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Friday, December 9, 2016

Little Rock: Top 10 Most Dangerous City Under 200,000

Title 42, U.S.C., Section 14141 makes it unlawful for state or local law enforcement agencies to allow officers to engage in a pattern or practice of conduct that deprives persons of rights protected by the Constitution or U.S. laws. This law, commonly referred to as the Police Misconduct Statute, gives the Department of Justice authority to seek civil remedies in cases where law enforcement agencies have policies or practices that foster a pattern of misconduct by employees. This action is directed against an agency, not against individual officers. The types of issues which may initiate a pattern and practice investigation include:
--Lack of supervision/monitoring of officers’ actions;
--Lack of justification or reporting by officers on incidents involving the use of force;
--Lack of, or improper training of, officers; and

**Citizen complaint processes that treat complainants as adversaries.**


I'm still in the interview and due diligence stage of my investigation into the correlation of the lack of GENUINE community policing and how that relates to our rising murder rate.
I will focus upon the citizens, city leadership and how their interactions and/or lack of positive interactions most likely significantly contributes to said escalating murder rate.
Little Rock, Arkansas, tops the list as the most dangerous city under 200,000 for the second year in a row. The top three is rounded out by Rockford, Illinois and Springfield, Missouri. This list, which includes cities with populations between 100,000 and 200,000, is based on data released Monday by the FBI. 

Look at the slide show below to see the full list of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities in America under 200,000. 
http://lawstreetmedia.com/blogs/crime/crime-america-2016-top-10-dangerous-cities-200000-2/

~Chief Ean Bordeaux
Houma-Choctaw Nation
Houma-Choctaw Media Group




A food truck worker was shot and injured as he and others were closing up for the night in southwest Little Rock, according to police.

The Little Rock Police Department responded around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday to a report of an attempted robbery at 7521 Geyer Springs Road, where Samantha Taqueria II had set up in a parking lot to serve customers.

According to a report, two witnesses said they were cleaning with the victim, 38-year-old Primitivo Bautista of Little Rock, inside the taco truck when two people entered the vehicle.

At least one of the assailants pointed a small, black gun with an extended magazine at the workers while demanding money, police said.

The food-truck employees then told the would-be robbers that they did not have any money inside the taco truck, and had placed the cash inside the nearby Dulceria Clarissa store, the report states.

Citing a language barrier, one of the witnesses said he had a hard time explaining to the assailants that he would need to return to the truck to get the keys to the locked building, the report said.

The witness said that when he walked toward the truck, another witness sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot put that vehicle in reverse. That prompted at least one of the would-be robbers to say, "They are going to call the cops," the report said.

Police say both assailants ran toward an apartment behind a gas station across the street while shooting the gun about three or four times. One bullet struck Bautista in the chest, the report states.

Bautista was taken to CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock, according to police.

The extent of his injuries was not immediately clear Wednesday morning, though a responding officer noted that the victim was unable to provide a statement "due to the severity of his injury."

One robber was described as a black man in his mid-20s who stood between 6 feet and 6 feet 6 inches tall and has a thin build. He was wearing a black or dark brown shirt, dark pants and white tennis shoes at the time, authorities said.

The other assailant was listed as a black man in his early 20s who stands between 5 feet and 5 feet 6 inches tall. He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt during the robbery.

No arrests had been made at the time of the report.

-Brandon Riddle
Most might not equate Arkansas with violence and danger, but the fact of the matter is that the state capital, Little Rock, is one of the most dangerous places to live in the entire country. In fact, it’s probably the single most dangerous mid-sized city in America.
If you want to know what’s going wrong in Little Rock, here are five reasons why the city is considered one of the most dangerous in the country currently.

1. TOTAL CRIME

If you are looking at middle sized cities in America, then Little Rock, Arkansas is easily the most dangerous one to live in currently. It’s ironic to note that in 2011, Forbes named the city the second cleanest city in the country. But just because there’s no garbage on the street, does not mean that it’s not become an increasingly dangerous place to live in over the last several years.
The total crime rate has really sky-rocketed in Little Rock recently. According to the most recent stats, there are about 9,500 crimes committed per 100,000 people. So when you do the math, you have a one in 21 chance of being a victim of a crime as a citizen and resident of Little Rock. That is a statistic that is frightening for people who live in the city, no matter what part of the city they inhabit. And it looks as if it’s a statistic that shows no signs of getting better.

2. PROPERTY CRIME

The property crime rates are not much better. This is another huge concern of people who live in the city. Even if you want to move out of the city because of these trends, it’s going to be hard to get a good price for your property if you want to sell it. The truth of the matter is that your property’s value goes down as property crime rates go up, and that’s the case in Little Rock currently.
According to the stats, there are about 8,000 property crimes committed for every 100,000 people. And that means that there is a one in 24 chance that you will be the victim of a property related crime if you own property in the city. This is leading to a lot of people trying to leave the city, and it certainly is not good for future investments in Little Rock.

3. MURDER

The murder rate in Little Rock is also alarmingly high. When looking at the stats of all of the mid-sized cities in America, Little Rock has the third highest murder rate in that category. The stats don’t lie. You have a one in 8,000 chance of getting murdered if you live in Little Rock, and that’s a very scary statistic to consider.
According to the stats, there are about 25 murders committed for every 100,000. That might not sound like a lot, but when you consider that one in every 8,000 people in the city is killed, it proves to be a very alarming statistic. Of course, the murders are often linked to other crimes, such as burglary. There is also plenty of gang violence in Little Rock these days, another concern that is causing a lot of people to question whether or not they should stay in the city or get out of Dodge.

4. VIOLENT CRIMES

Little Rock is definitely a violent city in a country that seems to be enamored with violence. The stats say that the rates of violent crimes are constantly increasing in Little Rock, and there are no signs that there will be any change in this trend. The most recent stats say that there are about 1,500 violent crimes committed for every 100,000 people, which means that you have a one in 150 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in Little Rock.
Stats like this are very troubling. They are making locals think about leaving the city, and they are keeping new people from coming. And that’s not only new residents, but these violent crime statistics are deterring potential investors and business people from coming to Little Rock, which is also effecting the economy negatively. It’s a vicious cycle that does not seem to have an end to it.

5. GANG VIOLENCE

Everyone knows that gang violence is a huge problem in Little Rock, and it seems as if it has always been one. Many people will recall the famous documentary that was released in the 90s about Little Rock’s gang culture. Even though progress was made since then, it seems that gangs are becoming fashionable once again in Little Rock.
It might be isolated to certain areas of the city now, but it’s still a major problem. And it also seems that the gang members these days are younger and younger. Police officials have said that gang activity is on the rise once again. Kids are joining these gangs at the age of 10 and 12 already and this is leading to an increase in violent crimes. In fact, the rise in gang activity can definitely be linked to the recent increase in both violent crimes and murders.






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