Ohio: Four members of Sikh family shot dead in their apartment

April 30, 2019 | Brainwave Science

OhioOhio: Four members of Sikh family shot dead in their apartment: Brainwave Science

SITUATION

OhioFour people including three women and a man belonging to the Sikh community were found dead at a West Chester apartment complex in Ohio where multiple gunshots were fired. Ohio Police have swiftly ruled out the suicide attempt and would rather explore the ‘hate crime’ angle.

The victims were the only one present inside the apartment during the shooting. Children who also live in the apartment were unharmed as they were not present at the time of the horrifying incident. According to reports, it appeared the family was preparing dinner when attacked occurred. Multiple agencies, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol, have been assisting in the investigation and searching for suspect or suspects and a homicide investigation is underway.

Chief of Police, Joel Herzog, said it’s too early to indicate a motive, but they found evidence of forced entry during the initial investigation. He further adds “multiple gunshots” were fired inside the apartment, but authorities cannot confirm as how many or whether the victims had been shot more than once. Police do not believe that one of the victims was the shooter.

Herzog said the shooting in Ohio appeared “isolated” and he doesn’t believe there’s any danger to the Sikh community. Police established a perimeter around the areas and used police helicopters and K-9 units to search for suspects.

Authorities established a perimeter around the apartment complex area and used police helicopters and K-9 units to search for the perpetrator or perpetrators on a broader scale. Investigative teams are interviewing family members and neighbors and following up on possible leads. A dive team searched a pond on the property for evidence, and investigators have searched the grounds extensively. However, though, a lot of investigation and lead is required to identify the motive and perpetrator behind this crime.

Herzog said: “We’re actively searching with all the resources we can.”

CHALLENGE

According to the FBI Hate Crime Statistics report, Ohio ranks in the top ten when it comes to hate crimes incidents in the United States. Civil rights groups claim the numbers are alarming and downright unacceptable. Hundreds of Hate Crime cases are recorded throughout the State every year and it has become the highest priority for the law enforcement agencies as it violates the civil rights of an individual.

The number of incidents involving hate crimes increased for a third straight year in 2017, according to FBI data released in November. Hate crime incidents rose by 17 percent in 2017 compared to 2016. From 2015 to 2016, the FBI reported a 5 percent increase. Activists believe lawmakers should take hate crimes seriously and should introduce a new law with severe punishment for hate crime especially in Ohio where there is no enhanced penalty for such evil motive.

Homicide cases where a perpetrator enters a premise, slaughter a group of people and leave without even noticing has been a popular scenario within law enforcement agencies. A recent example: Extremely rare triple homicide in Glendale shocked the neighborhood. When such an episode occurs periodically, the question raised is how safe are we inside our homes?

In this case, also, there are many unanswered questions. Such as: why the Sikh family was targeted? What was the motive behind the homicide? Who are the possible suspects? Did family members know the murder? How much time would law enforcement agencies take to solve this case open? How efficient and accurate intelligence can be gathered through interviewing the witnesses, family members, and neighbors? The biggest challenge for Ohio law enforcement excluding identification of perpetrator/s is to determine the cause the main reason behind the multiple homicides. It is extremely challenging for law enforcement personnel to gather substantial evidence whether the criminal act was motivated by race, color, religion or national origin. Such crime-related information is a laborious and complex process to be obtained through interviews or other existing conventional investigative tools opted by law enforcement agencies in such cases. More often than not perpetrators understand specifically how the investigation process is followed; therefore, they tend to work in a sophisticated fashion where they can deceive the system by leaving no physical evidence. The same challenge is faced by national security agencies when identifying a radicalized suspect in order to investigate a terror attack or threat.

WHY iCOGNATIVE?

Criminals may have evolved to methods that leave no trace of physical evidence but there is no such thing as a ‘perfect crime’. Especially now that with the evolution and advancements made in the field of forensic technology it is possible to solve any case. In any case, related to “hate crime” or “terrorism”, the devil is in the crime-related details stored in the perpetrator’s brain. When no physical evidence like DNA or witnesses is available the only reliable source can be the brain of the suspect. Once the investigation has been carried out and suspect list prepared the most difficult part of any investigation begins. How to gather evidence of the planning and execution of the crime and recover the crime weapon to help the criminal justice system?

It becomes a necessity to tap into the brain of one of the suspects or witnesses in order to understand the gravity of the situation and identify the perpetrator, prevent the threat from causing further damage. It is necessary for the United States government to introduce a strict law and adopt an updated intelligence-gathering technology which cannot be tricked by any perpetrator. What is needed: If a person commits a crime, he or she can be identified, irrespective whether physical evidence is present or not, within 45-minutes to an hour by using simple non-invasive test with over 99% accuracy rate for law enforcement personnel to investigate the case and help prosecute the perpetrator.

To fill this gap Brainwave Science has introduced its disruptive iCognative technology- the most advanced intelligence-gathering and screening technology that helps identify a perpetrator from innocent and helps deliver truth and justice by measuring brainwaves of the suspect. Brainwave Science, a Boston based company has designed and developed iCognative technology with the primary objective to find out the correct perpetrator within a record-breaking time and protect innocent from any suffering. iCognative provides a platform where any crime related to trafficking, violence, terrorism, cyber-crime, espionage, murder and more can be solved using this advanced technology. This technology not only reduces the workload or crime rate but also prevents crime and brings savings to the society as well as law enforcement. In the present case of the Sikh family murder, iCognative technology can support a swift investigation and accurate results by drawing information from the brainwaves of the witnesses, extended family members, and neighbors. Irrespective of human rights, tortures, and other invasive means are used by law enforcement personnel to gather crime-related intelligence from stubborn suspects as the last means. iCognative eliminates such practice and guarantees accurate results from the brain of the suspect without using any invasive means. Brainwave Science is a respected company in the security market and among worldwide law enforcement agencies as it provides one-of-a-kind investigative/intelligence-gathering technologies that cannot be deceived by any human.

iCognative guarantees such accuracy and results because this technology relies on a specific P300 electrical signal emitted from an individual’s brain approximately 300 milliseconds after he or she is confronted with a stimulus. These electrical signals cannot be controlled by the suspects in any given situation or time and can only be read and measured through a specially designed headset provided only by Brainwave Science. In this case, if witnesses, family members, and neighbors are made to undergo the 45-minutes to an hour test, then iCognative can determine with over 99% accuracy, what crime-related information they possess and what information they are trying to conceal. Such small but crucial details are essential ingredients for law enforcement to investigate this case thoroughly. Information such as who committed the crime, any family member involved in this crime, who visited the victim’s place before and after the crime, did the witness tried to erase or hide the evidence, were victims in any trouble with criminals, what was the motive behind this crime, why they were targeted, etc. All this information can be discovered through iCognative test. Pictures of victims, colors of their clothes, evidences collected from the bodies, names of the victims, tool used for forced entry, type/caliber of gun used, number of shots fired, etc., which can only be known by the perpetrator or accomplice can be used as Stimuli in form of pictures, words and phrases. iCognative is an innovative science that many law enforcement and intelligence agencies are seeking to add to their arsenal of the investigative tool The nightmare for any law enforcement agencies is when perpetrators have found ways to deceive an existing investigative technology and use that technique to escape justice. iCognative is an automated technology that excludes any illicit interference from the subject or investigator during the test. Ohio law enforcement must try out iCognative in order to determine the culprit, and also extract maximum clues about related criminal organizations.

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