Oklahoma | I went inside death row, what I saw made me sick - Henry McLeish

The evolution of civilised behaviour, indicating a retreat from barbarism, has become a distinctive feature of most modern western democracies, but America often disappoints, retaining practices that shock, sadden, and in my case, nearly made me physically sick.
My visit to death row at McAlester State Penitentiary, Oklahoma, brought home to me, how the final setting for government sponsored killings, combined with execution by lethal injection, brought a brutal end to lives. And made a mockery of the idea of justice, offering instead a violent, humiliating, and inhuman act of revenge, with no serious pretence that any of these end of life dramas, provide any deterrence in criminal justice terms. Formerly known as “Indian Territory”, and home of the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma, with a population of over 4 million, became a state in 1907. Located in America’s “Bible” belt, where there is a strong fundamentalist Christian tradition and powerful Republican politics, Oklahoma remains a pro…

US state calls in National Guard as protests rock twin cities over police killing of African-American man

MINNEAPOLIS: Authorities in the US city of Minneapolis and its sister city St Paul called in the National Guard on Thursday as they struggled to contain the fresh protests and violence due to the shocking police killing of a handcuffed African-American man.
After stores were looted and burned overnight Wednesday in Minneapolis, officials in the so-called Twin Cities warned they would not tolerate violence while seeking to assure that investigations into George Floyd's death were underway.
Hundreds of people began marching in Minneapolis in the late afternoon, while in St Paul, just to the east, police said there was ongoing looting.
"We know there's a lot of anger. We know there's a lot of hurt," said St Paul Police Chief Todd Axtel.
"But we can't tolerate people using this as an opportunity to commit crimes," he said.
"We are not going to tolerate our buildings being burned down."
At the request of both cities, Minnesota Governor Tim Wal…

Police across US speak out against Minneapolis custody death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Murder.Brutality. Reprehensible.Indefensible. Police nationwide, in unequivocal and unprecedented language, have condemned the actions of Minneapolis police in the custody death of a handcuffed black man who cried for help as an officer knelt on his neck, pinning him to the pavement for at least eight minutes.
But some civil rights advocates say their denunciations are empty words without meaningful reform behind them.
Authorities say George Floyd was detained Monday because he matched the description of someone who tried to pay with a counterfeit bill at a convenience store, and the 46-year-old resisted arrest. A bystander's disturbing video shows Officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, kneeling on Floyd's neck, even as Floyd begs for air and slowly stops talking and moving.
“There is no need to see more video,” Chattanooga, Tennessee, Police Chief David Roddy tweeted Wednesday. “There no need to wait to see how ‘it plays out’. There is no need to put a knee …

Report finds concerns with access to fair trials in Malaysian death penalty cases

A new report launched by Monash University, in partnership with Harm Reduction International (HRI) and the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN), has questioned the fair trial standards afforded to more than 1,000 people currently sentenced to the death penalty in Malaysia.
Key findings
--Monash University’s research shows that the death penalty in Malaysia has been imposed following proceedings that did not meet fair trial standards either in accordance with international, domestic or cognate common law standards.
--There are 1,280 people awaiting the death penalty in Malaysia, who have not experienced fair trial standards either in accordance with international, domestic or cognate common law standards.
--In certain drug trafficking trials, the presumption of innocence is undermined because as a result of the double presumptions an accused is presumed to be guilty.
--Many of those accused face socio-economic, nationality and language barriers that prohibit their access to the req…

Twitter hides Donald Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' by suggesting that Minneapolis protesters could be shot

Warning on ‘when looting starts, shooting starts’ post risks further escalation of row between firm and president
Twitter has hidden one of Donald Trump’s tweets behind a warning that it “glorifies violence”, further escalating the social media company’s row with the US president.
The US president’s tweet, posted on Thursday night Washington time, warned people in Minneapolis protesting against the killing of a black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer that he would send the military to intervene if there was “any difficulty”.
“When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump wrote, apparently quoting former the former Miami police chief Walter Headley, who in December 1967 promised violent reprisals to protests over stop-and-frisk tactics.
Two hours later, Twitter added a notice to the tweet: “This tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the tweet to remain accessible.”
The war…

Violent protests, fires, looting and anger erupt in Minneapolis after George Floyd's death; New video of the arrest released

MINNEAPOLIS – Grief and anger turned to violence Wednesday night as Minneapolis saw another day of protests following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who was pinned down by a white police officer who held his knee to Floyd's neck.
Demonstrators gathered earlier in the day near the local police precinct, and soon video on social media showed people smashing windows, looting a nearby Target and buildings on fire.
It was the second night of tense protests following Floyd's death. The city's mayor and Floyd's family have called for the arrests of the officers involved in his death, and the federal authorities promised Thursday a "robust criminal investigation." 
The four officers were fired shortly after video of the encounter spread on social media showing Floyd struggling and telling the officers he couldn't breathe.
Floyd's death has sparked a national outcry for justice and other cities saw protests Wednesday night.
Here's what…

“No puedo respirar”: un afroamericano muere bajo custodia policial en Minneapolis

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La policía dice que George Floyd falleció debido a un “incidente médico”. Cuatro oficiales han sido apartados de su trabajo
“Ser negro en Estados Unidos no debería ser una sentencia de muerte”, dijo este martes el alcalde de Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, con relación al fallecimiento de un afroamericano de 47 años en custodia policial. 
Un vídeo compartido en las redes sociales muestra cómo un policía blanco, ante la indiferencia de su compañero, aprieta con su rodilla el cuello del detenido en plena calle durante aproximadamente siete minutos. 
George Floyd, esposado y desarmado, reclama varias veces que no puede respirar, hasta quedar inconsciente. El Departamento de Policía de Minneapolis informó de que el detenido murió este lunes debido a un “incidente médico” y que los oficiales llegaron al sitio por un aviso de fraude. 
Los cuatro agentes presentes durante el suceso fueron “apartados de su trabajo”. Por la noch…

Chechnya | Gay purge tyrant Ramzan Kadyrov – who said COVID-19 patients ‘should be executed’ – mounts pathetic defence after ‘hospitalisation’

Homophobic Chechen tyrant Ramzan Kadyrov made his first public appearance since rumours emerged that he had been hospitalised with coronavirus.
The autocratic leader, who orchestrated the region’s brutal ‘gay purge’, was reported to have earned the title of the first Russian official to fall seriously ill in the coronavirus pandemic.
According two Russian state news agencies, RIA Novosti and Tass, Kadyrov was flown to a clinic in Moscow as his condition rapidly deteriorated. The digital news outlet Baza reported there had been damage to his lungs.
Chechen officials refused to confirm the news or give any information as to his whereabouts, while the head of Chechnya’s state-run TV channel openly contested the reports of illness.

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After nearly a fortnight of rumours, Kadyrov finally reappeared in public on Tuesday. He was filmed at a government meeting in Grozny, Chechnya’s capital, with what …

Iran | Father beheads 14-year-old daughter in "honor killing"

The killing of an Iranian teen by her father after she eloped with an older man sparked outrage on Wednesday, with local media denouncing "institutionalised violence" in "patriarchal" Iran.
Iranian media covered the apparent "honour" crime extensively, with Ebtekar newspaper leading its front page with the headline "Unsafe father's house".
According to local media, Romina Ashrafi was killed in her sleep on May 21 by her father, who decapitated her in the family home in Talesh in northern Gilan province.
The reports said her father had refused her permission to marry a man fifteen years her senior, spurring her to run away, but she was returned home after her father reported her.
The legal marriage age in Iran is 13 for women.
Iranian media reported that after authorities detained the teenager, she told a judge she feared for her life if she was returned to home.
But what most outraged public opinion was the lenient punishment the father is …