Category Archives: Crime

Study: Half of US adults have had close family member jailed

Nearly half of all US adults have had an immediate family member incarcerated at some point in their lives, according to a new study.

Researchers also reported one in seven adults have seen immediate family incarcerated for over a year, with minorities most impacted.

The study by criminal justice non-profit and Cornell University surveyed over 4,000 American adults.

Over 2 million Americans are currently in prison in the US.


Charlottesville driver Alex Fields Jr found guilty of murder

A man who drove his car into a crowd of protesters in Virginia, killing a woman, has been found guilty of murder.

Alex Fields Jr, a 21-year-old described by prosecutors as a white supremacist, was on trial over the incident in Charlottesville in August 2017.

Heather Heyer, 32, died when the car hit a group of people protesting against a white nationalist rally.

Mr Fields’s lawyers had insisted that he had acted out of fear for his own safety.


That didn’t take long…

Met police officer under criminal investigation for knocking down moped teen

A Metropolitan Police officer who used his car to knock a teenager off his moped in a “tactical contact” has been put under criminal investigation.

The unnamed officer struck the scooter to deliberately stop the 17-year-old youth riding dangerously in Erith, southeast London, in November last year.

…Scotland Yard said the recently-introduced tactic has helped stop dangerous chases and reduced moped crime in London by more than a third.

Looks effective to me.


Dark web dealers voluntarily ban deadly fentanyl

Major dark web drug suppliers have started to voluntarily ban the synthetic opioid fentanyl because it is too dangerous, the National Crime Agency has said.

They are “delisting” the high-strength painkiller, effectively classifying it alongside mass-casualty firearms and explosives as commodities that are considered too high-risk to trade. Fentanyl can be up to 100 times stronger than heroin and can easily cause accidental overdoses, particularly when mixed with heroin.

Vince O’Brien, one of the NCA’s leads on drugs, told the Observer that dark web marketplace operators appeared to have made a commercial decision, because selling a drug that could lead to fatalities was more likely to prompt attention from police.


Is This Man America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer?

WASHINGTON — The FBI said today that a 78-year-old man currently imprisoned in Texas has confessed to committing 90 murders across the country from 1970 to 2005.

FBI analysts are working with federal, state and local agencies — including the Texas Rangers — to try to match Samuel Little’s confessions to cold cases.

If his confessions pan out, Little would be among the most prolific serial killers in American history.


Secret police study finds crime networks could have laundered over $1B through Vancouver homes in 2016

The stately $17-million mansion owned by a suspected fentanyl importer is at the end of a gated driveway on one of the priciest streets in Shaughnessy, Vancouver’s most exclusive neighbourhood.

A block away is a $22-million gabled manor that police have linked to a high-stakes gambler and property developer with suspected ties to the Chinese police services.


First-time shoplifters won’t be charged by Toronto police in pilot project

First-time shoplifters will no longer be prosecuted in two of Toronto’s busiest police divisions as part of a pilot project that, if successful, will go citywide.

The program — called Shop Theft — allows privately employed theft prevention officers to release an accused after the details of the incident are called in to a division, as opposed to waiting — sometimes for hours — for police to answer the low-priority calls.

Just in time for Christmas!


El Chapo and ‘mordidas’

Down in Mexico, they call bribes “mordidas.” It literally means “bites,” like mosquito or dog bites.

It’s part of the daily conversation. I can remember many times hearing a Mexican friend boast – and I mean proudly boast – about “la mordida” that he had just paid at a federal agency or to the policeman over a traffic violation.

As I remember, he felt that he was helping the poorly paid policeman with a bribe. I remember another one telling me it was a matter of duty paying off a bureaucrat. He said he paid off the “expletive deleted” government official.

It was funny, but not really funny.


Statistics Canada blames gang violence, shootings as homicide rate hits 10-year high

OTTAWA — Canada’s national homicide rate last year was the highest it’s been in a decade, Statistics Canada says, because of a spike in gang-related violence and shootings.

In a report released Wednesday, the agency said there were 660 reported homicides in Canada last year.

Not only was that an increase of nearly eight per cent from 2016, it also pushed up the homicide rate to 1.8 victims for every 100,000 people — the highest since 2009.

And the elephant in the room is…


Accused murderer gets gourmet meal and iPhone in Toronto jail

CityNews has obtained a shocking photo of an alleged gang leader eating a gourmet meal of steak and lobster — and holding an iPhone — while awaiting trial for multiple murders at Toronto South Detention Centre.

All of those items, including the unopened bottle of Barq’s root beer accompanying his meal, are not allowed in jail.

The photo appears fairly benign, until it becomes clear that the person in the picture is an alleged murderer and gang leader. A publication ban prohibits CityNews from naming him.


GOLDSTEIN: Killing carding fuelled Toronto gun violence

Violent urban street crime such as homicides and fatal shootings are caused by many factors and their frequency varies from year to year.

But one of the major reasons Toronto has recorded its most deadly year ever for homicides — 91 with six weeks to go compared to the previous high of 89 for all of 1991 — is obvious.

That was the decision by the former Ontario Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne to ban police carding (street checks) on the grounds it was racist.

Not to worry John Tory has promised millions will be spent in appeasement. It won’t have any affect but “diversity”.