus of a woman’s value, they have very little. But that dismissal, that near-invisibility when it comes to the media, is liberating: If no one’s watching you, you can do whatever you want.

Including: holding structures of power accountable. They do so, however, by wielding skill sets and tools often delegitimized or degraded as feminine. They strategize on a Facebook group. They file ceaseless requests. They spend a ton of time sorting through microfiche and old VHS video. They organize; they chat people up; they keep detailed spreadsheets — in part by using the very skills they learned at Keough. They investigate from the soft perches of their desktop computers, firmly ensconced in, but never enclosed by, the domestic sphere. Most importantly, they collaborate with other women — and believe one another. They are women who believe women.
women  menopause  crones  murder  investigation  truth  Catholic  sex  abuse 
june 2017 by Quercki
Quinault Nation Responds to Apparent Hate Crime that leaves One Dead, One in Critical Condition | Last Real Indians
What Really Happened at Donkey Creek
TAHOLAH, WA (5/28/17)- Information regarding the actions of two young Quinault tribal members at Donkey Creek near the Humptulips Campground early Saturday morning has been erroneous, according to witnesses. According to witnesses, the two were injured when the driver of a “monster” pickup truck purposely ran over them.
The victims were James “Jimmy” Kramer, 20, of Taholah and Harvey Anderson, 19, of Aberdeen. The driver of the truck, described as a Caucasian in his mid-30’s driving a truck described by witnesses as a mid-1990s Chevy with an extended cab and large tires, had been doing “doughnuts” at the site when the two Quinaults and other campers tried to make him stop. The driver was screaming racial slurs and war whoops when he ran over the two tribal members. A woman passenger in the truck, also described as a Caucasian in her ’30’s was screaming at the driver trying to make him stop.
murder  racism  hate  environment 
may 2017 by Quercki
Witnesses: Man Cut the Throats of Two MAX Passengers Who Tried to Stop Anti-Muslim Bullying of Women on Northeast Portland Train - Willamette Week
Gateway Transit Center (TriMet)
By Aaron Mesh | Published May 26 at 7:00 PM
A man riding the MAX in Northeast Portland fatally stabbed two passengers who tried to stop him from hurling racial and anti-Muslim insults at women on the train, witnesses tell WW's news partner KATU-TV.
hate  crime  murder  Muslim 
may 2017 by Quercki
(4) Oakland Police Department - Posts
OPD ARRESTS HOMICIDE SUSPECT / DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHARGES - On April 30, 2017, at 10:26 p.m., the Oakland Police Department was notified of a gunshot victim in the parking lot of a business in the 4000 block of Alameda Avenue. Oakland police officers responded to the scene and located 22-year-old, Robert McCorvey, suffering from a gunshot wound. Emergency medical services on scene pronounced McCorvey deceased. The Oakland police homicide investigators responded and continued the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death.

On May 4, 2017, the Oakland Police Department located and arrested the 20-year-old suspect, Donald Aaron.

On May 17, 2017, Aaron was charged by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office with the murder of McCorvey.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department Homicide Section at (510) 238-3821 or the TIP-LINE at 238-7950.
Oakland  police  arrest  homicide  suspect  murder 
may 2017 by Quercki
Young, Black, & Missing in San Francisco: 3-year-old Arianna Fitts - Broke-Ass Stuart's Goddamn Website

Arianna Fitts was last seen in February 2016 in San Francisco, staying with caregivers. Her mother was murdered shortly afterward, and Arianna is missing.
child  kidnapping  mother  murder 
may 2017 by Quercki
Highway 101 reopens following fatal officer-involved shooting, investigation continues |
Published: April 29, 2017, 6:15 am Updated: April 29, 2017, 8:59 am
SAN MATEO (KRON) — All lanes of northbound Highway 101 have reopened Saturday morning following a fatal officer-involved shooting Friday in San Mateo, according to California Highway Patrol.

The lanes were reopened around midnight, but the incident remains under investigation.

Officers shot an armed suspect on the highway near Highway 92, after the suspect reportedly got out of a car and started shooting.

Three CHP officers responded to the scene just after 5:30 p.m. All three of the officers fired their weapons, killing the man, according to the CHP.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No officers were injured in the shooting.

The incident caused the closure of the northbound lanes of the highway for more than six hours.

Three agencies are investigating the incident, including San Mateo District Attorney’s Office, San Mateo Police Department, and California Highway Patrol.
CHP  officer  shooting  killing  murder 
april 2017 by Quercki
Mysterious death of New York judge was initially called a suicide. Now, police think it's suspicious - LA Times
Barbara Demick

The mystery of how a prominent African American judge came to be found floating dead in the Hudson River has deepened as her family and widowed husband disputed suggestions by the New York Police Department that she had committed suicide.

What is known is that Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 65, a judge on the state’s highest court, went for a walk alone on the evening of April 11, locking the door to her Harlem brownstone, leaving her phone and wallet at home. Surveillance cameras showed her walking alone near the river shortly after midnight, according to the New York Police Department. The next afternoon, her body, fully clothed in sweat pants and sneakers, was found at the edge of the river in an area popular with joggers and bicycle riders.

In the initial days, police said that the death appeared to be a suicide because there were no obvious signs of trauma to her body. Reports circulated that her family had a history of suicide — that her 92-year-old mother had took her life during the Easter holiday in 2012 and her brother two years later. But her family now disputes those stories, saying in a statement that Abdus-Salaam’s mother died naturally of old age and her brother of terminal lung cancer.

Gregory Jacobs, an Episcopal priest who become Abdus-Salaam’s third husband when they married last year, also challenged the portrayal of his wife as suicidal.
Black  African-American  judge  suicide  murder 
april 2017 by Quercki
Russian Journalist, Critic Of Vladimir Putin, Dies After Being Severely Beaten By Unknown Assailants | The Intellectualist
POSTED ON APRIL 19, 2017, 2:20 PM 55 SECS

Radio Free Europe:

A prominent Russian journalist known for articles criticizing Russian government and President Vladimir Putin has died in St. Petersburg after being severely beaten by unknown assailants.

Nikolai Andrushchenko

Nikolai Andrushchenko, a 73-year-old co-founder of the newspaper Novy Petersburg, was attacked on March 9 and had been unconscious since then.
Putin  assassination  Russia  Nikolai_Andrushchenko  murder 
april 2017 by Quercki
Chicago judge shot: Judge in high-profile cases killed outside his home -
(CNN)A judge involved in several high-profile cases in Chicago was shot and killed outside his home Monday morning, police said.

Cook County Judge Raymond Myles, 66, and a 52-year-old woman were both shot outside the home on Chicago's South Side, police said. The woman, described as "a close associate of the judge," is expected to survive, Chicago police Chief of Detectives Melissa Staples said.

Judge Raymond Myles
Myles was involved in the case against William Balfour, who was convicted of killing singer and actress Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew, CNN affiliate WGN reported.
The judge was also involved in the case of the 1993 massacre at a Brown's Chicken fast food restaurant in Palatine, Illinois, WGN reported.
Staples said it was not clear whether Myles was targeted due to his work as a judge.
African-American  judge  murder 
april 2017 by Quercki
the Court has held that governmental interests did not support a lengthy detention of luggage, United States v. Place, supra, an airport seizure not "carefully tailored to its underlying justification," Florida v. Royer, 460 U.S. 491, 500 (1983) (plurality opinion), surgery under general anesthesia to obtain evidence, Winston v. Lee, 470 U.S. 753 (1985), or detention for fingerprinting without probable cause, Davis v. Mississippi, 394 U.S. 721 (1969); Hayes v. Florida, 470 U.S. 811 (1985). On the other hand, under the same approach it has upheld the taking of fingernail scrapings from a suspect, Cupp v. Murphy, 412 U.S. 291 (1973), an unannounced entry into a home to prevent the destruction of evidence, Ker v. California, 374 U.S. 23 (1963), administrative housing inspections without probable cause to believe that a code violation will be found, Camara v. Municipal Court, supra, and a blood test of a drunken-driving suspect, Schmerber v. California, 384 U.S. 757 (1966). In each of these cases, the question was whether [471 U.S. 1, 9]   the totality of the circumstances justified a particular sort of search or seizure.
totality_of_the_circumstances  deadly_force  police  murder  arrest 
april 2017 by Quercki
SF police won’t be charged in killing of Amilcar Perez-Lopez - SFGate
The city medical examiner found that all six of the bullets that struck 21-year-old Amilcar Perez-Lopez came from the back or side. But Gascón wrote in his 25-page report that testimony from several witnesses and other evidence did not show “beyond a reasonable doubt that no legal justifications existed for the (officers’) actions” on Feb. 26, 2015.
The bullet wounds in Perez-Lopez’s back, Gascón concluded, may have been the result of Perez-Lopez quickly turning after the first officer decided to shoot. And even if that wasn’t the case, the officers are justified under the law to use deadly force not just in self-defense, but in defense of others, Gascón said — if he had been running away from the officers, he still would have been running in the direction of a man he had previously been chasing.
“We’re not disputing that he was shot in the back,” Gascón said at a news conference. “What we’re saying is given the totality of the circumstances, that does not make it an unlawful shooting.”
Advocates of Perez-Lopez called this reasoning a stretch and yet another effort “to give the officers the benefit of every doubt.” Arnoldo Casillas, who is representing Perez-Lopez’s family in a federal civil lawsuit against the city, has said the shots to the back are proof that Perez-Lopez was running away from men who failed to identify themselves as plainclothes officers, in particular to someone who could only speak Spanish. Not realizing they were cops, he tried to scare them and keep them back with the knife before trying to flee, Casillas said.
SF  police  murder  Amilcar_Perez-Lopez  lawful  "totality  of  the  situation" 
april 2017 by Quercki
The San Bernardino gunman had a history of domestic abuse, like most U.S. mass shooters.
in 57 percent of U.S. mass shootings that occurred between January 2009 and June 2014, the perpetrator killed an intimate partner or family member. (Update, April 12, 2017: This week, Everytown reported an extension of the analysis through the end of last year, showing that the total is 54 percent for the 2009-2016 period.) In other words, the average mass shooter in America is a domestic abuser.

Indeed, the world has gotten used to hearing from the U.S. that the shooter had a history of violence against women after yet another horrifying shooting spree. Cho Seung-Hui, the Virginia Tech shooter, was investigated for stalking two female students. Elliot Roger, who killed six people in Isla Vista, California, in 2014, tried to shove several women off a 10-foot ledge at a party and claimed in a “manifesto” that his violence was part of his “war on women.” Esteban Santiago, who killed five people in the Fort Lauderdale airport in January, was charged with assault and accused of choking his girlfriend in two separate domestic-violence complaints in the year before his mass attack. Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people and injured 53 at the Pulse gay club in Orlando last summer, reportedly physically abused and falsely imprisoned his ex-wife, Sitora Yusifiy. As Rolling Stone pointed out soon after the massacre, news outlets’ claim that Matten had “no record of previous hate crimes” betrayed a very narrow definition of hate crime—when men abuse their wives, girlfriends, and exes, the violence is inherently misogynist.
domestic_violence  misogyny  massacre  murder  terrorism 
april 2017 by Quercki
Intimate Partner Homicide is An Epidemic Killing Thousands: Why Aren’t We Fighting It At The Source?
As Huffington Post domestic violence reporter Melissa Jeltsen points out, deaths at the hands of intimate partners receive far less attention than those caused by terrorism, despite the former being far more pervasive. "There have been 71 deaths due to extremist attacks on U.S. soil from 2005 to 2015," she writes. "Compare that to the drumbeat of women killed by their intimate partners, which number three daily.” But while ISIS is an obvious target for male politicians, fighting sexism— which takes the life of so many women around the world daily— is not. You can’t promise to bomb the shit out of sexism, or close the borders to misogynists in order to keep the threat out. The threat comes from within: from inside the country, and from inside our very own homes. Men are killing women by the thousands, and here we are demonizing Muslims.

When a terrorist attack occurs, there is always a great deal of hand-wringing if it is discovered that the perpetrator was on a terrorist watch list, that the attack was preventable. But intimate partner violence is one of the most preventable, predictable crimes there is. If there were a national watch list for domestic homicide threats, Cedric Anderson would have been on it. According to the NY Daily News, Anderson had a comprehensive history of violence against women, and had threatened to take his violence to the next level before: in 1997 his ex-wife Natalie sought a restraining order after he threatened to kill her, their kids, and himself. 
domestic_violence  murder  male  violence  terrorism 
april 2017 by Quercki
Download the National Statistics Domestic Violence Fact Sheet

View all our domestic violence fact sheets 

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.1
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.1
1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.1
1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.1
On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.9
The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.10
Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.2
Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.2
19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.2
Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.2
Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.2
1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in their lifetime.1
Almost half of female (46.7%) and male (44.9%) victims of rape in the United States were raped by an acquaintance. Of these, 45.4% of female rape victims and 29% of male rape victims were raped by an intimate partner.11
domestic_violence  rape  murder  statistics  men  abuse  family 
april 2017 by Quercki
Risk Factors for Femicide in Abusive Relationships: Results From a Multisite Case Control Study
Objectives. This 11-city study sought to identify risk factors for femicide in abusive relationships.

Methods. Proxies of 220 intimate partner femicide victims identified from police or medical examiner records were interviewed, along with 343 abused control women.

Results. Preincident risk factors associated in multivariate analyses with increased risk of intimate partner femicide included perpetrator’s access to a gun and previous threat with a weapon, perpetrator’s stepchild in the home, and estrangement, especially from a controlling partner. Never living together and prior domestic violence arrest were associated with lowered risks. Significant incident factors included the victim having left for another partner and the perpetrator’s use of a gun. Other significant bivariate-level risks included stalking, forced sex, and abuse during pregnancy.

Conclusions. There are identifiable risk factors for intimate partner femicides.
domestic_violence  murder  research 
april 2017 by Quercki
Why leaving didn't stop Karen Smith's husband from killing her in San Bernardino.
When relationships turn abusive — or potentially so — friends and family of the victim are often prone to wonder: "Why doesn't he or she simply leave?"

In Smith's case, she did leave. And she was murdered.

"Leaving is not always the immediate safest choice for somebody," says Bryan Pacheco, public relations director for Safe Horizon, an organization that assists victims of relationship and familial abuse.

Frequently, leaving an abusive partner can increase the danger to the victim. One study, which surveyed data from three cities in three English-speaking countries, concluded that women were three times more likely to be murdered by estranged or former husbands than by their current spouses.
domestic_violence  murder  San_Bernardino 
april 2017 by Quercki
The Latest San Bernardino Shooting Reveals A Far More Common Form Of Terror | The Huffington Post
The latest San Bernardino shooting was also an act of terror ― a much more common kind, with a much higher death toll: The kind women face when trapped in abusive relationships.

According to PolitiFact, there have been 71 deaths due to extremist attacks on U.S. soil from 2005 to 2015. Compare that to the drumbeat of women killed by their intimate partners, which number three daily. In California alone, there were 118 domestic violence-related homicides in 2015. On average, there are nearly 11 murder-suicides nationally each week. Most involve a man killing his wife or girlfriend using a gun. But they get little sustained media attention.
domestic_violence  San_Bernardino  murder 
april 2017 by Quercki
(16) Bethesda Temple Church Apostolic Faith Inc. - Posts
Bethesda Temple Church Apostolic Faith Inc.
14 hrs ·
To all who have inquired about the relationship of Bethesda Temple to Cedric Anderson and Karen Smith:
Neither Mr. Anderson or Ms. Smith were members of Bethesda Temple, or regularly attended services at our church. However, they did rent our church for their January wedding.
Our hearts go out to their families and friends, and the families and friends of all affected by yesterday's tragedy.
We at Bethesda Temple mourn with you, and pray that God's perfect peace will surround all who come to Him for comfort, and heal their broken hearts.
John 16:33: "I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world."
San_Bernardino  murder  domestic  violence  Cedric_Anderson 
april 2017 by Quercki
Jackson State: A Tragedy Widely Forgotten : NPR
A group of angry students. A burst of gunfire from authorities. Young lives cut short.

It sounds a lot like the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970, but it happened 10 days later at a predominantly black college in the South.

Police fired for about 30 seconds on a group of students at Jackson State in Mississippi, killing two and wounding 12 others.
police  murder  Black  African-American  history  Vietnam  racism 
april 2017 by Quercki
Dylann Roof To Plead Guilty To Murder Charges, Avoid Death Penalty
Dylann Roof will receive a life sentence after pleading guilty to murdering nine Black victims in South Carolina’s historic Emanuel AME Church in 2015. Doing so will prevent him and, most importantly, the victims’ families from having to endure a second trial to sentence him to the death penalty.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson was originally pursuing the death penalty, but agreed to accept his guilty plea and sentence him to life in prison instead, according to The Post and Courier.

“I write with great news that the State’s case is ready to wrap up. As I told you towards the end of trial and in other updates, at this point our goal is to provide an insurance policy to the federal conviction and sentence. The most effective way to do that is to secure a guilty plea for a life sentence and get the defendant into federal custody,” Wilson wrote in a letter to the families.

RELATED: Dylann Roof During Closing Argument to Jury: ‘I felt like I had to do it’

Dylann Roof will make his plea on April 10 and will be moved into federal custody.
Charleston  SC  murder  BlackLivesMatter  White  male  terrorism 
april 2017 by Quercki
Timothy Caughman’s murder was a lynching in Trump’s America.
The first thread that binds this killing to past lynchings is Jackson’s motivation. The self-proclaimed white supremacist told police that he hated black men in particular for their relationships with white women, a harkening back to the rationales of an earlier age.
terrorism  murder  racism  sexism 
march 2017 by Quercki
Who Scalped Whom? - Historians Suggest Indians Were As Much Victims As Perpetrators.
Who Scalped Whom?

Historians Suggest Indians Were As Much Victims As Perpetrators

By Diane E. Foulds

BOSCAWEN, N.H. - As monuments go, the one depicting Colonial heroine Hannah Dustin looks like any other, with one crucial exception: In her left hand she holds a fistful of human scalps.

The inscription underneath tells of her 1697 capture in an Indian raid, and how she slew her captors as they slept - 10 women and children. Later she returned for their scalps, having remembered they could fetch a bounty.
Native_American  scalp  murder  bounty  New_England  NH  colonialism 
march 2017 by Quercki
Sex-differences and ‘domestic violence murders’* | Karen Ingala Smith
Combining data for the three years from 2011/12 to 2013/14, the ONS tell us that of 57 men killed in partner/ex-partner homicides, 21 of them, over a third, were killed by a man.  Of these 21 men killed by men in the context of partner/ex-partner homicides, 14 of them were killed by a lover’s spouse/love rival.  Of 249 women killed in partner/ex-partner homicides over the same 3 years, 247 were killed by a man, one by a woman (in one case the primary suspect is listed as unknown).  None of the female victims of partner/ex-partner homicide were killed by the spouse of their lover or an emotional rival. Similarly, no male victims of partner/ex-partner homicide were killed by a female spouse of their lover or a female emotional rival. Not only are men killed in the context of an intimate relationship less likely to be killed by their actual partner or ex-partner, they are much more likely than women to be killed by someone of the same sex.
murder  domestic_violence  statistics  male  violence 
march 2017 by Quercki
Federal court hears Yuvette Henderson case – Workers World
Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu questioned the plaintiff’s lawyer, Dan Siegel, and the defense attorneys representing the city of Emeryville on the defense’s motion for a summary judgement (essentially to dismiss the suit).

Siegel stressed, along with many other arguments, that “the facts were incontestable” with respect to the third volley, which was the fatal shot to Henderson’s head. He said Henderson was on the ground on her right side, shot in her right arm and didn’t have the gun. Her back was to the gun, which was three to six feet away. Williams then shot her in the head.

The defense claimed there was no evidence that Williams understood the extent of her injury, but conceded that he knew she was unarmed before he shot the fatal third volley. The defense argued that, as a police officer, Williams had qualified immunity.

Siegel cited four different cases where qualified immunity did not apply when the victim was injured and not armed.

Judge Ryu stated she would try to issue her decision before a planned settlement conference on March 28.
Yuvette_Henderson  police  shooting  murder 
march 2017 by Quercki
Before this website, it was impossible to search the web and find an accurate scope of the history of American lynching. The names have always been kept safe, but distant, in old archives and scholarly books and dissertations. This site leaves the record open for all Americans, especially high school students who want to learn more than what their textbook has to say.
Monroe Nathan Work, who lived from 1866 – 1945. This website is a rebirth of one piece of his work, although he did many great things. In his career, he felt compelled to document every known lynching that was happening in the United States. You might already be familiar with what lynching is, and this website will examine it more. Of course, it starts with an act of injustice: by sentencing someone outside the law with no process or trial. Even worse, at the turn of the century the methods of lynching had become commonplace, fueled by hatred — and unspeakably cruel. It was Mr. Work's meticulous recordkeeping that preserves the names that are now an important part of our history.
lynching  racism  black  murder 
february 2017 by Quercki
A Brief History of Female Rampage Killers - VICE
While news about the motive for Sunday's lunchtime cop-killing rampage in Las Vegas paints the two shooters as deranged, right-wing racists, that kind of early speculation has been way wrong in the past. One detail that's consistent across all reports, however, is that the perpetrators in this rampage were a man and a woman.

While it can't be said that the first post–Elliot Rodger killing spree had a female perpetrator—killing sprees are just too common for that—the fact that one of these killers wasn't a dude makes for at least an interesting footnote.

If you're a men's rights advocate, I'd advise strongly against starting some kind of #SeeIToldYouNotAllMen hashtag. Instead, maybe look into the history of why and when women snap and get all murdery. Who knows, you just might relate to them the way you related to Rodger.

I. Vehicular Homicide

While we shouldn't forget the carnage men, including Elliot Rodger himself, so often create with well-aimed automobiles, it's still worth noting that out of the handful of female spree killers, cars were the weapon of choice for two, and the body counts were shockingly high in both cases:
female  mass  murder  massacre  killing  woman 
february 2017 by Quercki
The murder of Alan Berg in Denver: 25 years later – The Denver Post
Even after a quarter century, the violent murder of Denver talk-radio icon Alan Berg at the hands of a white supremacist group reverberates amid fresh reminders of hate crimes.

It has been 25 years since Berg was gunned down in the driveway of his Congress Park condominium, and the commemoration comes just days after a white supremacist allegedly opened fire at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., killing a security guard.

Berg, who was Jewish, gained a strong following in the early 1980s through talk radio, where his liberal views mixed with a combative and often-abrasive on-air persona. In the process, he ignited the anger of The Order, a splinter group of the Aryan Nation white nationalist movement that financed its anti-government goals with bank robberies in the Pacific Northwest — before turning to murder.
murder  White  supremacy  nazi  radio  media 
november 2016 by Quercki
CNS - Police Shooting Costs Oakland $1.2 Million
Police Shooting Costs Oakland $1.2 Million
     OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) — The city of Oakland has agreed to pay $1.2 million to the family of a man shot to death by police who found him unconscious in his car.
     The settlement, which brings to a close two separate lawsuits filed by Demouria Hogg's family, will be split among his mother, two children and one other family member.
     Oakland Police officer Nicole Rhodes shot and killed Hogg on the morning of June 6, 2015, after firefighters spotted him sleeping in a BMW parked near Lake Merritt with a handgun resting on the passenger seat next to him.
     Rhodes and two other officers spent the next hour trying to wake Hogg with a bullhorn, loudspeakers and by firing beanbag rounds to break out the car's windows.
     When they finally roused him, officer Daniel Cornejo-Valdivia used a stun gun on Hogg while Rhodes fired two shots into the car, according to an amended complaint. Hogg was pronounced dead at Highland Hospital.
     John Burris, an attorney for Hogg's son, said that Hogg didn't wake up right away because he was hard of hearing. He said the officers should have given Hogg time to comply with their orders before shooting him.
     Instead, the family claimed, police killed him as soon as he awoke. Hogg hadn't committed any crime or made any aggressive move that would have led officers to believe he was dangerous, the family said.
     According to CBS SF, Rhodes thought Hogg was reaching for his gun and that's why she fired two rounds into the car. The Alameda County District Attorney's Office declined to file criminal charges against Rhodes.
     The killing sparked several protests in Oakland. Many protesters said Hogg was killed for simply sleeping in his car.
     After the killing, the California Department of Corrections said Hogg had a criminal record involving drug charges and was in violation of parole when he was shot.
     "Defendants express their sincere condolences to Demouria Hogg's family," City Attorney Barbara Parker said in a July answer to his son's complaint. But she added that "defendants maintain that that the city's officers' actions during the subject incident were in line with the United States Constitution and with state law."
     Hogg's family settled with the city on August 12, according to court filings. The Oakland City Council approved the settlement 7-1 on Tuesday, with Councilmember Desley Brooks dissenting.
Demouria_Hogg  Oakland  OPD  killing  murder  lawsuit  money 
october 2016 by Quercki
Oakland Police Sued In Killing Of 'Unconscious' Man In His Car | Huffington Post
Police tried for an hour to rouse Demouria Hogg, 30, by using loudspeakers and firing beanbag rounds at the car. Hogg didn’t budge, police said. Hogg finally stirred when police shattered a passenger-side window with a metal pipe. It would be the last movement of his life.

One officer used a Taser on Hogg while another fatally shot him.

It’s unclear what happened when Hogg awoke. Police said “a confrontation occurred.” An attorney representing the officer who fired the fatal shot said Hogg reached for the handgun.

Now, Hogg’s mother and youngest daughter are suing the Oakland police department, accusing officers of excessive force in a federal wrongful death lawsuit.

“This use of deadly force was excessive and unreasonable under the circumstances, especially since [Hogg] had done nothing violent before, during and after he was tased and shot to death,” the lawsuit says. Hogg was “unconscious” moments before he was shot and “posed no reasonable or credible threat of violence,” the suit says.

The police department and city attorney declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Oakland police officers wore body cameras that recorded the encounter, but the department has declined requests to release footage.

Members of Hogg’s family were allowed to view portions of the videos and said they don’t believe the footage shows him reaching for the weapon. Their lawyer, Jamon Hicks, doesn’t concede that a gun was on the passenger seat.

With multiple officers’ cameras recording portions of the shooting, public opinion could be greatly influenced by which version is released.
Demouria_Hogg  OPD  killing  murder 
october 2016 by Quercki
Black Activists Rally For Unarmed White Man Shot by Cops - Counter Current News
The phrase “white lives matter” has recently come to be considered by many as a typically racist response to the Black Lives Matter movement. But since white and black lives BOTH matter, should the groups work together and support each other instead of butting heads?

According to Dennis Romero of LA Weekly, one group of mostly African-American civil rights leaders is stepping up to question a deputy’s shooting of an unarmed, white, homeless man in Castaic — because it just might be the right thing to do.

“We can’t only be advocates when black people are killed by police unjustly,” says Najee Ali, founder of Project Islamic Hope.

Ali is organizing a coalition of civil rights groups, including Project Islamic Hope, the National Action Network and the L.A. Urban Policy Roundtable, which will call on state Attorney General Kamala Harris to launch an investigation of the shooting.
BlackLivesMatter  White  homeless  police  murder  killing 
september 2016 by Quercki
We Need to Be Talking About Standing Rock | Hyphen Magazine
What is going on at Standing Rock right now is historic, and if you need a moment to catch up, here’s your chance. Not unlike the Keystone XL proposal, The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is comparable in length, and would begin at the border of Eastern Montana, cutting through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. If built, the pipeline will transport up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil daily. For the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe this is simply the latest slight against tribal lands and the people who inhabit them. Current laws prohibit the tribe from doing little more than assessing the safety of construction and having a cultural dialogue around the effects of a project this massive. At this point, dialogue is useless when construction is already underway. This $3.8 billion project is the government’s decision to further assert its power over Native lands and is sure to damage the community during its construction and onward. The United States has had a horrible track record with tribal nations. Between 1779 and 1871, the US entered over 500 treaties with Native American tribes, all of which have been broken or nullified. One of the largest acts of abuse was the Dawes Act, which allowed the federal government to divide land for Westward expansion and began a period of forced assimilation by turning Native Americans into subsistence farmers and removing tribal governments. The consequences of this act carried on into the 1970s during the Boarding School Era, where Native American children were taken from their families, made to cut their hair, change their names, and relinquish their language and traditions, often while facing physical and sexual abuse. Today, the Bakken oil boom has turned Montana and North Dakota into areas of economic prosperity, promising employment and opportunity to laborers from out of state. However, it is also one of the latest offenses, as the consequences of the boom have negatively impacted the surrounding tribes. It has invited the setup of what people have colloquially called “man camps,” or work sites for drilling that are largely inhabited by men. It is in these areas where a high number of sex crimes take place, especially against Native women and girls. When Native women are subject to these crimes, there is little faith in seeking justice. Native women are murdered at more than 10 times the national average, and neither federal government nor local law enforcement have acted to investigate or even track the many murders and disappearances.
noDAPL  Native_American  women  murder 
september 2016 by Quercki
Lafayette shooter John Russell Houser: History of domestic violence and hatred towards feminists.
As my colleague Ben Mathis-Lilley noted today at Slatest, there were 14 other gun-based murder-suicides in the past week in this country, resulting in the loss of 36 lives. If you look down the list of the killings, an unmistakable pattern pops out: “shot and killed his 37-year-old wife ... shot and killed his ex-wife ... shot and killed his 62-year-old wife ... shot and killed his 23-year-old girlfriend ... ” and so on. Most of these killings involve men killing women that they were in relationships with, had lost relationships with, or likely wanted relationships with but were rejected. This last week also featured a bizarre story of a woman who not only survived being kidnapped and raped by a man but also saw her boyfriend and a random other man killed in the rapist-murderer's rampage.

Hearing that some man's entitled attitude toward women led him to kill is so common that it hardly counts as newsworthy. We don't know exactly why Houser shot up a theater that was showing a movie written by an unapologetic feminist, but this moment should still be a wake-up call about the problem of misogynist violence in our culture. If we're not going to talk about gun control, then let's talk about how to get fewer men to see guns as the solution to their inchoate rage at women. 
men  murder  women  misogyny  violence  guns 
august 2016 by Quercki
About the Data: What Our Reporters Analyzed to Learn About Officer-Involved Killings in Oakland | East Bay Express
For this week's cover story, the Express analyzed statistics and data sourced and compiled by, one of the most comprehensive databases available that tracks incidents of lethal force by law enforcement.

The site's founder, D. Brian Burghart, is a journalist based in Reno, Nevada. He uses crowdsourced data, public-records requests, and information from the Department of Justice to update his growing database, which as of this month includes more than 14,000 incidents nationwide since 2000.

Burghart said he began the Fatal Encounters in 2012 as a journalist, not as an activist, with a goal to counteract what he saw as the media's tendency to accept law enforcement's narrative in instances of deadly force.

Specifically, he was confused by how traditional media at once discredited officer-involved-killings data, typically provided by government agencies, but also used that allegedly inferior data in stories. "But they never did anything about the lack of data," Burghart said.

That's when he decided to create a national database of fatal incidents. "I figured if the editor of a small weekly [paper] in Reno could do it in his spare time, the big media would get on board," he said.
police  murder  violence  data 
august 2016 by Quercki
Police Gunning Down A 73 Year-Old Woman During A Weapons Class Was No Accident -- Jim Wright Explains It All (VIDEO)

Full stop. There are no accidents with guns.

There are no accidents with guns.

This was NOT an accident.

This was negligent homicide.

This is in point of fact the very definition of negligent homicide according to Florida statute 782.07:

(1) The killing of a human being by the act, procurement, or culpable negligence of another, without lawful justification according to the provisions of chapter 776 and in cases in which such killing shall not be excusable homicide or murder, according to the provisions of this chapter, is manslaughter, a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
This was not an accident. This is manslaughter.

There should have been NO, repeat NO, live weapons of any kind in a class involving “simulated lethal force.” This is NOT my opinion, this is a standard, universal safety protocol in any class of this nature, civilian, law enforcement, or military.

Under no circumstance should live weapons EVER be used in such a demonstration. Officers carrying live service weapons should have been required to safe and secure those weapons under supervision BEFORE entering the classroom. Checked and double-checked.

I have taught this very class myself, many times, and the only weapons used in a classroom like this should be simulated rubber training aids. Orange guns. Period. No exceptions. Ever. For EXACTLY THIS GODDAMNED REASON RIGHT HERE.

The police officers involved are guilty of negligent homicide and reckless endangerment.

Whoever authorized this class without providing AND ENFORCING sufficient safety protocols is complicit. Police Chief Lewis.

Everybody involved in this death should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
police  murder  gun  violence 
august 2016 by Quercki
Police will be required to report officer-involved deaths under new US system | US news | The Guardian
Jon Swaine
Monday 8 August 2016 16.03 EDT Last modified on Monday 8 August 2016 19.40 EDT
Police departments will be required to give the US justice department full details of deadly incidents involving their officers each quarter, under a new government system for counting killings by police that was influenced by the Guardian.

Announcing a new program for documenting all “arrest-related deaths”, federal officials said they would actively work to confirm fatal cases seen in media reports and other open sources rather than wait for departments to report them voluntarily.

The Counted: people killed by police in the United States – interactive
The Guardian has been counting the people killed by US law enforcement agencies since 2015. Read their stories and contribute to our ongoing, crowdsourced project
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The methodology of the new system, which aims to replace a discredited count by the FBI, mirrors that of The Counted, an ongoing Guardian effort to document every death caused by law enforcement officers in 2015 and 2016.

Writing in the Federal Register, Department of Justice officials said their new program should increase transparency around the use of force by police and improve accountability for the actions of individual officers.

“Accurate and comprehensive accounting of deaths that occur during the process of arrest is critical for law enforcement agencies to demonstrate responsiveness to the citizens and communities they serve,” their notice said.
police  murder  data  report 
august 2016 by Quercki
The Right-Wing Doesn’t Want to Talk About Christian Atrocities, So Let’s Talk About Christian Atrocities
The right-wing’s been freaking about Obama bringing up the crusades and the Inquisition, to show that Christianity doesn’t have a blood-free history. Whether it’s posting videos with skewed definitions of the Crusades or claiming Islam is still worse because reasons, they’re in a blind rush to defend the tribe and, in the process, they’re not orchestrating a very effective defense.

History is full of atrocities committed by Christians for Christ, against not just other religions but against Christians themselves. Let’s take a look at some of them, shall we?

11. Central African Republic Genocide (2012 – Present)
Christian  genocide  massacre  murder  terrorism 
august 2016 by Quercki
Va. Officer Guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter in Shooting Death of 18-Year-Old William Chapman
Virginia jury found a white former police officer guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the April 2015 shooting death of an unarmed black teen who was accused of shoplifting, ABC News reports.

Former Portsmouth, Va., Police Officer Stephen Rankin, who was fired from the police force as he awaited trial, fatally shot 18-year-old William Chapman II in the face and chest outside a Wal-Mart after a security guard accused the teen of shoplifting. Rankin claimed that Chapman had resisted arrest. There was no video recording of the shooting, and testimony conflicted on the details, ABC reports.

Prosecutors had argued that Rankin could have used nondeadly force, underlining that every witness, with the exception of Rankin himself, had testified that the teen had his hands up.

However, Rankin’s defense claimed that the then-police officer had to shoot after a stun gun failed to stop Chapman.

ABC reports that the jurors—eight black and four white—began their deliberations Tuesday. Rankin, The Guardian reports, had been charged with first-degree murder and using a firearm to commit a felony, but the judge had given jurors the option to convict on lesser charges.
BlackLivesMatter  police  murder  teen 
august 2016 by Quercki
One group is responsible for America’s culture of violence, and it isn’t cops, black Americans, Muslims or rednecks. It’s men - LA Times
When you look at the numbers, one thing emerges over and over: Violent female offenders are unlikely to kill people they don’t know. Most mass shootings are committed against strangers, although there are notable exceptions, such as in San Bernardino. When women commit murder, their victim is a stranger only 7% of the time. When men commit murder, their victim is a stranger 25% of the time.

If women are less likely to kill strangers, could increasing the number of women on the police force reduce officer-involved killings? A 2002 study by the National Center for Women and Policing shows that, although women comprise 12.7% of sworn police personnel in urban centers, only 5% of citizen complaints for excessive force involve female police officers. The average male officer is two to three times more likely to be named in an excessive force complaint.

“That was nearly 15 years ago,” you may say. “Let’s see some newer data on the role of gender in policing.” I agree. You might also wonder whether male officers are far more likely than female ones to choose assignments in which drawing a weapon is a real possibility. 

It’s a significantly under-studied area
murder  massacre  gender  men  women 
july 2016 by Quercki
The Role Of Toxic Masculinity In Mass Shootings | ThinkProgress
Between 2009 and 2012, 40 percent of mass shootings started with a shooter targeting his girlfriend, wife, or ex-wife. Last year alone, nearly a third of mass shooting deaths were related in some way to domestic violence. And when you look beyond public shootings, the majority of mass shootings in this country actually take place inside the home, as men target the women and children they're intimately related to.
Employing harassment, violence, and coercion against women has long been considered a normal way for men to behave in romantic relationships, as deeply ingrained gender norms teach men that they're entitled to women's bodies. This toxic approach to masculinity has been directly linked to the sense of entitlement that drives many mass shooters to commit their crimes.
men  murder  massacre  domestic_violence 
june 2016 by Quercki
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