SF Officer Involved in Police Shooting Leaves Reform Position

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% After police reform advocates voiced outrage at news that one of the police officers who shot and killed a homeless man earlier this year had been assigned to a police oversight bureau, Chief Toney Chaplin announced on Wednesday that the officer had agreed to be removed from the reform bureau.“We reached out to him and he is voluntarily agreeing to be reassigned,” Toney Chaplin, the interim chief of the department, said at a Police Commission meeting at City Hall on Wednesday night.Sergeant Nate Steger, one of the two officers who fired seven shots at Luis Gongora Pat on April 7, had been assigned to a division created to implement use-of-force reforms recommended by the Department of Justice, the San Francisco Examiner reported on Wednesday morning. The federal agency is investigating the police force after charges of racial bias and excessive use of force. In particular, the agency is looking at recent police shootings and revelations of homophobic and racist texting by police officers. 0%center_img Before the chief’s announcement, both Gongora Pat’s family and advocates for police reform voiced their outrage at the Steger’s assignment to the bureau.Cousins of Gongora Pat took the mic — flanked by some six supporters and aided by a translator — and asked the commission to intervene. “The news that we’re hearing is that one of the members of the police who killed our cousin is part of the reform bureau of the SFPD,” said Luis Poot Pat, a cousin of Gongora Pat. “We ask that you do something and don’t let this happen. We are worried, very, very worried.”“Do something please,” added Carlos Poot Pat, another cousin. “This is unconscionable.”Reached on the phone before the commission meeting, advocates for Gongora Pat reacted to the original news that Stenger had been placed in a reform position within the department.“Basically we just feel this is a huge slap in the face to the family,” said Adriana Camarena, a resident and activist against police shootings.News of the assignment was also criticized strongly by Public Advocate Jeff Adachi, who has long called for reforms to the department’s use of force policy. Camarena, Gongora Pat’s family, and other activists want the city to bring criminal charges against Steger and Mellone and want a formal apology from the Police Department and Mayor Ed Lee. District Attorney George Gascón has not indicated he will bring any charges against the officers.“Gascón has been absolutely remiss in addressing the case of Luis Gongora Pat,” Camarena said. “There has been absolutely no outreach from any city official from the family.”Police did not return a call requesting the reason why Steger was assigned to the Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau in the first place. Chaplin did not specify Steger’s new role. On Wednesday, the chief attempted to assure those at the commission hearing that the sergeant had not been “in charge of reforms” at his position under the reform bureau and would have been working under several others. “He was part of a gigantic bureau that consisted of several people and several different units,” he said. “He understands the concerns the family had, and agreed to be reassigned.”Controversy over the assignment came amidst mounting criticism against the department, most recently in the form of a report released on Monday by an oversight panel that found black and Latino individuals are stopped and searched more frequently by police than their white counterparts. The report also found that black people made up a disproportionate number of police shooting victims, that the department had inadequate record-keeping policies, and is unduly influenced by the Police Officers Association.The Blue Ribbon Panel also accused the department of taking too long to investigate police shootings and criticized a lack of transparency in those investigations.Two recent standoffs between police and someone apparently in a mental health crisis have recently ended without major injuries including a four-hour standoff in front of Hibernia Bank with a mentally ill man armed with a firearm on July 6 and a 22-hour standoff  on July 11 with a man threatening suicide in Visitacion Valley. In the latter case, the  was arrested after he threw bleach on officers and attempted to drink some himself. David Elliott Lewis, a member of the crisis intervention team mental health working group who helps train officers, has previously criticized Steger and Officer Michael Mellone’s confrontation of Gongora for not creating the stipulated time, distance, or a rapport with the suspect in crisis. “I did not see what we see in crisis intervention team training being applied in the tactic, they closed distance too quickly, they didn’t step back and create a safe perimeter,” Lewis said.In the majority of these kinds of encounters, Lewis said, nobody is injured – but those encounters rarely make the news. Lewis said there were thousands of calls a month involving mentally disabled individuals and some  360 reached a point where the person had to be transported to “a psychiatric emergency services, put in restraint, and then taken to hospital, often against their will.” “About 12 times a day,” he said that their procedures worked.  “What happened with Luis Gongora is the sad exception, not the rule,” he said. As for the internal reform bureau in general, Lewis doubted it would have much of an impact. “I think it’ll be helpful but I think reform is going to come from the community through the police commission,” he said. “I think we’re making progress, it’s an uneven slope but we are making progress.” last_img read more

THE excitement beginsWe will have buildup to the

first_imgTHE excitement begins.We will have build-up to the big clash throughout the week on Saintsrlfc.com with news and views from all around the club ahead of the Old Trafford showpiece.Paul Wellens, Nathan Brown and several players will be giving their thoughts before Saturday’s game and we will have lots of other fantastic content too.Keep an eye on our Official Youtube Channel for exclusive videos and there will be a Grand Final preview live at iTunes and via our Fanzone too.We will also be posing questions throughout the week on our Official Facebook and Official Twitter (@saints1890) sites.Saints will take on Wigan on Saturday October 11 (6pm) at Old Trafford and tickets are selling fast.We will be predominately based in the Stretford End (West Stand) of Old Trafford and tickets are priced at £60, £50, £40, £20.A massive Saints contingent is expected and we will need you to be loud and proud in the Red Vee!You can buy your ticket from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052 until Thursday October 9 5pm when any unsold tickets will return to the RFL.You can also purchase through the RFL’s Ticketing website and on 0844 856 1113.Saints reached the Grand Final with an exciting 30-12 victory on Thursday evening and as League Leaders will be the ‘home’ team on Saturday.It will be the third time the auld rivals have met in the Super League Grand Final with honours so far shared: a Chris Joynt-inspired Saints defeated the Warriors 29-16 in 2000 and Wigan as they took the title in 2010.The 2014 First Utility Super League Grand Final will also feature a fantastic package of entertainment, including two sets by British indie band James, a performance by internationally celebrated classical artist Laura Wright and interaction with BBC Radio 6Music DJ Shaun Keaveny.last_img read more

Woman sentenced as habitual felon for stealing tv

first_img Barnes stole a tv from a home in Bolivia and then sold it to someone else. At the time, Barnes was on probation for other property crimes. Barnes had numerous prior felony convictions that allowed prosecutors to indict her as being a Habitual Felon, which increased her prison sentence.Assistant District Attorney Jacob Ward said in a release, “Our office faces a huge battle when it comes to property crimes. The vast majority of these crimes are low level felonies, according to the laws our General Assembly pass. Further, our office, and the courts, are bound to stay within the structured sentencing guidelines determined by the General Assembly. This usually prevents defendants from receiving substantial active sentences. That is why our office makes a concerted effort to indict eligible defendants as Habitual Felons. This allows us to ensure an adequate active punishment for defendants who continue to be a burden on the citizens of our community. We don’t want any citizen to fear that their hard earned property will be stolen by career criminals.”Barnes will spend a maximum of over 6 years in state prison.Related Article: Wilmington Police wants new technology to solve crimes Heather Barnes (Photo: Brunswick Co. District’s Attorney) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Bolivia woman will spend a minimum of over four years in prison for stealing a television set, according to the District Attorney’s Office.District Attorney Jon David announced Heather Barnes, of Bolivia, pleaded guilty to Obtaining Property by False Pretense and to being a Habitual Felon.- Advertisement – last_img read more

800 bikes going to local kids whove never had one

first_img “During the giveaway participants will pick out a bike and receive a new helmet, fitted to his or her size, to take home Christmas,” Executive Director Kelly Cascaden said.  “They will also go through a safety training course that will teach bicycle safety, proper helmet wear, rules of the road, hand and arm signals, and how to repair and maintain their bikes.”This year ‘A Bike for Every Child’ partnered with ‘Nourish NC’, a local nonprofit that provides “healthy food to hungry children,” to identify the children in our community with the most need.The community came through big time with help!   Teenagers from eight local church youth groups in the “Be the Light” program.   They volunteered several weekends cleaning and fixing bikes as well as donated over 500 new bikes and raising money!  They include St. James Parish($2600), Pine Valley United Methodist- ($1410 and 90 new bikes), First Baptist, First Presbyterian, Wrightsville Beach United Methodist, Saint Andrews Covenant(even had kids in grades K-3rd that made necklaces, sold them and raised $300) , Wrightsville Beach Baptist, and Pine Valley Baptist.The Retirement Resource Group donated the funds to purchase the 800+ helmets for the kids.Related Article: Overflo raises more funds for Florence victimsA local insurance company, The Retirement Resource Group, donated the funds to purchase the 800+ helmets, hire a lead bike mechanic, and purchased over 200 bikes for the event! Two Wheeler Dealer has been a huge support by donating hundreds of bicycles to the nonprofit since it began in addition to assisting in the program development and training.Some of the bikes being given away to kids in the community.A Bike for Every Child, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works daily to fulfill its mission of bringing our community together to support our youth to ride into happier, healthier futures. They believe in turning dusty bikes into shiny smiles, by collecting new or gently used bicycles from generous individuals who donate them to be refurbished and given, with a new helmet, to youth who need them.Since A Bike for Every Child’s first event in June 2016, they will have given away over 1500 bicycles and new helmets to local youth. Volunteers with the non-profit. This year the organization is giving away 800+ bikes! WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY/BFEC) —  It is the biggest bike giveaway in the history of the non-profit “A Bike for Every Child”.  More than 800 bicycles are headed to kids who don’t have one.On Saturday, December 16th from 11am-3pm, A Bike for Every Child is holding their biggest Earn-a-Bike giveaway at St. James Parish, giving away over 800 bikes and new helmets to youth in the Nourish NC program who have pre-registered for the event.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wisconsin man reunites with long lost siblings in Brunswick County

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It took half a century, but siblings who last saw each other as children were reunited.“I’m telling you, this search is about 30 chapters deep. It’s crazy, but it’s here and it’s reality. This is what it’s all about, right here,” said Barry Minnich.- Advertisement – Minnich was just a child when he was adopted in Ohio. He now lives in the Green Bay, WI, area.Fifty years after they were separated, Minnich, Tanya Pitman, and Elizabeth Beach were reunited in Supply on Tuesday.“Very emotional. I’m gonna cry again,” said Beach.Related Article: Mom learns foster baby is her adopted son’s sister, so she adopts her as well“It’s closure, it’s peaceful, it’s closure, it’s like our missing link, everything is back the way it should have been, years ago. We got our brother,” said Pitman.A family friend says Minnich tried for years to find his siblings, but it wasn’t until Senate Bill 23 modified the law in Ohio which opened the records of adoptions finalized between January 1, 1964 and September 18, 1996.Now, the siblings hope that the laws can be changed across the country to help other people in their situation.“They need to have something in place where the siblings have the right to say if they want to or not to meet because, as you know, children are innocent. It wasn’t our fault we were adopted or we were kept from our siblings,” said Minnich.In the meantime, they say they have about five decades of stories to share with each other.“We’ll never stay out of touch,” said Beach.“We’ll be seeing each other a lot. We got a lot of catching up to do,” said Pitman.Minnich simply added, “Fifty years.”Tuesday also happened to be Pitman’s 53rd birthday and Beach’s birthday was a few weeks ago, so they celebrated with cake and ice cream.The siblings are looking for another sister to reunite with. She was born in 1970 at Virginia Beach General Hospital and was given up for adoption at birth.last_img read more

The Cross Creek hero

first_img Although the flood waters have receded, Lovell is still helping the community restore by driving around the community bringing cold drinks, ice and food right to the doorsteps of people who need them. Along the way, Lovell greets families he helped save throughout the disaster.One emotional stop on his drive was met by a woman who jumped for joy when she recognized Lovell getting out of his truck. He called Lovell her “hero” as he lugged a big of ice up her driveway.“We came to her with a full boat of people and I promised her that I would be back to get her,” said Lovell. “That was the first person we saved that was in a house and the look on her eyes when we said that we had to come back to get her I will never forget and I will never forget the hug she gave me because we got her out of here.”Related Article: After losing his home twice, student graduates as only African American male with honorsLovell says he is so thankful that over 300 volunteers have come out to support the restoring of this community. HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — One Hampstead community was desperately in search of necessary supplies after their homes were left under 7 to 10 feet of flood waters.Greg Lovell stepped up when the Cross Creek was calling for action.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington man sentenced for distributing heroin

first_img On May 1, 2018, Kirton pleaded guilty to distribution and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin. He also admitted a supervised release violation for a prior federal conviction for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute, and distribute more than five grams of cocaine base and a quantity of heroin at the time of his sentencing.According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the Wilmington Police Department Gang Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force investigated Kirton between October 2016 and April 2017. During that time, undercover agents made several purchases of heroin from Kirton while he was on federal supervised release for a prior drug conviction involving cocaine and heroin.The investigation was part of the Take Back North Carolina Initiative led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina in an effort to reduce violent crime, drug trafficking and crimes against law enforcement. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – A Wilmington man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling heroin to undercover agents while he was on probation for a prior federal drug conviction.According to a statement from the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, David Andrew Kirton, Jr., 25, was sentenced to 124 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Mayor Pete officially launches his 2020 US Presidential bid

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Pete Buttigieg is officially launching his bid for the 2020 US Presidential election.The 37-year-old, half-Maltese mayor, is launching his campaign against a backdrop of improving polls and increasing national interest. Buttigieg, is polling third-place in Iowa and New Hampshire, behind Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden but ahead of heavyweights like Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Beto O’Rourke.In January, Buttigieg announced that he was creating an exploratory committee as a possible candidate for President of the United States in the 2020 election. Buttigieg is seeking the Democratic nomination. If elected, Buttigieg would be the youngest American president.Mayor Pete, as he is known, is the mayor of South Bend, the fourth largest city in Indiana.Buttigieg, an openly gay Rhodes scholar and Afghan war veteran, launched his campaign in his hometown where he launched his political campaign less than a decade ago. His father, Joseph Buttigieg, is a Maltese who had read for a PhD in the States, he then went on to become an English professor at the University of Notre Dame until 2017, when he became professor emeritus. Joseph Buttigieg translated and edited the English edition of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks.WhatsApplast_img read more

€700 billion in European investments given green light by EP

first_imgWhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintcenter_img European Union flags are seen outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Francois LenoirEuropean Union flags are seen outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir MEPs have approved the ‘InvestEU’ initiative, which estimates to generate €700 billion in investments. This will be done by increasing the EU guarantee from €38 billion to €40.8 billion.This programme aims at addressing the problematic investment gap currently in the EU, despite numerous initiatives to remedy the situation.During negotiations held with the EU ministers, it was discussed that the fund would prioritise objectives such as employment, the achievement of the Paris Climate Agreement, social cohesion, and better climate protection.The report was adopted with 463 votes in favour, 64 against, and 29 abstentions. Roberto Gualtieri, co-rapporteur and Chair of the Economic and Monetry Affairs Committee said that InvestEU is shaping the future of the EU towards more investment to support small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as local projects.The ‘InvestEU’ initiative replaces the current European Fund for Strategic Investment. It will consist of the InvestEU Fund, the InvestEU Advisory Hub, and the Invest EU Portal.last_img read more

Lassane accused were Labour fans – Dr Fenech Adami

first_imgLuke ZerafaLuke Zerafa The Nationalist MP Beppe Fenech Adami said that the two soldiers charged with the murder of Ivorian immigrant Lassana Cisse Souleymane got to know eachother ‘because they are both big fans of the Labour Party.’ Adami added that they were also members of a group called ‘Laburist sal-Mewt’ – ‘Labour to Death.’Dr Fenech Adami made these comments in response to a statement made by the Home Affairs Minister Michael Farrugia.In Parliament, the MP said that the Nationalist Party demands that the government take political responsibility for the situation and to carry out an independent inquiry into how the two charged with murder, ended up in the army.He added that it despite the Minister’s statements that the selection process had improved, it had failed to spot the perpetrators.‘The Army has been broken by this government and despite changing the criteria of recruitment, the new system has failed because it allowed two young people in the army to feel that it’s easy to go out and shoot indiscriminately at black people,’ Fenech Adami said.Internal InquiryMinister Farrugia explained that the Armed Forces had appointed a board to carry out an internal inquiry to establish whether there were elements within the AFM that were promoting racist culture despite training which is aimed at promoting tolerance of different races.The Minister also said that he regretted and was disappointed that members of the armed forces had been accused of this murder. However, he stressed that this should not used to openly discredit other members of the Armed Forces who risk their lives in the performance of their duties.He said that the administration has improved the scrutiny process for new recruits, with new recruits having to declare that they have no pending criminal cases.Crying foulThe PN MP also accused the government of being hypocritical on the issue of immigration. He stated that during the Gonzi administration, the government had accepted asylum seekers to come to Malta despite it being unpopular. Fenech Adami pointed specifically to the Prime Minister’s decision in 2013 to try and push back migrants.Referring back to the charged individuals, Fenech Adami explained that he believed they would’ve been applauding the Prime Minister’s address on this in 2009.No one assuming responsibility – BusuttilFormer PN leader Simon Busuttil also intervened in the discussion saying that it was concerning that no one has thought to assume political responsibility for the situation, not even the Chief of the Armed Forces.Questioning Minister Farrugia he said, ‘If you are not going to bear responsibility, who will? The Prime Minister? Is there someone in this country who will bear responsibility?’Busuttil also asked Minister Farrugia about the condition of the two injured migrants who survived the incident and if they were receiving any help.Did one of them commit a sexual offence? – Karol AquilinaKarol Aquilina asked the Minister say whether he could confirm if one of the accused had previously committed a crime, ‘of a sexual nature,’ and if it had required the involvement of Interpol.The Minister responded saying that the accused was still a minor at the time and he would need to check with the court to find out if they are actually permitted to name the person in conjunction with the case.Minister Farrugia added that the two accused had had clean records before joining the army and that Scicluna’s case was concluded prior to him entering service.Instead, he stressed the importance of the presumption of innocence until the evidence showed otherwise. If so, the crime would be punished.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more