Inside tragedy of the Getty family – from violent kidnapping to heroin overdose

John Paul Getty

The death of John Gilbert Getty, grandson of oil magnate J Paul Getty, is the latest in a long line of tragedies for the family. The 52-year-old heir to the £ 3.7 billion Getty oil fortune was not found in a Texas hotel room on Friday. Once owned the greatest private wealth in America, the … Read more

Man dies in violent shark attack at popular Australia tourist hotspot

Man dies in violent shark attack at popular Australia tourist hotspot

A shark killed a 55-year-old man in Western Australia after biting his thigh and hand. The attack caused eight deaths in Australia’s shark attacks this year, bringing the record of nine in 1929 closer. Police were called to the popular tourist town of Cable Beach, on the Indian Ocean coastline at around 8:40 a.m. local … Read more

Yes, the DOJ Should Charge Violent Anti-American Radicals with Seditious Conspiracy

Yes, the DOJ Should Charge Violent Anti-American Radicals with Seditious Conspiracy

A.G. William Barr testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C., July 28, 2020. (Chip Somodevilla/Reuters) Attorney General Bill Barr’s critics rehash failed 1990s arguments. Everything old is new again. In a conference call last week, Attorney General Bill Barr urged federal prosecutors to be aggressive in filing charges against violent anti-American radicals who … Read more

Why some counterprotests to Black Lives Matter are turning violent

Why some counterprotests to Black Lives Matter are turning violent

Saturday, September 5, was supposed to be the day Louisville reveled in one of its most celebrated traditions — the Kentucky Derby — the coronavirus notwithstanding. Instead, much of the attention on the city that day was directed to just outside the dirt track at Churchill Downs, where the Louisville Metro Police Department and the … Read more

Facebook banned violent militia groups. We still found plenty of them on its platform.

Facebook banned violent militia groups. We still found plenty of them on its platform.

Just last week, Facebook finally banned militia groups and pages that advocate for violence on its platform. But Recode’s quick Facebook search for “militia” groups and pages on Friday surfaced over a dozen results for national and local militia groups, most of them private, with many of them openly calling for violence against protesters. Two … Read more

Violent protests against police brutality in the ’60s and ’90s changed public opinion

Violent protests against police brutality in the ’60s and ’90s changed public opinion

As violent protests against police brutality have roiled the country, so has a debate over the looting and property damage they have left in their wake. The police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, coming in the same year as the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, is the latest tragic demonstration that there’s … Read more

Trump just embraced followers of the violent QAnon conspiracy movement

Trump just embraced followers of the violent QAnon conspiracy movement

President Donald Trump for the first time embraced the growing conspiracy movement QAnon, despite its followers having been identified as a potential domestic terrorism threat by the FBI and linked to numerous acts of violence. In a White House press briefing on Wednesday, Trump told a reporter, “I don’t know much about the movement other … Read more

Minnesota Freedom Fund Bails Out Violent Criminals Along With Protesters

Minnesota Freedom Fund Bails Out Violent Criminals Along With Protesters

A woman poses in front of a mural of George Floyd in Los Angeles, Calif., May 30, 2020. (Kyle Grillot/Reuters) The Minnesota Freedom Fund, which was inundated with donations intended to bail out protesters after the police custody death of George Floyd, has since bailed several individuals accused of violent crimes, including a convicted rapist. … Read more

Lebanon’s entire government has resigned after a weekend of violent protests

Lebanon’s entire government has resigned after a weekend of violent protests

Lebanon’s entire government, including its prime minister, has resigned amid public outrage over the explosion in Beirut last week that killed more than 200 people — throwing the country into even more chaos than it’s already in. Lebanese citizens directly blame the government for allowing nearly 3,000 tons of an explosive substance to remain in … Read more

How cities can tackle violent crime without relying on police

How cities can tackle violent crime without relying on police

One of the most robust findings in criminology is that putting more police officers on the streets leads to less violent crime. Yet, as recent police killings and violence against protestors have reminded us, policing also produces staggering costs that many communities are no longer willing to bear. These seemingly incongruous views represent a tension … Read more