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Arkansas: sursis pour un autre des huit condamnés à mort

22 April 2017

La Cour suprême de l’Arkansas a accordé jeudi un sursis à un quatrième condamné à mort parmi les huit détenus que cet État américain veut exécuter d’ici la fin du mois.

L’État du sud compte mettre à mort huit condamnés entre le 17 et le 27 avril, justifiant ce rythme inédit par la péremption à la fin du mois d’une substance utilisée dans les injections mortelles.

Ces condamnations «à la chaîne» font l’objet de multiples et d’âpres batailles judiciaires dont certaines sont remontées jusqu’à la Cour suprême des États-Unis.

Accusé de harcèlement sexuel, il recevra 25 M$ US en indemnité

22 April 2017

Un présentateur de Fox News recevra jusqu’à 25 millions $ US pour avoir été congédié en raison d’allégations de harcèlement sexuel, soit près du double que ce qui a été versé aux présumées victimes en échange de leur silence, ont révélé des médias américains jeudi.

La nouvelle a soulevé un tollé aux États-Unis, où des femmes ont notamment manifesté devant les bureaux de la chaîne américaine, jeudi, pour dénoncer une culture du viol encore bien ancrée chez Fox News, disent-elles.

More than 51,000 people a year are hospitalized by police violence: Report lays bare staggering rate of ER visits after arrests

20 April 2017

More than 50,000 people a year are hospitalized with injuries inflicted by law enforcement, a landmark study reveals.

The figure remained steady from 2006 to 2012, laying bare a long-term issue with violent conflicts between police and public in the build-up to the Black Lives Matter movement.

The study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found the majority of cases involved people being struck or beaten by officers.

La police de Los Angeles revoit ses pratiques pour dégainer moins vite

20 April 2017

Un comité de supervision de la police de Los Angeles (LAPD) a approuvé mardi de nouvelles pratiques pour désamorcer les situations tendues avant de recourir à la force létale et, surtout, aux armes à feu.

The Violent Clashes In Berkeley Weren't 'Pro-Trump' Versus 'Anti-Trump'

18 April 2017

According to reports in mainstream news outlets like CNN, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, Saturday saw pro-Trump demonstrators clash with anti-Trump protesters in Berkeley, California, while more placid "Tax Day" marches took place around the country calling on the president to release his tax returns. The news stories offer largely the same account and framing as that given by the LA Times: "hundreds of pro-Trump demonstrators and counter-protesters clashed Saturday at a 'Patriots Day' rally… Both groups threw rocks and sticks at each other and used a large trash bin as a battering ram… Twenty-one people were arrested… Eleven people were injured."

‘It Did Not Stick’: The First Federal Effort to Curb Police Abuse

11 April 2017

PITTSBURGH — Federal intervention to curb police abuse did not begin after chants of “I can’t breathe,” viral cellphone videos or the Black Lives Matter movement.

It began 21 years ago here in Pittsburgh, where the police were laden with complaints that black residents were routinely singled out for false arrest and abuse. In a City Hall conference room, Chief Robert McNeilly faced a team of lawyers from the Justice Department — young, smartly dressed and newly empowered to rein in the department.

Sizing up the investigators, Chief McNeilly — dressed, as usual, in uniform — had one thought he could not get out of his mind: “There was nobody with any police experience.”

How Chicago Became the First City to Make Reparations to Victims of Police Violence

10 April 2017

Somewhere between his 12th and 13th hour inside a Chicago Police Department interrogation room, Lindsey Smith decided to confess to a murder he didn’t commit. Multiple officers had pistol-whipped, stomped on, and beaten him, again and again. Convinced he would not otherwise live through the ordeal, Smith signed a false confession for the attempted murder of a 12-year-old White boy. At 17, Smith too was a boy. But with one major difference: He was Black.

Tried as an adult and convicted, Smith took a plea deal and served nearly five years in prison.

Police department in Portland, Ore., in disarray as scandals mount

09 April 2017

With yet another police chief under suspicion and on forced leave, Portland, Ore., seems to have taken another step towards becoming a real life “Portlandia,” the absurdist TV series.

Just nine months after being appointed to replace a chief who is charged with accidentally shooting a friend during a beer-fueled camping trip, Interim Chief Mike Marshman was put on paid leave March 24 by Mayor Ted Wheeler in connection with an allegedly falsified department attendance log.

Coming Soon to a Riot Near You: Crowd Control Vehicles With Electrified Hose Water

31 March 2017

We've all had this problem: Sometimes you want to electrocute a lot of people all at once, and a single taser gun won't cut it. So you think, "Wouldn't it be great if I could hose all of these bastards down, like with a fire hose? Well, water conducts electricity, so what if I could hose them down and electrocute them at the same time?"The Tactical Systems department at Mega Engineering Vehicles, a producer of specialty military and police vehicles, might have the solution. First off, Mega produces the friendly-looking riot control vehicles you see here. This first one looks like a school bus full of whoop-ass:

DEA Seized $4 Billion From People Since 2007. Most Were Never Charged with a Crime

31 March 2017

The Drug Enforcement Administration seized more than $4 billion in cash from people suspected of drug activity over the last decade, but $3.2 billion of those seizures were never connected to any criminal charges.

A report by the Justice Department Inspector General released Wednesday found that the DEA's gargantuan amount of cash seizures often didn't relate to any ongoing criminal investigations, and 82 percent of seizures it reviewed ended up being settled administratively—that is, without any judicial review—raising civil liberties concerns.

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