Some time ago I was sitting in the Sunday school room of a local church, with posters made by kids depicting the teachings of Jesus curling at the corners on the walls. I was there to do my advice surgery in my role as a local councillor.
A man came in to ask for help getting his family moved to a bigger house. His daughter had two children who had been removed from her care but were allowed to live with her on condition that she live with her parents and they acted as guardians. I diligently took down the names and ages of the children to assess the size of house they needed.
Source: How many Telfords before we get serious about child grooming? | The Guardian – Jess Phillips
Chief inspector of constabulary says forces increasingly used as service of first resort and face ‘unacceptable drain’ on resources Police cannot continue to pick up the slack for cuts in other public services, especially the shortage in mental health provision, Her Majesty’s chief inspector of constabulary has warned. In an annual state of policing report, Sir Tom Winsor highlights a “modern tsunami of online fraud” and increased police awareness of crimes against the elderly and child sexual exploitation as among the increasing daily pressures facing officers. “The police are considered to be the service of last resort. In some areas, particularly where people with mental health problems need urgent help, the police are increasingly being used as the service of first resort. This is wrong,” says the chief inspector. Winsor, who was appointed by Theresa May when she was home secretary, says the failures of other public services, especially in respect of children’s and adolescent
Source: Police cannot continue to fill gaps left by mental health cuts, report says | DisabledGo News and Blog
After a report said penalty notices to cyclists have fallen by two thirds over the past five years, DOMINIC LAWSON says the increase in reporting child sexual abuse may be responsible.
Source: Real reason police stopped crack down on morons on bikes | Daily Mail Online
It would appear that some of the folks who were hoping that Donald Trump was actually an isolationist “jobs” president, rather than the authoritarian white nationalist with imperial ambitions that he clearly showed himself to be on the stump, are now being forced to face reality. Everything he has done since his inauguration proves he is dead serious about unleashing the military and the police to enact his agenda, and he wants the other branches of government to understand that if they obstruct him he’s going to make sure his rabid followers know whom to blame.
According to Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker, legal scholars of all stripes, even the torture advocate John Yoo, whom I wrote about on Tuesday, are disturbed by Trump’s executive actions and what he’s saying about them. Pretty much across the board, they anticipate that Trump will blame the courts, the media and the political opposition in the event of an attack. They believe he is anxious to use an attack as an excuse to “take the gloves off” in whatever way he deems necessary.
That could mean everything from registering and deporting Muslims to enhanced surveillance or an attack on a foreign country and the reinstatement of torture and “black site” prisons. (A draft executive order on the black sites has made the rounds already.) All we know at this point is that Trump is looking for an excuse, and odds are there will be one at some point.
Source: Donald Trump’s coming police state: We have a president who wants unlimited power and won’t respect the rule of law – Salon.com
This week alone at least three new names were added to the already too long list of black boys and men killed by law enforcement. Tyree King, a 13-year-old boy from Columbus, Ohio; Terrence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, were all shot to death by police.
For black men in America, a seemingly run-of-the-mill police stop can turn deadly in a single moment. Now, even the highest court in Massachusetts is acknowledging that black men may reasonably avoid police interaction, even when they’ve done nothing wrong.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled this week that black men may have a legitimate justification in running from police. The controversial ruling, a noteworthy acknowledgement that black men are treated differently by law enforcement, was part of the analysis in the court’s decision to throw out defendant Jimmy Warren’s gun conviction. From WBUR:
Source: Court rules that black men may have legitimate reason to run from police