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Teens In Custody After Police Find 5 Dead In Oklahoma Home

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 07.23.2015 | Crime

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Police in eastern Oklahoma say five people have been found dead and two teenagers were taken into custody. In a news ...

The Black Lives We Aren't Talking About

Rashawn Davis | Posted 07.22.2015 | Black Voices
Rashawn Davis

Everyday, dozens of Black men and women are being killed by other Black men and women and although the circumstances that have created these realities may not be our fault, the solvency must be. If not us, then who?

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Mayor Mitch Landrieu Talk Violence in America

Aspen Institute | Posted 07.03.2015 | Crime
Aspen Institute

Is violence a function of our culture? During a recent 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival session, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) and Senior Editor and National Correspondent for The Atlantic Ta-Nehisi Coates explored this complex and provocative question.

Journalism Is Red in Tooth and Claw

Nigel Barber | Posted 07.01.2015 | Media
Nigel Barber

If it bleeds, it leads is a truism of news coverage. We all sympathize with the victims of senseless violence, and their families, because we know that it could have been us, and our families. Yet, our world has never been less violent - except in news media and entertainment.

Jason Linkins

Everybody Chill: There's No Ferguson-Inspired 'New Nationwide Crime Wave'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

If you were paying attention to the news Monday, you might have heard something about how a violent crime wave has swept across these United States, o...

Stronger Gun Laws, Less Violence

Robert Muggah | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Muggah

Strong gun laws are not equivalent to taking guns away from citizens. To the contrary, they consist of transparent rules and procedures designed to manage the possession, storage and carrying of firearms in order to limit access to legitimate users alone.

Freddie Gray's Family Is 'Satisfied' With Charges Against Officers

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices

The family of Freddie Gray on Friday applauded the news that Gray’s death had been ruled a homicide and that criminal charges were being brought aga...

Lilly Workneh

Baltimore Protesters Rejoice Over Charges In Freddie Gray's Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices

It wasn’t expected -- but it was welcome. Many Baltimore residents applauded Friday's announcement from State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby that F...

Let's Stamp Out Stigma

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

To scapegoat and stigmatize people with psychological problems may discourage them from seeking treatment and result in a backlash including the occurrence of an increased incidence of violent episodes.

12 Unsolved Murders in Illinois since 1974

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.14.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

While it is the job of police in Illinois to solve crimes committed in the state, not every crime ends with an explanation and a conviction. The Illinois State Police has a list of 24 unsolved murders since September 1974, in hopes that it may lead to new information, tips or leads from the public.

Ex-NFL Player's Cellmate Was Strangled To Death In Cell

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2015 | Sports

Phillips, 39, is suspected of being the one who strangled him.

The Making of a Murderer

Lisa Firestone | Posted 06.09.2015 | Crime
Lisa Firestone

If we are serious about preventing violence, we have to be serious about early intervention. We have to work together to prevent child abuse and build better mental health screening and services for younger people.

Why We Must Not Fear Depression in the Wake of the Germanwings Tragedy

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

In the wake of the Germanwings crash, questions abound about what happened, what was going through the mind of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, what his motiv...

Making Sense of The Jinx, Robert Durst and What He Said

Joe Navarro | Posted 05.24.2015 | Crime
Joe Navarro

I don't know if the statements made by Mr. Durst in the HBO documentary will be admitted in a future trial or even if they are needed. What I can say from experience is this: We should not be surprised when people make utterances that inculpate them in crimes.

Better Than Somalia -- How to Feel Good About Gun Violence

Evan DeFilippis | Posted 04.25.2015 | Crime
Evan DeFilippis

Unsurprisingly, the United States does indeed have a lower homicide rate than countries in the middle of civil war, run by despots, or struggling with crippling poverty. Should we really be patting ourselves on the back that our homicide rate just barely beats out Yemen?

Guns, Steel, Grit and Grief

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Guns and grief are a bad combination. Our judgment is clouded and undone in moments of aggrieved passion; we are least suited at such times to take on the roles of both jury and judge, leaving aside the illegality of such vigilantism. We may, in the throes of passion, misconstrue causes and misdirect blame. But we may hope to live through such moments, and see in a calmer, clarifying light.

Evidence of Peace on Earth: Homicide Rates and Santa

Dr. Anna Sher Simon | Posted 02.22.2015 | Good News
Dr. Anna Sher Simon

I agree that it may seem "illogical or even obscene" to suggest that we, as a species, have become less violent over time. But if myth reflects society, as was argued by Joseph Campbell, we have to look no further than the evolution of Santa Claus for evidence of our gentling.

Tamir Rice Death Declared Homicide In Newly Released Autopsy

Reuters | Posted 12.12.2014 | Black Voices

CLEVELAND, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The death of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy fatally shot by police in November has been formally ruled a homicide, accordin...

'Failure to Protect' Laws Punish Victims of Domestic Violence

Adam Banner | Posted 02.03.2015 | Crime
Adam Banner

True justice is not measured by what we think we would do in a similar situation; it is measured by the law and how the law applies to certain facts. It is time to stop using the law to blame the victims, and instead find solutions that truly protect our nation's children from violence and abuse.

Virginia College Student's Death Ruled Homicide

AP | Posted 11.19.2014 | Crime

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A University of Virginia student whose disappearance sparked a monthlong search died from "homicidal violence" but the e...

Police Uncover New Leads In Child's 17-Year-Old Murder Mystery

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 11.15.2014 | Crime

The 1997 disappearance of 6-year-old Peter "Peter Boy" Kema, Jr., is one of Hawaii's most notorious, unsolved crimes. Peter Boy disappeared on the Big...

Police Say Dad Mutilated Genitals Of Man Who Allegedly Raped His Daughter

Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 11.03.2014 | Crime

Authorities say a man in India, who accepted a dinner invitation from the father of a young girl he allegedly raped, unwittingly agreed to a date with...

10-Year-Old Boy Charged With Killing Elderly Woman

AP | Posted 12.13.2014 | Crime

TYLER HILL, Pa. (AP) — A 10-year-old boy apparently angry that a 90-year-old woman had yelled at him held a cane against her throat and repeatedly p...

At Least A Third Of All Women Murdered In The U.S. Are Killed By Male Partners

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen & Alissa Scheller | Posted 10.09.2014 | Women

It's a sobering fact. At least one third of all female homicide victims in the U.S. are killed by male intimate partners -- husbands and ex-husb...

Brazil's Killing Fields

Robert Muggah | Posted 11.10.2014 | Crime
Robert Muggah

Brazil is the world's murder capital. Its grisly toll cannot be put down to a so-called culture of violence. To the contrary: These preventable deaths are a result of policy failures. Brazil's violent crime wave can be reversed.