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$25K reward offered in missing pregnant postal worker case



Coles, 27, was last seen Oct. 2 on surveillance video in her neighborhood at near 81st and Vernon on the city’s South Side. She called sick into work, but was seen on video dressed for work and walking past her vehicle.

Chicago police are calling the case a non-suspicious missing person case.

A $3,500 reward is being offered for information about Coles’ disappearance, most of which is being offered by her letter carrier union. The Postal Inspector has joined the investigation.

Coles is about three months pregnant and has a boyfriend.

Coles is about 5-foot-4, weighs about 125 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. Police said she has a tattoo of a heart on her right hand and another that says, “Lucky Libra” on her back.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911, Chicago Police Special Victim Unit at 312-747-8274 (Case# JB-462998) or the Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455 (Case# 2693502-WPV).


Subway riders do nothing as man repeatedly kicks elderly woman in face



NEW YORK – Stunning video shows subway passengers stand idly by while a man repeatedly kicks an elderly woman in the face.

The incident occurred on March 10 on a northbound train and was posted to Twitter by @BKLYNRELL1, the New York Post reports.

As the 78-year-old woman attempts to defend herself from the man’s attack, those with her on the train did not intervene. Even after the attack, no one called 911 or alerted police until the subway arrived at the next stop.

Before the attacker left the train, he shouted about WorldStar, a media outlet that often contains violent videos.

The woman reportedly was bleeding as she was being treated by EMS workers, but refused further treatment. The suspect is still at large.

WARNING: Video contains violence and graphic language

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Researchers studied nearly 100 million traffic stops and found black motorists are more likely to be pulled over



(CNN)A study of nearly 100 million traffic stops from around the country has concluded that, on average, black drivers are 20% more likely to get pulled over than white drivers.

The Stanford University study analyzed 93 million traffic stops from 21 state patrol agencies and 29 municipal police departments between the years of 2001 and 2017.
Researchers then analyzed the traffic-stop data in relation to the number of people of driving age within each jurisdiction and controlled for demographics, gender, reasons for traffic stops and other factors to try to create the most standardized set of data possible.
The results, which reflect experiences that have long been shared by people of color, revealed an observable racial bias in both traffic stops and subsequent decisions to conduct vehicle searches.
“Relative to their share of the residential population, we find that black drivers are, on average, stopped more often than whites,” reads the study, released by the Stanford Computational Policy Lab and featuring data organized by the Stanford Open Policing Project.

The study’s authors acknowledged that basing this disparity on bias is hard to do in a statistically significant way, so they also analyzed the data using what they called the “veil of darkness” test. Essentially, they looked at the racial breakdown of only the traffic stops made after dark, when the race of a motorist is harder to discern.

Even when applied to different subsets of data, the results “[showed] a marked drop in the proportion of drivers stopped after dusk who are black, suggestive of discrimination in stop decisions.”

The study also looked at data related to police searches of stopped cars, and found searches on black and Hispanic motorists seemed to have a “lower bar” than searches on white motorists.

CNN has reached out to the National Association of Chiefs of Police for comment on the study’s findings but has not heard back.

The data goes beyond issues of black and white

On its surface, the results lend quantifiable significance to what has long been said by activists and ethnic minorities in America: Motorists of color are often subjected to disproportionate levels of traffic stops and police searches.
However, that isn’t the only purpose of the study, or the data that fueled it.
“Our work doesn’t necessarily reveal anything new; activists and individuals of color have long presented anecdotal evidence of this kind of bias,” Stanford data scientist Amy Shoemaker, who worked on the project, tells CNN. “The new part is being able to understand it in quantifiable terms.”
This kind of standardization can help inform policy change on state and municipal levels.
“In addition to the national picture, what we are also offering is clean public data to journalists, analysts and policy makers so they can use local context for their policies,” Shoemaker says.
“A lot of policy makers feel the need to have data-driven decisions, and so this is a data-driven approach to racial profiling,”
Although the national picture the data presents makes for a captivating headline, Shoemaker says the research is especially valuable on a local and municipal level, where individual departments and policy makers can use it to spot trends specific to their area and make finely tuned changes.
“It’s good to have a general understanding, but each place has its caveats, and each jurisdiction has its own limitations or ways of doing things,” Shoemaker says.
For instance, in Nashville, she says, the data for the area was so specific that a local police department was able to see that there was a preponderance of stops in mostly poor, black areas for things like taillights and license plates.
“The department (there) was understaffed, and when they realized those stops don’t actually reduce crime at all, they were much more amenable to redirecting their resources,” Shoemaker says.

But there’s no standardized way of reporting traffic stops

Shoemaker says one of the researchers’ biggest challenges in doing the study was making sure the data they got was standardized in a way that made sense, so that, for instance, one state or jurisdiction’s definition of race or type of traffic violation wasn’t different than another.
“There were different ways of recording race by department,” she says. “Michigan for example, recorded unknown race for 50% of the stops, which isn’t usable data for us.”
Another hurdle was the fact that states and municipalities don’t have one standardized way of collecting and publishing information about traffic stops. Some states, like Florida and Illinois, keep extensive records while other states have very few requirements for law enforcement to document and record their stops.
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Mother of girl, 9, found in duffel bag near Los Angeles charged with murder



(CNN) — The mother of a 9-year-old girl whose body was found in a duffel bag outside Los Angeles now stands charged with murder, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Taquesta Graham, 28, made a brief court appearance in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Pomona. Her arraignment was postponed until April 16. She is being held without bail at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, according to jail records.

It was unclear whether she has legal representation.


Graham and her boyfriend, Emiel Hunt, 38 are accused of killing Trinity Love Jones on March 1, according to a criminal complaint. Trinity’s body was found a few days later along an equestrian trail in Hacienda Heights.

Workers cleaning brush along the discovered the girl’s head and upper body protruding from a partially zipped black duffel bag.

The case remains under investigation and authorities are asking that anyone with information come forward.

Hunt also faces a murder charge. In 2005, he was convicted of child abuse with great bodily harm in San Diego County, the complaint says. The previous conviction could mean a stiffer sentence if he’s convicted in Trinity’s killing, according to court records.

Graham, who was extradited from Texas as investigators prepared the criminal case against her, also has a prior record. She was convicted in 2016 of enticing a minor for prostitution in San Bernardino County, the complaint says.

If convicted, Graham and Hunt face a maximum penalty of life in prison.

On March 8, they were stopped at a border patrol checkpoint in Hudspeth County, Texas. Graham was arrested on an unrelated warrant, and Hunt was released and continued driving back to California, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Hunt was arrested March 9 after police found him sleeping in his car in a parking lot near San Diego International Airport, the sheriff’s office said.

Hunt was charged with one count of murder, and his bail was set at $2 million. His arraignment was continued to April 16. A public defender will be assigned to represent him.

Investigators have learned that 10 months ago Hunt and Graham moved with Trinity from a family member’s home in Long Beach — 15 miles from where her body was found.

Since then, the extended family had seen or heard from the three only on a few occasions, and investigators discovered they had been living in their car or in a motel in Santa Fe Springs, about a 10-mile drive from Hacienda Heights, the sheriff’s department said.

There were no open or active Department of Children and Family Services cases involving Trinity when she was killed, according to the sheriff’s department.

Source: KMOV4

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