Editorial: Answers and a question about rising firearm violence on the streets
This week, New York City passed 2019’s full-year total of 319 murders. Now, for the fearsome curve of street violence to be bent, the city must solve a pressing puzzle.First, some promising — yes, promising — news.For months, Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea insisted a COVID-created “perfect storm” was fueling mayhem: police resources were diverted to protests; bad actors were released from Rikers Island to prevent COVID’s spread; and courts were shuttered. Meanwhile, gun arrests plunged right around the time that Shea disbanded the NYPD’s anti-crime unit.Most of those facto...
New York Daily News
In a career born in her own grief, violence recovery specialist works at a Chicago hospital in a city under siege
CHICAGO — Christine Goggins was just about to check in with the family of a gunshot victim, a new case that had been handed off from the previous shift, when the high-pitched beep of her pager sounded in her office at the University of Chicago’s medical campus.A middle-age man who had been assaulted and suffered severe head trauma was five minutes out from the hospital.Goggins, 30, headed across three buildings, nearly a city block, to the emergency department at the U. of C. Medical Center. She found the man in too much pain to talk. The medical team was getting him stabilized and starting IV...
LGBTQ Hispanics in Miami suffer homophobic and transphobic violence in silence
MIAMI — She was walking to her apartment in Little Havana when a stream of verbal insults, threats and harassment made her feel like she was back in her native Colombia.“Faggot, whore, AIDS carrier people like you must be six feet under,” the four men following her shouted at Irlanda, a transgender immigrant. She quickly managed to get into her home as beer bottles were thrown her way. One smashed through the kitchen window.A neighbor called the police. The suspects were detained. But ultimately no charges were filed because Irlanda could not identify which one had damaged the property, said t...
Violence mars NRM party mayoral elections
The elections for the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag bearers for the division mayors yesterday degenerated into violence in many parts of the country.In Ntungamo Municipality, the elections were called off after it emerged that candidates for the mayoral seat ferried outsiders into the electoral area to vote for them. The party’s electoral coordinator for southwestern region, Dr Dickson Kamukama, suspended the exercise until further notice.Security arrested more than 600 people who are said to be part of those ferried by the candidates.“It is unfortunate that all the three cand...
Seattle and Portland, long left out of presidential politics, fuel Trump narrative
SEATTLE — Washington and Oregon rarely feature in presidential races.Neither state has voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1984, and neither President Donald Trump nor his Democratic rival Joe Biden is likely to campaign here this year.But as demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism have continued across the country, the Pacific Northwest — the site of some of the country’s largest and most persistent protests — has taken on a narrative role in the national campaign even as it remains an electoral backwater.The Trump campaign has seized on images of property ...
The Seattle Times
Commentary: How far will Putin push?
In 2016, Russians sitting in St. Petersburg, pretending online to be Americans, organized unwitting people in the U.S. to create jail cell-like cages for volunteers who played the role of Hillary Clinton in an orange prison jumpsuit. These displays showed up at numerous rallies around the country.This year, someone spread the news online that “antifa” activists were coming to the Gettysburg battleground to remove a statue of Civil War rebel leader Robert Lee. In response, a large number of unwitting and heavily armed Americans showed up ready for a fight. In Portland, Oregon, and other cities,...
New York Daily News
Attorney General William Barr credits Operation Legend for recent dip in homicides at Chicago briefing
CHICAGO — Sounding the Trump administration’s tough-on-crime theme, Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday during a visit to Chicago that the federal Operation Legend program has led directly to a significant drop in shootings in the violence-torn city over the past five weeks.Since Operation Legend launched in Chicago on July 22, homicides have dropped by 50%, Barr said in a news conference with other federal law enforcement leaders at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse.A total of 124 defendants have been charged with federal felonies under the program, including 90 who face firearms-related c...
Group Intensifies War Against Gender-Based Violence In Ebonyi
Following the high prevalence of Gender-Based Violence in Ebonyi State, the ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has intensified war against the menace.The experts spoke while participating in a one-day workshop on capacity building training for gender focal persons in line with MDAs on developing and implementing State Action Plan (SAP) on violence against women and girls, harmful practices, sexual and gender-based violence and promotion of sexual reproductive health and right of women and girls.The training was organised by the Ebonyi State Ministry of Woman Affairs with support ...
Checking Violence And Hate Speech In Edo 2020 Political Campaigns
The ongoing campaigns for the Sept. 19 Edo governorship election are characterised by violence and hate speech. No one is claiming responsibility. However, political observers say that almost all the political gladiators are guilty.Barely a month to the election, the fear of possible violence is palpable.Political pundits are predicting all manners of outcomes, before and after the election.The signs of violence were first noticed at the launch of the PDP mega rally in Benin City, a few weeks ago, that had in attendance many of the PDP governors, led by Gov. Nysome Wike of Rivers.The team had ...
Trump decries 'rioters, looters, violent extremists, anarchists' in Pa. rally as Biden visits Kenosha
LATROBE, Pa. — President Donald Trump rallied supporters Thursday night in Southwest Pennsylvania, days after his Democratic rival Joe Biden campaigned in Pittsburgh and condemned the destruction and violence that erupted after the police shooting of a Black man in Wisconsin.Trump took the stage shortly before 7:15 p.m. Eastern time at an airport in Latrobe, 40 miles east of Pittsburgh, in Westmoreland County. Trump carried Westmoreland, a rural and overwhelmingly white area, in 2016 by a 2-to-1 margin over Hillary Clinton en route to his narrow surprise victory in Pennsylvania.“Joe Biden want...
The Philadelphia Inquirer