Crime And Law Enforcement
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The violence in Mexico has taken a serious uptick. In the last four days, six federal agents have been killed along with a mayor of a small town in Northern Mexico. A series of eight coordinated attacks in Western Mexico has left many more dead and wounded. The violence has increased in response to President Calderón's efforts to crackdown on drug-related crime. He sent 45,000 troops across the country to lessen the grip of organized crime, which reaches into police forces, government institutions, and mountain villas across the country. Some 11,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since 2006. For more of the story The Takeaway turns to Ioan Grillo, Time Magazine's reporter in Mexico City.
Here's a report on the impact of drug violence on the small town of Ascension, Mexico:
Friday, July 10, 2009
In a gruesome story, police outside Chicago are investigating a scheme by cemetery operators to dig up graves, dump the bodies, and re-sell the burial plots. Over 200 plots in the traditionally black cemetery of Burr Oak in Alsip, Illinois, were opened and re-sold. For more details of the story, we go to Lolly Bowean, a reporter with the Chicago Tribune, who is covering the story.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Many people know the legends of Jesse James or Bonnie and Clyde, but lesser known is one of the greatest bank robbers in history – John Dillinger. Nicknamed "The Jackrabbit" for his swift moves, he terrorized banks throughout the Midwest in 1933 before being shot by FBI agents at a movie theater in Chicago. Johnny Depp portrays him in the new movie “Public Enemies,” bringing his life (and legend) to the big screen.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
"No matter how guilty somebody looks, there's no substitute for doing a DNA test which can prove it either way. And we were hoping the Supreme Court would agree."
— Nina Morrison of the Innocence Project on the right to DNA testing
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The Takeaway is joined by Mark Rosenbaum, the Legal Director of the ACLU of Southern California and one of lawyers in Federal court seeking to extend the consent decree involving the LAPD. Also joining The Takeaway is Chris Stone, Criminal Justice Professor at Harvard University who wrote a nine-month study of the LAPD that came out last month.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 01, 2009
—Author Eleanor Bader on the recent killing of George Tiller
For more information on Tiller's death and to see local reactions, watch the video below.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Michael Vick was released from prison in Leavenworth, Kansas yesterday morning after being locked up for 19 months on charges related to running a dog fighting ring. He will spend the next two months under house arrest in Virginia and will be working in construction for $10 an hour as part of his probation-- a far cry from the multi-million dollar contracts he enjoyed as an NFL player.
So what’s next for this fallen Atlanta Falcons superstar? Is his career over, or will he join the long list of professional athletes who've gotten a second (or third, or sixth) chance? The NFL has been hinting that Vick very well may get a chance to play again. Does he deserve it? We are joined by The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, and from Atlanta, GA, we are also joined by two Atlanta Falcons fans, Richard Palmer (who likes Michael Vick), and Larry Jamison (who emphatically does not).
More from Ibrahim Abdul-Matin on whether Vick should return to the NFL...
For more debate on letting Vick back into the NFL, watch the video below.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
In the 1980s Demjanjuk was extradited to Israel where he was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to death; his conviction was overturned by the Israeli supreme court which accepted his claim of mistaken identity. But Demjanjuk has remained at the top of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of "most wanted" Nazi war crimes suspects.
For more on this story we turn to Tristana Moore, the BBC’s reporter in Berlin.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Watch part of Ben Bernanke's speech to the Council of Foreign Relations below.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Joining The Takeaway to explain what it would take to financially compensate those caught up in Madoff’s investment web is Ken Feinberg, a Washington attorney who served as special master of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, which awarded over $7 billion to some 5,300 victims and their families.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
— Journalist Jennifer Gonnerman on the strict Rockefeller Drug Laws
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Here is Terry Goddard on CNN discussing gun smuggling:
Monday, March 02, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Read The New York Times article U.S. Will Give Qaeda Suspect a Civilian Trial