Officers Colin Lewis and Brad Smith (center) on patrol near a park in Huntington Beach, Calif. The area has seen a sharp increase in homelessness and petty thefts, which the officers blame on Proposition 47. But the law's supporters say other California cities have seen declines in property crime. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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These pit bull puppies in St. Louis were among the hundreds seized across seven states in 2009 in the largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Along With Assault And Arson, FBI Starts To Track Animal Abuse

The new effort could help save animals — and, perhaps, people: Research shows that animal abuse is often a precursor to acts of violence against people.

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An LAPD officer trains inside a force option simulator at the police department's headquarters in March. Frank Stoltze/KPCC hide caption

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Shawn Alexander and Ashley Jimenez visit a madrassa in the Los Angeles area. The two police officers are part of the Los Angeles Police Department's counterterrorism bureau, which is focused on fostering community engagement. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Police officers conduct a manhunt after a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 2, 2015. Mike Blake/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Demonstrators call for the resignation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez during a protest on Nov. 24 following the release of a video showing Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting and killing teenager Laquan McDonald. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Carmen Cobian holds a photograph of her son, 26-year-old Christian Cobian, who was shot and killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies in January 2012. Cobian is among the 375 people shot by on-duty police officers between 2010 and 2014 in Los Angeles County. Maya Sugarman/KPCC hide caption

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FBI Director James Comey says police restraint, born from increased scrutiny in the wake of high-profile police killings and evidence of racial bias, may be contributing to an uptick in violent crimes in some cities. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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(Clockwise from top left) Bruce Leonard, Deborah Leonard, David Morey, Linda Morey, Joseph Irwin, and Sarah Ferguson have been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the beating death of 19-year-old Lucas Leonard. New Hartford Police Department via AP hide caption

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Photos of victims of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., are displayed behind Portland Police Sgt. Peter Simpson (left) and Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Former Sheriff William "Dub" Lawrence, in a scene from the documentary Peace Officer. It's not his job to investigate old crimes and officer-involved shootings — but that hasn't stopped him from obsessing over them. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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