Showing posts with label usa. Show all posts
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Saturday, 1 August 2020

We beat Obama four years ago we'll do it again- Trump says Obama can't help Biden win the US presidential election



The United States President Donald Trump has slammed his predecessor in the office, Barack Obama, claiming that his efforts to help Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, win the November elections will be unsuccessful.

According to Trump who major polls have him lagging behind Biden, former president Barack Obama worked so hard for Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign but still lost to him.

Trump says the same fate will befall Biden because is supporters are more 'energized than before'

Friday, 24 July 2020

U.S. court dismisses fraud case against Woodberry



A United States court has dismissed the case against Olalekan Ponle, a Nigerian accused of multi-million dollar wire fraud.

Mr Ponle, popularly known as Woodberry, was arrested, alongside Ramon Abbas (Hushpuppi) in the United Arab Emirate on June 10 for multiple fraud charges after a raid by operatives of the Dubai crime unit.

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Joe Biden calls Donald Trump 'America's first racist president'



US Presidential candidate, Joe Biden has labeled US President Donald Trump as the country’s “first” racist president, saying the way he deals with people based on the the colour of their skin is “absolutely sickening”.
Biden’s comments about Trump came during a virtual town hall organised by the Service Employees International Union.

Hushpuppi not released yet, says US lawyer



Gal Pissetzky, the legal representative of suspected Internet fraudster, Ramon Abass, aka Hushpuppi, has said the suspect is on his way to California, United States of America, for trial.

He told Newsmen on Wednesday night that Hushpuppi had not been released as being speculated in some quarters.

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Kanye West says he wants Jay-Z as his running mate on presidential ticket



Kanye West has revealed he wants his estranged friend and former business associate, rapper Jay-Z as his running mate for the US 2020 presidential election.

The rapper, 43, said this before he held his first-ever presidential rally in South Carolina on Sunday, July 19, where he spoke about abortion and called out anti-slavery activist, Harriet Tubman. Speaking to a local blogger, Kris Kaylin about his campaign policies, the rapper explained how he realized Jay-Z should be his Vice President despite already picking Wyoming preacher, Michelle Tidball as his running mate.

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Kanye West drops out of 2020 US presidential race



HipHop rapper, Kanye West has reportedly dropped out of his U.S. presidential race less than two weeks after announcing his intention to run for president. According to a report in New York Magazine’s Intelligencer, West hired a campaign staff who were looking into getting his name listed as a third-party candidate in Florida and several other states, but the team has now been told the bid is off. 

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Hushpuppi Denied Bail in the USA



Suspected Nigerian fraudster Ramon Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi has been denied bail in the United States in spite of his lawyer, Gal Pissetzky insisting that his job as an Instagram celebrity paid for the $10,000 monthly rent on his luxury Dubai flat.

His lawyers had applied for him to leave jail with an electronic tag and live with the uncle of a woman with whom he has a child with, but US prosecutors opposed the bail application. UAE's The National reported that prosecutors said he could commit crimes with just a smartphone and an internet connection, and that he posed too much of a flight risk.

Reacting to prosecutors' argument, Pissetzky said his client had too much to lose if he flees from the United States.

He told a judge in Chicago by videolink;

“He is loved and respected. He is a celebrity. I don’t see the reason why he would want to ruin his credibility in the world and his status rather than stay here and face this allegation.

Anywhere he goes, people will know. Having grown up very poor in Nigeria, Mr Abbas is now paid to pose with high-priced items such as Louis Vuitton bags that people would buy after seeing his posts on Instagram. He is an influencer. That’s a job today, as much as it is hard to imagine. That’s a full-time job.”

Judge Jeffrey Gilbert who watched the proceedings from a prison video link, denied Hushpuppi bail on grounds of him being a flight risk. Gilbert ordered that the suspected Nigerian fraudster be remanded in custody until he is taken to a court in California.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Kanye West says he's done supporting Trump and is contesting for president under the 'birthday party'



Rapper/Fashion entrepreneur, Kanye West, has come out to announce he is no longer supporting US president Donald Trump, days after announcing in a July 4 tweet that he was going to be contesting for President.

In a wide ranging phone interview with Forbes, published Wednesday July 8, Kanye declared he's "taking off the red hat", saying he liked Trump because of his hotels but he didn't like that Trump hid in a secret White House bunker in June while protesters stormed the White House.
Kanye also stated that he had Coronavirus in February and that proposed Coronavirus vaccines were the 'mark of the beast' that would stop people from going to heaven.

According to Kanye, he hates the fact that Democrats assume all black people have to vote for them and he wouldn't mind taking black votes off Democrats even if it means support in Trump.

He added he was down with POTUS because "I like Trump hotels and the saxophones in the lobby."

As for his presidential run, Kanye says he's got some unconventional ideas to help get him there as he'll be running with a new party called the Birthday Party, because ... "[W]hen we win, it’s everybody’s birthday." and that Elon Musk will help with his campaign.

According to Kanye, he envisions a White House organizational model based on the secret country of Wakanda in Black Panther.

Read the weird but interesting interview below.

“I would run as a Republican if Trump wasn’t there. I will run as an independent if Trump is there.”

“Trump is the closest president we’ve had in years to allowing God to still be part of the conversation.”

“One of the main reasons I wore the red hat as a protest to the segregation of votes in the Black community. Also, other than the fact that I like Trump hotels and the saxophones in the lobby.”

“One time I talked to Jared Kushner who was saying we don’t have Black leaders, we just have hustlers. Why? Because they killed all the Black leaders.”

"The same Democrats have threatened me…. The reason why this is the first day I registered to vote is because I was scared.
I was told that if I voted on Trump my music career would be over. I was threatened into being in one party. I was threatened as a celebrity into being in one party. I was threatened as a Black man into the Democratic party. And that’s what the Democrats are doing, emotionally, to my people. Threatening them to the point where this white man can tell a Black man if you don’t vote for me, you’re not Black.”

“Let’s see if the appointing is at 2020 or if it’s 2024—because God appoints the president. If I win in 2020 then it was God’s appointment. If I win in 2024 then that was God’s appointment.”

Speaking about the Coronavirus cure, vaccines and mark of the beast, Ye said;

“We pray. We pray for the freedom. It’s all about God. We need to stop doing things that make God mad.”

“It’s so many of our children that are being vaccinated and paralyzed… So when they say the way we’re going to fix Covid is with a vaccine, I’m extremely cautious. That’s the mark of the beast. They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven. I'm sorry when I say they, the humans that have the Devil inside them. And the sad thing is that, the saddest thing is that we all won’t make it to heaven, that there’ll be some of us that do not make it. Next question.”  “It’s when I was being offered the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Awards at MTV. I remember being at my mom’s house, my mother-in-law, because my house was being worked on, she calls me ‘son’ and I call her ‘mom,’ I was in the shower thinking, I write raps in the shower. It hit me to say, ‘you’re going to run for president’ and I started laughing hysterically, I was like this is the best, I'm going to go out there and they’re going to think I'm going to do these songs and do this for entertainment, how rigged awards shows are, and then say I’m president. And I just laughed in the shower, I don’t know for how long, but that’s the moment it hit me.”

On his foreign policy, view on abortion and being a political novice, the father of four said;

“I haven’t developed it yet. I’m focused on protecting America, first, with our great military. Let’s focus on ourselves first.”

“I am pro-life because I’m following the word of the bible.”

“I have to say with all humility that as a man, I don’t have all of the pieces in the puzzle. As I speak to you for what a political campaign—a political walk, as I told you, because I’m not running, I’m walking. I'm not running, we the people are walking. We’re not running anymore, we’re not running, we’re not excited—we are energized, Someone can say, ‘Hey, I got a brand new car for you, it’s across the street and you get so excited you run across the street and get hit by a car trying to run to your new car. That’s how they control the Black community, through emotions, they get us excited, we’re so excited, but then for 400 years the change doesn’t truly happen.

“Well, God has already started the healing/This conversation alone is healing and revealing/We all need to start praying and kneeling… another bar after that, but when a rhyme comes together I’m going to complete it, not inside the lines created by organizations that we know as our reality. The schools, the infrastructure was made for us to not truly be all we can be but to be just good enough to work for the corporations that designed the school systems. We’re tearing that up, what we’ll do is we’re not going to tear up the Constitution, what we will do is amend.” On contracting Covid-19 and running in 2020 Kanye Said;

“Chills, shaking in the bed, taking hot showers, looking at videos telling me what I'm supposed to do to get over it. I remember someone had told me Drake had the coronavirus and my response was Drake can’t be sicker than me!” (laughs)

“God just gave me the clarity (running in 2020) and said it’s time. You know I was out there, ended up in the hospital, people were calling me crazy. I'm not crazy. Between all of the influences and the positions that we can be put in as musicians—you go on tour, you put out all these albums, and you look up and you don’t have any money in your account. It can drive you crazy, through all of that I was looking crazy because it wasn’t the time. Now it’s time. And we’re not going crazy, we’re going Yeezy, it’s a whole ‘notha level now. N-O-T-H-A.

“I don’t know if I would use the word policy for the way I would approach things. I don’t have a policy when I went to Nike and designed Yeezy and went to Louis and designed a Louis Vuitton at the same time. It wasn’t a policy, it was a design. We need to innovate the design to be able to free the mind at this time.”

Speaking about using the 'Wakanda' management model in the White house and prayers in schools, Kanye said; “A lot of Africans do not like the movie [Black Panther] and representation of themselves in…Wakanda. But I’m gonna use the framework of Wakanda right now because it’s the best explanation of what our design group is going to feel like in the White House…That is a positive idea: you got Kanye West, one of the most powerful humans—I’m not saying the most because you got a lot of alien level superpowers and it’s only collectively that we can set it free. Let’s get back to Wakanda… like in the movie in Wakanda when the king went to visit that lead scientist to have the shoes wrap around her shoes. Just the amount of innovation that can happen, the amount of innovation in medicine—like big pharma—we are going to work, innovate, together. This is not going to be some Nipsey Hussle being murdered, they’re doing a documentary, we have so many soldiers that die for our freedom, our freedom of information, that there is a cure for AIDS out there, there is going to be a mix of big pharma and holistic.”

“Reinstate in God’s state, in God’s country, the fear and love of God in all schools and organizations and you chill the fear and love of everything else, so that was a plan by the Devil to have our kids committing suicide at an all-time high by removing God to have murders in Chicago at an all-time high because the human beings working for the Devil removed God and prayer from the schools. That means more drugs, more murders, more suicide.

Speaking about police killings and Joe Biden, Kanye said; 
"One of my to-do lists is to end police brutality. The police are people too. To end laws that don’t make sense. Like, in the George Floyd case, there was a Black guy that went to jail and it was his first day on the force. So if it’s your first day on the force and it’s your training day, and this OG accredited cop with 18 violations already starts filing out, are you going to jump in front of that person and lose your job that same day? Especially in this climate when 40,000 people lost their jobs? This man was put in a position where—and also he probably didn’t realize that the cop was going to take it that far, he probably was so scared, in shock, paralyzed, like so many Black people. I'm one of the few Black people that would speak openly like this.

“A lot of times just like political parties they feel all Blacks have to be Democrat. This man, Joe Biden, said if you don’t vote for me, then you are not Black. Well, act like we didn’t hear that? We act like we didn’t hear that man say that? That man said that. It’s a rap. We gonna walk, all the people. Jay-Z said it best. For the other candidates, I just gracefully suggest y’all bow out—Trump and Biden, gracefully bow out. It’s God’s country, we are doing everything in service to God, nobody but God no more. I am in service of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and I put everything I get on the line to serve God.” On his other priorities and his campaign slogan, Kanye said;

“Clean up the chemicals. In our deodorant, in our toothpaste, there are chemicals that affect our ability to be of service to God.”

“Well my second album is called Late Registration. I got a rap … The other thing is, my campaign is Kanye West YES, not YEP, not YEAH. YES. YES. YES... When I’m president, let’s also have some fun. Let’s get past all the racism conversation, let’s empower people with 40 acres and a mule, let’s give some land, that’s the plan.”

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Kanye West announces 2020 presidential bid and Elon Musk endorses him



Kanye West has announced his plans to run for president in 2020.
The 43-year-old Billionaire rapper made the announcement on Saturday night, July 4, via his official Twitter account.

He wrote: “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION."

The announcement was endorsed by Tesla and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk who tweeted: “You have my full support!” Recall that at the MTV VMAs in 2015, West first announced that he would be running for president in 2020. “As you probably could have guessed by this moment, in 2020, I have decided to run for president,” he said.

Last November, during a speech at the Fast Company Innovation Festival, he announced again he would be running in 2024. When the audience laughed at his announcement, West replied, “What y’all laughing at? We would create so many jobs! I’m not going to run, I’m going to walk.”

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Hushpuppi and Mr. Woodberry extradited to the United States



Suspected Nigerian fraudsters, Ramon Igbalode Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi and Olalekan Jacon Ponle a.k.a Mr Woodberry have been extradited to the United States.

This was confirmed in a post shared on the official page of the Dubai Police. FBI’s Director, Christopher Wray thanked the Dubai Police for their cooperation in extraditing the Nigerian suspects who were accused of committing multiple money-laundering and cyber crimes. The Instagram post read;

The Director of the Federatal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray has praised the exceptional efforts exerted by the United Arab Emirate, represented bu the Dubai Police General HQ, in combating transnational organised cybercrime including the recent arrest of Raymod Igbalode Abbas, known as “Hushpuppi” and Olalekan Jacon Ponle aka “Woodberry” who were taken down in operation “Fox Hunt 2”.

Mr Wray also extended his appreciations to Dubai Police for their cooperation in extraditing the wanted criminals, who committed money-laundering and multiple-cybercrimes, to the United States.

Monday, 29 June 2020

Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump, asks Interpol to help



Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad.

It is also requesting that the International Police, Interpol assist in arresting the US President.Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump, asks Interpol to help.

Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasi Mehr said on Monday that Trump, along with more than 30 others Iran accuses of involvement in the January 3 attack that killed General Qassem Soleimani, face “murder and terrorism charges”, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

Mehr claimed Trump would be prosecuted as soon as he stands down presidency after his term ends, Fars reported.
Iran also said it had asked Interpol to issue a Red Notice for these 36 individuals, semi-official state news agency ISNA reported, though it was unlikely that Interpol would grant the request. CNN has contacted Interpol for comment.
Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike at Baghdad International Airport in January along with five others, including Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).
The strike, condemned by Iran and its allies as an “assassination,” raised the specter of further regional destabilization.
A spokesman for Iran’s judiciary, Gholam-Hossein Esmaili, announced in early June that an Iranian citizen had been sentenced to death for allegedly working for foreign intelligence agencies. Esmaili claimed that Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi Majd disclosed the whereabouts of Soleimani to US intelligence officials.

The Pentagon blamed Soleimani for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and US allies in the months leading up to his killing.
“General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” the Pentagon said at the time, calling the strike “decisive defensive” action aimed at deterring future Iranian attacks.

Nigeria, US, others excluded from list of travellers permitted to enter Europe from July 1



Ahead of the planned reopening of its borders to international travellers on July 1, the European Union Commission has released a list of 54 countries that qualify for travels into Europe and Nigeria is conspicuously absent.
Schengenvisainfo.com reports that citizens from Nigeria, Brazil, Qatar, the US and Russia would not be allowed to travel into Europe until the epidemiological situation in their countries with regards to COVID-19 improves.
According to the report, the countries whose citizens have been granted permits into Europe as the union open its borders that were shut to curb the spread of COVID-19, include Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Australia, Bahamas, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Canada.
Others listed are Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Serbia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lebanon and Mauritius.
Speaking on the development, Eric Manner, the EU Commission spokesman, said the union had the right to choose who would enter its borders. He added that it was based on health criteria. “The European Union has an internal process to determine from which countries it would be safe to accept travellers” he said
The EU commission on June 11, presented its recommendation on the reopening of internal Schengen borders on June 15, so that Europeans could travel freely within the borderless areas just as they did before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Atlanta police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks charged with felony murder



The white Atlanta police officer, Garret Rolfe who shot and killed a black man, Rayshard Brooks, in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant will face a charge of felony murder and 10 other charges.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said Garrett Rolfe, who fired the fatal shots at Rayshard Brooks, could face a possible sentence of life without parole or the death penalty. “We’ve concluded at the time that Mr. Brooks was shot that he did not pose an immediate threat of death,” Howard said.
Rolfe, who has since been fired from the police department, was also charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and violations of office, and other offenses punishable by decades behind bar.

The other officer, Devin Brosnan, who remains with the Atlanta Police Department and has been placed on administrative desk duty, is also facing charges. Among them is aggravated assault, which carries a possible sentence of one to 20 years in prison.

The district attorney said Brosnan is cooperating with prosecutors and will testify, saying it was the first time in 40 such cases in which an officer had come forward to do so. But an attorney for Brosnan emphatically denied he had agreed to be a prosecution witness and said he was not pleading guilty to anything.

Arrests warrants have been issued for both men.
The decision to bring charges comes five days after the officers were called to a Wendy's fast-food restaurant. They found Brooks asleep in his car, and he admitted to officers that he had been drinking earlier.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Trump signs new police reforms that'll ban choke holds unless an officer’s life is in danger after weeks of protests about racial injustice



After weeks of protests against racism and policy brutality prompted by the death of George Floyd, a black man killed on May 25 in police custody in Minneapolis, US President Donald Trump, on Tuesday signed an order on Tuesday that he said would reform police practices while maintaining “law and order.” Trump, flanked by Police chiefs opened his remarks by expressing sympathy to the families of victims of police violence, pledging to fight for justice and promising them their loved ones will not have died in vain. Trump sought to offer a policy response to rising concerns about racial injustice going into the Nov. 3 election, in which he is seeking a second term, with the order banning use of choke holds by police unless the life of an officer is in danger.
He then pivoted to a call for a return to “law and order” and threatened looters and anarchists during protests will face penalties. “Americans want law and order, they demand law and order,” Trump said at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.
Trump's order encourages police departments to employ the latest standards for use of force, add social workers to law enforcement responses to non-violent cases involving drug addiction and homelessness and improve information sharing so that officers with poor records are not hired without their backgrounds being known.
Trump’s order also frees federal funds to police departments that get independent certification by outside bodies and encourages police to use less-lethal weapons such as stun guns.
Trump reiterated that he opposes calls to “defund the police” by reimagining or dismantling police departments.
Trump’s decision to ban chokeholds appears similar to the ban included in the Democratic legislation, known as the Justice in Policing Act.

Monday, 15 June 2020

Trump's niece alleges in new book that he contributed to his brother's death and says his sister disapproves of him as president



Mary Trump, 55, daughter of Donald Trump's late brother Fred Trump Jr, has reportedly written a 'harrowing and salacious' book about the US president in which she details how and why she leaked family tax information to the New York Times, and how Trump allegedly contributed to her father's death.

Mary Trump who has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, is the oldest of all the grandchildren of Fred Trump Sr, Donald's father. Fred Trump Jr, died in 1981 from alcoholism and the family broke apart. This will be the first time that a Trump family member will publish an expose.

Trump's niece' new book titled, "Too Much And Never Enough, lifting the lid on the president's family, will be released before the US presidential election 2020. According to Mary, the book will be published in August, months before the election, and is 'salacious' as it reveals details about family feuds and uncomfortable allegations about her father. According to reports by The Daily Beast, the book lays bare how Trump's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, an 83-year-old retired federal judge, disapproves of Trump's presidency.

The report added that Maryanne expressed 'damning thoughts about her brother,' during a conversation with Mary. The book also alleges that Trump and his father, Fred Trump Sr, contributed to the death of Trump's alcoholic elder brother Fred Trump Jr by failing to help him. It should be remembered that Trump has previously spoken of his regret at the death of Fred Trump Jr, his elder brother who died aged 42, in 1981.

The beef between Trump and his niece dates back 20 years, to a fight over Fred Trump Sr.’s (Trump's father) will, and the actions Trump reportedly took to cut off financial and medical support for her brother’s ill child.
Trump's three surviving siblings - Maryanne; Robert, now 72; and Elizabeth, now 74 - all agreed with Trump in an argument over Fred Sr's will as his brother Fred Jr was an alcoholic and couldn't manage the family business. Mary and her brother Fred III were then at loggerheads with their aunts and uncles and argue that the will was 'procured by fraud and undue influence', and that they should have had a larger share of the inheritance than what was given to them.
Mary and Fred III then had issues with Trump and his sisters over care for Fred III's son William, who was born with cerebral palsy.
In October 2018, The New York Times's published details about Trump's financial affairs after getting information from his niece Mary.
The New York Times's October 2018 investigation into Trump's financial affairs - for which Mary reveals herself to be the source - punctured the carefully-curated image of Trump as a self-made tycoon.
The paper found that Trump had received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire.
The Times also alleged that Trump was involved in 'fraudulent' tax schemes, allegations which the president's lawyer strongly denied.

Missing 19-yr-old Nigerian activist found dead after tweeting about her sexual assault



Oluwatoyin Salau, a 19-year-old Black Lives Matter protester, has been found dead days after tweeting that a man who offered her a ride to church, had molested her in Tallahassee, Florida.

She was last seen on June 6, 2020 at a demonstration in the Tallahassee area, according to the Police Department.

Hours prior to being reported missing, Salau tweeted that she had been molested by a man while looking for a place to stay after the demonstration. She added that she had called the authorities to report what had happened. . Before her death, the teenager had emerged as a leading voice in recent protests throughout the area. 



Sunday, 14 June 2020

Atlanta police chief, Erika Shields resigns amid backlash over fatal shooting of a black man




Atlanta police chief, Erika Shields has resigned amid backlash over the fatal shooting of a black man by a white officer during a struggle.

Atlanta Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms announced on Saturday at a press conference that the city's police chief had submitted her resignation after roughly 150 protesters marched outside Wendy’s restaurant where Rayshard Brooks, 27, was fatally shot late Friday.
Bottoms said it was Police Chief Erika Shields' own decision to resign from the role, which she took in 2016. According to Bottoms, she will remain with the city in an undetermined position.

The mayor also said she called for the immediate firing of the officer who opened fire at Brooks. "Because of her desire that Atlanta be a model of what meaningful reform should look like across this country, Chief Shields has offered to immediately step aside as Police Chief so that the city may move forward with urgency and rebuilding the trust so desperately needed throughout our communities," Bottoms said.
Interim Corrections Chief Rodney Bryant will serve as interim police chief until a permanent replacement is found.

Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot during a struggle and died after surgery at a local hospital, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Brooks had been asleep in his car in a Wendy’s drive-thru, causing other customers to drive around the car, the Bureau of Investigation said. Police were dispatched to the Wendy’s around 10:30 p.m. and conducted a sobriety test on Brooks, who failed the test, according to the officials. “During the arrest, the male subject resisted and a struggle ensued,” the Bureau of Investigation said. “The officer deployed a Taser. Witnesses report that during the struggle the male subject grabbed and was in possession of the Taser. It has also been reported that the male subject was shot by an officer in the struggle over the Taser.” In a video captured by a man from his car, Rayshard is seen struggling on the ground with two police officers over the Taser. As he stood up and started running away,both cops chased him from behind before one of them fired three-times at Rayshard.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation later released a surveillance video which captured the officer who fired three shots to Rayshard's back until he collapsed to the ground.
The Bureau of Investigation is conducting an independent investigation, which will be turned over to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office for review.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, Jr. said in a statement Saturday that his office had already launched an “intense, independent” investigation of the incident, and that members of his office were on the scene shortly after the shooting. “Our thoughts and our sympathies are extended to the family of Rayshard Brooks as we must not forget that this investigation is centered upon a loss of life,” Howard said.
The latest incident comes amid a series of protests against police brutality and racial discrimination. The mass protests were triggered by the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed as a white Minneapolis police officer held his knee into Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.

Saturday, 13 June 2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially signs into law that chokeholds are now illegal



New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo has officially signed police reform legislation into law, consisting of 10 reform bills in the wake of the nationwide protests following the killing of George Floyd.
The bundle of police reform bills passed by the legislature this week was signed on Friday. Cuomo signed four out of the 10 bills into law, while the other six bills await his signature.
The legislative package outlaws police use of chokeholds, requires all state police officers to wear body cameras, and permits the release of disciplinary records for police officers, firefighters, and corrections officers to be released without their written consent.
It also outlaws false race-based 911 calls, a move taken after the highly publicized incident in which a white woman called 911 after a black man, who was birdwatching, requested that she leash her dog.
The chokehold law was named after Eric Garner, the black Staten Island man who died in 2014 while being held in a chokehold by a police officer.

The restraint tactic had already been prohibited by the NYPD, but today’s law makes chokeholds punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
"The truth is this police reform is long overdue and Mr. Floyd's murder is just the most recent murder," Cuomo said Friday. "It's not just about Mr. Floyd's murder. It's about being here before, many, many times before."
Cuomo was joined at the signing ceremony by the Reverend Al Sharpton, Valerie Bell, the mother of Sean Bell, who was killed by an officer in 2006, and Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, who was killed by police in New York in 2014.
Additionally, Cuomo signed an executive order making state funding to police contingent on New York agencies developing a plan by April 1 -- to be enacted into law after consultation with the community -- to "reinvent and modernize police strategies," including use of force guidelines.
"We're not going to fund police agencies in this state that do not look at what has been happening, come to terms with it, and reform themselves," he said.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Thomas Lane, one of the ex-Minneapolis police officers charged has been released after posting $750k bond




Thomas Lane, one of the four Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd, has been released from jail after posting bond.
Lane, 37, who had been held on $750,000 conditional bail, was freed from the Hennepin County jail at 5:08 p.m. Wednesday, according to jail records.
His family members had set up a fundraising page for the ex-cop earlier this week, asking the public for donations for his 'defense fund' they set at $1 million.
Lane's lawyer, Earl Gray, also confirmed he was released on Wednesday afternoon after posting bail. 'Now we can watch what happens next from outside,' Gray told the Tribune. 'We will bring a motion to dismiss and hopefully it will be granted.' Thomas Lane is one of three officers charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of Floyd. He will be monitored during his release and must not take part in any law enforcement activities.
The fourth officer, Derek Chauvin, who was caught on camera pinning Floyd down with his knee while he cried out, "I can't breathe," is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, with his bail set at $1.25 million.
The two others, Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng, who face the same charges as Lane, are still being detained on $750,000 cash bonds.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

FG's Reaction To Suspension Of Dropbox By US Embassy


The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, on Monday said the Federal Government has engaged the U.S. government to make the issue of visa issuance less difficult for genuine Nigerian visitors to America.
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