Crime

The War on Cops Comes to San Antonio

Featured image San Antonio police officer Benjamin Marconi was writing a traffic ticket outside police headquarters earlier today when a motorist pulled up behind him, got out of his car, approached Marconi and shot him twice in the head. The murderer got back into his car and drove away. The perpetrator has not yet been caught, so we don’t know whether he was inspired by the Black Lives Matter anti-police movement. What »

Comey stands by his decision not to prosecute Clinton

Featured image James Comey has told Congress that, having reviewed the emails the FBI recently obtained, he has not changed his opinion that Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be prosecuted. “Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July,” Comey said in the letter to top Republicans on the House Oversight Committee. This result seemed inevitable to me. The conclusions Comey expressed in July were based on his »

Obama vouches for Ma Clinton

Featured image Barack Obama has emerged as a forceful advocate of Hillary Clinton in the course of the presidential campaign. He is more popular than she is, but they have a lot in common. They both have an equally low opinion of the intelligence of the American voters and they have a lot of evidence to support their opinion. They also share an equally wayward relationship with the truth. Obama’s signature domestic »

Report: Clinton Foundation investigation a high priority at FBI

Featured image Fox News reports that the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation, an investigation that’s been going on for more than a year, now has a “very high priority.” According to Fox’s sources, FBI agents have interviewed and re-interviewed multiple people (some for the third time) in the Foundation case to determine whether there was a “pay to play” interaction between then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. The »

The Ferguson effect in Ferguson

Featured image Newly released figures show that murders increased by 11 percent in the U.S. in 2015. 1,532 more people were murdered last year than the year before. The murder rate (murders per 100,000 population) rose by 10 percent. According to Kent Scheidegger of the Crime and Consequences blog, only twice in more than a half century has the rate jumped double digits in one year. In one other year, the increase »

Violent Crime Jumped in 2015

Featured image The FBI released its definitive report on crime in 2015, so it’s now official: violent crime spiked upward in 2015. * In 2015, an estimated 1,197,704 violent crimes occurred nationwide, an increase of 3.9 percent from the 2014 estimate. *** * There were an estimated 372.6 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants in 2015, a rate that rose 3.1 percent when compared with the 2014 estimated violent crime rate. After decades »

Bogus allegations of “racism” undermine honest policy debate

Featured image Yesterday, Steve discussed a Reuters/Ipsos poll that measured the views of Americans towards blacks. Here’s how Slate described the results of the poll: A significant slice of Americans expressed racist views against blacks, and those who identify as Donald Trump supporters are more likely to fall into that group, though Hillary Clinton supporters are definitely there too. The characterization of “racism” is Slate’s (per author Josh Voorhees), not Reuters’s. It’s »

The tragic reality of sentencing reform

Featured image Steve Cook is president of the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys. He has been a key figure in the fight against softer sentencing for federal drug felons and the early release of such felons. Writing in LifeZette, Steve explains why the sentencing reform legislation being pushed in Congress would have tragic consequences for innocent Americans. He writes: Not all crimes are preventable — but some are. The serious »

Timeline suggests Team Clinton obstructed justice

Featured image Perhaps the most significant news from the FBI’s pre-Labor Day document release was the revelation that Team Clinton began wiping Hillary’s server shortly after the New York Times broke the story that she had one. As I noted here, the Times revealed in early March that Clinton used a private email server. The wiping occurred later that month. There’s more to the story, though. Almost immediately after the Times’ report »

Darren Seals, Ferguson protest leader, killed

Featured image Darren Seals, a leader in the protest against the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, was found dead in a burning car in St. Louis County yesterday. The arson squad responded to a car fire and, after extinguishing it, found Seals’ body. He had been shot. Naturally, the case is being treated as a homicide. According to the St. Louis American, Seals recently uploaded a Facebook Live video saying that »

Obama commutes 111 more sentences including Oakland drug kingpin’s

Featured image The Obama jailbreak continues apace. Last week the president commuted the sentences of 111 more federal prisoners. We’ll probably have more to say about the latest batch felons Obama has put back on our streets. However, I want to focus now on just one of them — Darryl Lamar Reed, a.k.a. “Lil D” of Oakland, California. In 2014, as Debra Saunders reminds us, the Obama administration said that inmates applying »

Key Hillary claims to the FBI don’t pass the straight face test

Featured image Last month, after Hillary Clinton opened up a nice lead over Donald Trump, word was that she planned to win the election by “running out the clock.” Something like this seems also to have been her strategy during her interview with the FBI. Knowing that the investigation was drawing to a close, and quite possibly knowing via Loretta Lynch or other sources that she was going to skate, Clinton’s approach »

A tale of two conferences

Featured image Bill Otis at Crime and Consequences calls attention to a Washington Post story that I think demonstrates the bankruptcy of the Justice Department’s desired approach to policing Baltimore and other big cities. The story tells of two conferences that occurred simultaneously in a Baltimore church. In one room, concerned black residents of crime-ridden neighborhoods desperately called on the police to clear the streets of drug dealers and other thugs. Meanwhile, »

Yet more evidence of our under-incarceration problem

Featured image We’ve written from time to time about America’s under-incarceration problem — the fact that criminals whose records clearly show they should be in jail are instead free and on the streets committing violent crimes, including some very bloody, high-profile ones. Here’s the latest example. Two brothers have been charged with the murder of 32-year-old Nykea Aldridge in Chicago. Aldridge, the cousin of basketball star Dwayne Wade, was shot to death »

Annals of Clinton corruption

Featured image The new batch of emails showing that the State Department gave special access to top Clinton Foundation donors while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State inspired Judicial Watch to recount the facts surrounding Claudio Osorio. He’s a Clinton Foundation donor who leveraged his “generosity” to get $10 million from the government with help from the Clinton State Department. Osorio is now serving a 12-year prison sentence after scamming the government »

What the Washington Post doesn’t want you to read about “implicit bias”

Featured image I wrote here about the Department of Justice’s efforts to push “implicit bias training” on law enforcement personnel and about a lame column in which Joe Davidson of the Washington Post cheers on the DOJ. In his column, Davidson attacked Hans von Spakovsky for, among other alleged offenses, questioning the “science” behind implicit bias training. Davidson didn’t take on Hans’s analysis. Instead, he suggested, circularly, that by questioning the “science,” »

Black Milwaukee cop is subject of death threats

Featured image The name of the black police officer who killed Sylville Smith has been made public. The officer is Dominique Heaggan, also referred to as Dominique Heaggan-Brown. According to this report, Heaggan grew up poor and “rough” in the same neighborhood as Smith. Indeed, the two attended the same high school and apparently knew each other at the time. Heaggan joined the city’s police force as a police aide in 2010. »