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Man dragged by South Africa police dies in custody
Fri, 03/01/2013 - 18:13, - 0 Comments

Feb. 28, 2013 Reuters

JOHANNESBURG  - South African police were caught on video dragging a man hundreds of meters from the back of a pick-up truck, hours before he died in custody, drawing a storm of protest against a force accused of routine brutality.

The 27-year-old Mozambican taxi driver, Mido Macia, was found dead in detention with signs of head injuries and internal bleeding, according to an initial post mortem report released by the country's police watchdog.

The incident, videotaped on Tuesday and broadcast nationwide on Thursday, was condemned by President Jacob Zuma and opposition politicians.

"The visuals of the incident are horrific, disturbing and unacceptable. No human being should be treated in that manner", said Zuma in a statement that described the incident as "the tragic death of a man in the hands of the police".

Police told media they detained Macia after he parked illegally, creating a traffic jam, and then resisted arrest.

The video clearly shows the man scuffling with police, who subdue him. He is then bound to the back of the pick-up by his arms before the vehicle drives off in front of scores of witnesses in the east Johannesburg area of Daveyton.

Police commissioner Riah Phiyega said she was looking into the "alleged brutal treatment" by officers "in a very serious light and it is strongly condemned".

Governor denies parole to ex-Manson follower
Fri, 03/01/2013 - 17:08, - 0 Comments

March 1, 2013 Associated Press

LOS ANGELES  — The enduring mystery of why young people joined Charles Manson's murderous family appeared to be at the heart of Gov. Jerry Brown's decision Friday to reverse a parole board's recommendation and keep Bruce Davis in prison.

Brown said he wants Davis, who has been behind bars for 42 years, to come clean about all the details of his involvement with Manson's cult and the two gruesome killings of a stuntman and a musician.

It was the second time in less than three years that a California governor has rejected a parole board ruling in Davis' case. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused his release in 2010, citing the heinous nature of Davis' crimes and his efforts to minimize his involvement.

Brown repeated those reasons in a six-page decision but added his belief that Davis still has more to disclose about the killings.

"Until Davis can acknowledge and explain why he actively championed the Family's interests and shed more light on the nature of his involvement, I am not prepared to release him," Brown said.

Father, son arrested for triple murder near Forestville
Fri, 03/01/2013 - 12:58, - 0 Comments

March 1, 2013 ABC News

Two more men were arrested Tuesday in connection with a suspected drug-related triple homicide in the Forestville area last month, Sonoma County sheriff's officials said Friday morning.

Francis Dwyer, 65, was arrested at his residence in Truth or Consequences, N.M., and his son, 38-year-old Odin Leonard Dwyer, was arrested just outside Denver, Colo., according to the sheriff's office.

Mark William Cappello, 46, of Central City, Colo., was arrested Feb. 14 in Mobile, Ala. in connection with the fatal shootings. He is expected to be booked into Sonoma County Jail within the next several days, sheriff's officials said.

The Dwyers are expected to be extradited to Sonoma County in the near future, according to the sheriff's office.

The three men face charges for the Feb. 5 murders of Raleigh Butler, 26, a former Sonoma County resident who was living in Truckee, Richard Lewin, 46, of Huntington, N.Y., and Todd Klarkowski, 42, of Boulder, Colo.

Their bodies were found by Butler's brother and a woman in the bedroom of a cabin Butler's mother rented at 9707 Ross Station Road in the Forestville area.

Sheriff's Lt. Dennis O'Leary said the victims were waiting for someone who was going to sell them "a significant amount of marijuana." O'Leary said, "People associated with the victims said it was a pot deal that went bad."

The Lindbergh baby kidnapping - 1932
Fri, 03/01/2013 - 08:04, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 1, 1932, Charles Lindbergh III, the young son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, is kidnapped from the family's home in Hopewell, New Jersey. Lindbergh, who became an international celebrity when he flew the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, and his wife Anne discovered a ransom note demanding $50,000 in their son's empty room.

'Barefoot Bandit' charged with crime he's serving time for
Thu, 02/28/2013 - 18:54, - 0 Comments

Feb. 28, 2013 King 5 News

Just when you thought you’d seen the last of Colton Harris-Moore, he’s back, draped in drama once again.

Skagit County Prosecutor Rich Weyrich is pursuing a theft charge against Harris-Moore for stealing a plane from an Anacortes airport in 2010. However, he landed that plane in San Juan County.  Prosecutors there took jurisdiction, and went along with a massive plea deal that landed the Barefoot Bandit in prison for 6.5 years.

“Fifteen prosecutors from across the country, two U.S. attorneys and two judges agreed that the sentence for this matter was appropriate,” said Harris-Moore’s attorney John Henry Brown. “The only person who disagreed was Mr. Weyrich."

Weyrich says he wasn’t aware of the San Juan plea agreement and never agreed to one himself.  He wants the once notorious fugitive prosecuted locally for local crimes.

“Another county, without consulting us, took some of our charges and filed them as part of a plea bargain,” said Weyrich. “This surreptitious deal between the defense attorney and the San Juan County prosecutor turns the end of justice on its head.”

Prosecuting Colton Harris-Moore again could constitute double jeopardy. It’s quite possible the theft case will be thrown out by the judge. He could be convicted on a burglary charge connected to the airplane, but even that likely would not increase his sentence.

Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme is assassinated - 1986
Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:57, - 0 Comments

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Olof Palme

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 28, 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated. Palme led the Swedish Social Democratic Party from 1969 until his death, and was a two-term Prime Minister of Sweden.

Seattle police turn to computer software to predict, fight crime
Wed, 02/27/2013 - 13:36, - 0 Comments

Feb. 27, 2013 Seattle Times

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Chief John Diaz announced today that police have begun using new “predictive policing” software in the city’s East and Southwest precincts in an effort to reduce crime through analysis of data on crime and location.

“This technology will allow us to be proactive rather than reactive in responding to crime,” said McGinn during a news conference. “This investment, along with our existing hot spot policing work, will help us to fulfill the commitments we made in the ’20/20′ plan to use data in deploying our officers to make our streets safer.”

According to a Los Angeles Times article on predictive policing employed by the LAPD, predictive policing is rooted in the notion that it is possible, through sophisticated computer analysis of information about previous crimes, to predict where and when crimes will occur. Based on models for predicting aftershocks from earthquakes, predictive policing forecasts the locations where crime is likely to occur.

It works by entering all crime and location data dating back to 2008 into a complex algorithm that generates a prediction about where crimes are likely to take place on a certain day and time. Officers are provided with these forecasts before beginning their shifts, and are assigned to use their “proactive time” between 911 calls to patrol those areas, according to Seattle police.

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