Manitoba claims to be moving quick on Phoenix Sinclair inquest recommendations

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe province of Manitoba says it will bring forward recommendations from the Phoenix Sinclair inquiry sooner than expected.The media spotlight has been on the province’s child welfare system again this week.But the minister responsible is adamant this development is about action and not a response to criticism.Sinclair was murdered by her mom and her mom’s boyfriend when the child was supposed to be under the watch of child services.APTN’s Dennis Ward has the story.last_img read more

Police Investigate shooting incident

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 1, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives are investigating a shooting incident that left a 24 year old male of Jamaica with multiple gun-shot wounds about his body.Around 10:50pm last night (Tuesday 28th February 2017), Police responded to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre where the victim was met, he told officers that while in Jacklyn Smith Yard off Venetian Road Providenciales, he heard a number of gun shots being fired. He then felt pain about his body and realized he was shot.  He was taken to the hospital where he remains in serious condition.  The location was visited and a crime scene was established.  Investigations are ongoing into this matter.If you have any information regarding this shooting, contact the police at Chalk Sound Police at 338-5901/941-8067 or contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477. The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind you not to report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter page.Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for youlast_img read more

Military Families Are Facing Financial Hardships In Houston And Across The Nation

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /03:31 X Florian MartinReda Hicks is an attorney and advisory board member at the Military Family Advisory Network.The 2017 Military Family Support Programming Survey by the Military Family Advisory Network finds that most American military families, 92.5 percent, are in debt.Sixty percent said they don’t have enough savings to cover three months of living expenses; 15 percent said they have experienced food insecurity.Reda Hicks, a Houston area attorney and advisory board member of the Military Family Advisory Network, says a lot of it has to do with having to move frequently.Click on the play button above to listen to the interview.last_img read more

ACLU Alleges Federal Agents Abused Immigrant Minors During Obama Administration

first_img Share Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUTCameras monitor the detention facility in Karnes City.The American Civil Liberties Union has released a report based on some 30,000 pages of internal records from the Department of Homeland Security between 2009 to 2014, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. What they’ve found is what they call “the pervasive abuse and neglect of unaccompanied immigrant children detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.”Mitra Ebadolahi, an attorney with the ACLU, says the documents offer a glimpse into a federal immigration system marked by brutality and lawlessness.“The documents reveal mistreatment that is neglectful at best and intentionally cruel at worst,” she says, “including verbal abuse, such as calling immigrant children ‘dogs’ or ‘garbage.’ One migrant minor who was pregnant was told that her child would contaminate this country. That’s a quote. Children were threatened with rape and death.”She says the documents include allegations of physical abuse – small children were shot with tasers and run over by patrol vehicles – and sexual abuse. Ebadolahi says in one case, a teenage girl was subjected to a search in which border agents forcefully spread her legs and touched her genitals.U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities are not equipped for detention lasting more than 72 hours, she says.“The facilities are freezing cold. They were overcrowded. There’s evidence that they were unsanitary,” she says. “They were not given potable water. They were not given bedding, or necessary medical care.”Ebadolahi says the abuses could have come to light sooner if documents were more accessible to the public.“The government has fought tooth and nail to resist responding to our [Freedom of Information Act] request, which has necessitated years of litigation in federal court in order to get these documents,” she says. “Part of the delay is because the agencies are not being forthcoming, and are doing everything that they can to avoid providing the public with timely information about how they’re using our tax dollars.”U.S. Customs and Border Protection responded to the ACLU report, saying, “The false accusations made by the ACLU against the previous administration are unfounded and baseless,” adding that many of the instances outlined in the report were allegations.Written by Jen Rice.last_img read more

Baltimores Next Police Chief Faces Demoralized Department

first_imgInterim Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Kevin Davis speaks alongside Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a news conference, Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Baltimore, after Rawlings-Blake announced her firing of Commissioner Anthony Batts. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s next police commissioner will have a daunting to-do list: quell a surge in homicides, rebuild trust between officers and the public, win the confidence of a demoralized and alienated department, and keep the peace when the explosive Freddie Gray case comes to trial.“It’s the toughest job in the United States at the moment,” said Eugene O’Donnell, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and a former New York City police officer.Commissioner Anthony Batts was fired by the mayor on Wednesday, less than three months after riots erupted over Gray’s death from a spinal injury the 25-year-old Black man suffered while being bounced around the back of a moving police van. Six officers are awaiting trial in October on charges ranging up to murder.“You have a confluence of factors: You have an ongoing criminal case that’s traumatic for everybody. You have the specter of riots. For the police union and officers, they’re alienated, and the concern is that the cops will be further alienated,” O’Donnell said. “You need a chief who can, first and foremost, drive everyone toward common ground.”In dismissing Batts, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said his approach was too divisive and his presence too damaging.Just hours before his firing, in a sign that the 2,800-officer department’s rank-and-file had lost confidence in Batts, the police union issued a report blasting his response to the looting, arson and vandalism that broke out April 27. The report said Batts discouraged officers from wearing protective gear and told them not to engage with rioters. Roughly 200 officers were injured during the unrest.“The officers characterized the Baltimore Police Department’s leadership during the riots as unprepared, politically motivated and uncaring and confusing,” said Gene Ryan, president of the police union.Batts’ standing was further damaged by soaring bloodshed in the city in the weeks after the riots.In May, Baltimore saw its biggest surge in homicides in four decades, while arrests dropped by half compared with the same period a year earlier. The city’s homicide total so far this year is 156, a 48 percent increase from the same time last year. And shootings have climbed 86 percent.Community members have accused police of not doing their jobs in the wake of the Gray arrests. Batts and the police union denied that officers were shirking their duties but acknowledged that police are angry, frustrated and fearful in the wake of the Gray case of being second-guessed and prosecuted.Peter Moskos, also with John Jay College and a former Baltimore police officer, said the Gray case led police officers to question whether the department had their backs.“The harm from the Freddie Gray death is it had a chilling effect: Cops were saying, ‘That could have been me,’” he said. But he said getting rid of Batts was “a step toward getting things on track.”“Batts was a leader without a following,” Moskos said. “If none of the rank and file thinks you’re competent, it’s as good as being incompetent.”Batts’ deputy, Kevin Davis, will serve as interim commissioner until the mayor appoints a permanent replacement. Davis said his first order of business was appointing someone to focus on riot response. Davis added that he would like to remain in the position permanently.“We have a profession with authority that no other profession has,” Davis said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. “We can take a person’s freedom away, and that’s a huge and awesome responsibility. We can take a human life if justification exists to do so. With that responsibility and authority comes a huge amount of oversight and second-guessing at times. That’s not new to law enforcement. Where we are in this moment in time is, we have to engage in a great deal of self-examination, and look at how we can do things better.“When situations come up where I can demonstrate support for officers keeping Baltimore safe I will demonstrate that support,” Davis said. “The other side is identifying areas that need improvements. I don’t think a leader has to choose one or the other. Those aren’t mutually exclusive.”In the most violent and drug-ridden neighborhoods in Baltimore — a city of roughly 622,000 people, 63 percent of them Black — residents have a long history of mistrust of the police department. After Gray’s death, the U.S. Justice Department opened an investigation into whether Baltimore police engage in discriminatory practices, including unlawful stops and excessive force.“The new chief has to institute a culture that builds much closer relationships between the department and the community,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law. “Police departments and their cultures have been reformed. Change can happen. But who is at the top is really crucial for that.”last_img read more

Bonds Pushes Housing Late Fees Cap

first_imgIn what some label a bold move on behalf of D.C. tenants, the Council of the District of Columbia gave final consideration to legislation to limit rental late fee charges to no more than 5 percent of the monthly rent. This initiative, led by At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds (D), culminated during a September 20 meeting of the City Council.At-large D.C. Councilmember Anita Bonds (D) led an initiative to limit rental late fees in D.C. (Courtesy Photo)The Rental Housing Late Fee Fairness Amendment Act of 2016 regulates how housing providers may impose late fees upon tenants for the late payment of rent by establishing fair and uniform standards. The bill defines “late payment” as any amount of rent that is not paid within five calendar days from the time a rent payment is due. The bill also prohibits a housing provider from charging a tenant a late fee of more than 5 percent of the tenant’s monthly rent owed, which can amount to an extraordinary burden for many low-income tenants.“This needed bill will provide over 156,217 rental units whether or not under rent control, with new protections against unscrupulous landlords and outrageous late fees when they fall behind on their monthly rental payments,” Bonds said before a committee hearing on May 16.Laurie Ball Cooper, a staff attorney for Legal Aid Society supported the bill, emphasizing two critical protections it provides: a vital safeguard against late fees being equal or greater than the amount owed and prohibiting the application of future rent payments to previously assessed late charges, keeping the tenant in perpetual debt.“Even when tenants receive subsidies for significant portions of the rent, many landlords still attempt to charge late fees as a percentage of the total rent rather than as a percentage of the tenant’s portion of the rent.  An individual with low income may pay only $100 in her portion of the rent while the government provides a $1900 subsidy to the landlord.  If the tenant is late paying that $100 portion, the landlord often will impose a fee of 5 percent (or more) of the total rent, even though most of the rent was timely received from the government subsidy.  In this example, a $100 late fee, which is 5 percent of $2,000 rent, would be charged to the tenant. This is an extraordinary burden on the subsidized tenant and an unnecessary windfall for the landlord.”Others on hand for the May 16 hearing considered the bill a bad business precedent and one that worked against the interest of property owners and managers. Arianna Royster, executive vice president at Borger Management, also noted that fees for late payments on mortgages, cellphones, and car loans are often much higher than 5 percent and involve interest on the fee.“Why should practices of rental housing be any different?” Royster asked. “This practice fails to take into consideration the obligations and administrative costs of housing providers when tenants are late on their payments.  If one were to look at the average amounts of fees people are subjected to for late payments for mortgages, cell phones, car loans, or the late fees of utilities, you would see that most people have contractually obligated themselves to payments far in excess of 5 percent.”Currently, D.C. law is silent on how large a late fee housing providers may charge a tenant, resulting in late fee practices that vary widely among District housing providers. Passage of this bill would put the District in line with other states such as Maryland, Maine, and North Carolina, which have laws restricting fees to 5 percent or less.“For the majority of Black people being hijacked by rent increases, poor management, and the disappearance of affordable housing, it is increasingly necessary to pay rent beyond the fifth of the month,” Reginald Norman, a retired Park Service employee told the {AFRO}.  “For decades there was management that was invested in their tenants and the communities where their properties sat and they would allow people who were paid weekly to give them a bit of the money weekly until the month’s rent was paid.  The jokers we have in here now are like scavengers.  It’s only about money.”Additionally, the bill also prohibits a housing provider from deducting a late fee from future rent payments, thereby causing the timely rental payments to be late if the tenant has not yet paid the original late fee.last_img read more