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On July 2, 2013, 19 year old Ashley L. Hardmon was gunned down while talking to a group of friends near her home on the 1300 Block N. Lamon.
Ashley was home only one day on summer break from Paul Simon Job Corps where she studied to be a Pharmacy Technician. After Ashley's two week summer break she was then to return and prepare for her graduation in August.
I ask that the street in which Ashley was murdered due to senseless gun violence here in Chicago, be named in her honor.
The Parents of Ashley L. Hardmon
I recently appeared on TV and was traumatised to see unpleasant comments left online, under the video clip about my weight, myself as a person etc. Some of the comments included 'fat slug who never leaves the sofa', 'obnoxious' 'beach whale', 'deserve what's coming to me.'
What I was interviewed on TV about was a totally different subject to weight/appearance etc. I had twin boys 15 months ago and have had some on going health issues limiting what exercise I can do. These comments were put on a public forum (the internet) but they were never the less distressing for me to read. I would therefore like to see more being done about cyber bullying and it being made a specific crime.
The site the comments were on have kindly removed them, but the people who posted them online should surely not be allowed to behave in such a way. They were there for myself and other members of the public to read. I was shaking and crying when I saw them and have cried on and off for 2 days since. I am an adult. What if that was a vunerable teenager?
Publicized incidents (Wikipedia)
Several incidents speculated to be related to video games in recent decades have helped fuel controversy.
On November 22, 1997, thirteen-year-old Noah Wilson died when his friend Yancy stabbed him in the chest with a kitchen knife. The mother of Noah, Andrea Wilson, alleged that her son was stabbed to death because of an obsession with the Midway game Mortal Kombat. She alleged that Yancy S. was so obsessed with the game that he believed himself to be the character Cyrax. This character uses a finishing move which involves getting the opponent in a headlock and stabbing them in the chest. Although Wilson alleged that this was the reason for her son's death, the character Cyrax does not actually perform this move at all. The conclusion of Wilson v. Midway Games, Inc. was, according to the court case report, "Wilson's complaint fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted."
On April 20, 1999, 18-year-old Eric Harris and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and a teacher in the Columbine High School massacre. The two were allegedly obsessed with the video game Doom. Harris also created WADs for the game, and created a large mod named "Tier" which he called his "life's work". Contrary to certain rumors, however, neither student had made a Doom level mimicking the school's layout and there is no evidence the pair practiced the massacre in Doom.
In April 2000, 16-year-old Spanish teenager José Rabadán Pardo murdered his father, mother and his sister with a katana, proclaiming that he was on an "avenging mission" by Squall Leonhart, the main character of the video game Final Fantasy VIII.
In November 2001, 21-year-old American Shawn Woolley committed suicide after what his mother claimed was an addiction to EverQuest. Woolley's mother stated, "I think the way the game is written is that when you first start playing it, it is fun, and you make great accomplishments. And then the further you get into it, the higher level you get, the longer you have to stay on it to move onward, and then it isn't fun anymore. But by then you're addicted, and you can't leave it."
In February 2003, 16-year-old American Dustin Lynch was charged with aggravated murder and made an insanity defense that he was "obsessed" with Grand Theft Auto III. Long time video game opponent and then-practicing attorney Jack Thompson offered to represent Lynch and later encouraged the father of victim JoLynn Mishne to pass a note to the judge that said "the attorneys had better tell the jury about the violent video game that trained this kid [and] showed him how to kill our daughter, JoLynn. If they don't, I will." Lynch later retracted his insanity plea, and his mother Jerrilyn Thomas commented, "It has nothing to do with video games or Paxil, and my son's no murderer."
On June 7, 2003, 18-year-old American Devin Moore shot and killed two policemen and a dispatcher after grabbing one of the officers' weapons following an arrest for the possession of a stolen vehicle. At trial, the defense claimed that Moore had been inspired by the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
On June 25, 2003, two American step brothers, Joshua and William Buckner, aged 14 and 16, respectively, used a rifle to fire at vehicles on Interstate 40 in Tennessee, killing a 45-year-old man and wounding a 19-year-old woman. The two shooters told investigators they had been inspired by Grand Theft Auto III.
On February 27, 2004 in Leicester, UK, 17-year-old Warren Leblanc lured 14-year-old Stefan Pakeerah into a park and murdered him by stabbing him repeatedly with a claw hammer and knife. Leblanc was reportedly obsessed with Manhunt, although investigation quickly revealed that the killer did not even own a copy of the game. The victim's mother Giselle Pakeerah has been campaigning against violent video games in the UK ever since. The police investigating the case have dismissed any link, as discussed in the relevant articles.
In October 2004, a 41-year-old Chinese man named Qiu Chengwei stabbed 26-year-old Zhu Caoyuan to death over a dispute regarding the sale of a virtual weapon the two had jointly won in the game The Legend of Mir 3.
On December 27, 2004, 13-year-old Xiao Yi committed suicide by jumping from a twenty-four story building in Tianjin, China, as a result of the effects of his addiction, hoping to be "reunited" with his fellow gamers in the afterlife, according to his suicide notes. Prior to his death, he had spent 36 consecutive hours playing Warcraft III.
In August 2005, 28-year-old South Korean Lee Seung Seop died after playing StarCraft for 50 hours straight.
In June 2007, 22-year-old Alejandro Garcia from Texas shot and killed his cousin after arguing over whose turn it was to play the game Scarface: The World Is Yours. He pleaded guilty for murder at his trial on April 6, 2011, and will serve 15 to 30 years in prison.
In September 2007, a Chinese man in Guangzhou, China, died after playing Internet video games for three consecutive days in an Internet cafe.
In September 2007 in Ohio, 16-year-old Daniel Petric snuck out of his bedroom window to purchase the game Halo 3 against the orders of his father, a minister at New Life Assembly of God in Wellington, Ohio, U.S. His parents eventually banned him from the game after he spent up to 18 hours a day with it, and secured it in a lockbox in a closet where the father also kept a 9mm handgun, according to prosecutors. In October 2007, Daniel used his father's key to open the lockbox and remove the gun and the game. He then entered the living room of his house and shot both of them in the head, killing his mother and wounding his father. Petric is sentenced to life in prison without parole, which was later commuted to 23 years in imprisonment. Defense attorneys argued that Petric was influenced by video game addiction, the court dismissed these claims. The judge, James Burge commented that while he thought there was ample evidence the boy knew what he was doing, Burge thought the game had affected him like a drug, saying "I firmly believe that Daniel Petric had no idea at the time he hatched this plot that if he killed his parents they would be dead forever."
In December 2007, 17-year-old Lamar Roberts and 16-year-old Heather Trujillo were accused of beating a seven-year-old girl to death. They are said to have been imitating the moves taken from the game Mortal Kombat.
In December 2007, a Russian man was beaten to death over an argument in the MMORPG Lineage II. The man was killed when his guild and a rival one challenged each other to a real-life brawl.
False reports initially claimed that Seung-Hui Cho, the killer in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre was an avid Counter-Strike player. However, police reports said that roommates of Cho had never seen him play any video games. Despite these discoveries, activist Jack Thompson continued to argue that video games were to blame.
In June 2008, four teens allegedly obsessed with Grand Theft Auto IV went on a crime spree after being in New Hyde Park, New York. They first robbed a man, knocking his teeth out and then they stopped a woman driving a black BMW and stole her car and her cigarettes.
On August 2, 2008, Polwat Chinno, a 19-year-old Thai teenager, stabbed a Bangkok taxi driver to death during an attempt to steal the driver's cab in order to obtain money to buy a copy of Grand Theft Auto IV. A police official said that the teen was trying to copy a similar act in the game. As a consequence, officials ordered the banning of the game itself and later the series, which led its distributor, New Era Interactive Media, to withdraw it, including the aforementioned, then-upcoming installment, from shops across Thailand.
On October 13, 2008, the disappearance of Brandon Crisp and his subsequent death involving, according to his parents, obsessive playing of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare has been referenced in discussions about video game obsession and spawned a report aired by CBC's the fifth estate on video game addiction and Brandon's story titled "Top Gun", subtitled "When a video gaming obsession turns to addiction and tragedy".
In April 2009, a man was charged with murder after shooting a friend during a quarrel over a video game.
In January 2010, 9-year-old Anthony Maldonado was stabbed by relative Alejandro Morales after an argument regarding Maldonado's recently purchased copy of Tony Hawk: Ride and PlayStation 3 console.
In January 2010, Gary Alcock punched, slapped and pinched his partner's 15-month-old daughter in the three weeks leading up to her death before he delivered a fatal blow to the stomach which tore her internal organs because she interrupted him playing his Xbox. She died from internal bleeding after suffering 35 separate injuries including multiple bruises, rib fractures and brain damage, which were comparable to injuries suffered in a car crash. Alcock was jailed for life and must serve at least 21 years.
In May 2010, French gamer Julien Barreaux located and stabbed a fellow player who had stabbed Barreaux in the game Counter-Strike. The judge at his trial called him "a menace to society."
On November 29, 2010 in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 16-year-old boy Kendall Anderson bludgeoned his mother to death in her sleep with a claw hammer after she took away his PlayStation.
On April 9, 2011 in Alphen Aan Den Rijn, The Netherlands, 24-year-old Tristan van der Vlis opened fire in a shopping mall, releasing more than a hundred bullets with a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun, killing 6 people and wounding 17 others, after which he also killed himself. A fair amount of attention was given to the fact that Van Der Vlis had been playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and to the alleged similarities between the events in Alphen a/d Rijn and the controversial "No Russian" mission in the game, where the player can choose to (or choose not to) partake in the killing of a large group of innocent people inside an airport terminal.
On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik perpetrated the 2011 Norway Attacks, detonating a car bomb in the executive government quarter, and then travelled to a summer camp for teenagers, where he proceeded to stalk and kill a large number of people. 77 people were killed in the attacks, a majority of them being teenagers who were at the summer camp. Hundreds were injured by the car bomb explosion. Anders himself admitted in court that he had deliberately used the 2009 video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to train for the attacks, specifically by practicing his aim using a "holographic aiming device". He stated in his manifest that he had been planning the attacks since 2002.
After the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, initial media reports mis-identified the shooter as Ryan Lanza, the brother of the true perpetrator. After discovering that Ryan had liked Mass Effect on Facebook, an Internet mob immediately attacked the game's Facebook page, labelling the developers "child killers". Once it was discovered that it was his brother, Adam, who had carried out the massacre, initial news stories claimed a link to two video games, Starcraft and Dance Dance Revolution, neither of which are on the more violent end of the spectrum. After a UK tabloid claimed that Lanza had a Call of Duty obsession, this was widely repeated across the Internet. Subsequently, a small town near Sandy Hook organized the collection and burning of video games in exchange for a gift certificate. A recent report by CBS claimed that anonymous law enforcement sources suggested a link to video games, which was later dismissed by the Connecticut police, saying that it was "all speculation".
During the May, 2013 trial of Christopher Harris, an Illinois man accused of murdering a family of 5, the issue of video game violence was raised by the defense. The defense claimed that the family was, in fact murdered by the 14-year-old son and Harris walked in on the mass murder in progress and had to defend himself, killing only the teen in the process. The defense called a research psychologist who testified that the teen's exposure to violent video games, along with an alleged history of social, school and family problems, made him at risk for aggression. However, during cross-examination, the psychologist acknowledge having no clinical license, not having conducted a proper psychological evaluation or psychological autopsy and that research evidence couldn't link video games to violent crimes. The psychologist also asserted that even games such as Pac Man could possibly be considered violent video games. Harris' brother testified against him and forensic evidence linked Harris to the homicides. Also suggesting that self-defense was unlikely, the teen had been hit over 50 times with a tire iron. In referring to the psychologist's testimony, one assistant attorney general was hear to remark "The most offensive testimony I’ve ever heard in my life, I think." The jury did not accept the defense's argument and Harris was convicted of all 5 murders.
A permanent Police presence is needed in Kurri Kurri NSW. There is a population of around 20000 people and there is not enough Police presence protecting Businesses, Families and our community.
In the past month alone there has been one of the well known & respected takeaway food owners bashed in Barton Street and another business man & his wife were attacked by a gang of youth.
Lets lobby together to the Councillors of our local LGA to lobby to state government to get action.
WE NEED YOUR HELP.
Whodunnit is an entertaining and exciting television series.
But, even though it is entertaining, I find it also educational in teaching basic to advanced detection skills.
It is a show worth watching and deserves another season.
Trespassing, harassment, robberies, murder and so forth are crimes that occur every day around the world within any community.
It can happen to anyone within any kind of building/living structure. Some people personally know the feeling of not feeling safe or having to walk with someone entering their premises or exiting. It happens all the time; things like robberies etc in an elevator of a non security conscious building.
Sometimes the perpetrators live within the building, community or are working as teams with outsiders and live within. This is a shame.
Please help us improve quality of life by supporting this cause to help create safer living.
Since the repeal of EO in Malaysia, the criminals are becoming bolder and violent crime is on the increase.
Let's walk the Talk.
26 million Malaysians demand that we live our lives peacefully. And we can only have that by having laws to prevent crime.
Why are you foresaking your right to live peacefully and safely be being haunted by these criminals? Let's put them behind bars again!
Support the Preventive Laws. It is not logical that the Preventive Laws been taken away/removed. And as a result Malaysians from all walks of life live in fear and anxiety.
Sign the petition today and Support Preventive Laws. Put the criminals back in jail where they belong!
Occupy-Science and Occupy love groups with New World Organizations including New Arab Organizations request open documentation for future war crimes from corporations such as Monasato and the National army.
It is evident that Europeans history of gas chambers and genocide existed. History repeats itself.
SEE journal enzymes.at, Indictments, and events by Global Activity Generations - GAG=MUT
In November 2012 in Greenford, west London, 15 year olds Jiervon Bartlett and Nayed Hoque, who both had convictions for several previous violent crimes, mugged 85 year old partially sighted Paula Castle - an attack which led to the death of Mrs Castle, as she had received a serious head wound when the boys knocked her to the ground.
Neither of the boys have shown any remorse for this despicable crime, and have refused to apologise to the victim's family. The judge in the case sentenced them to six years in custody - BUT they will only have to serve half of that! So, as things stand, they will do only three years in jail for taking a life - that is unacceptable.
Judges need to have a governing body of at least 6 people to answer to for some of the sentences they hand out for crimes committed.
My suggestion is that if these judges can't hand down a punishment to fit the crime, they have to answer to this governing body, they get 1 chance and then are voted out and replaced.
This body should consist of 2 members of the public and a police officer of good reputation, a family member that has gone through the sorrow of losing someone and have had to go through the court system.
These judges answer to no one and it needs to change.
Human lives are terminated before birth every day.
Babies have a right to be born.
What if YOU were aborted?
This petition is about saving lives.
Californias New Prison Realignment and Granting Good Time Credits for Time Served. This new policy having to do with only people who have committed a crime or who have been sentenced from the year 2011 to present these people getting 50 percent good time credit for time served. Meaning day served for day credit.
The problem of this is people being sentenced from 2011 on not being punished for crimes they had committed, and being released on their own goodwill disregarding the seriousness of the crime recently committed. And not looking at Prisoners whom have paid at least portions of the debt to society and is unlikley to reoffend.
Believing that California should use the risk factor assessment tool that so many other states have used and have had successful results. This risk factor should be used on all prisoners not including murders or rapists. Prisoners who should be looked at should be first time offenders as an adult, Prisoners who have been imprisoned for more than 5 years, and things that should be taken into consideration is good behavior while being imprisoned etc. This would help determine if a Prisoners likely to reoffend.
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Total Nationwide K-12 Scholarship Vouchers for Every Child
+ New Benefit: K-12 Scholarship Voucher for Every Child to Attend the Private, Parochial, or Charter That We Parents Choose for Our Children and Even For Parents that Choose Homeschooling
+ New Benefit: Up to $200 Billion in Tax Savings - Competition - Quality - Vouchers Will Be Valued up to No More Than 75% of the Combined Local, State and Federal Costs to Send a Child to Respective Government Schools According to the Local Cost of Living - Thus Guaranteeing to Save Taxpayers 25% Over Current Government Costs or Up to $200 Billion Annually While Providing Superior Benefits to All Children and Families
Notes: Private & Charter Schools Average Only 75% and Parochial Schools Average Only 50% of the Average Cost To Send a Child to Our Broken Government Schools and in Many States the Private Alternative is even a Better Value at a Very Small Fraction of the Cost of Poorly Performing Highly Inefficient & Wasteful Government Schools
+ New Benefit: Superior Education - From K-10th Grades - All Children Will Be Taught an Advanced 21st Century Core Curriculum Via Cutting-Edge Methods Consisting of Math, Science, Citizenship, Business, Productivity & Office Software Programs, Entrepreneurship and Other Highly Demanded Subjects by the Current Job Market
+ New Benefit: Stages of Excellence - Upon Graduation from the 10th Grade Students Will Achieve the New Esteemed High School Milestone Known as the “Sophomore Certificate” - Then…
+ New Benefit: Advanced Career Training - All Children Will Earn an Associate, Trade, Business or Career School Degree During their 11th and 12th Grade Years According to Their Natural Talents and Abilities and Upon Graduation Our Young Adults Now Entering the Work Force Will Possess the Skills Demanded by the Modern High Tech Globally Competitive Job Market
Why is this so URGENT? Because millions of our children are forced to attend tens of thousands of FAILING Government Schools causing 30% or 1.2 Million annually to dropout. Our government schools fail to teach 65% of those that do graduate to read at the 12th Grade level and math and science results are just as dismal. This is causing overwhelming poverty, under and unemployment and it is bankrupting our welfare and ALL other social assistance programs.
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We will take your demands to the President, the Congress, all state governors and the media and WE WILL NOT STOP until we oblige our politicians to act on behalf of the American children to provide superior quality and safe education environments for all.
The death penalty has become time consuming, cost-inefficient and has had no clear effect on the deterrence of crime. In a time of economic recovery, the call to abolish a wasteful punishment is way past due.
It is time we stop allowing the government to put our budget in the death penalty and start putting it into education and health care.
CALLING EVERYBODY WHO IS INTERESTED IN SEEKING JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME!!!
If we want to remain safe in the future it is vital for a national compulsory DNA database, storing the profiles of every British citizen to be created. Giving police officers the freedom to fight crime back on our streets rather than in offices trying to look evidence, a compulsory national DNA database would help to deter many criminals from committing crimes; essentially leading to us all sleeping safer in our beds at night and being safe in the knowledge that crime is on the decrease in the United Kingdom.
BE PART IN THE REVOLUTION TO DECREASE CRIME IN THE UNITED KINGDOM NOW!
Head back to the streets of Los Angeles for the new, explosive season of Southland, the critically acclaimed drama series from Warner Bros. Television and Emmy-winning producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing). Chronicling the lives of LAPD officers and detectives like no other series on television, this powerful, intensely emotional drama stars Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King and Ben McKenzie, along with special guest star Lucy Liu.
Since premiering in 2009, Southland has redefined the police drama with its raw, authentic look at the lives and work of Los Angeles detectives and beat cops. The show centers on four main characters: Officer John Cooper (Cudlitz), a seasoned cop who will have to prove himself again after recovering from surgery; Officer Ben Sherman (McKenzie), who still has much to learn after recently completing his training rotation; Detective Lydia Adams (King), whose unending caseload hits closer to home; and Sammy Bryant (Hatosy), a former detective who decided to go back to being a uniform cop after the traumatic death of his partner.
Shot on location in the streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles, Southland captures a realistic, natural environment where similar situations can and often do occur in real life. The series was created by Emmy winner Ann Biderman (NYPD Blue, Public Enemies) and is executive-produced by Emmy winners Christopher Chulack (ER, Third Watch) and John Wells. Chulack is also a primary director of the series, while Jonathan Lisco (The District) serves as executive producer and Andrew Stearn (Shameless, The West Wing) is co-executive producer.
Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the Human Trafficking Bill into law January 30, 2012, saying he hopes it will “put up the ‘Don’t Try It Here’ sign in Indiana” just in time for a game that Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says has a history of attracting increased activity in the commercial sex trade.
“Let’s hope that the law has a deterrent effect,” Daniels said, “and that these criminals will take their horrible business somewhere else.”
The law, which took effect immediately upon the governor affixing his signature, closes loopholes that have made it tougher for Indiana to prosecute those who have helped sell children into sexual slavery.
It also strikes a provision of state law that required prosecutors to prove that those who are accused of coercing children into sexual slavery used or threatened to use physical force to do so.
Advocates said it was the one step Indiana absolutely had to take before the game.
He know now the following statistics:
* Each year 1 million children are exploited by the commercial sex trade according to the U.S. Department of State, The Facts About Child Sex Tourism: 2005
* 100,000 to 293,000 U.S. children are in danger of becoming sexual commodities, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
* 12 is the average age of entry into pornography and prostitution in the U.S., according to The US Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section
* 33% of a sample group of female commercial sex workers in Chicago began in the sex trade between the ages of 12 and 15, with 56% being 16 or younger according to an investigation conducted by Schiller DuCanto& Fleck Family Law Center.
With the Super Bowl comes this crime-sex trafficking
We ask the Commissioner of The National Football League "if your part of the problem, your against the solution" ! Be part of the solution and promote awareness of this global problem that follows the Super Bowl by advertising against the insidious crime that comes to large sporting events like the Super Bowl
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90 percent of child molesters are out of jail in under 6 years, and most will do it again.
These people are getting minimal sentences for a crime, that not only affects the child mentally, but physically, and not to mention the emotional damage it does to the families.
It's time we stop giving these monsters a slap on the wrists, and sending them rushing back into the playgrounds.
Drug related crime up 87% since the South African Narcotics Bureau was shut down in 2004.
During the year that S.A.N.A.B. was disbanded, the SAPS reported 62,689 drug related crimes (2003/2004) but that figure reflects an increase to over 117,172. And increasing every year!
Accordingly in 1996, one percent of South Africans were in treatment for heroin abuse while in 2008 those in treatment for this addiction increased between eight and 24%.
The number of South Africans in treatment for cocaine addiction increased from 1.5% in 1996 to 17.5% in 2008.
15% of South Africa's population had a drug problem.
The Central Drug Authority reporting to parliament states:
“That identified west African narcotics cartels a threat as they traffic drugs from Asia as well as Latin America particularly to Western Europe.
"The challenge for Africa is not to say no to drugs but to say no to organised crime,"
The threat drug use posed for the continent was that it promoted poverty, lack of opportunity and despair.
Organised crime, as the root of the drug problem, fuelled corruption, political instability; it emptied Africa of its wealth, impeded development and chased away foreign investment
Drug and alcohol abuse cost our economy R130 billion every year.
Research indicated high rates of substance abuse in South Africa; the use of drugs was twice the global average and South Africa was amongst the top 10 nations in alcohol consumption.
Central Drug Authority Substance use and abuse in South Africa a Summary:
South Africa’s drug problem was contextualized by a comparison with global trends. The statistics showed that the use of cannabis, cocaine, and Tik was twice as much in South Africa as worldwide.
Drug dealers targeted schools in particular.
Drug business was the second most profitable business in the world, after arms.
There are 235,777 problem users in South Africa. The direct costs of this drug problem to South Africa is R10 billion.
The government is encouraged to review harsher sentences; on convicted drug dealers with the possible deportation as drug dealers knew how to manipulate the legislation. It was possible that one could comply for a couple of weeks and then could be back on the streets.
“We deserve what we tolerate, if we ignore and tolerate drug dealing we encourage organised crime to destroy our Country and we don’t deserve that!”
Our Country has many heroes who fought for our democratic freedom, let us protect this precious victory and stop drug dealing – Bring back SANAB
Against Crime Together
One of the most serious threats to the U.S. criminal justice system is the allegation that racism influences the imposition of death sentences.
I propose an overhaul of the sentencing process, using the best technology available.
I believe that to more effectively prevent violent crimes in the United States there should be a mandatory death penalty on any severe violent crime, such as murder, rape, child molestation, attempted murder and armed robbery.
I believe that this would not only solve our overcrowded jails, but also severely deter violent crime.
Wellington has a very High crime rate, with break & enters, theft, assault and crimes associated with drugs and alcohol consumption.
We believe that increasing police numbers will reduce crime.
Nineteen years ago Nikki Allan, a seven-year-old girl, was murdered on Wear Garth estate in Sunderland. It was a crime of extreme brutality. Nikki's body was found in a derelict building - she had been battered over the head and stabbed 37 times. No one has ever been convicted of this most evil murder. The family need answers and the murderer must be caught !
George Heron, then 24, lived on the same estate, having moved in only weeks earlier with his sister. At first Heron denied knowing Nikki, but he admitted he did after witnesses came forward to say they had seen him with her on several occasions.
There was other evidence. The blade of a knife recovered from his lodgings matched the stab wounds. Blood splatters were found on Heron's shoe and other clothing. His sister told police that on returning home on the night of Nikki's murder, Heron had gone straight to the bathroom where, uncharacteristically, he spent "a good half hour" washing both himself and his clothes. Although Heron had at first denied going out that evening, four separate witnesses saw a man at the Boar's Head and Clarendon public houses fitting his description. The man was seen buying cheese-and-onion crisps - Nikki's favourite - which police believed the killer used to lure Nikki into the building where she died.
After three days of police questioning, Heron confessed to killing Nikki. He had previously denied it 120 times. The bulk of the evidence against him was circumstantial, but police and prosecutors maintained that several of the details in Heron's confession were corroborated by evidence gathered during the course of the inquiry. Police were confident of a conviction.
The trial opened in Leeds in October 1993. Community hatred towards Heron ran at fever pitch, making it difficult to guarantee a fair trial in Sunderland. The distance was no deterrent. Scores of local people, including Nikki's entire extended family, travelled daily to fill the public gallery and often had to be restrained from leaping into the dock to attack the defendant.
The judge in the case immediately identified a problem with the taped confessions. After two weeks of legal argument, he ruled that seven of the 12 interview tapes - thought by the Crown Prosecution Service to be crucial in proving the case - were inadmissible because officers had used "oppressive methods" to obtain the confession. After a six-week trial, the judge directed the jury to deliver a verdict of not guilty. Fighting broke out in the courtroom, Sharon passed out and several jury members were sobbing.
Heron was given a change of identity and moved out of Sunderland. Soon after the trial, his solicitor's office was firebombed. While Heron was in prison on remand, he was slashed across the face by an inmate and left badly scarred. Sharon was secretly invited into the prison to meet the inmate so she could thank him. "I was even sent letters from some of the jurors," says Sharon, "saying they would be haunted by Nikki's murder for the rest of their lives."
Everyday, hundreds of children and students face the terror of bullying due to their appearance, gender, physical strengths, religion, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. Many of them ended tragically in forms of suicide or self-infliction recently.
As an example, a 14-year old boy, Jamey Rodemeyer, killed himself after he has been repeatedly harassed and physically bullied at school because he participated in a video project “It will get better” for LGBT youths. Under what circumstances should he be subjected to such horrific treatment by his peer? Apparently his sexual orientation made him a target of bullying.
What is even more disturbing is that we seem to care more about fashion, celebrities, and politics more than these serious issues that cost lives of many young Americans. How can we even say “It will get better” without taking an action such as making bullying a crime? We, as fellow Americans, should take a stand against bullying. No one has to right to bully.
No one has the reason to be bullied. Let’s take an oath.
Rex Bellotti Junior, at the age of 15, was the victim of a disgusting injustice, committed by Albany officers of the Western Australian Police. It is amazing that he survived being run over by a WA Police 4WD, although he is now crippled for life. Rex Jr. nearly bled to death at the scene, due to a severed femoral artery, tissue was visibly ripped from his leg, and during the thirteen hour trip to provide him with the life saving surgery he so desperately needed, he had to be resuscitated twelve times and he will probably lose his leg.
That in itself is horrific enough, but what makes the Bellotti case all the more alarming is that despite the fact that four WA Police vehicles were on the scene within 90 seconds and there were at least twenty people who witnessed the crash or saw the aftermath, not one witness was interviewed until over a month later (once the media became involved). Out of all those officers present, not one can say what direction they arrived from, there are contradictions between WAPOL records of what time the 'incident' occurred, Rex Jr's location on the road, and not one of those four 2009 model police vehicles were fitted with CCTV or GPS despite that being standard WAPOL issue. The full horrid complexities of this case are appalling.
There has never been a genuine investigation, no compensation has been awarded to Rex Jr., and no criminal charges have been brought against those WA police officers driving the vehicle which hit Rex Jr. or those who have lied in legally binding documents.
The UK Disabled Community needs to send a clear and unequivocal message in one unified voice to call on the Coalition Government to see us all as equal members of society and not treat us as a tool to steal our disability benefits and services to bail out the Country in this time of Financial Crisis.
Can we set a precedence to get 1 million signatures so that the Coalition Government will have no option but to take note of us and not just ignore or deflect our arguments & comments and to stop building this climate of hate against disabled people.
Please leave a question for your Local MP to pose to the Coalition Government, which we will add to the Petition when we deliver it to No.10.
The crime rate in Singapore is one of the lowest in the world. They have a Crime Rate Per 100,000 population of 650. The United States alone has a Crime Rate Per 100,000 population of 4249.4, with the State of California ranking 15th in the country for highest crime rate.
Following a similar model that implements caning as punishment, as done in Singapore, is a better deterrent for criminals than the current system that is in place.
We are ever delving in to peoples personal lives, with data being stored in all kinds of physical and digital states; in an ever expanding list of places e.g. cyberspace, police, local authorities, banks, mobile phones.
But much of this stored data is an infringement of our right to a 'Private and Family Life' as indicated in the Human Rights Act.
Now as a parent I consider the 'Law' and the associated powers to be a stringent and essential part of our lives in dealing with crime and potential acts of crime. However a 'Police Caution' is not a 'Sentence' or 'Conviction' and thus should not be allowed to remain on Police records as it is not a 'Spent Crime'. But the retention of this 'Caution' can be pretty damning, similarly as points on our drivers licence has the same effect. But even those points are removed once the offence has been 'Spent'. So why is it then that the law permits a 'Caution' to remain for 99-100 years on police records?
A 'Police Caution' is just that - a 'Caution' and not a conviction, therefore it should not remain indefinitely but serve as a deterrent for a prescribed amount of time e.g. four years.
We are a small community in NSW but we have a very high crime rate.
Our police services are limited and are not available 24hours to respond to incidents. Often we must rely on backup from other towns.