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FBI Report: Police Backing Off:  An FBI study of the influence of last year's surge of violence against police and the increase in anti-cop protests is having on policing found that departments and individual officers have made the decision to stop engaging in proactive policing.  Valerie Richardson of the Washington Times reports that the study examined 50 of the 53 incidents in 2016 where a police officer was killed in the line of duty, finding that 28% of the killings were motivated by hatred of police and a desire to kill police officers.  "Nearly every police official interviewed agreed that for the first time, law enforcement not only felt that their national political leaders (publicly) stood against them, but also that the politicians' words and actions signified that disrespect to law enforcement was acceptable in the aftermath of the (Michael) Brown shooting." 

DNA Links Rapist to 1993 Assault:  A New York sex offender serving time for the 2016 rape of a 12-year-old girl has been charged with the 1993 rape of an 11-year-old girl.  Rebecca Rosenberg of the New York Post reports that William Dixon was linked to the 1993 rape when his DNA sample taken last year matched DNA from the rape kit taken from the victim 23 years earlier.  Dixon also served five years in prison for sodomizing an 8-year-old girl in 1984.

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