Category Archives: legal

USA: Police ‘reform’ was always doomed to failure in a system built on racism – By Mohamed Hamaludin

By Mohamed Hamaludin

George Floyd’s May 25, 2020, killing provoked outrage, with massive crowds demonstrating here and abroad, demanding justice for Floyd and police reform. Justice came when his killer, Derek Chauvin, was tried and sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison, with three other officers facing lesser charges. But, on police reform, a Congressional effort to enact the necessary legislation has stalled in the Senate.

The George Floyd Justice in Policing bill, which the Democratic-led House passed since March, would ban tactics such as choke and carotid holds and no-knock warrants; improve police training; and fund community policing programs. The bill would also end “qualified immunity” which shields officers from most civil lawsuits; make it easier to prosecute officers accused of misconduct; ban racial, religious and discriminatory profiling and mandate training on such profiling.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Steps now afoot to digitise Guyana Police Force records – Attorney General Anil Nandlall

— after fire destroys century old Brickdam Police Station

A.G. Anil Nandlall

Nandlall said, given that the fire destroyed all the paper records of firearm licences, court documents, files belonging to the CID, Narcotics, and Traffic Departments, it will take some time for the A Division Police Department to rebuild a database.

GUYANA: Build bridges, not walls – By Mosa Telford – Opinion

– By Mosa Telford

Conflict brews when there are opposing sides in any society. The thread of conflict has weaved its way through time. To be alive on Earth means that we not only enjoy happiness, pleasure and peace but are also entangled in pain, sorrow, and war. For many it is either religious or spiritual philosophies that save us from a state of perpetual darkness and fear.

Many believe that there is better beyond this world and that is the hope that fuels them. But for some, that also means their power is suppressed. When there is none or limited belief in the power of self – the knowledge that it is we who must take charge of our destiny and create the life we desire beginning with the focus of the mind – the cycle of darkness and fear can overpower us.      Continue reading

VENEZUELA: A Snapshot of Hell – Caracas Chronicles

This week, the video of an execution, followed by an audio clip of an officer explaining how to cover up the evidence, went viral on social media. The reaction shows how immoral our security forces are… and our public opinion, too 

Venezuela – Click to enlarge

Manuel Llorens and Keymer Ávila | Caracas Chronicles 

“We lived happily during the war

And when they bombed other people’s houses, we protested

but not enough, we opposed them but not enough.”

— Ilya Kaminsky 

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OPINION: Public Outrage over the fiery destruction of Brickdam Police Station – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Guyana Police Force Badge

– by Francis Quamina Farrier

Guyanese both at home and abroad are outraged at the circumstances which led up to the alleged arson destruction of the Brickdam Police Station on Saturday, October 2, 2021.

Official reports state that the self-confessed suspect, Clarence Greene, “was arrested early Saturday morning (October 2, 2021), for armed robbery, but after several hours in the lockups, he became frustrated and started the fire which destroyed over 80 percent of the Brickdam Police Station.” Was this suspect body searched by the police before he was placed in the lock-ups, bearing in mind that he was arrested for the serious crime of armed robbery; people need to know.

In court, the accused is now saying that the video confession was taken under duress, and he is not guilty.

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UK POLITICS: In Plain Sight- Boris Johnson Is Rigging The System To Stay In Power – Opinion

Weakening the courts, limiting protest, hobbling the elections regulator. If another country did this, what would we call it? 

Boris Johnson

Jonathan Freedland | The Guardian UK

If this wasn’t us, how would we describe it?

If this was Viktor Orbán’s Hungary – or Poland, for that matter – what language might we use?

Would an announcer on the BBC World Service declare the following: “Amid fuel and food shortages, the government has moved to cement its grip on power. It is taking action against the courts, shrinking their ability to hold the ruling party to account, curbing citizens’ right to protest and imposing new rules that would gag whistleblowers and sharply restrict freedom of the press. It is also moving against election monitors while changing voting rules, which observers say will hurt beleaguered opposition groups … ”            Continue reading

HAITI: Chief prosecutor calls for PM to be charged in president’s killing – Now FIRED by PM

By – September 14, 2021
Prime Minister Ariel Henry

Prime Minister Ariel Henry

HAVANA, (Reuters) – Haiti’s chief public prosecutor has asked the judge overseeing the investigation into the assassination of President Jovenel Moise to charge Prime Minister Ariel Henry as a suspect and ordered migration services not to let him leave the country.

In a letter to Judge Garry Orelien, prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude said phone records showed Henry twice communicated with a key suspect in Moise’s killing on the night of the crime on July 7. That suspect, a former justice ministry official whom Henry has publicly defended, is now on the run.      Continue reading

GUYANA: Teachers Union (GTU) Calls For Strike Action After Teachers Locked Out – Video

GTU CALLS FOR STRIKE ACTION, AFTER TEACHERS ALLEGEDLY LOCKED OUT ON MONDAY

HGPTV (Channel16 Cable67)          Re Covid-19 Vaccination Mandatory Requirement 

After teachers were allegedly locked out of schools on Monday due to their vaccination status, the Guyana Teacher’s Union, in making good on its promise, called on all teachers regardless of their vaccination status to abstain from work.

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GTU spearheads protest against vaccination mandate

Despite MoE’s no work, no pay policy…        

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GUYANA: National Insurance Scheme (NIS): Pensioners locked out for no Covid Vaccine certificate – Video

BLUE BOOK” WOES CONTINUE… PENSIONERS ALLEGEDLY LOCKED OUT OF NIS

GOVERNMENT: New Law- No Services available if not vaccinated or valid PCR Test (less than 7 days). Otherwise arrange appointment.

Many pensioners have serious medical issues and their doctors and/or families have advised against taking the COVID-19 vaccinations.

HGPTV (Channel16 Cable67) 

”This is so unfair to us. We worked all our lives for this country, and we don’t deserve to be treated this way. We depend heavily on this money” These were among the cries of the scores of pensioners who were refused entry when they turned up at the Brickdam office of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), in the City on Monday September 6, 2021, to receive their monthly cheques. …More from Amel Griffith

GUYANA: Mandatory Vaccination Protests: Businesses in Region 10 close doors in solidarity

Protest against COVID-19 vaccination policy…

Sep 07, 2021 – Kaieteur News The Upper-Demerara Berbice Region (Region 10) was in full lockdown mode yesterday in protest against the mandatory vaccination policy being enforced by the government. Over 90 percent of the businesses on both the Mackenzie and Wismar shores were closed and public transportation services did not operate, except for a few taxis. Water-taxi operators also halted their operation for the day.

In fact schools that were slated to be reopened yesterday remained closed. While some parents opted to keep their children home, there were others who were unable to send their children to school because of the lack of public transportation.        Continue reading

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