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Why Texas’ ‘death penalty capital of the world’ stopped executing people

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Since the Supreme Court legalized capital punishment in 1976, Harris County, Texas, has executed 126 people. That's more executions than every individual state in the union, barring Texas itself.
Harris County's executions account for 23 percent of the 545 people Texas has executed. On the national level, the state alone is responsible for more than a third of the 1,465 people put to death in the United States since 1976.
In 2017, however, the county known as the "death penalty capital of the world" and the "buckle of the American death belt" executed and sentenced to death a remarkable number of people: zero.
This is the first time since 1985 that Harris County did not execute any of its death row inmates, and the third year in a row it did not sentence anyone to capital punishment either.
The remarkable statistic reflects a shift the nation is seeing as a whole.
“The practices that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is following are also signifi…

Indonesian narcotics agency officers shoot dead 2 suspected drug smugglers

Indonesia's BNN
Amid concerns that Indonesia may start emulating the Philippines’ bloody approach to its own drug war after President Joko Widodo recently ordered the nation’s police to shoot drug traffickers who resist arrest, Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN) announced that its officers shot dead two men, including a Malaysian citizen, suspected of smuggling crystal methamphetamines into the country.

BNN representatives said the two men, one of whom was identified by police as Malaysian citizen Cheng Kheng Hoe alias Ahoi, were caught with 17 kilograms of crystal meth in the Ledo region of Bengkayang, West Kalimantan yesterday.

BNN Deputy Inspector General Arman Depari said the case began on the same day when officers from the narcotics agency arrested a man named Ryan, which soon led them to four more suspects including Ahoi and another nicknamed Ape.

According to police, Ape and Ahoi decided to resist when BNN officers came to arrest them and both were shot dead.

“Initially we arrested Ryan and in his car we found evidence of shabu weighing 17 kg. Then, during the investigation, four more were arrested while two were shot dead for resisting,” Arman said in a statement on Monday as quoted by CNN Indonesia.

Arman did not share any more detail regarding the circumstances of the shooting or their investigation but said that they were still looking for more suspects related to the case.

Source: Coconuts Jakarta, August 7, 2017

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