In The News (Issue No7)


Featured Article

Teen mom tasered by Vancouver police
26th September 2008

A police officer shocked a mentally disturbed teenage mother with a Taser to save the life of her critically ill infant, the Vancouver police say. The incident happened on Monday at about noon when officers and social workers went to the 18-year-old father’s home searching for the mother, 16, and child, police said in a statement issued late Thursday night. Misha Peterson and her child had recently been reported missing from a foster home. Social workers from the Ministry for Children and Family Development were concerned for the infant’s health because the child was born with a life-threatening medical condition that required immediate attention, police said.

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UK News

Funeral of former service user Sean Rigg sends message that police cells are not ‘places of safety’
3rd October 2008
The funeral much loved south London resident and mental health service user, Sean Rigg, scheduled for Thursday 9th October, has again raised questions around the efficacy of the use of police cells as places of safety for mental health patients in need of care.

Endangered species
18th September 2008
New light on the tragedy—but future inquests may be held in private.
It is more than three years since Jean-Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old Brazilian, was shot dead on a London Tube carriage by police who mistook him for a suicide bomber. Last year, a successful (though peculiar) prosecution took place of the police under the Health and Safety at Work Act, a law more commonly used to reprimand careless builders.

Man dies following raid by police and immigration
9th September 2008
An investigation is underway as to how a man died following a raid by police and immigration officers at his home in Woodford Green, Essex. Frank Odame was found with head injuries below a block of flats after ‘police officers and UK immigration officials attended a residential address in Lambourne Court, Woodford Green’.

Chelsea shooting: Barrister was using gun loaded with game pellets
9th September 2008
Mark Saunders, 32, was killed after a five-hour siege at his £2.2 million flat in Chelsea in May.
The firearms officers involved have been returned to duty and are widely expected to be cleared of wrongdoing. They have said they believed that Mr Saunders, who had been drinking all day, presented a risk to life.

World News

Troy Davis case decision expected by 6th October
29th September 2008
When the U.S. Supreme Court meets Monday to decide Troy Anthony Davis’ fate, its nine justices face a fairly straightforward question: Is there sufficient doubt about Davis’ guilt to warrant further scrutiny of his case? Davis needs four justices to vote “yes.” Otherwise, his execution, halted by the high court less than two hours before it was to be carried out Tuesday evening, will be rescheduled. The high court’s granting the stay at such a late hour, while not unprecedented, indicates the case has the justices’ interest, court watchers said.

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Life on Perpetual Hold for ‘Lifers’
26th September 2008
Eighteen years after the death penalty was abolished in the Czech lands, little has been done to prepare anyone convicted of the gravest crimes for their eventual return to society.
Reintegration programmes for the Czech Republic’s 35 inmates serving a fixed-term life imprisonment, including two women, were “scarce and unattractive”, Ladislav Zamboj, of the Prague-based Counselling Centre for Citizenship, Civil and Human Rights, said “As a result, few show any interest in them.”
Prisoners, who had no work in prison, could easily be allowed to enrol in open-learning projects, at least giving them an elementary school education.

Websites, Events & Publications

Website Feature: (4WardEver recommended)

Habib ‘Paapu’ Ullah died on Thursday 3rd July 2008.
He encountered breathing difficulties after the car he was in was searched by police officers.

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation
The Sheila McKechnie Foundation is dedicated to equipping campaigners with the skills they need to change the world. Campaigners are setting the agenda for decision makers in new and diverse ways – passion, creativity and vision are powerful forces for change.

Action for Prisoners Families
Imprisonment damages family life and separates children from parents. APF supports the development of services, promotes good practice, provides information and raises awareness of the impact of imprisonment on children and families.

Event Listings

Coming in 2009
The Hounding of David Oluwale (stage play adaptation)

Adapted from Kester Aspden’s critically acclaimed book, this timely, gripping play unravels the mystery of Oluwale’s life and violent death, revealing a chilling and resonant story of persecution and prejudice.

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Reports & Publications

Book: Steve and Me – My Friendship with Stephen Lawrence and the Search for Justice
‘Steve and Me’ is an upfront, no holds barred account of the reality of racist crime in the UK and the effect of Steven Lawrence’s murder on the one person who was with him as he died.
This real life tragedy is testified in such a way that it is truly gripping and heart wrenching; a genuine eye opener.
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Web Resource: 4WardEver on Newsvine
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Seattle-based Newsvine, Inc. was launched in March 2006 by a small team of like-minded colleagues with one purpose: to build a perfectly different, perfectly efficient way to read, write, and interact with the news.
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