The 2017 edition of the Violence Policy Center s (VPC) annual study reveals that while Black Americans represent just 13 percent of the population, they account for half of all homicide victims and Missouri has the highest rate of Black homicides in the nation.
Black Homicide Victimization in the United States: An Analysis of 2014 Homicide Data analyzes the most recent set of unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report data that states submitted to the FBI. The VPC reports that this is the first analysis of this data set that focuses on Black homicide victims. Per the report, there were 6,095 Black homicide victims in the United States in 2014, and 86 percent of them were men. The national homicide rate was 4.19 per 100,000, but for Blacks, that rate jumped to 16.38. For their White counterparts, it was just 2.52. When broken down by state, Missouri had the highest Black homicide rate. At 34.98 per 100,000, it was more than double the national average for Black victims. Hawaii, New Hampshire and Vermont tied for the lowest rate, with zero Black homicide victims. The data includes deaths that are reported as justifiable homicides at the hands of law enforcement. For 2014, the reported number was 115.
Colorlines screenshot of Violence Policy Center’s report, taken March 28, 2017.
Each year this report reveals the devastating and disproportionate impact homicide, almost always involving a gun, has on Black men, boys, women and girls in America, Josh Sugarmann, VPC s executive director, said in a statement. These deaths devastate families and traumatize whole communities. We hope our research will not only help educate the public and policymakers, but aid community leaders already working to end this grave injustice.
KAILUA-KONA A Maui woman and Hilo man have turned to social media in hopes of catching a man they believe touched their daughter inappropriately at Hilton Waikoloa Village last week. Ira Hookano had taken his 11-year-old daughter to the resort with her cousins for spring break. On March 23, his daughter and niece were approached by a stranger while headed to the bathroom in the pool area. It was at that time the suspect grabbed the girl.
Thank God she had good reflexes because she was able to get away, said the victim s mother Deanna Davis-Alexander.
The 11-year-old hid in the bathroom with her cousin for a period of time. They eventually left and told Hookano. Maj. Robert Wagner with Hawaii Police confirmed an officer responded. He said a harassment case was made as no touching occurred in the private area as defined by law. Wagner said the victim was touched in the thigh area and reportedly pushed the suspect s hand away.
It was by the pool in an open area where people were present. So no reported struggle, he said.
Wagner added there was no video of the area where the alleged incident happened, but a check for video in other areas was made and security was informed. Hookano said he walked the whole area and didn t see anyone that matched the description of the suspect. He reported the incident to security.
Security was pretty on it, he said. They did a check of the property and in an hour or two an officer came and took an initial report. I didn t get no assistance after that. Since the image of the man was still fresh on his daughter s mind, Hookano asked security about surveillance cameras, believing his daughter would be able to point him out in footage.
Hookano said the security officer told him there were no cameras in the grotto area by the bathrooms and cameras in the surrounding area were broken or not working.
You d think a four-star hotel, spending three grand for two nights you d think the cameras would work, he said. Davis-Alexander said her daughter gave a good description of who approached her but no sketch was offered. On Monday, Wagner stated it was undetermined if the police would get a sketch artist, but they are considering it.
Not only was the resort not helpful, Davis-Alexander said, no one from hotel management came to check on her daughter after the incident.
The situation could ve been handled with much more compassion, she said. The parents are still hoping to get any surveillance footage that is available so their daughter can identify who attacked her, but as of Monday afternoon, the resort had not made those videos available.
She s definitely suffering from PTSD, Hookano said. I m strong so she stays strong for me and in front of her mom she breaks down. Since the young girl has returned to Davis-Alexander on Maui, a sketch was done by a retired Maui police officer, which has been posted on Facebook.
At this point, the parents just want to get the word out their child was attacked and the suspect is still on the loose. An email for comment regarding the incident and status of the surveillance cameras was sent to media relations at the resort. A Hilton spokesperson responded:
We care deeply about any situation that involves the safety and security of our guests. On learning of the allegation, our security team immediately engaged local law enforcement, who have taken the lead on the investigation.
For many reasons, including guest privacy and respect for law enforcement s process, we cannot comment publicly on a situation involving specific guests. We will continue to support the law enforcement investigation in any way we can. The suspect is described as a man in his late 20s or early 30s with a thin face and thin build with a little belly. He has bushy blonde eyebrows, blonde thin wavy hair with a middle part. He s described to have small lips and mouth, small green eyes, drawn-in cheeks and small ears.
Smiths Detection has been awarded a new, multi-million pound contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide a wide range of aviation security solutions across all MOD airports globally.
Delivering a solution, which offers industry-leading speed and security for hand luggage, passengers and freight, the deal includes: ScanTrailer 100100V-2is mobile X-ray inspection systems; HI-SCAN 145180-2is dual view X-ray equipment for inspecting air cargo; IONSCAN 600 trace detectors; CEIA PMD2PLUS walk through metal detectors; and the innovative millimeter-wave eqo scanners for screening people; all backed by a ten year support programme.
Richard Thompson, Market Head UK/Ireland at Smiths Detection said: We are proud to have been selected for this contract by the UK Ministry of Defence. Enhancing aviation security with cutting-edge technology is our top priority. The contract was awarded after a rigorous procurement process and we are delighted to have been able to demonstrate our technical capabilities and understanding of the need for performance and efficiency. The screening systems included in this contract will provide world-class detection capabilities to protect against evolving threats.
The Smiths Detection security detection equipment will add further capabilities for the MOD at its wide range of airports internationally.
Ministry of Defence spokesman Mr Iain Mcleod said: This key contract will deliver checkpoint and hold baggage security for all UK Ministry of Defence airports over the next decade. Installation is currently underway, maintaining and enabling class-leading aviation security to support our operations around the globe.
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