“This Thursday a year will have passed since Ian Tomlinson died after a police assault at the G20 protests. No charges have been brought against the police; no one has been punished. Despite 300 official complaints about the policing of the protests on 1 April, and plenty of video and photographic evidence, no officer has faced serious disciplinary proceedings. Those who removed their identification numbers, beat up peaceful protesters and bystanders and then repeatedly lied about what had happened remain untroubled, either by the law or their superior officers. There has been no apology to Tomlinson’s family.
Compare this with another case, in which a Nottinghamshire police officer caused two deaths in June. As soon as it happened, the police reported themselves to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and launched their own investigation. A chief superintendent told the press: “We will certainly take any lessons we can get from this process and make sure we put them in place so this sort of thing never happens again. It has caused immense sadness and immense shock.” The papers carried pictures of officers paying tribute, saluting the flowers left outside police headquarters. There was no cover-up, no botched postmortem, no lies about the victims or their families. The officer responsible was quickly charged and, though his victims died as a result of neglect not assault, last month he was convicted over the deaths.
‘Currently postal workers have the right to intercept suspicious letters and packages and pass them to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and then at an agreed moment the item is opened in front of the addressee. The change in the law will mean that HMRC will be able to open whatever it likes without the addressee being present or being made aware of the interception.’
‘Dame Anne Owers also reveals that force has been used against children twice in the last year to separate them from their families in order to carry out deportations. She adds to growing pressure on ministers over Yarl’s Wood by questioning the need to detain families and children in immigration removal centres.’
‘The immigration minister, Phil Woolas, said tonight that the alternative to Yarl’s Wood was separating children from their parents and putting them into care.’
Pasquale Manfredi, 33, a boss of the the ferocious ‘Ndrangheta mafia organization from the Calabria region in southern Italy, logged into Facebook so often that authorities could track his location. ABC News has the fully awesome story (which includes my favorite sentence ever):
“James Murdoch: illegal downloading no different from stealing a handbag http://bit.ly/df4Y8C”—Mr Feastingonroadkill: Publishing a newspaper featuring semi naked 17 year old girls dressed in school uniforms no different to being a child pornographer. (via feastingonroadkill)