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Roundtable: Soaring Homicide Rates In Mexico

A soldier stands by a charred truck that belongs to Michoacan state police, a...

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Above: A soldier stands by a charred truck that belongs to Michoacan state police, after it was burned during an attack in El Aguaje, Mexico, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.

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Soaring homicide rates in Mexico. How America contributes to the problem. Overlooked San Diego rape kits yield DNA matches in the federal database. Dockless scooters are an economic boom, but are they really beneficial to the environment?

Aired: November 8, 2019 | Transcript

Roundtable Guests:

Max Rivlin-Nadler, KPBS News

Andrew Keatts, Voice of San Diego

Joshua Emerson Smith, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Violence in Mexico

Mexico’s high crime rate was thrown into the forefront of American news this week after a Mormon family was brutally gunned down while traveling south of the border. While the killers remain at large, Mexico points to the influx of illegal guns traveling into the country from the U.S. Where the country stands now, and a look at Mexico’s American gun problem.

RELATED: ACLU Files Suit Over Access To Lawyers For Asylum-Seekers Being Sent Back To Mexico

Sexual assault kit testing

Sexual assault kits are collected frequently across the nation. This leads to an overwhelming amount of backlogged samples waiting to be tested. The reason — some police departments don’t see the use in testing each one. Here in San Diego, the police department crime lab has worked its way through thousands of untested kits, and found DNA matches in the federal database. This pulls into question why so many rape kits get left behind, leaving potential predators on the loose.

RELATED: Investigation Reveals Less Than 10% Of San Diego Rape Cases Solved Since 2013

Environmental impact of e-scooters

Dockless e-scooters and bicycles invaded San Diego a few years ago, and ever since the transportation alternative has been nothing short of controversial. While some might think e-scooters are nothing more than a nuisance laying in their front yard, others say this is a more eco-friendly way to get around the city. But is it actually as green as advertised? We take a look.

RELATED: Uber Pulling Fleet Of Dockless Bikes, Scooters From San Diego Market

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