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Madrid opens world forum to seek solutions to urban violence

Madrid opens world forum to seek solutions to urban violence

Spain’s King Felipe VI has inaugurated a meeting of mayors and civic groups from across the world to discuss possible solutions to extremism and violence in cities. The three-day first World Forum on Urban Violence was proposed by the mayors of Madrid and Paris following the jihadi attacks in the French capital in 2015. Organizers said Wednesday that cities are the settings for many types of violence, including terrorism, gang and gender violence, and they need to find new ways to address these…
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Gunshot injuries occur primarily in Miami-Dade’s poor, black neighborhoods

“These findings offer evidence to support urgent, targeted community engagement and prevention strategies to reduce local firearm violence,” said Tanya L. Zakrison, M.D., M.H.Sc., M.P.H., assistant professor in the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery and a surgeon at the Ryder Trauma Center at UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Zakrison sponsored the study, “Geo-demographics of Gunshot Wound Injuries in Miami-Dade County, 2002-2012,” published recently in the journal BMC Public Health. Co-a…
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OAS chief says Venezuelan regime has blood on its hands for violence at protests

Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro condemned the Venezuelan government’s disregard for democracy and human rights in Miami on Wednesday as Venezuelans took to the streets in massive numbers and the Venezuelan ambassador faulted the OAS for violence associated with recent protests. Almagro’s remarks came shortly after a Venezuelan teenager shot in the head during anti-government protests died in an operating room. For the past two weeks, opposition and pro-governm…
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Legislature gives murder witnesses some protection by shielding their identity

Legislature gives murder witnesses some protection by shielding their identity

With overwhelming support from the Florida Senate on Thursday, a proposal that affords new protections for murder witnesses — heavily inspired by ongoing gun violence in Miami-Dade County — will go to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk and possibly become law. HB 111 passed the Senate by a 34-3 vote, similar to the near-unanimous show of support the bill received in the House late last month. Senators from Miami-Dade County called the bill “long overdue.” “I talk a lot about senseless violence …
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Panel OKs funding cut for domestic violence, assault victims

Panel OKs funding cut for domestic violence, assault victims

Money used on services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iowa would be reduced under a budget bill proposed Wednesday by Republicans, who argue federal funding will shield victims from the cuts aimed at people who staff the services. A GOP-led budget committee approved spending about $1.4 million less on victim assistance grants distributed through the Iowa Attorney General’s office. The spending bill, one of several, is expected to have more procedural votes over several d…
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Gang Alternative works with Miami police to prevent violence in the streets

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the violence in our community and that there are many organizations partnering with law enforcement to help make a difference in directing our youth to make good sound decisions, showing them that violence is not the answer. Today, I am going to share with you a program that is reaching out with a new approach, bringing the neighborhood together. Gang Alternative, a pro-family, character-building organization aimed at preventing gang violence in Miami, has p…
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British official: South Sudan violence is tribal genocide

South Sudan’s violent conflict is now genocide that is being perpetrated along tribal lines, a senior British official said, urging foreign leaders to do more to force the country’s government to end the conflict in which tens of thousands of people have been killed. Priti Patel, the U.K. secretary of state for international development, said in an interview late Wednesday that there are “massacres taking place, people’s throats being slit” amid what she called a “scorched earth policy” in the …
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North Miami Cop Arrested After Allegedly Slamming Wife's Head On Ground

North Miami Cop Arrested After Allegedly Slamming Wife’s Head On Ground

North Miami Cop Arrested After Allegedly Slamming Wife’s Head on Ground Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. The North Miami Police Department appears to be in disarray: In the past two years, the department failed a critical accreditation test and shot Charles Kinsey, an unarmed black man. After audio emerged last week of the department’s chief describing widespread dysfunction among his cops, …
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Fired gym employee who killed two managers had violent past

The gunman who shot and killed two managers at a Florida gym before turning the gun on himself had just been fired from the fitness center for workplace violence, police said Sunday. The Miami-Dade Police Department said in a statement Sunday that 33-year-old Abeku Wilson of Miami was let go from his job as a fitness trainer at the Equinox gym in Coral Gables on Saturday “due to work place violence and was escorted off the premises.” Shortly after his dismissal, Wilson returned to t…
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Miami police say gym gunman fired for workplace violence

The man who shot and killed two managers at a Florida gym before turning the gun on himself had just been fired from the fitness center for workplace violence, police said Sunday. The Miami-Dade Police Department said in a statement Sunday that 33-year-old Abeku Wilson of Miami was let go Saturday as a fitness trainer at the Equinox gym in Coral Gables “due to workplace violence and was escorted off the premises.” Authorities didn’t elaborate on what that violence involved. Sh…
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CCC to host 'Denim Day' for sexual assault awareness

CCC to host ‘Denim Day’ for sexual assault awareness

The worldwide day to wear jeans to bring awareness and speak out against sexual violence was discussed at the most recent Partners of Ottawa County, Inc. (POCI) meeting. Kimberly Barker kbarker@miaminewsrecord.com MIAMI— The Community Crisis Center (CCC) will be hosting “Denim Day” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 26 at Northeastern A&M College to share information about sexual violence. The worldwide day to wear jeans was discussed at the Partners of Ottawa County, Inc. (…
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Ohio bill would allow protective orders for dating violence

Ohio bill would allow protective orders for dating violence

A bipartisan bill in the Ohio House would allow victims of dating violence to seek a protective order against an alleged perpetrator. The bill would update current law which only recognizes violence between spouses, family members, those living together or family members for the purpose of seeking a protective order. Backers say Ohio and Georgia are the only states that don’t cover victims of dating violence under domestic violence laws. The proposal would give victims of dating violence access…
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When her friend’s son stopped by, she had no idea she’d end up fighting for her life

Alice Snodgrass was chatting with her longtime friend Nicki Alexopoulos in the living room when she saw a shadow outside her friend’s Brookside home. “That’s Patrick,” Alexopoulos said quietly as her 38-year-old son approached the door. When Patrick Alexopoulos entered the foyer that afternoon last October, Snodgrass saw her vivacious friend’s demeanor shift. Nicki became subdued and alarmed. Patrick wanted $25,000, and he wanted it now. Nicki, sitting quietly with her hands in her la…
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Violence spreads in Paris suburbs; 17 more arrests

A gang of masked rioters set more than a dozen vehicles ablaze in a car dealership as violence spread to more suburban Paris towns over the alleged rape of a young black man with a police baton, authorities said Wednesday. Police made 17 arrests, according to the prefecture of the Saint-Seine-Denis region, a working class region northeast of Paris with a large minority population. The violence, which has now spread to at least five towns, erupted after a 22-year-old man was allegedly sodomized …
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The Latest: Trump: No tolerance for violence against police

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST): 8:40 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump has written Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) to wish the “Chinese people a happy Lantern Festival and prosperous Year of the Rooster.” The White House says Trump wrote Xi to thank him for a congratulatory letter and to express his hopes of developing “a constructive relationship that benefits both the United States and China.” Before taking office, Trump …
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Brazilian governor wants more army troops to quell violence

A Brazilian governor said Wednesday that he needs more soldiers to help cope with a police crisis that has led to a wave of violence and at least 80 deaths in his southeastern state. Cesar Colnago, acting governor of Espirito Santo, told reporters that he would ask the federal government for more troops, saying the 1,000 soldiers already sent were not enough to stem the tide of violence. The killings in the state capital of Vitoria and other cities erupted as friends and family of military poli…
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After Roof trial, SC addressing faith, violence intersection

After Roof trial, SC addressing faith, violence intersection

The federal trial of the South Carolina man who slaughtered nine Bible study participants has come and gone, with Dylann Roof’s death sentence assuring he will spend the rest of his limited days in custody. But the June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME continue to prompt a conversation about the uneasy intersection of faith and gun violence, as thousands of worshippers around South Carolina gather this weekend to memorialize crime victims and call for reform. It isn’t just the church slaughter tha…
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Young survivors: A WLRN project on the unspoken trauma of gun violence

For Aaron Willis, a Booker T. Washington High student partially paralyzed by an unknown shooter in Wynwood, putting his life back together has proven a grueling emotional challenge — both for him and his family. Willis is one of hundreds of young people in Miami-Dade County who have survived bullet wounds, an experience that leaves psychological scars that have not been well-researched. In a special projected Young Survivors: The Unspoken Trauma of Gun Violence, WLRN-Miami Herald News chronic…
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Israeli police arrest 9 following Palestinian truck attack

Israeli police arrest 9 following Palestinian truck attack

Israeli police stepped up security measures in Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem on Monday, searching trucks and arresting relatives of the Palestinian truck driver who rammed his vehicle into a crowd of Israeli soldiers at a Jerusalem tourist spot the previous day, killing four soldiers and injuring 17 others. Nine people were arrested, five of them relatives of 28-year-old Fadi Qunbar, the attacker. All arrested were from the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of east Jerusalem where Qunbar lived,…
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Enough violence

Fabiola Santiago wrote a touching and insightful article on Jan. 4 regarding the high numbers of victims of gun violence in Miami-Dade’s poorest communities. She made an excellent point mentioning that if this level of violence was occurring in wealthier communities, the National Guard would have been deployed and the violent crimes solved. Right below Santiago’s column, there was a story about the fatal police shooting of an unarmed young black man in West Perrine. Jamar Rollins was only 2…
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West Bank settlements no excuse for violence

The U.N. should spend its time trying to convert the mindset of the Palestinian Authority, Fatah, and Hamas, rather than waste time on Israeli settlements. Were the West Bank settlements the reason the Arabs attacked Israel in 1948, when the U.N. resolution established Arab segments and the Jewish state? Were the West Bank settlements the reason in 1964 when the PLO and its 29-clause charter were created? Clause 24 stated, “This organization does not exercise any sovereignty in the West Bank …
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Pakistani groups note drop in violence, credit the military

Two Pakistani research groups have noted that the country saw a significant drop in militant violence last year, crediting the military for the decrease in attacks. The two Islamabad-based groups say that large-scale military operations in the lawless tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, in the chaotic port city of Karachi and the sparsely populated Baluchistan province are behind the drop. But for the trend to continue, they say, authorities need to disband sectarian and anti-Indian extremist…
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Gun violence

Robert Pickford’s letter of Jan. 5, “Chicago fire,” made my blood boil! This is so typical of gun advocates, saying guns are not the cause but the means of the violence. That’s like saying too many cars are not the cause of traffic jams. It’s not that simple! It’s too many guns and too many gangs and, of course, a lack of leadership on all sides. All of those things must be corrected or the violence will never stop. But then when he said that our first black president did not give t…
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Relatives: Airport shooting suspect had mental health issues

Relatives: Airport shooting suspect had mental health issues

The man police say opened fire with a gun from his checked baggage at a Florida airport had a history of mental health problems — some of which followed his military service in Iraq — and was receiving psychological treatment at his home in Alaska, his relatives said Friday after the deadly shooting. “Only thing I could tell you was when he came out of Iraq, he wasn’t feeling too good,” his uncle, Hernan Rivera, told The Record newspaper. Esteban Santiago, 26, depl…
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Violence spiked in Chicago in 2016

Violence spiked in Chicago in 2016

One of the most violent years in Chicago history ended Sunday with a sobering tally: 762 homicides, the most in two decades in the city and more than New York and Los Angeles combined. The nation’s third-largest city also had 1,100 more shooting incidents than it did in 2015, according to statistics released by the Chicago police. The numbers underline a story of bloodshed that has put Chicago at the center of a national dialogue about gun violence. The data released Sunday are staggering, ev…
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Turkey faces more turmoil as violence continues

The deadly New Year’s attack on a ritzy Istanbul nightclub has brought more turmoil to Turkey and shown how the conflict in neighboring Syria easily can spill over to threaten Europe’s stability. The mass shooting’s bleak coda came into sharp relief Monday: Islamic State militants claimed the “heroic soldier” who gunned down revelers with a high-powered rifle at the jam-packed Reina nightclub as one of their own as police tried to find the fugitive, who is believed to have escaped in …
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Chicago records 762 homicides in 2016, up 57 percent from previous year

The city of Chicago recorded 762 homicides in 2016 — an average of two murders per day, the most killings in the city for two decades and more than New York and Los Angeles combined. The nation’s third largest city also saw 1,100 more shooting incidents than it did in 2015, according to statistics released by the Chicago Police Department that underlined a story of bloodshed that has put Chicago at the center of a national dialogue about gun violence. The numbers released Sunday are stag…
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