Carole Duggan doesn’t want us to meet at her house, because she’s sure it has been bugged. She thinks her mobile has also been tapped, so we don’t decide on an alternative venue over the phone.
Month: February 2014
Locals have not forgotten the pain they felt after the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Wednesday [marked] the second anniversary of the 17-year-old’s death. Last year, George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in the case.
In the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2009, Oakland police pulled four black men off a train car for fighting. During the melee, a transit officer pulled out his gun and shot 22-year-old Oscar Grant in the back as Grant was lying face down on the ground, with his hands restrained behind his back.
The death of a loved one is a devastating time for any family. But when that death involves a vulnerable person in police custody, questions must be asked. Far too often in the past we have heard about the deaths of vulnerable people that have caused concern, and prompted serious examination of police training and the use of restraint.
As we await the publication of a new Home Office manual on deportations, IRR News has gleaned evidence from a number of Freedom of Information requests suggesting that the death of Jimmy Mubenga during deportation could have been prevented.
The BBC’s Today programme is enjoying high ratings, and the Mail and Telegraph are, as usual, attacking the corporation as leftwing. Last month a single edition of the Radio 4 show was edited by the artist and musician PJ Harvey. What happened was illuminating.
Lawmakers in the state legislature have killed a controversial death penalty bill – at least until next year. Due to a nationwide shortage of lethal injection drugs.
Ryan Clark, who died in April 2011 after being found unconscious in his cell at Wetherby Young Offender Institution (YOI), was the first child to die in youth custody for four years. An inquest jury this week found that a string of failures contributed to Ryan’s death.