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‘A mentally ill man died in police custody after officers used “unsuitable” force during an “unnecessarily” long restraint, an inquest jury has ruled.
In a damning verdict, jurors found that unacceptable and inappropriate actions by Metropolitan Police officers contributed to the death of Sean Rigg, 40, in August 2008. The jurors rejected much of the evidence given to the inquest by the constables involved.
Last night, Mr Rigg’s family called for criminal charges against the police, who they accused of “at best misleading the jury or at worst lying under oath”.They also condemned the Independent Police Complaints Commission over its “inadequate and obstructive” initial investigation that found no evidence of wrongdoing.’
Anaheim police brutality provokes riots in California (by RTAmerica)
‘A horrific chain of events in California - police shooting unarmed people. Those who saw the violence were demanding answers from the cops, but the officers responded violently once again. The video shows some very disturbing images including police firing rubber bullets and letting a dog loose on a woman holding a baby. To talk more about what is going on in Anaheim, RT’s Kristine Frazao is joined by Michael Prysner of the ANSWER Coalition.’
‘PC Simon Harwood has been found not guilty of the manslaughter of Ian Tomlinson at the 2009 G20 protest. As Tomlinson walked home from work, hands in his pockets, Harwood hit him with a baton and shoved him to the ground. The court has seen footage of Harwood’s attack on Tomlinson, who is seen walking away from the police line. As a female officer steps forward to talk to Tomlinson, Harwood passes two police dogs in order to hit and push Tomlinson to the ground. Tomlinson barely has enough time to take his hands out of his pockets to protect himself as he falls. He died shortly afterwards.
Harwood told the court that his actions were justifiable within the context of the widespread disorder of that day, and the jury heard conflicting medical evidence on whether Harwood’s attack had caused Tomlinson’s death.
The Human Rights Act guarantees everyone the right to life. In practice, this has been interpreted as requiring the state to investigate deaths linked to the authorities and hold accountable those responsible for unlawful killings. In spite of this guarantee, in reality, it has proved well nigh impossible to hold anyone accountable for deaths in which police officers may be implicated. No police officer has been convicted of manslaughter for a crime committed while on duty since 1986, though since then hundreds have died in police custody or after contact with the police.
Time and again, the CPS has proved unwilling to prosecute police officers. More than 1,000 people have died in police custody since the 1960s (more than 300 between 1999 and 2010) and in only one case, in 1969, has a police officer been convicted. Instead, the families of those killed are forced to take on the state. It is only as a result of the pressure his family put on the government that an inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson took place.’
‘Police have used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse angry protesters thronging the streets of Spain. Dozens of people were injured and a number of activists detained during the latest nationwide anti-austerity demonstrations. In a major show of strength, hundreds of thousands have been taking part in the protests. People marched in 80 cities across the country to protest against more suffocating austerity which is to come. That’s after the German Parliament gave the green light to the 100-billion Euro bailout for the country’s battered banks. The EU’s finance ministers are now expected to approve the conditions for the financial lifeline to Madrid. Carlos Delclos, a sociologist at Pompeu Fabra University, believes the situation in Spain is only going to go from bad to worse.’
‘Chicago Police, wearing UN powder blue helmets and riot gear, treated brutally with the protesters who had come out to picket the NATO Summit. Footage coming out of the city showed these Nazis clubbing unarmed citizens, whom they had determined would be barred from the part of their city where the international elite had gathered to plan for another year of death and destruction throughout the world.
This is National Socialism in its ugliest form. The people who own the streets of Chicago are beaten down like animals by those deceptively referred to as public servants.’
Police teargas Oakland protesters at May Day general strike (by RussiaToday)
‘Around 400 protesters have been confronted by police who used tear gas, causing hundreds to scatter on May 1. Some activists blocked streets throughout the day and vandalized two banks, a news van and police vehicle. Nine people were taken into custody in Oakland, California, after hundreds of people took to the streets. Police reportedly used Taser against at least one of them. Officers ordered protesters out of the street after firing the tear gas and “flash-bang” grenades. RT’s correspondent Madina Kochenova has the latest from Los Angeles.’
Riot police macing protesters in Portland on May Day (by RTAmerica)
‘May Day in Portland began with singing, dancing, and flowers. But the ending wasn’t as joly - with pepper spray, shootings, and 20 people in jail. The Portland police apparently turned a celebration into a riot.’
German clashes: May Day rallies turn violent in Berlin (by RussiaToday)
‘Left wing protesters clashed with police in Berlin as a traditional May Day demonstration came to a halt far before reaching its intended end in the city center. Some demonstrators threw stones, bottles and firecrackers at the riot police, and officers responded with charges and batons. Arrests were made. The thousands strong demonstration had set off late on Tuesday afternoon from Berlin’s neighborhood of Kreuzberg. Meanwhile in Hamburg, over one-thousand leftist activists gathered for the annual May Day protest march, local media reported. The demonstration - themed “No Alternative to Revolution” - saw protesters marching from St. Pauli to Ottensen. Right at the start, protesters threw fireworks at police officers, but the crowd remained mostly calm for the ensuing march. However, after a speech marking the end of the demonstration, violence erupted. Stones and bottles were thrown at the policemen escorting the march. Police responded employing pepper spray and arresting several protesters. Injuries were reported on both sides. Later on, riots broke out in Hamburg’s Schanzenviertel neighborhood, a notorious site for May Day violence in past years.’
‘In an exclusive interview with Press TV on Monday, Shabazz commented on the murder of Black teenager Trayvon Martin, saying, “There are hundreds of Black Americans who are being murdered in the United States every year with impunity. And police officers serve no time. They always get off.”
Shabazz said this occurs because there is institutionalized racism in the United States. “The United States has more people incarcerated than anywhere else in the world. It has more people incarcerated than China, and China has the most people in the world,” he noted.’
‘Two police officers who pepper-sprayed peaceful protesters at the University of California, Davis have been placed on administrative leave.
The offending officers, who went on leave on Sunday, have not been identified, The Associated Press reported.
“Videos taken during Friday’s arrests showed that the two officers used pepper spray on peacefully seated students,” the university announced in a news release.
On Friday, police officers violently confronted anti-corporatism protesters camping on the UC Davis campus, spraying the chemical irritant on students that were sitting on the ground and arresting 10 of them.
Many UC Davis alumni, staff, students, and faculty expressed outrage over the incident.
On Saturday, the Faculty Association of UC Davis issued a statement accusing University Chancellor Linda Katehi of “a gross failure of leadership” and calling for her resignation.
Katehi has resisted the calls so far, pledging instead to rigorously probe the incident.
The demonstration was being held in solidarity with the worldwide Occupy movements that began in September after a group of people gathered in New York’s financial district with the motto of “Occupy Wall Street” to protest “corporate greed,” corruption, poverty, and social and economic inequality in the US.’