FBI crime data http://michiganradio.org en Music duo Insane Clown Posse loses gang lawsuit http://michiganradio.org/post/music-duo-insane-clown-posse-loses-gang-lawsuit <p>DETROIT - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at scrubbing an FBI report that describes fans of the rap-metal duo Insane Clown Posse as a loosely organized gang.</p><p>Detroit federal Judge Robert Cleland says the government isn't responsible for acts by local police agencies that use the 2011 report.</p><p>Fans of Insane Clown Posse are known as Juggalos. The FBI report labels the Juggalos as a "loosely organized hybrid gang," although that description isn't part of the most recent national report on gangs.</p><p>Juggalos say their reputations have suffered because they have jewelry or tattoos with the group's symbol, a man running with a hatchet.</p><p>The lawsuit was dismissed last week. The Insane Clown Posse is Joseph Bruce, known as Violent J, and Joseph Utsler, known as Shaggy 2 Dope.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:30:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18290 at http://michiganradio.org Music duo Insane Clown Posse loses gang lawsuit Flint is now only the 2nd most violent city in America http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-now-only-2nd-most-violent-city-america <p>Flint is no longer the most violent city in America – barely.</p><p></p><p>Flint has topped the FBI’s list of cities of 100,000 or more for per capita violent crime for three years.</p><p></p><p>But FBI statistics for the first six months of 2013 show Oakland, California has passed Flint, though by a very small margin.</p><p></p><p>Flint Police Chief James Tolbert credits a 26% drop in murders, robberies, and aggravated assault on the public stepping forward to provide much-needed information on crimes in the city.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 03:28:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 16519 at http://michiganradio.org Flint is now only the 2nd most violent city in America The week in Michigan politics: Medicaid expansion, violent crime, Detroit bankruptcy mediation http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-medicaid-expansion-violent-crime-detroit-bankruptcy-mediation <p></p><p>This week in Michigan politics Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-signs-medicaid-expansion-law">Medicaid expansion</a>, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-fbi-crime-stats-show-more-work-needed-detroit-flint-saginaw">crime rates</a> in Detroit and Flint and the mediation of Detroit’s bankruptcy.</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:06:14 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 14470 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics: Medicaid expansion, violent crime, Detroit bankruptcy mediation Snyder: FBI crime stats show more work needed in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-fbi-crime-stats-show-more-work-needed-detroit-flint-saginaw <p>Governor Rick Snyder says new FBI crime numbers show there’s still work to be done to make Michigan cities safer.</p><p>Flint and Detroit topped the FBI’s list of most-dangerous cities, which is based on 2011 data.</p><p>But Governor Snyder says the state’s been aggressive about public safety, especially in Detroit, where violent crime rates have improved.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:55:49 +0000 Rick Pluta 14466 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder: FBI crime stats show more work needed in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw In this morning’s news: Detroit primary recount, ACLU suit, and the Occupiers http://michiganradio.org/post/morning-s-news-detroit-primary-recount-aclu-suit-and-occupiers <p><strong>State of Michigan will re-count Detroit ballots</strong><br>A state election panel will be tasked with certifying the results from the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/controversy-surrounds-results-detroits-mayoral-primary">Detroit mayoral primary</a>.&nbsp; This comes after the Wayne County election board refused to certify the votes.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Rick Pluta reports that the county will have to pay the costs of having the state re-tabulate the ballots.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>FBI may continue to use demographic information</strong><br>A federal appeals court has sided with the FBI in a case about racial and ethnic mapping.&nbsp; The Detroit chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit against the FBI because it refuses to share information about its use of demographic data in investigations.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Rina Miller <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/aclu-loses-appeal-fbi-racial-ethnic-profiling-case">reports</a> that “a federal appeals court says the FBI is allowed to withhold some information so that criminals and terrorists don't know what the bureau is looking into.”</p><p><strong>Occupy comes to Kalamazoo</strong><br>The Occupy movement is back in Michigan this week.&nbsp; Activists from around the country will take over a park in downtown Kalamazoo to bring attention to issues ranging from the economy to racism.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/occupy-activists-take-over-kalamazoo-park-national-gathering">reports </a>that “unlike other Occupy events, the activists say no one will be sleeping overnight in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park.”<br> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:25:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14103 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning’s news: Detroit primary recount, ACLU suit, and the Occupiers Flint's mayor talks about violent crime, budget deficit and 'reconstruction' http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-mayor-talks-about-violent-crime-budget-deficit-and-reconstruction <p>Flint mayor Dayne Walling says his city must now make a transition to an era of 'reconstruction' after a 'generation of decline.'</p><p></p><p>Walling told the audience at his ‘State of the City’ address Monday that in order to begin that transition Flint must deal with its crime problem.</p><p></p><p>Flint had the worst violent crime rate in the nation last year.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>“We have lost too many lives. Too many of our promising youth who were confined to environments that were always dangerous and all too often became deadly,” Walling told his audience.</p><p></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 01:17:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 11288 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's mayor talks about violent crime, budget deficit and 'reconstruction' Violent crime down in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/violent-crime-down-detroit <p>New FBI crime figures show Detroit’s violent crime rate dropped significantly in the first half of this year.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>FBI statistics show violent crimes in Detroit fell by about 8-percent from the first half of 2009.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The biggest reduction was in homicides (28%), which fell from 202 to 146. Robberies were also down about 9%.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The city did see jumps in rapes and arsons.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee attributes the crime drop to a "data-based approach” to police deployment, and building partnerships with the community.</p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 21:47:28 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 671 at http://michiganradio.org Violent crime down in Detroit