Police lieutenant with spotless record charged with domestic violence

A Hollywood, Florida, police lieutenant was arrested after his wife accused him of hitting and kicking her. He was charged with one count of domestic violence-related battery. As the charge is a first-degree misdemeanor, he could be jailed for up to one year. Officers responded to a domestic disturbance at Lt. Michael David McKinney’s home, where he lives with his wife of one year. According to a police report, a verbal argument between the couple turned physical. McKinney, 49, allegedly hit his wife twice on her head and kicked her left rib area. Police noted swelling and bruises on her...

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Falling crime rates and faulty enforcement strategies

Florida’s 2016 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report showed a year-over-year decline in the overall crime rate of 3.4 percent, which currently sits at a 45-year low. Domestic violence convictions fell 3.4 percent for the same period. However, efforts to combat domestic violence continue to ramp up throughout the nation – sometimes using dubious tactics. In Illinois, for example, a new law will require hairstylists to receive training on how to spot signs of domestic violence and be on the lookout for those signs on their clients. The course is only one hour long. Imagine being falsely suspected of domestic violence because...

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