Retired Black NYPD Detective: Derek Chauvin Trial Highlights “Race-Based” Police Brutality Problem

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is entering its eighth day. Chauvin is charged with second- and third-degree murder, as well as manslaughter, for killing George Floyd last May. Over the past three days, numerous members of the Minneapolis Police Department accused Chauvin of violating department policy by kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine-and-a-half minutes, while ignoring pleas from Floyd that he could not breathe. Minneapolis Police Chief Arradondo testified against his officer in a rare move. Here, he’s being questioned by prosecutor Steve Schleicher. STEVE SCHLEICHER: When, do you believe,…

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Defence highlights a ‘vacuum in the evidence’ as a seven year Belfast case continues

On Thursday 25 March, there was an oral hearing at Laganside Crown Court, Belfast in the long-running trial of Colin Duffy, Henry Fitzsimons, and Alex McCrory. And as The Canary previously reported, the men’s defence raises serious questions about the prosecution’s evidence against them. In particular, it questions the experts’ analysis of alleged covert audio recording and the role of MI5. In the defence’s oral submission on 25 March, it reiterated these questions. This trial has been running for over two years. The charges On 5 December 2013, there was an attack on a PSNI convoy in north Belfast. Duffy, Fitzsimons, and McRory were remanded in custody in…

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This SNP claim may be electioneering, but it highlights the deplorable state of UK pensions

Believe in Scotland (BiS) is a website that aims to answer questions about Scottish independence. And as reported on its website, the Advertising Standards Authority rejected unionist demands that BiS remove its billboards about UK state pensions. The billboard advertisements claim the state pension could double in an independent Scotland: As Westminster’s campaign to save the union has stalled amid bitter internal feuds key developments are keeping the independence momentum on track. Here are three big steps keeping us on the road to independence.https://t.co/QZf1iAUoFg#BelieveinScotland #Yes #Indyref2 pic.twitter.com/9wcYsb9UkK — Believe in Scotland (@believeinscot) February 24, 2021 These billboards highlight an uncomfortable truth for unionists. In 2017, the Guardian reported…

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EU / UK Vaccine spat highlights the need for a ‘radical shake-up in the way vaccines are produced’

The European Medicines Agency plans to deliver its verdict on the Oxford/AstraZeneca Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine on 29 January. But Brussels could also announce powers that would block the shipment of millions of vaccine doses to Britain within days. The European Commission (EC) is considering an export ban in a bid to solve its vaccine supply shortage issues. Member states were forced to pause or delay rollout, after AstraZeneca – which aims to supply two million doses per week to the UK – allegedly told the EC that only a quarter of the 100 million doses it was expecting by March were likely to be delivered. Preventing the export…

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Coronavirus outbreak at the DVLA highlights everything that’s wrong with the government’s pandemic response

More than 500 cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) have reportedly been confirmed among Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) staff in Swansea. With a total of around 6,000 workers employed by the DVLA, this is thought to be Britain’s largest employee outbreak of coronavirus infections yet. What’s more shocking is that this horrific number of positive cases has occurred among staff employed by a government agency. Shameful Transport secretary Grant Shapps is facing outrage for the way the DVLA has handled the outbreak. Public Health Wales’s outbreak control team has put forward a complaint which claims “DVLA workers were asked to turn off their test-and-trace apps ‘so that their…

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Highlights from a presidential inauguration like no other

On 20 January, two weeks after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the US. Taking place in the midst of a pandemic, it was an inauguration like no other. Biden’s message of unity The president began his inauguration speech on the topic of democracy, saying: This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. He added: We’ve learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile, and at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed. Biden’s overarching message was of unity and the need to come together was a key…

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Capitol Insurrection Highlights Increasing Radicalization of Right-Wing White Police Officers

At least 28 law enforcement officers from across the United States attended the Trump rally in Washington, D.C., on January 6 that led to the attack on the U.S. Capitol, with some even boasting on social media about taking part in the riot that left five people dead. BuzzFeed News investigative reporter Albert Samaha says off-duty police officers’ involvement in the insurrection reflects a growing problem of right-wing radicalization in police ranks — a problem Black officers say has gone unaddressed by higher-ups. Samaha says that while “white supremacist ideology in law enforcement is as old as law enforcement in the U.S.” there was a marked change in…

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The Capitol coup only highlights the threat that white supremacy poses to democracy The Canary

At a right-wing ‘Save America’ rally on 6 January, Trump repeated unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. And he urged his supporters to continue the fight against the US election results. He told marchers: We will never give up. We will never concede. Following this speech, on the same day, a right-wing mob violently stormed the US Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Five people were killed in the insurrection, including one police officer. Several White House officials have resigned following the violence. Moreover, Twitter has permanently suspended Trump’s account “due to the risk of further incitement of violence”. A Democrat-led group of US government officials is now pushing to…

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Stephen Lawrence’s family highlights institutional racism in the British police during Undercover Policing Inquiry

The Undercover Policing Inquiry has continued into its seventh day, with barristers giving statements on behalf of Stephen Lawrence’s family. The family was targeted by police spies. In April 1993, 18-year-old Lawrence was stabbed to death while waiting for a bus with his friend in Eltham, London. The two were attacked by a gang of white youths. It took almost twenty years for two of Lawrence’s killers to finally be convicted of his murder. An inquiry into his death found that the police investigation was institutionally racist and flawed. It traumatised the grieving family even more, and it allowed Lawrence’s killers to largely escape the justice they deserved.…

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Big Issue highlights ‘life-changing’ support as sellers struggle

The “life-changing” support given to Big Issue sellers is being highlighted to mark World Homeless Day on Saturday. The magazine launched a digital campaign to show the work of its frontline team in a bid to boost sales. The Big Issue decided to stop selling the magazine on the streets during the national lockdown from March, returning in July, although the number of people is significantly lower on many high streets. The Big Issue team of over 60 frontline staff work with sellers to connect them to specialist support services, access safe and secure accommodation, and gain official ID which helps with obtaining a bank account The campaign…

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