Miami Police 3 Times More Likely to Kill Than New York City Police

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An extensive analysis of police homicides found wide discrepancies in the rate of police killings among major metropolitan police departments, when measured against population figures. Contrary to popular belief, New York City—-with a police homicide rate of 1 in 123,529 citizens—-ranks near the top (best, least people killed) of large cities in the U.S. The NYPD killed 68 people from 2007 – 2012 out of a population of 8.4 million. In Miami-Dade County, in a population of 2.5 million, (less than a third of the people living in NYC) police killed 68 citizens during that same five-year period. This means that citizens of Miami are 3.5 times more likely to killed by their local policeman than their counterparts in New … Continue reading

Marriage Equality Supporters Don’t Fear Court Challenge

Among the reactions to the announcement Friday that the Supreme Court would consider a pair of laws related to same-sex marriage, supporters of marriage equality say they believe even the conservative high court will uphold their views. The Supreme Court will will consider a case that challenges the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and review the lower federal court ruling which overturned California’s Proposition 8, with a ruling expected in June 2013. Enacted in 1996 under President Bill Clinton, DOMA is a federal law allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. It also prevents married same-sex spouses from receiving federal benefits that heterosexual spouses receive, such as Social Security. Proposition 8 is … Continue reading