SpotCrime Weekly Reads: Coughing on someone claiming you have coronavirus will land you in jail

Domestic violence increases during pandemic, police see more calls for mental health, some cities crime rate stays the same, cyber attacks and scams increasing during pandemic, using cellphone data to track coronavirus, and more...


Montgomery County Sheriff: Mental health calls up 81 percent since COVID-19 outbreak (WDTN)

Coronavirus California: Grisly work of crime scene cleaners changes due to COVID-19 pandemic (ABC7News)

Justice Department researchers: Mass shootings 'elusive as they are disruptive' (Washington Times)


'I have corona, you’re going to die' - police release shocking bodycam footage. Three men were jailed (Bristol Post) see also: Criminals continue to use coronavirus as a weapon against police after four thugs are jailed for spitting, coughing or sneezing on officers during lockdown (Daily Mail) and also Texas police searching for woman ‘willfully spreading’ COVID-19 (The Grio)

After Threats, Anthony Fauci to Receive Enhanced Personal Security (NYTimes)

Crime Data Shows Coronavirus Pandemic Isn’t Slowing Violence Across Chicago (CBS Chicago) see also: Despite COVID-19 measures, Spokane police data show crime levels are ‘about the same’ (Spokesman Review) and also: Coronavirus doesn’t slow down shootings in Jacksonville (News4Jax)

Domestic violence jumps, drug offenses fall. How coronavirus changed crime in Charlotte. (The Charlotte Observer) Domestic violence: When safer at home might be unsafe (Crosstown) see also: COVID-19 Stokes ‘Shadow Pandemic’ of Violence Against Women, Says UN Group (

Long Island burglars thought they would get away because of coronavirus (New York Post)

How Violent Was the Wild West? (Medium)


Kansas Uses Cellphone Location Data Tool to Track COVID-19 (GovTech)

Police Using Cellphone Data To Trace People Linked To Delhi Mosque Event (

Coronavirus pandemic has unleashed a wave of cyber attacks — here’s how to protect yourself (TNW)

BlackBerry uncovers China-backed hacking campaign (Kitchener)

Coronavirus Intensifies Cyber Crime Threats to Credit Unions, Members (CUTimes)


Power to the People: Mapping and Information-Sharing in the Chicago Police Department (Academia)


Coronavirus cases in California prisons multiplied in days and inmates fear further sprea (CNN)

Chicago’s Jail Is Top U.S. Hot Spot as Virus Spreads Behind Bars (NYTimes)


Florida man faces charges after coughing on store employee, deputies say (News 6 Orlando)

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