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Policing the Police. Chicago’s Murder Problem. Researchers just discovered a hidden factor that could be driving violent crimes. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Researchers at the National Bureau for Economic Research say they have found a startling connection between exposure to outdoor pollution and an increase in violent crime.

Researchers just discovered a hidden factor that could be driving violent crimes

The study, released last week, presents “the first quasi-experimental evidence that air pollution affects violent criminal activity,” the researchers say. The authors are Evan Herrnstadt of Harvard’s Center for the Environment and Erich Muehlegger of the University of California, Davis. They drew on a vast crime dataset from the Chicago Police Department — more than 2 million major crimes committed between 2001 and 2012 in the city. The data included the crimes’ dates and locations, and researchers were able to figure out how close they were to major interstates that cross the city of Chicago, like I-290, which runs west and east.

The authors also calculate that the economic cost of the crime caused by automotive pollution in this way could be $ 100 million to $ 200 million per year. Forward Through Ferguson A Path Toward Racial Equality. The Man Who Shot Michael Brown. Darren Wilson, the former police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an eighteen-year-old African-American, in Ferguson, Missouri, has been living for several months on a nondescript dead-end street on the outskirts of St.

The Man Who Shot Michael Brown

Louis. Most of the nearby houses are clad in vinyl siding; there are no sidewalks, and few cars around. Wilson, who is twenty-nine, started receiving death threats not long after the incident, in which Brown was killed in the street shortly after robbing a convenience store. Although Wilson recently bought the house, his name is not on the deed, and only a few friends know where he lives. He and his wife, Barb, who is thirty-seven, and also a former Ferguson cop, rarely linger in the front yard. This March, I spent several days at his home. Wilson has twice been exonerated of criminal wrongdoing. The Justice Department also released a broader assessment of the police and the courts in Ferguson, and it was scathing. The family eventually moved to St. ‘Verbatim: The Ferguson Case’ Continue reading the main story Video By now, most Americans have heard of Ferguson, Mo.: on Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer, Darren Wilson, shot an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, on a street in that suburb of St.

‘Verbatim: The Ferguson Case’

Louis. One year later, the word “Ferguson” has become indelibly linked to the charged conversation about racial justice in the United States. Like many Americans, I followed the case and ensuing protests, absorbing a barrage of commentary from news sources and my social networks. And yet as the months wore on, and the officer was not indicted, I realized that I (perhaps like many others), was never clear on the details: What exactly happened in Ferguson the day Mr. I sought to find an answer somewhere in the thousands of pages of transcripts and evidence eventually released by the St.

Continue reading the main story OPEN Document. Rollingstone. Hen Baltimore exploded in protests a few weeks ago following the unexplained paddy-wagon death of a young African-American man named Freddie Gray, America responded the way it usually does in a race crisis: It changed the subject.


Instead of using the incident to talk about a campaign of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of illegal searches and arrests across decades of discriminatory policing policies, the debate revolved around whether or not the teenagers who set fire to two West Baltimore CVS stores after Gray's death were "thugs," or merely wrongheaded criminals. From Eric Garner to Michael Brown to Akai Gurley to Tamir Rice to Walter Scott and now Freddie Gray, there have now been so many police killings of African-American men and boys in the past calendar year or so that it's been easy for both the media and the political mainstream to sell us on the idea that the killings are the whole story.

A. Most Americans have never experienced this kind of policing.