New York Attorney General Leticia James announces body camera reforms in response to Daniel Prude’s death

May 18, 2021

first_imgPrude FamilyBY MEREDITH DELISO AND JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) — An independent investigation into the government handling of the death of Daniel Prude moved forward on Friday when the Rochester City Council authorized the power to subpoena several city departments, including Mayor Lovely Warren’s office and the Rochester Police Department.The City Council voted 8-0 during a special virtual meeting Friday morning to authorize the subpoenas, which support an “independent investigation into the internal communications, processes and procedures that took place related to the death of Daniel Prude” and grants authority to “investigate all city departments including the right to review records and papers” and issue subpoenas.City Council President Loretta Scott said the investigation would start with the first 911 phone call placed on March 23 regarding Prude, 41, a Black man who died a week after being restrained by Rochester police during a mental health emergency.Andrew G. Celli Jr., an attorney with the New York law firm Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel LLP, will lead the independent investigation, which the City Council approved on Tuesday.“[Rochester] is a community that’s asking hard questions and it’s a community that deserves clear answers,” Celli said during a media briefing Friday after the City Council’s vote. “And that’s what I’m committed to do.”The investigation will look to determine “who knew what when” in the death of Prude, Celli said. “There’s really one question here, and that is: Was there a cover-up? That’s a blunt way to put it, but that’s the question we are seeking to answer.”The team plans to gather sworn testimony from witnesses, emails, text messages, memos and other documents as it seeks to determine a timeline of events, examine how city departments communicated with each other behind closed doors, and what city officials said publicly, versus what they knew at the time, Celli said.Celli acknowledged that some of these documents have already been released in a 300-plus-page report commissioned by Rochester Deputy Mayor James Smith, which includes police reports and emails.“We’re going to go much deeper than the deputy mayor did, and we’re going to get to the bottom of this,” Celli said.His team plans to issue subpoenas to four Rochester agencies — the mayor’s office, the police department, the law department and the City Council — by Monday, Celli said. They haven’t decided whose testimony they will take, though Celli said that the mayor is under consideration.The investigation should take about three months, at which point they will release their report to the public, including transcriptions of collected testimonies, Celli said.The intragovernmental study is one of several investigations stemming from Prude’s death, including one from his family, who has alleged an internal cover-up in a federal lawsuit against the city. The state attorney general’s office also has moved to empanel a grand jury, which would determine whether criminal charges should be brought in the case, as part of its investigation.On Monday, Warren announced she would enact several reviews from the deputy mayor’s report. She has called for the City Office of Public Integrity to initiate a thorough investigation to determine if any employees, including herself, violated city policies or ethical standards, and she called on the U.S. attorney general to investigate whether Prude’s civil rights were violated.Earlier this month, police body camera footage was released showing the incident between the officers and Prude. In the video, officers are seen pinning Prude to the ground while a spit bag is on his head, and he eventually appears to go unconscious. Prude died a week later. The Monroe County medical examiner listed his death as a homicide caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.”Seven officers involved in the incident have been suspended as the state attorney general conducts her investigation. On Monday, Warren also fired Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary, two weeks before he was set to retire, amid shakeups in the department.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

a month agoMan boss Solskjaer delighted with new-look defence

October 28, 2019

first_imgMan boss Solskjaer delighted with new-look defenceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s happy with their defending.Solskjaer has come under growing pressure following United’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham and their Carabao Cup shootout win against Rochdale, but dismissed the criticism.“We’re focused on what we have to do and that’s to keep improving,” said Solskjaer.“I never said it was gonna be easy this season, there are gonna be ups and downs, highs and lows, and when we lose a game we have to trust ourselves and what we’re doing, keep the eyes on the prize and keep to the principles we believe in.“You can see how much we’ve improved defensively, that’s where we put the big money in with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.“We don’t concede many chances, concede too many goals, but the other way going forward is where we’ve struggled with injuries, to Paul, Anthony, Marcus.“We’ve had some bad luck in that respect and it doesn’t help when you lose players.“It’s a team improving, evolving, a young team, the culture is there see every single day in training.“There are no issues with attitudes, work rate and desire, now [it’s a case of] can we trust ourselves?“You can see against Astana and Rochdale they want to impress, do well, but maybe they rush their finish at times.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoLautaro Martinez says Inter Milan need to step up standards after Juventus defeat

October 28, 2019

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lautaro Martinez says Inter Milan need to step up standards after Juventus defeatby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez says they need to step up standards after defeat to Juventus.Martinez hit his second goal in as many games but it was a second consecutive loss for the Nerazzurri. The Argentine spoke to Inter TV following the match: “The truth is that we played how we prepared for the game in the first half,” he began by saying. “After they took the lead, we worked in the way that we had set. In the second half, something changed. We struggled and unfortunately, they found the goal at the end and we couldn’t get an equaliser.“When we’re all back together after international duty, we’ll talk about this match. If we want to play at the level of these times, we have a lot more work to do. Everyone who plays whether they start or come on must give their best. This is how to grow as a group.” last_img read more

El Mocambo to reopen this year thanks to Dragons Den star and

October 15, 2019

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement El Mocambo’s revival is getting a boost from a Toronto clubbing giant, with a slated reopening set for summer 2017.INK Entertainment — the same group that operates nightclubs like REBEL, Uniun and CUBE — has partnered with El Mocambo owner Michael Wekerle for the iconic but long-defunct venue’s revitalization.“We have been looking for a manager or management company to oversee the day-to-day operations of the El Mocambo, and we could not be more pleased to have enlisted the help of . . . INK Entertainment,” Wekerle, of CBC’s Dragons’ Den fame, said in a news release announcing the partnership Wednesday. The new El Mocambo interior is being designed by New-York based architectural acoustic design firm Walters Storyk Design Group and will feature “a state-of-the-art live music venue, event space, and recording and production facility, offering great music, food, beverages and merchandise, as well as live streaming capabilities for shows and events,” according to the release. Twitter Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

Justins note Completely insane and totally coun

August 4, 2019

first_imgJustin’s note: “Completely insane and totally counterproductive.”That’s what Doug Casey thinks about the War on Drugs. If you’ve been reading the Dispatch over the last few months, you know I completely agree. This is a war we should have never entered in the first place. Below, Doug explains why…and shares the only way it could possibly end… By Doug Casey, founder, Casey Research Drugs are a charged subject everywhere. They’re a “hot button” topic. Everyone has a strong opinion, often irrational, that seems to come from deep in the most reactive recesses of their collective minds. Longtime readers know that although I personally abstain from drugs and generally eschew the company of abusive users, I think they should be 100% legal. Not just cannabis. All drugs. The most important reason is moral and ethical. Your primary possession is your own body. If you don’t own it, and don’t have a right to do whatever you want with it, then you in fact have no rights at all. That’s the main reason why the drug war itself is criminal, and morally insane. The economic, medical, practical, and many other reasons to repeal prohibition are important, but strictly secondary. Few people consider how arbitrary, and historically recent, the current prohibition is; until the Harrison Act was passed in 1914, heroin and cocaine were both perfectly legal and easily obtainable over the counter. Before that, very few people were addicted to narcotics, even though narcotics were available to anybody at the local corner drugstore. Addicts were just looked down on as suffering from a moral failure and a lack of self-discipline. But since there was no more profit in heroin than in aspirin, there was no incentive to get people to use it. So there were no cartels or drug gangs. Recommended Link Could This Strange, American “Car” Singlehandedly Save the U.S. Economy? Today, only several thousand of these unique vehicles are on U.S. highways. According to Business Insider, by 2020, in less than 3 years, we should see 10 million—a 49,000%+ spike. That’s a faster adoption rate than cellphones, the internet, and personal computers. Click here for the full story… Drugs are no more of a problem than anything else in life; life is full of problems. In fact, life isn’t just full of problems; life is problems. What is a problem? It’s simply the situation of having to choose between two or more alternatives. Personally, I believe in people being free to choose, and I rigorously shun the company of people who don’t believe that. Drug addicts have a problem; drug “warriors” have a much more serious problem. What we’re dealing with isn’t a medical problem, it’s a psychological, even a spiritual, problem. And a legal problem, because self-righteous busybodies keep passing laws—with very severe penalties—regulating what people can or can’t do with their own bodies. It’s part of the general degradation of civilization that I’ve been putting my finger on over the last few years. Hysteria and propaganda aside, the fact is that most recreational drugs pose less of a health problem than alcohol, nicotine, sugar, or a simple lack of exercise. Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes (of whom I’m a great fan) was an aficionado of cocaine products. So was Sigmund Freud. Churchill is supposed to have drank a quart of whiskey daily. Dr. William Halsted, father of modern surgery and cofounder of Johns Hopkins University, was a regular user throughout his long and illustrious career, which included inventing local anesthesia after injecting cocaine into his skin. Thomas Edison, Charles Dickens, Philip K. Dick, Richard Feynman, Francis Crick, John Lilly, Kary Mullis, Carl Sagan… the list of famous and successful people who used various substances to enhance or alter their consciousness is very, very long. Just the ones we know of. But, in today’s world, they could all be doing serious time in a federal pen. Let me re-emphasize that I’m not encouraging drug use. Some cloud the mind, others clear it. It’s up to you (or should be) to decide what you need or want, what’s good or bad. There are many hundreds of recreational drugs, with widely differing effects. Insofar as recreational drugs present a problem, it arises from overuse, which is hard to define and arbitrary. And can be true of absolutely anything. — Recommended Linklast_img read more

August 3, 2019

In the early 2000s — the beginning of the third de

first_imgIn the early 2000s — the beginning of the third decade of the AIDS epidemic–the world came together in an unprecedented global health effort to provide life-saving AIDS drugs to people even in the poorest corners of the world. It has been an overwhelming public health success story. In 2000, fewer than a million of the then 34.3 million people with AIDS were being treated with AIDS drugs, and almost all of them lived in wealthy countries. Today, 20.9 million of the 36.7 million people with AIDS receive treatment, according to UNAIDS, most of them living in the poor countries where the disease is most prevalent. In the view of the public health community, reducing the prices on AIDS drugs and setting up the infrastructure to distribute them to people in poor countries in less than two decades is seen as phenomenal and unprecedented.But that’s treatment. Prevention efforts are a different story, and if the world doesn’t figure out how to prevent new cases of HIV, stubbornly holding steady at about two million infections a year since 2005, according to a 2016 report in Lancet HIV, a resurgence in the epidemic is possible. That gloomy warning comes from a report by a new Lancet Commission led by the International AIDS Society and published in the July 19 Lancet just days before the start of the 22nd International AIDS Conference on July 22 in Amsterdam. The report finds that efforts to prevent the spread of HIV have stalled, in part, because international funding for AIDS has begun to decline. What’s more, a key finding of the report is that “the HIV pandemic is not on track to end, and the prevailing discourse on ending AIDS has bred a dangerous complacency and may have hastened the weakening of global resolve to combat HIV.””We’re really not seeing the declines in new infections that people were hoping would happen by now,” says Dr. Chris Beyrer, epidemiologist with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public and an author of the report. “And there are worrisome signs of an expanding epidemic in some populations.”The populations most at risk are the same groups that were considered at high risk at the start of the epidemic in the early 1980s: gay and bisexual men, transgender people, people who inject drugs, sex workers and the sex partners of people in those groups, according to the report. And those are the people most likely to resist going to the kinds of health centers that provide AIDS services. In many parts of the world, AIDS testing and care has been provided in stand-alone AIDS clinics, apart from other health services. But many people who are at highest risk for AIDS feel unwelcome, or simply will not go, to designated AIDS clinics because of stigma still surrounding the disease, says Beyrer. Or they don’t go because the clinics won’t address their complete health needs. “I met a guy in Ukraine who was dealing with addiction, HIV and TB. All the services he needed were in three centers,100 kilometers from each other,” says Beyrer. “You have TB clinics that won’t treat HIV; or HIV clinics that won’t treat people who are high.” People need health centers that will care for all their needs, the paper’s authors argue. So the study’s researchers used present-day statistics to project probable results of different types of care settings into the future. What if, for example, a country with high rates of diabetes and heart disease combined blood pressure and diabetes screening with HIV screening? What if a country with high rates of unplanned pregnancy screened women for HIV as they offered family planning services? What if areas of high IV drug use offered needle exchange programs alongside AIDS services? In Russia, for example, injection drug users are at high risk for AIDS. So researchers examined the potential benefits of combining AIDS services with clean needle exchange programs. In such a model, using data from needle exchange research, drug users found to be HIV infected could start antiretroviral treatment, or ART, which helps prevent transmission of AIDS at the same time they used needle exchange services. Researchers showed that such a hypothetical combination of services could avert as many as half of new cases of HIV in the next ten years in the two areas of Russia they examined. And in Nigeria, researchers estimated what could happen if HIV services were provided in family planning centers. Nigeria accounts for about a third of all mother to infant HIV infections in the world. “It’s a huge problem in Nigeria,” says Beyrer. “And they also have an enormous unmet need for family planning. So it’s not rocket science to integrate AIDS services with maternity care and family planning centers.” Combining those health services, the study found, could prevent 300,000 new HIV infections over the next ten years in Nigeria.The report’s finding that HIV prevention efforts are lagging sends an important warning to the world, says Dr. George Seage III, professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He was not involved in the new Lancet report. “It’s important to dispel the assumption that the end of HIV is near. We’re not there yet,” he says. “The prevention initiatives have lacked funding and enthusiasm. Like any infectious disease, it doesn’t take much to have it spike again, and [we would] lose all that we’ve gained.” The report’s recommendation that AIDS services begin to be offered alongside other health services might prove necessary, but it’s risky, says Seage. “Whatever success we’ve had with slowing the epidemic with treatment might be diluted,” he says. “What made it successful was the focus on HIV. If we start integrating testing and treatment into general health care, we might lose that laser focus.”No one can afford to get complacent about AIDS, says Carl Sciortino, executive director of AIDS Action, a division of Fenway Health, in Boston. “We’ve seen an overall statewide decrease in infections of about 50 percent since 2000,” he says. “But the reduction is not even. There are increasing rates of infection in young black and Latino people.” And the opioid epidemic has hit parts of Massachusetts hard, Sciortino says, possibly accounting for a slight uptick reported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in the number of new HIV infections in IV drug users, from 32 in 2016 to 52 in 2017. “Our prevention efforts with IV drug users have been incredibly successful,” he says. “This is the first sign that maybe those efforts are starting to be eroded.”Millions of people are alive today because of the global response to the AIDS epidemic, which has made ART available throughout the world. “But we will not end this epidemic just with pills,” said Dr. Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an author of the Lancet study, at a July 16 press conference about the report. “We are concerned that the world will declare victory long before the fight is over. This commission report is a call to action to reinvigorate the fight against AIDS and to pay as much attention to prevention as to treatment.”Susan Brink is a freelance writer who covers health and medicine. She is the author of The Fourth Trimester, and co-author of A Change of Heart. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit” alt=”last_img” /> read more

Sky delivers profits surge awaiting takeover by Fox

July 18, 2019

Sky-high profits for the TV giant Sky, the pan-European TV giant, announced Thursday a 40-percent increase in first-half net profit on higher revenues, while awaiting a takeover by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. © 2018 AFP It comes as the pay-TV group said it would make all its channels available online, starting with customers in Italy and Austria, in a move that would see households no longer needing a satellite dish to watch all programmes.Profit after tax climbed to £449 million ($640 million, 515 million euros) in the six months to the end of 2017, compared with Sky’s first half in 2016-17, a company statement showed.”Despite households in all our territories facing continued pressure on discretionary spending, our customers and prospective customers value their on-screen entertainment highly,” said Sky, which counts live Premier League football, blockbuster movies and 24-hour rolling news among its offering.”This is demonstrated by today’s further five percent increase in revenues, well ahead of underlying growth in consumer spending and which maintains our historic record of consistent revenue growth achieved in a variety of economic and competitive circumstances,” it added.Sky gained 365,000 new customers to 22.9 million in the reporting period, while it said it would start producing its own films.”The group has to make ambitious plans for the future and must invest in original content to fend off rivals such as Netflix,” said Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre.”While these are a good set of results, they are somewhat being shadowed by other news relating to the takeover saga by 21st Century Fox and Disney.” The results update comes two days after Britain’s competition regulator provisionally ruled that Sky’s planned takeover was not in the public interest.21st Century Fox has bid £11.4 billion for the 61-percent of Sky it does not already own but in Britain concerns linger over the strengthening influence of Australian-born US tycoon Murdoch.The UK regulator on Tuesday said that the deal would hand Murdoch “too much control” over UK news—and therefore too much power in swaying public opinion.At the same time, the Competition and Markets Authority indicated that its plurality concerns would fall away on completion of Disney’s takeover of 21st Century Fox.In a twist to the Sky saga, Disney announced in December a $52.4-billion deal to buy 21st Century Fox. 21st Century Fox/Sky takeover thrown into doubt by UK regulator Explore further Citation: Sky delivers profits surge awaiting takeover by Fox (2018, January 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more