Too late to reform, time to disband Philly police

first_imgPhiladelphiaThe Philadelphia Police Department, the fourth largest in the U.S., is one of the oldest municipal police agencies, founded in 1854. Its history has been marked by patterns of police brutality, intimidation, coercion and disregard for constitutional rights.Philadelphia protest, June 6.Recently, a statue of former Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo (1967-71), whose tenure is synonymous with racist police brutality, was finally removed. While welcomed, simply removing his statue changes nothing fundamental. It is only a first step.Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney had ordered the removal of the hated statue in the middle of the night on June 3, robbing activists, who for years had fought for its removal, the pleasure of taking it down themselves. Back in 2017, Philadelphia REAL Justice had launched a campaign called “Rizzo Down.”The removal came days after thousands of peaceful marchers filled the Benjamin Franklin Parkway protesting the police murder of George Floyd. They were violently attacked by local and state police using tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets. On June 10, it was reported that Kenney on May 31 had authorized the use of “less than lethal munitions” to respond to protests in the city.During major protests in Center City on May 30, the most serious weapon used by police against protesters had been tear gas and limited pepper spray.  Yet the following day, in predominantly Black neighborhoods, police used tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets extensively against protesters and residents.Multiple federal investigations: no fundamental changeThe Philadelphia Police Department has been the target of numerous investigations by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia investigated Rizzo as far back as 1977.A federal investigation conducted in the early 1980s resulted in the conviction of 31 Philadelphia police officers, including several involved in the arrest and conviction of Black journalist and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is still behind bars. The most recent DOJ investigation in 2015 ended with pages of recommendations and the appointment of yet another commission to carry out recommended reforms.District Attorney Larry Krasner was elected as a reform candidate. In January 2018, shortly after taking office, he released a list of 29 cops whose names appeared on a “do not call” list for district attorneys to avoid calling as trial witnesses because their alleged misconduct made their testimony suspect.  Not one has been dismissed from the PPD.In 2019, the Plain View Project outed more than 330 Philadelphia police for racist, homophobic and violent Facebook posts. The police commissioner at the time, Richard Ross, was due to dismiss several of these officers. Instead, it was Ross who was suddenly forced to resign under allegations of sexual misconduct. All police cited by the Plain View Project’s investigation remain on the force. Philadelphia officials then dismissed many of the allegations.While the victims of police brutality in Philadelphia are too numerous to count, the number of police who were convicted as a result — and served any jail time — can be counted on the fingers of one hand.In 1985, Philadelphia police, with the backing of then Mayor Wilson Goode,  dropped a bomb on the MOVE family house in West Philadelphia, murdering 11 men, women and children.  To date, not one of these cops or city officials have been held accountable for this racist crime — despite the fact that there is no statute of limitations on murder.Philadelphia Police Department beyond redemptionFourteen City Council members sent Mayor Kenney a list of police “reform” demands on June 9.  They address long-standing problems, including disproportionate funding for police at the expense of vital community services and ending stop-and-frisk.  While proposing fully funded independent police oversight, they stopped short of calling for such a body to have the right to subpoena, fire or charge police.Under community pressure, the city appears to be backing down on plans to build a $22 million police station in an historically Black neighborhood in North Philly. Yet despite the good intentions of some progressive council members, their reforms are just another attempt to save a police department that is beyond redemption.The oppressed communities have moved on.Twelve Black organizations and individuals released a platform of 13 demands on June 5 under the banner: We Want Freedom — End the War Against Black Philadelphians NOW!The preface reads: “During this time of rebellion against police terrorism and state violence, we, the radical Black organizing community in Philadelphia, make the following immediately actionable demands upon the City of Philadelphia to abolish — by which we mean to permanently and holistically eliminate — the structures of policing and related state violence endangering our communities. Until our demands are met, we will be in the streets demanding justice for the Black community.”Their demands include: no Police Department budget increase; no criminalization of Black resistance; immediate and permanent remove of all symbols of state violence; end military occupations of the Black community; end all carceral systems; immediate release of Mumia Abu-Jamal and all Black political prisoners; abolish the Fraternal Order of Police; disband all private police departments; and economic justice now.The full list of demands and signers is available on Facebook at We Want Freedom for Black Philly.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Police Commissioner cleared of rape charges in Guyana

first_imgPolice Commissioner, Henry Green is a happy man today after a High Court ruled in his favour on a rape charge.GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday April 2, 2012 – Police Commissioner, Henry Green is a happy man today after a High Court ruled in his favour on a rape charge.Green was accused of raping a 34-year-old woman at gunpoint on November 22 last year in a hotel room after she sought his assistance in dealing with an unrelated police matter.According to reports, the court ruled that Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) failed to make a realistic assessment of the credibility of the complainant.The court charged that the DPP’s decision to prosecute was unlawful as legally admissible statements were used to inform the decision to prosecute.In a 64-page statement, the country’s Chief Justice, Ian Chang said there were a number of inconsistencies in the woman’s statement, and stressed that these needed to be present for a case to be made.Caribbean 360 News Share Share 51 Views   one comment Tweetcenter_img NewsRegional Police Commissioner cleared of rape charges in Guyana by: – April 2, 2012 Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Boxing Club Summer Camp

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the cast of aspiring young boxers with Team of the Week honours.More information regarding the Nelson Boxing and Athletic Club can be found at the club’s website. The Nelson Boxing and Athletic Club held a very successful first annual Summer Boxing Camp recently at the Baker Street location in the basement of the Pharmasave Building.More than 15 boxers from host Nelson, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Nanaimo and Saskatchewan were put through 12-hour days to refine their skills in the ring.last_img

10 Thoughts on Oklahoma State and Central Michigan

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. BOX SCOREWell, I didn’t erase all my preseason posts and predictions yet. And we’re also 1-0. I thought the summary headline said it best. OSU isn’t long on conservative headlines but on Thursday it said “Cowboys control Central Michigan 24-13” which is the equivalent of saying “we sucked but we’re 1-0 and only have four road games left the rest of the season.”Here are my 10 thoughts on OSU’s season-opening win on Thursday in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.1. I’m not disheartened by the winAdChoices广告OK, let’s all take a deep breath. On paper, a 24-13 win over Central Michigan doesn’t look great. Nobody is arguing that. But all of a sudden you have four road games left before opening weekend for college football and will get to the Texas game assured of a 3-0 record with Central Arkansas and UTSA at home in the next few weeks.OSU’s defense was pretty average and its offense a little below it. Sure, it’s not the 30-point thrashing I was hoping for, but I have a couple of reasons I’m not that concerned.The main one is that I’ve watched this team — I mean this very team, this QB, these receivers and a worse version of this defense — beat OU in Norman (never a joke) and win a bowl game. You can say, “well, those were almost a year ago” and you aren’t wrong. But the reality is they’ve been there before. They’ve done it in the heat of big moments.We aren’t wishing upon some hypothetical like we have so many times in the past. You can let this game project what this team is going to be or you can take an ugly punch in the opener and say, “I know what this team is. It didn’t play to its potential in game one on Thursday, but I’d rather it happen then and not against TCU or Baylor or, even worse, at West Virginia.”There are (several) kinks to be worked out, but this isn’t a “jump off the bandwagon and try to land on your feet while you still can” game, either.2. Ugly mashup of 2014 and 2007The most discouraging thing about this game was that it was like we took the worst parts of the 2014 team (bad offensive line and egregious run game) and mashed them up with the worst parts of those mid-2000s teams (allowing what seemed like every third and long to be picked up with ease and throwing bubble screens to our Playstation’s delight).The defense was good but not dominant and the offense wasn’t even that good (outside of flashes from Carson and Rudolph) for most of the night. OSU with the sideline bubble screen is like the 6th-grade kid who just learned a new cuss word and uses it to the point that you’re like, “OK, we get it, we’re fully aware that you know what this is.” And this is despite the fact that we have like 29 receivers who can stretch the field! I’m not a football savant (my wife would argue that I don’t really excel intellectually in many areas), but this doesn’t seem like a super difficult concept. I don’t know. Maybe I just don’t get it.As a bit of positivity, it seems like a good spot to mention that we have two running QBs, you guys.3. J.W. Walsh is being used perfectlyI’m not normally a fan of the platoon QB play, but I thought OSU used it brilliantly on Thursday night. The problem is that if you never throw with Walsh, that’s not going to work for that long, but Walsh out of the diamond is absolute perfection. He ran it multiple times on Thursday and it worked to the tune of a TD and one other huge run.I’m in on spot cameos from No. 4 as long as Gundy doesn’t get carried away with it.4. OSU’s kicking game is not chillBen Grogan missed two of three and one of them was under 30 yards. Not ideal! For a team that has had such elite offenses in the last decade, Gundy is really big on executing on special teams. Grogan has to be better than that (and I believe he is). I’m choosing to believe he’s emptying the misses in the first quarter of the season.Speaking of Grogan, does anyone else think he could be Mike Yurcich’s son??5. Open field tackling, where is it?I’m really hoping Ramon Richards isn’t the next Jacob Lacey/Marcell Ateman where I’m continually told about how good he’s going to be and it never materializes. No. 18 looked atrocious on Thursday and he played a lot as Kevin Peterson was held out to, apparently, a still-recovering knee.And he wasn’t the only one. Pretty much everyone beyond the defensive line got caught trying to strip and punch the ball out while being dragged for a half dozen yards by Central Michigan’s 105-lb. receivers. That’s embarrassing against CMU. It will lose you games against TCU and Texas.6. Marcell Ateman stepped upTonight’s performance from Ateman (4 rec. for 75 yards and a TD) was less about Ateman having a coming out party and more about what this receiving corps. is going to be all season. OSU had 11 players catch a pass on Thursday and that doesn’t feel like an anomaly. You’re going to have one guy stand out most games (Ateman, Sheperd and Washington are the leading candidates) and a lineup deeper than Gundy’s savings account.While we’re here … despite the fact that he’s not likely to ever lead the Pokes in receptions, yards or TDs, I think David Glidden might be OSU’s most important receiver. Rudolph went to him late when he needed him (namely, on the drive after OSU went down 13-10) and Glidden rarely lets him down.7. Defensive tackles were a bright spotMy dude, Darrion Daniels. He was all over the place on Thursday. In fact, Oklahoma State’s defensive tackles in general were one of the bright spots. Daniels, Eric Davis and Vincent Taylor all had moments in Mount Pleasant. Taylor and Daniels combined for three TFLs and 1.5 sacks.Vincent Taylor with a sack in the first quarter. Second frame coming up on ESPNU. #okstate— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 3, 2015Daniels was especially encouraging. He’s built like [Googles highest mountains in Oklahoma] Sugar Loaf Mountain (can we call him that?) and was OSU’s most effective freshman (by far). It’s pretty clear that he’s going to be vital to Oklahoma State’s success this season (one of the minuscule preseason predictions I got correct).8. Mason Rudolph is the truthLet’s talk about No. 2 for a minute. He went 22/32 for 266 and a TD along with 5 rushes for 20 yards on the ground and a TD. That’s not great on paper. But the best thing about Rudolph for me is that I never doubted for a second that he would usher in the lead for good after CMU went up 13-10 in the third. Chris Carson for three yards, Rudolph to Glidden for 20, Rudolph to Seales for four, Rudolph to Glidden again for 26 (see above note on Glidden) and Rudolph runs it in for 21 yards. OSU wouldn’t trail again.It was a fourth-year drive, not a fourth-game drive. Sure, he missed some throws and took some sacks and wasn’t as sharp as you would have liked, but I have full confidence that he’s going to complete the job that needs to be completed. It always feels like he’s in complete control. Chelf with a bigger arm and more talent. He checked down like a pro (something Daxx never did), made monster throws in tough spots and didn’t make a mistake.This sounds weird after such a “meh” game, but I am all in.9. Chris Carson isn’t a thrill, but he’s really goodNo. 32 is deceiving. One look at him in that body with that uniform and that uniform and thoughts immediately rush to places they should not rush. The expectations on Carson are completely unfair, but he was terrific in the second half on Thursday night.In the first 30 minutes, he looked mildly overwhelmed, but I’m not sure he was taken down on a single first hit in the entire second half. I thought David Ubben nailed it with Carson here. Chris Carson looks as good as advertised by Gundy. I don’t know how often he’s going to wow you, but that’s a solid 1K guy.— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 3, 201510. In retrospect … let’s avoid #MACtionThis was not a great game for OSU in retrospect. On the road on a Thursday at a team that plays in a league which lives for upsetting Power Five squads.“Coach (Mike) Holder and I had several discussions about what day to play,” Gundy said in the spring. “When we looked at all the options, at some point, it really didn’t matter to me. There is an advantage in maybe playing a couple days earlier and he wanted to play it on that Thursday night, for a variety of reasons. One, the market and coverage … I think it’s better for Central Michigan and Oklahoma State.”Yeah, let’s not do that again. Either play a big boy like Florida State (please) or roll over and hire Baylor’s scheduler. There’s no advantage to scheduling teams like Central Michigan whatsoever.Next game: Central Arkansas at home next week (this Central squad should be much less of a challenge).last_img read more

KDMC drive Immerse Ganesh idols in truckmounted water tanks

first_imgThane: In a bid to save citizens from traffic jams and bad roads, the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) has come up with a plan wherein residents can immerse idols of Lord Ganesh in truck-mounted water tanks near their residences. The initiative “Immersion of Ganesh Idol at Your Door” has been launched by KDMC Commissioner Govind Bodke. Under this initiative, residents can immerse the idols in water tanks mounted on decorated trucks in municipal wards. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Initially, the facility will be available for those residents who immerse the idols after one-and-a-half days of the festival, beginning on September 2. “We will ensure that the entire process is completed with a traditional fervour till the satisfaction of devotees,” a civic official said on Saturday. “The civic body will install water tanks on decorated trucks in every ward where household idols can be immersed. This initiative will help reduce traffic on roads during the festival as well as the long waiting time at the immersion sites (lakes, rivers and creeks),” said KDMC PRO Madhuri Phople.last_img read more

Glass Lewis proxy firm backs Crescent Point slate as annual meeting nears

first_imgCALGARY – A second institutional investor proxy advisory firm is wading into the fight by a dissident shareholder to elect a slate of four directors to the 10-member board at Crescent Point Energy Corp.Unlike Institutional Shareholder Services Inc., however, Glass Lewis & Co. is recommending that shareholders vote for all of Crescent Point’s director nominees and none of those put forward by Cation Capital Inc.Glass Lewis says shareholders should also vote in favour of the oil and gas producer’s approach to executive compensation, one of the issues identified by Cation, even though it gives a “D” grade in its report for pay for performance and says the top five executives earn more than the average on a list of their peers.ISS last week suggested shareholders should vote for two of Cation’s four nominees at the company’s annual meeting May 4 because there is a “reasonably compelling case” for board change to improve capital spending decisions, enhance profitability and bring executive compensation in line.Crescent Point endorses the Glass Lewis report, pointing out in a news release it supports the current board’s efforts to address shareholder concerns and finds Cation’s plan “decidedly vague and bereft of any meaningful substance.”In response, Cation says the Glass Lewis recommendation is “entirely flawed,” charging that the advisory firm didn’t fairly consult with Cation about its plan for Crescent Point.last_img read more

Next US moon landing will be by private companies not NASA

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — America’s next moon landing will be made by private companies — not NASA.NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday that nine U.S. companies will compete in delivering experiments to the lunar surface. Bridenstine says NASA will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there.The goal is to get science and technology experiments to the surface of the moon as soon as possible. The first flight could be next year. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.The announcement comes just three days after NASA landed a spacecraft on Mars. NASA wants to see how it goes at the moon before committing to commercial delivery services at Mars.Marcica Dunn, The Associated Presslast_img

Evan Turners No 21 to be raised to the rafters at Feb

Former OSU guard Evan Turner (21) is set to have his number retired on Feb. 16.Credit: Courtesy of TNSA fifth number will soon be hanging from the rafters of the Schottenstein Center to signify Ohio State men’s basketball immortality: Evan Turner’s No. 21.The former three-year OSU guard made Columbus his home from 2007-2010, winning the Naismith Award for the top player in the country for his final 2009-10 season. In that year, he averaged 20.4 points per game on 51.9 percent shooting and added 6.0 assists and 9.2 rebounds per contest.Turner left for the NBA after his junior season, where he went second overall to the Philadelphia 76ers. After parts of four seasons there and a brief stop in Indiana, the Chicago native now comes off the bench for the Boston Celtics, averaging about 27 minutes per game.The 6-foot-7 Turner was the fourth individual OSU player to win the national player of the year award. He finished his collegiate career 18th in OSU scoring with 1,517 points and ninth in assists with 414.The No. 21 is scheduled to be lifted on Feb. 16 in a halftime ceremony during a game against Michigan, the same opponent Turner hit a famous buzzer-beating 3-pointer against in the 2010 Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.Turner’s number will join John Havlicek’s No. 5, Jerry Lucas’s No. 11, Jim Jackson’s No. 22 and Gary Bradds’ No. 35 in the Schottenstein Center rafters. All but Havlicek won a national player of the year award.The game against Michigan is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16. read more