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At Government Site, Protesters in Hong Kong Defy Police

At Government Site, Protesters in Hong Kong Defy Police
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First Security Bank in Little Rock robbed

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First Security Bank in Little Rock robbedArkansas Online (subscription)The robber demanded cash and received an undisclosed amount, then fled east from the bank on foot. No shots were fired in the bank, and no one was injured in the robbery, Davis said…

Child placed in foster care after drug bust

Child placed in foster care after drug bustWANEFORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne police raided a home on Elmwood Avenue Wednesday afternoon and arrested the parents of a one-year-old child after they found drugs and paraphernalia inside. According to …

DOJ Announces Nearly $63 Million In School Safety Research Grants

October 2, 2014 11:01:19 am

The U.S. Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) yesterday awarded nearly $63 million to school districts and research organizations through the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, a large multi-agency research effort to build knowledge about effective approaches to increasing school safety nationwide. Twenty-four research projects will get funding. There are nine awards to research organizations totaling more than $18 million. A second program provides more than $45 million to 15 school districts and their research partners.

The research program is part of President Obama’s January 2013 plan to end gun violence emphasized keeping guns out of potentially dangerous hands. “We know a great deal about how to make schools safe in general but very little about the specifics for various settings and populations,”said  William Sabol, Acting NIJ Director. “With this $63 million investment, the nation will gain an understanding of school safety that is scientifically sound, practical, and that can be easily interpreted and used by schools.” The Crime Report previewed the grant awards this summer.

How to Fix Eyewitness Testimony

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October 2, 2014 11:00:00 am

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A new report from the National Research Council aims to provide police departments and courts with a set of best practices for assessing and using eyewitness identification in criminal cases.

Research during the last few decades has made it increasingly clear that eyewitness testimony in criminal cases can be prone to inaccuracy or error, according to the report, which dozens of academics and law enforcement experts contributed to.

The report notes that human visual perception and memory is limited and law enforcement often gives unintentional cues that can compromise eyewitness identifications.

Conditions such as dim lighting, stress, or the presence of a “visually distracting element such as a gun or knife,” can compromise perception, according to the report.

To combat these issues, the report makes a series of recommendations for cops, courts and the academic community.

Suggested best practices for law enforcement:

  • Train all law enforcement officers in the factors that influence and limit eyewitness identification
  • Implement double-blind lineup and photo array procedures
  • Develop and use standardized witness instructions
  • Document witness confidence judgements
  • Videotape the witness identification Process

Suggested best practices for courts:

  • Conduct pretrial judicial inquiry whenever witness identification is used
  • Make juries aware of prior identifications
  • Use expert testimony about scientific framework
  • Use jury instructions as an alternative means to convey information about witness identification

Suggestions for the academic community:

  • Establish a national research initiative on eyewitness identification
  • Conduct additional research on system and estimator variables

Read the full report HERE.

Alarming Complaint Against UC-San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CN) – The University of California at San Diego fired a multiracial employee for complaining of her boss’s racially and sexually offensive behavior, the woman claims in court.     Grace Aspiras sued the Universit…