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74 shot, 6 fatally, in weekend violence across city
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Monday, June 28, 2021 11:34AM
https://abc7chicago.com/chicago-shootin ... /10839381/
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown addresses two mass shootings that occurred within hours of each other on Chicago's South Side Sunday.
CHICAGO -- Six people were killed and 68 others were wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago as the city reaches the halfway point of what could be one of its most violent years in decades.

Four of the attacks were mass shootings with four or more people wounded. The attacks accounted for about a third of all the shooting victims between Friday evening and early Monday morning.
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‘Y’all Dirty Trash Bags’: As Atlanta Neighborhood Ponders Declaring Independence From City Over Crime, Restaurateur Gets A Message
https://www.dailywire.com/news/yall-dir ... -a-message
The customer blamed the Chinese restaurant owner for the pandemic.
By Mairead McArdle

Jun 29, 2021 DailyWire.com

A Buckhead restaurant owner said she was the victim of an alleged hate crime this week when a customer sent her racist anti-Asian messages and threatened her.

Tse-chih Chang and her husband own the Grand China Restaurant, which they opened in Buckhead in 1978.

“We serve on snow days, rainy days, and all the holidays. We did our best to serve the community,” Chang told Fox5Atlanta.

The trouble started when a woman asked to cancel a delivery order because it was running late, according to Chang.

“You cancel the order, that’s fine. We respect that. but it’s going to take a while to give you a refund. We’ll give you a refund, don’t worry about it,” Chang said.
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Officer shot, suspect killed inside Midtown apartment building

Source: AJC.com
An Atlanta police officer was wounded and the suspected gunman was killed during an exchange of gunfire Wednesday afternoon inside a Midtown apartment building.

The officer was shot at the Solace on Peachtree Apartments in the 700 block of Peachtree Street, one block north of the iconic Fox Theatre, authorities said. A chaotic scene unfolded as police from across the city flooded the area about 1 p.m.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said two officers were “ambushed” while responding to a report of a shooting on the building’s eighth floor.

Police returned fire, killing the suspect, officials said.
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'Shoot him in the head:' 18-year-old charged with attempted murder in shooting of child

by Joseph EricksonThursday, July 1st 2021
https://mycbs4.com/news/local/18-year-o ... omsgR82y6c
ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. — An 18-year-old woman is facing charges of attempted murder after shooting a 12-year-old boy early Tuesday morning, according to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

Quashanti Samuel was one of multiple shooters who targeted a young boy in the 6900 block of SW 6th Place, according to an arrest report.

READ MORE | Child, 12, shot multiple times in Gainesville; suspect at large

Samuel reportedly fired first and told the others with her, who were wearing ski masks, to "shoot him in the head."
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32 shot, 4 fatally, Thursday in Chicago
By Joanie Lum
CHICAGO - On the day Chicago’s top cop touted declining crime numbers, the city was hit with one of its most violent days of the year: four killed, 28 wounded, including three young children who were seriously injured.

A 1-month-old was shot in the head in a mass shooting in Englewood, scene of another mass shooting weeks ago that killed five people and wounded three others.

An 8-year-old girl was shot in the arm as she sat in her home in Roseland. Two women on the porch were also shot and one of them died.

A 9-year-old girl was shot in the head as she sat in a car in Grand Crossing. A Chicago police officer drove her to the hospital, where relatives asked why authorities can’t do more to protect children.
https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/32-sh ... in-chicago
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Man drags woman into Bronx woods, strangles her in broad daylight
By Luke Funk

NEW YORK - Police say a man grabbed a woman, dragged her into the woods, and began strangling her before a stranger heard her screams.

The NYPD says the horrifying incident took place at about 3:30 p.m. on June. 23, 2021. They released a new sketch on Friday of a possible suspect.

Police say a 31-year-old woman was walking on a path in the area of City Island Ave. and Shore Road.
https://www.fox5ny.com/news/man-drags-w ... d-daylight
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Stop Blaming Crime Rates on Defunding the Police
by Nathalie Baptiste
July, 20, 2021

https://www.motherjones.com/crime-justi ... he-police/

Conclusion:
(Mother Jones) Part of what makes the conversation about crime rates and police budgets frustrating for experts is that in the same way, it’s impossible to demonstrate that defunding the police exacerbates crime, the reverse is also true: We don’t have much evidence indicating that hiring more police officers or giving them more resources will reduce crime. “When crime goes up, the first reaction is we need more cops, more money, more resources,” says Kubrin. “But there is not a linear relationship, simply add more cops and stir is not a solution that works across the board.” She stresses that it’s the quality not the quantity of police officers that can make a difference in communities.

But no matter how much evidence, or lack thereof, exists for the protests causing a crime wave, the narrative very easily has taken hold. And that’s for a very specific reason. Local media plays an outsized role in keeping people in a constant state of fear about being victimized, even if the chances are slim. Turn on any evening news program—or I would add to that your local police department’s Twitter feed— and it can feel as if nothing else happened that day but horrible crimes. According to Kubrin, there’s a direct correlation between local news consumption and fear of crime. In turn, politicians and other prominent figures play on this perpetual fear-cycle by singling out whichever boogeyman to blame. One year it’s the “Ferguson effect.” This year, as Fox News TV host Tucker Carlson said on his show in March, it’s the conviction that “when you defund the police, people die.”

For me, the time I spent looking up the police tweet about a local robbery only to end up feeling as if car jackings were happening on every street corner was brief. But for the millions of people who are listening to officials claiming that because police have been defunded violent crime is coming soon to a neighborhood near you, the damage will be long lasting. If the fear mongers are successful, many Americans will trade progress on policing and racial equality for a false sense of security. And that very well may be their intention.
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This article should serve to remind us that is not just extremist political groups and criminals who engage in violence and terrorism,, but that some times government engage in such tactics to further their own policies and control.

A New ‘Digital Violence’ Platform Maps Dozens of Victims of NSO Group’s Spyware
by Zack Whittaker
July 3, 2021

https://techcrunch.com/2021/07/03/digit ... p-spyware/

Introduction:
(TechCrunch) For the first time, researchers have mapped all the known targets, including journalists, activists, and human rights defenders, whose phones were hacked by Pegasus, a spyware developed by NSO Group.

Forensic Architecture, an academic unit at Goldsmiths, University of London that investigates human rights abuses, scoured dozens of reports from human rights groups, carried out open-source research and interviewed dozens of the victims themselves to reveal over a thousand data points, including device infections, which show relations and patterns between digital surveillance carried out by NSO’s government customers, and the real-world intimidation, harassment and violence that the victims are also subject to.

By mapping out these data points on a bespoke platform, the researchers can show how nation-states, which use Pegasus to spy on their victims, also often target other victims in their networks and are entangled with assaults, arrests, and disinformation campaigns against the targets but also their families, friends, and colleagues.

Although the thousand-plus data points only present a portion of the overall use of Pegasus by governments, the project aims to provide researchers and investigators the tools and data of NSO’s activities worldwide, which the spyware maker goes to great lengths to keep out of the public eye.

Israel-based NSO Group develops Pegasus, a spyware that allows its government customers near-unfettered access to a victim’s device, including their personal data and their location. NSO has repeatedly declined to name its customers but reportedly has government contracts in at least 45 countries, said to include Rwanda, Israel, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates — all of which have been accused of human rights abuses — as well as Western nations, like Spain.
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Teenage motorcyclist is shot dead during road rage incident on Texas highway after HE pulled a gun on driver who cut him off

A motorcyclist was shot dead in the middle of a Texas highway after exchanging gunfire with a driver of a SUV during a road rage incident last Friday.

The motorcyclist - JaDerek Gray, 19 - allegedly pointed a gun at a SUV driver who cut him off on Interstate 35 in Forth Worth before the driver pulled his own gun and shot Gray multiple times, Fox 4 reported.

Police told Fox 4 they believe Gray also fired but didn't hit anyone and police believe the SUV driver acted in self-defense.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... fense.html
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Man charged with first-degree murder after Toronto police officer killed near City Hall
Phil Tsekouras
https://www.cp24.com/mobile/news/man-ch ... -1.5493834

A man has been charged with the alleged killing of a Toronto police officer Friday.

Umar Zameer, 31​, was charged with first-degree murder after appearing in court at Old City Hall today.

The officer died after being "intentionally" struck by a vehicle near City Hall overnight, Chief James Ramer said.

“It is with profound sadness that I confirm the death of Const. Jeffrey Northrup of 52 Division,” Ramer said while providing an update on the situation Friday morning.

Ramer said Northrup was responding to a call in the parking garage located underneath City Hall, near Queen and Bay streets, just after midnight when he was hit.

Northrup was rushed to hospital where he was later pronounced dead, Ramer said.
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