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UPDATE: What’s Up with Militarized Police?

January 27, 2016 UPDATE TO THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE: On January 16, 2015, President Obama issued Executive Order 13688 to provide increased federal oversight about the collection, retention, and use of controlled equipment in significant incidents. On the “controlled equipment list” are many of the vehicles and weapons acquired by police departments under the 1033 program […]

“Home invasions have been on the upswing over the last 15 years, as surveillance technology has increased break-in risks at convenience stores, gas stations, etc.” These were the words found in a 1995 article printed in The bNet blog hosted by Harvard University’s Business School. The article was prompted by an FBI-issued  bulletin about HIR (Home Invasion Robbery) in […]

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Two federal agencies are active in fighting the violent crime that may be associated with home invasions. In January 1992, the FBI announced the Safe Streets Violent Crime Initiative, designed to allow each field office to address violent street gangs and drug-related violence through the establishment of FBI-sponsored, long-term, proactive task forces focusing on violent […]

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I’ve noticed that the phrase “home invasion” seems to turn up more and more in news reports. I did a search of some Missouri newspapers looking for the term “home invasion,” and–sure enough–”home invasion” seems to have arrived in Missouri. Before the year 2000, it was seldom used in Missouri news reports, referring mostly to […]

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Police Won’t Arrest Home Invader

Marc Fisher, a senior editor at The Washington Post, recently wrote about his home being burglarized last December.   Rodney Knight, a 19-year-old, pleaded guilty to the crime. He’s known now as the “Facebook burglar,” after posting photos of himself with the stolen goods on the social networking site.   After this experience, Fisher argues that […]

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