In The News (Issue No2)


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Police prepare for reaction to Sean Bell verdict
23rd April 2008

Up to 1,000 police officers are poised to mobilize in case community unrest follows tomorrow’s verdict in the Sean Bell trial, police sources said. Already the New York Police Department has organized crowd control training for hundreds of officers and met borough supervisors as part of preparations, a source said Wednesday. Queens Supreme Court Justice Arthur Cooperman will announce his verdict Friday in the trial of three police officers charged in the shooting death of Bell, 23, outside a Jamaica, Queens, strip club in the early hours of Nov. 25, 2006.
* We will post further bulletins on this case as they arise!

UK News

Four on detective murder charge

23rd April 2008
Four men have been charged with the murder of a private investigator who was found with an axe in his head in a London pub car park 21 years ago. Daniel Morgan, 37, from Monmouthshire, was found dead in Sydenham in 1987.

Watchdog inquiry into man’s death
17th April 2008
An inquiry has been launched into the death of a man whose body was found shortly after he was released from police custody in Hampshire. Robert Beazley, 22, was arrested and charged with assault at Lymington Police Station early on Friday.

Drug Raid Cops Smash The Wrong Door In
16th April 2008
Police officers carrying out drugs raids had to apologise to an innocent woman after smashing their way into her house by mistake.

Man’s custody death was ‘complex’
16th April 2008
The death of a man in police custody was down to a “complex” combination of reasons and not because he was unable to breath, an inquest has heard. Malcolm Cash, 29, died after being restrained by police in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire on 5 July 2002.

Big rise in rate of self-harm in jail, says charity
14th April 2008
Rates of self-harm in jail have rocketed in the last four years, a prison reform charity claims today. The Howard League for Penal Reform says the number of prisoners deliberately injuring themselves had risen at four times the rate of the jail population increase.

World News

US Supreme Court upholds lethal injection, opening way to resumed executions
17th April 2008
On Wednesday the US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 to reject a challenge to execution by lethal injection. The case was brought by two Kentucky death row prisoners, who argued that the method exposes those condemned to die to the risk of cruel and unusual punishment.

‘Dozens hurt’ in Dhaka protests
11th April 2008
Hundreds of people campaigning for Islamic rule in Bangladesh have clashed with police over a new policy advocating more rights for women. Police used teargas and batons to break up the protests after members of the Islamic Constitution Movement (ICM) threw rocks in the capital, Dhaka.

SA police ‘should shoot to kill’
10th April 2008
A government minister in South Africa has told police they should kill criminals if they threaten police or the community, reports say. Deputy security minister Susan Shabangu said police “must kill the bastards [criminals] if they threaten you”, the Star newspaper reported.

A Sorry Milestone
April 2008
The United States has passed a sorry milestone: More than one in every 100 adults are now behind bars. America, the land of the free, has the world’s largest penal population, with a startling one in nine young black men incarcerated, says the Pew Centre – a Washington based research organisation.

Websites, Events & Publications

Website Feature: (4WardEver recommended)

Justice for Michael Bailey
Michael Bailey, from Birmingham was found hanged in his cell early on Thursday 24th March 2005 at the privately-run category-B prison HMP Rye Hill.

Safe-LEE (for Lee McArdle)
19-year-old Lee Sean McArdle was found hanging at Brinsford Young Offenders’ Institute in Staffordshire on 12th February 2005.

Death Watch International
Latest news on capital punishment from around the world.

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