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The New York Times
4 min read
Society

The Paradox of Mexico's Mass Graves

IS THE VIOLENCE SIMPLY A HORRENDOUS CRIME PROBLEM, OR IS IT AN ACTUAL WAR? VERACRUZ, Mexico — The Colinas de Santa Fe neighborhood on the outskirts of this port city looks like hundreds of other residential housing developments built across Mexico in recent decades. Streets are lined with identical brick homes — bungalows with two bedrooms, painted pink, blue or green and advertised as being close to a shopping mall. Yards are cluttered with children’s bikes, basketball hoops and satellite dishes. But on the edge of the estate, investigators announced in March, fields for grazing cattle hid th
The Atlantic
2 min read
Society

The Australian Woman Killed by Police in Minneapolis

Justine Damond called police just before midnight Saturday to report a possible assault in the alley behind her home. Two officers responded in a squad car and, the Star Tribune reported, Damond went to the driver’s door in her pajamas; the officer in the passenger seat fired, killing her. The death of the 40-year-old Australian woman who was due to be married next month prompted global outrage as well as questions on why the officers hadn’t turned on their body cameras in line with the department’s rules. Minneapolis Police officials say they’re looking into the shooting and released a short
NPR
3 min read
Society

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Heads To El Salvador To Discuss Gang Violence

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is traveling to El Salvador to meet with law enforcement officials and discuss efforts to combat the MS-13 gang. As NPR's Carrie Johnson notes, "the attorney general's travel puts some distance between himself and the toxic environment in Washington." Sessions has been brutally and repeatedly criticized by President Trump over the past few days, with the president openly questioning whether Sessions will stay in his post. The attorney general did not take questions from the press as he boarded a plane to El Salvador on Thursday, The Associated Press reports. The