Hong Kong Police Arrested For Beating 62 Yr Old Man Strapped Into Hospital Bed

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Hong Kong police officers arrested over video of assault on man in hospital
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Two Hong Kong police officers were arrested Tuesday in connection to a video from June which showed them hitting a 62-year-old man as he was strapped to a gurney in a hospital, The New York Times reported.

The pro-democracy lawmaker who released the footage, Lam Cheuk-ting, said while the man in question had no link to the protests across Hong Kong, the video was evidence of aggressive behavior from police.

“These few months, so many protesters have been arrested by the police,” Lam said at a news conference on Tuesday, next to two of the man’s sons, per the Times.

“Among them, how many must have been subjected to similar or even more severe abuse? Any sensible person would raise this question.”

Police spokesman John Tse said in a later press conference that the officers had been arrested on suspicion of assault.

“We absolutely do not tolerate it if officers break the law while knowing the law,” he said, per the Times.

The security camera footage from North District Hospital shows the two officers hitting the old man for more than 20 minutes in the genitals, stomach and face.

Lam said the man had been accused of attacking a police officer while drunk.

The incident is particularly significant because of the heightened tensions between police and protesters who have flooded the streets, and buildings, of Hong Kong for months seeking democratic reform.

Protests began over a proposed bill that would allow criminal suspects to be extradited to China, a proposition which amplified fears of mainland China’s broadening influence in the semi-autonomous city.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam suspended the controversial bill in June, but that was not enough to quell protests.

Clashes between protesters and police escalated last week when pro-democracy activists filled Hong Kong’s airport.

The protests began peacefully, but police reportedly fired tear gas inside a subway station and charged at protesters on an escalator in another station, expanding the protest and ultimately shutting down the airport for two days.

Several international watchdog groups, like the United Nations human rights office, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have accused Hong Kong police of using excessive force and failing to follow safety standards for the use of weapons like tear gas and beanbag rounds.

Six Philadelphia officers shot in active standoff

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Six Philadelphia officers shot in active standoff with gunman holed up in house

Officers took cover behind cars and blocked off surrounding streets as they were fired upon by the unidentified shooter.

Brazil: ‘Bolsonaro is not welcome in Portugal’, says Joana Mortágua, Portuguese MP

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‘Bolsonaro is not welcome in Portugal’, says Joana Mortágua, Portuguese MP

“The Left Block felt it was important to signal at this time that Bolsonaro is not welcome in Portugal. State visits have political meanings and readings. This in no way undermines our relationship with the Brazilian people, with the Brazilian state “, says Deputy Joana Mortágua

From Brasil de Fato – On Thursday (1), Portuguese parliamentarians from the Left Bloc party asked the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to cancel the visit of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) to that country, which would be scheduled for early 2020

Parliamentarians criticized the Brazilian’s statements about Fernando Souza Cruz, a Popular Action activist who was assassinated by the military dictatorship. In an interview with Brasil de Fato , Congresswoman Joana Mortágua criticized the Brazilian president.

“The Left Block felt it was important to signal at this time that Bolsonaro is not welcome in Portugal. State visits have political meanings and readings. This in no way undermines our relationship with the Brazilian people, with the Brazilian state, but we understand that the international community must be aware of elected political leaders like Bolsonaro, who then develop attitudes, behaviors and discourses that are not compatible with the rules. basic democracy ”.

Despite the concern, there is still no officially scheduled visit, according to the Portuguese government. “I can’t cancel trips that are not scheduled,” said Augusto Santo Silva, Foreign Minister.

Mock of the victims

In the Left Block communiqué, the party states that “the Portuguese cannot remain indifferent to a president who, as the Brazilian Bar Association says, seems to ignore the foundations of the Democratic Rule of Law, including the dignity of human being, which includes the right to respect for the memory of the dead ”.

Still according to parliamentarians, if Portugal insists on receiving Bolsonaro, it will be “conniving with the constant lack of respect for democracy shown by the current government.”

Mortágua regrets that Bolsonaro stands beside the military dictatorship and not the victims of the regime – which lasted from 1964 and 1985.

“So it’s an attitude of making fun of the victims and using the pain of these families as a form of political throwing. It is unacceptable for a democratic leader in a democratic world to use death and dictatorship lightly and provocatively without respect for basic human rights principles that the international community must preserve. In this sense, we understand that Portugal should not receive Bolsonaro ”, concludes.

Socialist President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who is supported by the Left Bloc, came to Brazil in January to accompany Bolsonaro’s inauguration.

Man arrested for punching anti-Trump protester in the face

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER)

 

Man arrested for punching anti-Trump protester in the face

A man was led away by police to chants of “lock him up” after being arrested for punching an anti-Trump demonstrator in the face.

Dallas Frazier, 29, is facing an assault charge for allegedly jumping out of his red pickup truck and punching 61-year-old protester Mike Alter in the head multiple times. The confrontation took place outside of the Cincinnati, Ohio, arena where President Trump spoke at a rally on Thursday night.

The incident was caught on video by another protester, Scott Fantozzi.

Alter spoke to WCPO9 after the altercation and said that he and a group of demonstrators were standing on the side of the road exchanging shouts with Trump supporters who were on the way to the rally. He then said a pickup truck rolled by, and Frazier began shouting at the group before getting out of the vehicle.

Police documents in the case say that the “suspect exited the vehicle, stated, ‘You want some,’ then struck the victim multiple times in the face.” Fantozzi claims he did not see the yelling and confrontation until Frazier arrived.

Frazier reportedly took off his hat after getting out of the vehicle and assumed a fighting position. Alter also removed his hat and gestured at Frazier.

“I was more questioning him” than trying to provoke him, Alter claimed in a text message. “Like really you want to fight?”

Frazier began to hit Alter three times before police rushed in to restrain him.

“[I thought,] ‘What the hell?’” Alter said. “He started just whaling on my head. I didn’t go down, for what that’s worth.”

Frazier was booked and faces an assault charge. Police said he was the only individual arrested Thursday night at the rally.

A Walmart shooting leaves 2 people dead and an officer wounded in Mississippi

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A Walmart shooting leaves 2 people dead and an officer wounded in Mississippi

(CNN)A shooting at a Mississippi Walmart left two people dead, an officer wounded and a community in shock.

The gunfire broke out Tuesday morning at a store in Southaven, the third largest city in Mississippi.
Carlos Odom was walking out of the store when “I heard a bunch of gunshots. Pop pop pop pop — more than a dozen shots,” Odom told CNN.
“I just thought ‘Run!’ and ran to my car. This is crazy. The world is crazy nowadays.”
Both the suspect and an officer who responded to the scene were shot and being treated at local hospitals, DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco said.
The stricken officer was wearing a bulletproof vest and “is doing fine” a representative from Baptist Memorial medical center said.
The condition of the suspect at Region One trauma center was not immediately known.
The names of the two victims killed have not been released. And the motive for the shooting remains a mystery.
Southaven, a city of 49,000 residents is near the Mississippi-Tennessee border and is a suburb of Memphis.

India: Government, civic bodies, cops to review Delhi public officials’ integrity

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE HINDUSTAN TIMES OF INDIA)

 

Government, civic bodies, cops to review Delhi public officials’ integrity

Government officials say that the Lieutenant General wants tainted officials compulsorily retired.

DELHI Updated: Jul 29, 2019 05:42 IST

Abhishek Dey

Abhishek Dey

Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal told top government officials to ensure the compulsory retirement of “tainted” officials.
Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal told top government officials to ensure the compulsory retirement of “tainted” officials. (Burhaan Kinu / Hindustan Times)

The Delhi government, Delhi Police, the capital’s three municipal corporations and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) have set up review committees for the periodical assessment of the probity of government servants, after Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal told top government officials to ensure the compulsory retirement of “tainted” officials, senior government officials said on Sunday.

The Delhi government has circulated a form to all departments demanding details such as leaves availed by employees in last five years, their state of health and whether that has a bearing on discharge of duties, status of “integrity”, details of “doubt” on integrity (if any), details of promotion, annual performance reports of the last five years as well as details of penalties levied.

“The frequency of the periodical assessment will be decided by the review committee. This exercise is separate from the routine annual process under which performance reports are prepared for all government servants. As part of the first review, all departments have been asked to send the reports by the end of this month,” a senior Delhi government official said.

On July 9, the services department of the Delhi government wrote to the social welfare department about setting up the review committee and elaborated upon its objectives.

The letter stated: “Government employees whose integrity is doubtful will be retired… Government employees who are found to be ineffective will also be retired… While the entire service record of an officer should be seen at the time of review, no employee will ordinarily be retired on grounds of ineffectiveness if his service in the past five years is found to be satisfactory… No employee shall ordinarily be retired on grounds of ineffectiveness, if, in any event, he is retiring on superannuation within one year from the date of consideration of his case.”

The reports from the individual departments, however, were initially sought by July 15, but were delayed. On July 24, the Delhi government’s social welfare department issued a circular regarding the “review of mechanism to ensure the probity of government servants”.

IMPACT

The 0.2 million-odd government workforce is under the ambit of the review.

The workforce includes employees of the Delhi administrative subordinate services (DASS) cadre, steno cadre, officers directly under the various departments’ administrative control as well as DANICS officers working on an ad-hoc basis, senior government officials said.

It also applies to over 80,000 police officials, 4,000-odd employees of the DDA and more than 0.30 million people employed with the municipal bodies, senior officials said.

The initiative is in line with a policy recently implemented in several Central government departments under which 27 income tax officials and 15 custom department officials were forced to retire in June.

Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on July 4 told top government officials in the city to “weed out deadwood” by ensuring the compulsory retirement of “tainted” officials. The directions were issued to the Delhi government, Delhi Police, Delhi Development Authority and commissioners of the three municipal corporations.

POLICE, DDA & MCD

In a circular issued this week, the Delhi Police stated it has entrusted screening committees that already exist in the 11 police districts in the city as well as all special units to carry out the review exercise.

“It is stated that a comprehensive exercise is to be carried out to screen the record of police officers to weed out deadwood—officials suitable for compulsory retirement on a premature basis,” the circular said. It added that the parameters for screening would include doubtful integrity, moral turpitude, habitual absence, alcoholism and drug addiction, and indiscipline.

“The parameters of assessment are at par with instructions drafted by the union government’s department of personnel and training,” DDA vice-chairman Tarun Kapoor said. In the DDA’s case, he added, the review was being conducted by two committees—the screening committee that already exists, and another one that approves findings and recommendations of the screening committee.

A senior MCD official said, “We have taken up the assessment process as per the L-G’s directives.”

First Published: Jul 29, 2019 04:43 IST

India: Government, civic bodies, cops to review Delhi public officials’ integrity

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE HINDUSTAN TIME SOF INDIA)

 

Government, civic bodies, cops to review Delhi public officials’ integrity

Government officials say that the Lieutenant General wants tainted officials compulsorily retired.

DELHI Updated: Jul 29, 2019 05:42 IST

Abhishek Dey
Abhishek Dey

Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal told top government officials to ensure the compulsory retirement of “tainted” officials.
Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal told top government officials to ensure the compulsory retirement of “tainted” officials. (Burhaan Kinu / Hindustan Times)

The Delhi government, Delhi Police, the capital’s three municipal corporations and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) have set up review committees for the periodical assessment of the probity of government servants, after Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal told top government officials to ensure the compulsory retirement of “tainted” officials, senior government officials said on Sunday.

The Delhi government has circulated a form to all departments demanding details such as leaves availed by employees in last five years, their state of health and whether that has a bearing on discharge of duties, status of “integrity”, details of “doubt” on integrity (if any), details of promotion, annual performance reports of the last five years as well as details of penalties levied.

“The frequency of the periodical assessment will be decided by the review committee. This exercise is separate from the routine annual process under which performance reports are prepared for all government servants. As part of the first review, all departments have been asked to send the reports by the end of this month,” a senior Delhi government official said.

On July 9, the services department of the Delhi government wrote to the social welfare department about setting up the review committee and elaborated upon its objectives.

The letter stated: “Government employees whose integrity is doubtful will be retired… Government employees who are found to be ineffective will also be retired… While the entire service record of an officer should be seen at the time of review, no employee will ordinarily be retired on grounds of ineffectiveness if his service in the past five years is found to be satisfactory… No employee shall ordinarily be retired on grounds of ineffectiveness, if, in any event, he is retiring on superannuation within one year from the date of consideration of his case.”

The reports from the individual departments, however, were initially sought by July 15, but were delayed. On July 24, the Delhi government’s social welfare department issued a circular regarding the “review of mechanism to ensure the probity of government servants”.

IMPACT

The 0.2 million-odd government workforce is under the ambit of the review.

The workforce includes employees of the Delhi administrative subordinate services (DASS) cadre, steno cadre, officers directly under the various departments’ administrative control as well as DANICS officers working on an ad-hoc basis, senior government officials said.

It also applies to over 80,000 police officials, 4,000-odd employees of the DDA and more than 0.30 million people employed with the municipal bodies, senior officials said.

The initiative is in line with a policy recently implemented in several Central government departments under which 27 income tax officials and 15 custom department officials were forced to retire in June.

Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on July 4 told top government officials in the city to “weed out deadwood” by ensuring the compulsory retirement of “tainted” officials. The directions were issued to the Delhi government, Delhi Police, Delhi Development Authority and commissioners of the three municipal corporations.

POLICE, DDA & MCD

In a circular issued this week, the Delhi Police stated it has entrusted screening committees that already exist in the 11 police districts in the city as well as all special units to carry out the review exercise.

“It is stated that a comprehensive exercise is to be carried out to screen the record of police officers to weed out deadwood—officials suitable for compulsory retirement on a premature basis,” the circular said. It added that the parameters for screening would include doubtful integrity, moral turpitude, habitual absence, alcoholism and drug addiction, and indiscipline.

“The parameters of assessment are at par with instructions drafted by the union government’s department of personnel and training,” DDA vice-chairman Tarun Kapoor said. In the DDA’s case, he added, the review was being conducted by two committees—the screening committee that already exists, and another one that approves findings and recommendations of the screening committee.

A senior MCD official said, “We have taken up the assessment process as per the L-G’s directives.”

First Published: Jul 29, 2019 04:43 IST

Hong Kong Protests: Demonstrators Demand Inquiry Into Police Tactics Amid Standoff

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF NPR NEWS)

 

Hong Kong Protests: Demonstrators Demand Inquiry Into Police Tactics Amid Standoff

Protesters take part in a march on a street in Hong Kong on Sunday. Thousands of Hong Kong protesters marched from a public park to call for an independent investigation into police tactics.

Vincent Yu/AP

Tens of thousands of protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, as opposition to an unpopular extradition bill transformed into a demand that an independent investigation be conducted into the forceful tactics used by police during previous demonstrations.

Over the past seven weeks, millions have been demonstrating against Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, seen by protesters as allowing an erosion of freedoms independent of mainland China.

A major flashpoint in the weeks of protests has been opposition to an extradition bill that would have allowed people in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China to face trials in courts controlled by the Communist Party, prompting fears that prosecutions would target activists critical of China.

Earlier this month, as pressure to kill the effort mounted, Lam apologized for proposing the contentious legislation and declared the bill dead, yet protesters were still not happy since Lam stopped short of formally withdrawing the bill. Lam has said she has no plans to renew a push for the bill, a move that has further dissatisfied protesters.

There have been tense moments during the protests, with riot police using tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons to disperse crowds.

Police officials have defended their tactics, saying force has been used only when protesters became violent. Officials point to actions such as when a small group of demonstrators stormed Hong Kong’s Legislative Council building, shattering glass and tearing down a metal wall, as proof that demonstrators have gotten out of hand at times.

On Saturday, tens of thousands turned out to support the police and protest violence in a demonstration organized by a pro-establishment group.

But on Sunday, masses of people critical of the establishment demanding more transparency and democracy overtook the street again. Some demonstrators carried banners that read “Independent Inquiry for Rule of Law,” asking for an outside probe of what protesters see as excessive force used by police against marchers.

The protest movement has different factions and additional demands, including pro-democracy activists calling for the right to elect their own government, which is now approved by Beijing. Other demonstrators are asking that those who clashed with police have their charges dropped. And some in the crowd fed up with Lam are calling for her resignation.

Although the demonstrators were largely peaceful on Sunday, protesters extended beyond a police-ordered finish point for the rally. Thousands then headed toward the Chinese government’s liaison office.

Rows of riot police assembled near the building, some protesters having pelted the office with eggs before leaving. The Chinese Communist Party emblem at the entrance was also spray-painted over. This breakaway group of protests, some wearing all black and wearing masks, are rallying around the chant, “Liberate Hong Kong, the Revolution of Our Times.”

Hong Kong police used tear gas against the protesters on Sunday in an attempt to force them to disperse.

Organizers said 430,000 demonstrators came out on Sunday. Police offered a lower number, estimating that about 138,000 took part in the marches.

Police on Friday seized a large stash of explosives in a suspected bomb-making factory, where anti-extradition bill pamphlets were also found, but police said the link between the site and the protest movement against the legislation was still under investigation. Local media reported that three men have been apprehended in connection with the seizure of explosives.

NPR’s Julie McCarthy contributed to this report.

Israel: Cop Who Shot And Killed 19 yr Old Ethiopian-Israeli Teen (Unintentionally) To Be Charged

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE TIMES OF ISRAEL)

 

Cop who shot Ethiopian-Israeli said slated to be charged with negligent homicide

Off-duty officer will likely avoid more serious manslaughter charge as he didn’t intend to kill Solomon Takeh, but bullet bounced off ground and hit 19-year-old

Ethiopian-Israeli Solomon Tekah who was shot dead by an off-duty policeman in Kiryat Haim on June 30, 2019. (Courtesy)

Ethiopian-Israeli Solomon Tekah who was shot dead by an off-duty policeman in Kiryat Haim on June 30, 2019. (Courtesy)

The Times of Israel live blogged Tuesday’s events as they unfolded.

 

Phoenix Mayor Apologizes After Video Of Police Drawing Gun On Family Over Stolen Doll

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Phoenix Mayor Apologizes After Video Of Police Drawing Gun On Family Over Stolen Doll

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego pictured here in September 2018. On Saturday, Gallego apologized to the city following an outcry over footage showing police officers pointing a gun and yelling at a family as part of an investigation into a claim that a doll was shoplifted from a Family Dollar store in Phoenix.

Ross D. Franklin/AP

The mayor of Phoenix is apologizing to the city following recently released video showing police officers pointing their guns and threatening to shoot a 22-year-old father who was with his pregnant fiancée and two young daughters. Police say they were investigating allegations that one of the children had shoplifted a doll from a Family Dollar store.

Viral footage of the incident captured by bystanders has already prompted an internal police probe, a $10 million civil rights claim and a chorus of fury on social media. Now, Phoenix Kate Gallego says the police officers’ actions were “completely inappropriate and clearly unprofessional,” calling the recordings “beyond upsetting.”

“I am deeply sorry for what this family went through, and I apologize to our community,” Gallego said on Twitter Saturday evening. “This is not who we are, and I refuse to allow this type of behavior to go unchallenged.”

The episode happened last month when Dravon Ames, 22, his fiancée, Iesha Harper, 24, along with their two young daughters, London Drake, 1, and Island Drake, who is 4, visited a Family Dollar store. Unbeknownst to the parents, one of their daughters had swiped a doll from the store without paying for it.

Police say they were tipped off about the alleged shoplifting by a store employee just as the family’s car was leaving the parking lot, and police followed the car. Police eventually cornered the vehicle in the apartment complex of the family’s babysitter.

A heated standoff ensued.

Cell phone videos taken by witnesses show officers shouting profanities at the family as officers order that they put their hands up. If they did not comply, an officer can be heard saying, “You’re gonna f***ing get shot. Get your f***ing hands up!”

Police wrote in an incident report that they feared the mother was “hiding something,” or was reaching for a gun (No weapons were recovered from the family).

In the parents’ civil rights claim, they say when Harper exited the vehicle, officers injured her 1-year-old daughter by pulling on one of her arms when Harper would not follow an officer’s order to hand over her baby.

The filing from the family alleges that Ames was thrown against a vehicle and kicked so hard that he collapsed before a police officer “kept his knee between the father’s legs. He punched the father very hard in the back for no reason,” the parents’ lawyer, Thomas Horne, wrote in the claim.

Harper passed off her baby to a bystander before police handcuffed her and her fiancé and they were placed in police patrol car.

“I could have shot you in front of your f***ing kids,” an officer said to her, according to the family’s claim.

Horne alleges that the incident violated the family’s civil rights by committing battery, unlawfully imprisoning them and causing the parents and their kids emotional distress. The claim is seeking $10 million in damages.

Since the it happened, the family’s 4-year-old has been experiencing nightmares and wetting the bed out of distress, according to the filing.

Phoenix Police Department Chief Jeri Williams told the public an internal investigation is being conducted over the incident.

“I, like you, am disturbed by the language and the actions of our officer,” Williams said in a video the police department posted to Facebook. “I assure you that this incident is not representative of the majority of Phoenix police officers who serve this city.”

The doll was returned to Family Dollar, officials said. And though nobody faced charges stemming from the alleged shoplifting, authorities issued Ames a traffic ticket for driving on a suspended license and impounded his car.

His lawyer says he is limping from having been roughed up by police, and he now has no way to drive to his job as a warehouse worker.

Gallego, the Phoenix mayor, said in response to the incident, the city will be speeding up its implementation of police body-worn cameras across the entire police department. She has also scheduled a public meeting with the police chief for the community to air its thoughts about the troubling footage of the police interaction.

“We owe it to our residents,” she said. “To give them an open forum to discuss their concerns with us and to propose solutions.”

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