10.23.2017

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10.23.2017
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Potential Serial Killer in Tampa.
Officials believe a serial killer may be on the loose in the Seminole Heights community of Tampa, FL, after a third person was killed in less than ten days in the neighborhood. The killings seem to be random - the victims include two black males in their 20s and a white female in her 30s - but each were ambushed and killed with a handgun. The third victim, Anthony Naiboa, was shot only 100 yards from where officers were conducting foot patrols. The FBI - who defines serial murder as the killing of more than two victims in separate events - estimates that 1% of the country's 15,000 annual homicides are linked to serial killers, meaning there are 25 to 50 active at any given time (see data sets on serial homicide here). 

Impact of Police Body Cams Questioned.
The results of the largest and most rigorous study of the effect of police body cameras on the behavior of law enforcement surprised pretty much everyone involved, finding the cameras had little to no effect. A one-and-a-half year study carried out as Washington, DC, rolled out body cameras on nearly 2,600 police members found no statistical impact on behavior, either in police use of force or citizen complaints. Though there have been some high-profile instances of cameras catching some officers planting evidence, little research existed on the net effect of cameras on behavior. You can see the full study here

Japan's Ruling Party Wins Big.

The Liberal Democratic Party reportedly won a nearly two-thirds majority in Japan's parliamentary elections, held yesterday. The party is led by Japan's current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - who called a 'snap' election one year ahead of schedule - and was on pace to pick up about 300 out of 465 seats in Japan's lower house. The results provide Abe a mandate to pursue a controversial measure - the country's post-WWII constitution calls for the renunciation of war, which Abe would prioritize amending to legitimize its military. The change would be a marked shift from Japan's pacifist stance. Final election results are delayed until today due to a typhoon that hit the country over the weekend.   

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