Investigations into alleged officer misconduct not enough for man permanently injured during curfew

first_imgiStock/peterspiroBy: ELLA TORRES, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Police departments across the country have come under fire for their handling of what were largely peaceful protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death, which were, in part, against police brutality. In some cases, officials are now investigating alleged officer misconduct.Yet for one man who says he was permanently blinded in his left eye after rubber bullets were allegedly shot at him, the internal investigations are not enough.“They’re treating us like we’re attacking the country, when they’re really attacking us as citizens,” Jax Feldmann, a 21-year-old Denver resident, told ABC News.Feldmann said he was leaving his friends’ house on May 30 and was walking to his car at around 9:30 p.m. before he was allegedly shot. Earlier that day, the city had seen protests in the wake of Floyd’s death. But by the time Feldmann had stepped out, he said the crowds had mostly dispersed. A curfew was in effect at 8 p.m. that evening.He walked what he said was about 30 or 40 feet before seeing “a truck full of cops” drive around the corner.Feldmann said he did not see anyone peacefully protesting, let alone being violent. But when he arrived at the corner of Grant Street and Colfax Avenue, he was, as he describes, suddenly shot in the eye.“I can’t really work my head around the fact that I wasn’t even protesting, and I still got shot in the eye and now I’m blind,” he said. “I don’t have any explanation as to why they did that and they haven’t come forward with an explanation.”Feldmann said that he learned on Thursday that in about a year or two, he will completely lose his eye and will need a prosthetic. The doctors gave him the choice to have more surgeries, but said at some point down the road, the outcome of losing his eye was inevitable, according to Feldmann.Beyond the investigation, he wants to see actual change.“This shouldn’t happen to anyone whether you’re a citizen or an actual criminal and something needs to be done about that … I think we need to ban these non-lethal projectiles,” he said.A spokesperson for Denver police told ABC News there is “an open investigation into that incident at this time.”“As with all internal affairs investigations, they are overseen by the office of the independent monitor,” the spokesperson said. When asked by ABC News if any officers had been placed on administrative leave or reassigned to non-field duties, the spokesperson did not respond to ABC News.Protests in Denver were largely peaceful and continued steadily since Floyd’s death on May 25, but in some instances police used pepper spray and projectiles on them.A federal judge ruled on June 5 that the Denver Police Department must scale back its use of chemicals and projectiles in protests. Judge R. Brooke Jackson of U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, said some actions of “what I hope and believe to be a minority of the police officers in Denver and the nation during recent days (and before) not only vis-a-vis persons of color but against peaceful protesters of all backgrounds have been disgusting.”Denver police said it would comply with the order.Rubber bullets, referred to as kinetic impact projectiles (KIPs), are made from a variety of materials including rubber, polyvinyl chloride, plastic or a composite including metal. A combination of these materials into one bullet, propelled at a fast velocity and in close proximity, can cause terminal injuries or serious long-term damage, according to experts.Feldmann’s case is not the only instance being investigated.In New York, the Attorney General Letitia James is investigating the interactions between the NYPD and protesters. Los Angeles police have launched more than 50 investigations into officer misconduct.Feldmann’s mother, Tammy, is wondering why there is only an internal investigation and not criminal charges.“It is very frustrating because if I would have done this to somebody, where would I be right now? I’d be in jail. I’d have charges pressed against me,” she said.Tammy Feldmann said she wants someone to be held accountable and wants an answer as to why police were using rubber bullets in the first place.She described the damage to her son’s eye.“There’s three layers to your eye. You have the sclera, you have the choroid and you have the retina. There was so much damage from the bullet that it shredded all three layers so they’re no longer connected and they can’t fix it,” his mother said.“So when Jax was given the option of a surgery, what the surgery was to remove all the blood that was in the back and front of his eye. The pain could be very intense to do that. Or we could do the other option, which is to let the blood just dissipate on its own because he’s not gonna have sight,” she continued.Tammy Feldmann called her son’s decision to do the latter “heart-wrenching.”Birk Baumgartner, an attorney representing Feldmann, said they are taking steps to file a lawsuit against the City of Denver.“This is not some garden variety of officer misconduct. This is a criminal assault causing serious bodily injury,” Baumgartner said. “There is no doubt this is a criminal act and an intentional act, and the city is not investigating as such. That shows what their real intentions are towards Jax.”A Sacramento woman said she’ll likely be blind in one eye after the police shot her with a rubber bullet, according to ABC Sacramento affiliate KXTV. A freelance photographer said she likely won’t regain vision in her left eye after being shot with what she believes was a rubber bullet, according to the New York Times. A woman who attended a protest in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, told ABC News bones in her face were fractured.Dr. Rohini Haar, an emergency physician, medical expert at Physicians for Human Rights, and Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley’s School of Law, said that police are not required to report their use of these weapons.Haar also said their irregular shape creates unpredictable trajectories and makes it so there’s “really no way to use them safely in the crowd control setting to disperse the crowd or target a single violent individual within a crowd.”“Ultimately, what the narrative should be, is that these are weapons and should be considered dangerous,” Haar added.ABC News’ Dr. Ayodola Adigun and Eden David contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘Dirty protest’ against Somerville’s newly gender-neutral toilets

first_imgOver the Easter vacation, however, the urinals were boarded up and the new signage was attached to the doors with velcro, provoking heavy criticism from the student body.A Somerville student told Cherwell: “We can’t really be sure if this was a genuinely transphobic act or whether it was someone just being a bit stupid and inconsiderate after too many pints.“Either way, the urinals shouldn’t have been removed, we never asked for that. But to show your discontent with the clueless way college have dealt with the issue by doing this is very inconsiderate and could make some people feel really attacked.”LGBTQ+ Officer, Eilidh Wilson, told Cherwell: “It has been pointed out that the sentiment behind the act of vandalism may not have been one of hatred of transgender people or hostility to gender neutral toilets but rather frustration at the removal of the urinals.“This seems especially likely considering that the request of the JCR motion that was passed last term mentioned nothing about the removal of urinals. I personally supported keeping the urinals but college made the decision to remove them after the motion was passed.“Regardless of the motivations of the perpetrator/perpetrators, this act of vandalism comes on the back of an extremely important change to make college, especially the toilets, an inclusive space for trans people.“It has upset many LGBT students in college and has been received by some as a sign of intolerance and an alarming lack of sensitivity to the experiences of trans people.“Whoever is behind this is seriously failing to see the bigger picture: the loss of a urinal issimply not as important as trans rights.”Since the incident, transgender flags have been hung over what was the urinals in a mark of solidarity.Trans flags were hung where the urinals used to be in a show of solidarity. PHOTO: EVE WEBSTER A “dirty protest”, involving urination and vandalism, has been staged in the Somerville College bar’s toilets, which were recently made gender-neutral.The door of a cubicle in what was previously the male bathroom was inscribed with the words: “We want our fucking urinals back”. The vandalism was accompanied by a puddle of urine left on the floor.College members received an email from the decanal team the following day, which stated: “The College authorities take this matter exceedingly seriously and will not tolerate such behaviour.“Somerville prides itself on being an inclusive College and we expect all of our members to treat each other and the College with dignity and respect.”The email also urged members of the college to contact the deans with any information regarding the incident.Students also received an email from JCR president Niall Macklin, titled “I can’t believe you’ve done this.” The email requested that the perpetrator “refrain from being a barbaric idiot.”Niall’s email further read: “If you have a problem with the changes please use the wonderful democratic process that is the JCR general meeting and not dirty protests.”The incident follows complaints addressed to college officials made by JCR members, in particular LGBTQ+ officer Eilidh Wilson, over the new gender-neutral signs attached to the toilet doors over the vacation.Rather than stating “gender neutral”, as requested, the signs display traditional, binary symbols and make no reference to those who identify outside of the gender spectrum.The motion to make the toilets gender neutral, passed by the JCR last term, made no request to remove the urinals. It proposed to “ask college to replace the signs in the college bar and the dining hall with signs that say ‘gender neutral toilet with cubicles’ and ‘gender neutral toilet with cubicles and urinals’.”last_img read more

A question of balance

first_imgAt Harvard Law School (HLS) on Friday, a panel of four leading legal scholars examined a single question: Is there a lack of intellectual diversity at law schools?James Lindgren, a law professor at Northwestern University, began with numbers, citing a study in which only 13.2 percent of faculty at the country’s 100 largest law schools reported being “Republican or Republican leaning.” Of law school faculty that have donated more than $200 to a political party, 81 percent have donated to Democrats (91 percent at HLS), according to the study. “My opinion is that there is some discrimination in law school hiring,” Lindgren said.Moderator David Barron, a Harvard Law professor, then gave the floor to HLS colleague Jack Goldsmith, who served as special counsel to the Department of Defense during the presidency of George W. Bush. Conservatives are sometimes caricatured at Harvard as people “who would turn back the clock in various ways,” Goldsmith said. And conservative views are often scorned, he said, adding, “Most of my colleagues think originalism [and other conservative legal theories] are bunk.”Goldsmith said that many of his colleagues make questionable intellectual assumptions for their progressive-leaning arguments. “Most conversations here begin from deeply progressive premises, often unreflected” upon, said Goldsmith, who described conservative opinions as having “second-class status” at HLS.Conservative students at HLS also feel a progressive bias, Goldsmith said. Students have described “open hostility to conservative views in classrooms” and “condescending dismissals of decisions from [Supreme Court Justice Antonin] Scalia” and other conservative justices, he said. “Intellectual intolerance is bad for our community,” Goldsmith told the audience.Still, the tough intellectual atmosphere has helped him professionally, he said. “I think my scholarship has benefited enormously from having my premises questioned” at HLS, while “my progressive colleagues are harmed by the lack of intellectual diversity.” As for solutions, Goldsmith doesn’t believe a quota system for hiring conservative and libertarian faculty is the answer. The best solution is to find faculty who will teach with a balanced, inclusive approach.HLS’s Mark Tushnet spoke about the difficulties in hiring conservative faculty from both the supply side and the demand side. On the supply side, he described two problems: First, “evangelicals are underrepresented because they have a general skepticism about law itself,” and second, “conservatives look more favorably upon big firm practice,” he said. On the demand side, continued Tushnet, “law schools are predominantly center-left and do center-left hiring.”Tushnet contended that law schools in hiring mode “have a greater willingness to look to the far right than the far left,” because those on the far left are sooner viewed as “unsound” compared with those on the far right. Goldsmith pointedly disagreed: “There aren’t any views left of center that are disqualifying,” he said, “but there are views on the right that are.”Joel Alicea, president of the Harvard Federalist Society, co-sponsor of the event with the Milbank Tweed Student Conference Fund, elaborated on the issues raised, in a conversation with the Gazette.“What’s lost is the opportunity for students to encounter the best arguments on all sides of a legal issue, articulated in the strongest form by those who actually hold those beliefs,” he said. Without intellectual diversity, “students are not challenged to think deeply about their own views,” so “they will never have had the opportunity to really test their own beliefs. It’s the students who hold the dominant ideology who are hurt most, not conservatives.”Without intellectual diversity, “students are not challenged to think deeply about their own views,” so “they will never have had the opportunity to really test their own beliefs. It’s the students who hold the dominant ideology who are hurt most, not conservatives,” said Joel Alicea.last_img read more

Autumn arrives in Harvard Yard

first_imgThe turning of autumn leaves, so spectacular in New England, marks the change of season in dramatic fashion. With fall comes change, a new school year, and new possibilities for many of us. But change is not without regret, and the dying of the leaves may make us melancholy for the buds and rebirth of spring.A squirrel scurrying on a branch, acorn in mouth; scattered fallen foliage, glistening red on grass still green; crates of crisp McIntosh, macoun, and gala apples, part of the seasonal bounty that is harvested each fall — change is evident all around us. To everything there is a season. 9Apples in plentiful supply are for sale at the Harvard Farmers’ Market. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 17Colorful leaves blanket Harvard Yard. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Diana Yan, GSD ’18 (left), and Susie Clements ’19 pose with the art installation “Grid Structure” outside Gund Hall at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 10The spire of the Mallinckrodt Building is reflected in the windows of the McKay Lab as people pass by. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Two bees enjoy the harvest in the Harvard Community Garden by Lowell House. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 16A squirrel gathers nuts for the winter outside Robinson Hall. Photo by Sarah Silbiger 15A tree-lined path along the Charles River encircles amblers in autumn colors. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Autumn colors crawl alongside a Massachusetts Avenue building. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 13A student walks by the Carpenter Center, where autumn colors thrive. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 2Memorial Church is framed by foliage. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 4Colorful foliage surrounds Widener Library in Harvard Yard. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 18Fallen red maple leaves scattered on the grass by Memorial Church in Harvard Yard. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 19A photographer captures the fall foliage at Arnold Arboretum. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 1An autumn leaf in Harvard Yard. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 6On the Science Center Plaza, master pianist George Hu ’20 plays for his friends, Jonathan Suh ’20 (from left), Michael Gaba ’20, Arjun Mirani ’20, and Elizabeth Yeoh-Wang ’20, a joint Harvard/New England Conservatory concentrator. Harvard Common Spaces presented the piano as part of Street Pianos Boston 2016 in conjunction with Celebrity Series of Boston. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 5Harvard Business School’s Class of 1959 Chapel reflects the changing season. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 11Foliage frames the Holworthy Gate, inscribed “In Memory of Dear Old Times.” Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 14Rowers from crew teams around the world practice along the Charles River in preparation for the Head of the Charles Regatta. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Amid a glow of autumn color, Katie Tutrone ’17 studies in the Lowell House courtyard. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 20Warm light is cast along the dock at Weld Boathouse along the Charles River. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

City of Jamestown Working To Help Hair Stylists Prepare For Reopening

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: Taylor Smith / UnsplashJAMESTOWN – Officials with the City of Jamestown have teamed up with county leaders to help hair stylists prepare for reopening.Zach Altschuler, the Executive Assistant to Mayor Eddie Sundquist, announced Monday the city will provide licensed stylists with face shields to ensure they have proper protection when opening up.Stylists are asked to contact the Mayor’s office at (716) 483-7600 or email [email protected] with their information to request a shield.Altschuler notes that stylists must be based in the City of Jamestown and ensure that their name submitted matches their state license. Phase two of reopening in Western New York is slated to begin Tuesday.In addition to hair salons and barbershops, several other business types like offices, real estate and some in-store retail can begin to reopen.For more on the reopening requirements, visits read more

Woman, 26, Killed in North Valley Stream Crash, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 26-year-old woman was killed Tuesday in a one-car crash in North Valley Stream, Nassau County police said. The woman, whose identity was not released pending notification of next of kin, was driving a 2005 Chrysler east on Dutch Broadway at Valpark Avenue around midnight when she struck a light pole and then crashed into tree, police said. First responders with Nassau police’s Emergency Services Unit and the Elmont Fire Department extracted the woman from the car using a hydraulic machine meant to pry apart wreckage. The victim was transported to Franklin General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 12:51 a.m., police said.Police did not say what caused the crash. The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Heartless thieves rob home of grieving woman and steal daughter’s jewellery

first_imgThieves broke into the home of an elderly woman and stole her daughter’s jewellery – just days after she had buried her sister.The callous robbers broke into the home of Beattie Doherty in the village of Convoy on Friday morning.Mrs Doherty had gone on a short break after the ordeal of losing her beloved sister just a couple of weeks ago. As well as ransacking the house, the thieves also took money which she had received for her birthday.Family, friends and neighbours of Mrs Doherty, who has lived in the village for more than 50 years, are outraged by the burglary.Relatives of the victim have left messages on social media offering a reward for the return the personal items stolen in the raid.They include Mrs Doherty’s daughter’s jewellery. One family member wrote on Facebook “We are feeling so disheartened & disgusted that this has even happened.”Another family member said Mrs Doherty is a kind neighbour who has always tried to help people.Gardai have confirmed they are carrying out a full investigation into the burglary.Dozens of people have left messages of support on social media in support of the Doherty family.Some have even offered their own reward for information as to who was responsible for the despicable act. Heartless thieves rob home of grieving woman and steal daughter’s jewellery was last modified: June 18th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:burglaryconvoydonegalheartlessthieflast_img read more

Half-time: MK Dons 0 QPR 0 – Rangers the better side so far

first_imgQPR created a number of chances during a largely one-sided first half.Conor Washington’s early shot dropped to Rangers skipper Nedum Onuopha, who was unable to apply the finish and keeper David Martin was able to gather.The fit-again Martin also kept out an effort from Nasser El Khayati, who was restored to the starting line-up along with Washington and Daniel Tozser, while Matt Phillips was dropped to the bench along with striker Sebastian Polter.As Rangers continued to threaten, Massimo Luongo and El Khayati fired narrowly wide, Tozser curled a free-kick over the bar and James Perch headed over from Tozser’s corner.At the other end, Darren Potter shot over after being set up by Josh Murphy, and Anthony Kay headed over in first-half injury time.QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Angella, Hall, Perch, Henry, Tozser, El Khayati, Luongo, Chery, Washington.Subs: Ingram, Konchesky, Faurlin, Phillips, Diakite, Petrasso, Polter.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Darwinian Assumptions Questioned

first_imgSometimes common knowledge is not knowledge at all.  We sometimes are surprised to find out that things we had always heard turn out not to be true: for instance, the claim that Humphrey Bogart said “Play it again, Sam” in Casablanca, that humans only use 10% of their brains, that carbon-14 dates things millions of years old, that the 9/10 on gasoline prices is a tax for road repair, or that saying “Bless you” when somebody sneezes helps the sneezer in some mysterious way.  Recently, it has come to light that some ideas about Darwin and his evolutionary theory, long assumed as matters of fact, are not:Did Darwin fear publication?  As the typical retellings on TV and in biographies go, Charles Darwin delayed publishing his book for fear of the reaction, especially from Christians and religious people.  The BBC News reported on a researcher who has debunked this notion.  Darwin’s letters show he was committed to publish all along.  “The idea that Charles Darwin delayed publishing On the Origin of Species for 20 years for fear of ridicule is a myth,” it says.  The delay was more due partly to bouts of ill health, and partly to his wanting to amass more evidence first.Did dinosaurs have to die off before mammals flourished?  No, reported Live Science and Science Daily.  Mammals were doing well in the age of dinosaurs, and the rapid rate of diversification began a long time after dinosaurs went extinct.  This contradicts the usual picture on TV documentaries like the BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs that mammals were all little shrew-like midgets dodging the big feet of monsters till a meteor blasted them to oblivion.  Incidentally, the BBC News also reported this finding, and called the old idea a “straw man” argument.Is antibiotic resistance Darwinian evolution in action?  Michael Egnor, a medical doctor, argues that this evidence for evolution is a tautology.  See his reason on Evolution News.Do animals evolve faster in warmer climates?  Again, the answer is no.  A new study reported by Science Daily showed that the reverse is true: animals evolve faster in temperate zones and at the poles than in the tropics.  The researchers debunked what they called a common assumption, the article explains.Sometimes things right under our microscopes don’t fit the neat textbook pictures.  Science Daily, for instance, reported that the classification of one-celled organisms is in disarray.  Recent years have seen major reinterpretations of the status of Neanderthal Man.  The finding of a vast array of viruses living in ocean water may revise our conceptions of life.  And according to Science Daily, evo-devo theories, once promising, are struggling because their model organisms fail to answer key questions about evolution.  In many respects, it would seem Charles Darwin would hardly recognize his theory after 148 years of revisions.  He himself made substantial revisions during his lifetime, biographers note.  Some modern evolutionists forget that criticisms from scientists about the power of natural selection, and problems with his inheritance theory, made Darwin move toward the Lamarckian ideas he had earlier criticized.  It is a curious phenomenon that evolutionary theory itself evolves.Maybe Darwinism is analogous to Lenz’s Law.  Physicists learn that magnetically induced currents produce magnetic fields that oppose the inducing field.  Could it be that evolutionary ideas induce countermeasures in nature that oppose evolutionary ideas?  (This idea suggested in jest only; sug-gest in jest, if you digested that.)    For any oft-repeated truism, it is good practice to ask, “How do you know that?”  We would probably be shocked at the number of things we take for granted that have little or no evidential support.  Darwin’s myth seems especially prone to revision.  Sometimes both the urban legend and the revision are both wrong, because both are prone to the same flawed assumptions.  This is the case in #2 and #4 above.  The revisors in both cases were still assuming evolution and millions of years.  They merely rearranged the pieces without changing the overall evolutionary picture.  This compounds the error, and poses myth against myth.  Beware of myth-placed confidence.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Smart ID printers named after heroines

first_img31 July 2013 President Jacob Zuma has named the Government Printing Works machines that will print South Africa’s new smart ID cards after the four women who led the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings in protest against apartheid’s pass laws. Speaking at the Government Printing Works in Pretoria after receiving his new smart ID card on Tuesday, Zuma said the women of today can learn from the women of 1956. “We are thus truly pleased that this Government Printing Works now houses important equipment named after our heroines and leaders – Sophie de Bruyn, Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa.” During Women’s Month, starting on Thursday, South Africans would be “remembering the march on the Union Buildings by more than 20 000 women, who were tired of the pass laws and the impact they had on their lives,” Zuma said. “The pass laws dictated where people should live, where they should work, where their children could go to school, based on the colour of their skin. Carrying a pass then was an insult and an affront to the dignity of our people.”Roll-out over a number of years The Department of Home Affairs says the roll-out of the smart ID cards is likely to take a number of years. The department’s offices are currently being fitted with the technology necessary to process the cards. By the end of the year, the department wants to have 70 offices available to the public to receive applications for the smart IDs. Containing microchips embedded with biometric data unique to each individual, and with the information laser-engraved on the chip to prevent tampering, the new IDs will be near impossible to forge, according to Home Affairs. Besides cutting down on identity theft and fraud, the smart IDs will speed up the process of establishing a modern, reliable population register. People will also be able to use them to vote, starting with next year’s elections. The cost of the new IDs will be the same as the amount paid for the green bar-coded IDs, which currently cost R140. IDs are free for first-time applicants. Earlier this month, former presidents Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and FW de Klerk also received their new IDs. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, former Speaker of Parliament Frene Ginwala, struggle stalwart Andrew Mlangeni and Sophie de Bruyn – one of the leaders of the 1956 march – also received their smart cards on Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, along with a number of people over 100 years old. Source: read more