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    https://www.postregister.com/news/cr...f2a93c256.html

    Update a person has been detained for Michael Fife's Death.

    LOGAN, Utah — The Cache County Attorney’s Office has filed criminal charges against a juvenile in connection with the death of a Logan man who police say was falsely accused of sexual assault in April.

    The teen is charged with homicide by assault, a third-degree felony offense. The Herald Journal has decided not to report his name at this time because he is a juvenile.

    “Homicide by assault requires the state to prove that the actor caused the death of another person while knowingly committing an assault,” said Cache County Chief Criminal Attorney Spencer Walsh. “The evidence in this case does not rise to the level of murder, where the state would be required to prove that the actor intentionally caused the death of another or that the actor acted under circumstances that clearly demonstrated a depraved indifference toward human life and thereby created a grave risk of death.”

    According to court records filed in 1st District Court, the 17-year-old teen went looking for 62-year-old Michael Fife on April 23 after receiving a call from his sister, who allegedly said Fife touched her inappropriately while she was a passenger on a Cache Valley Transit District bus.

    “The detectives with Logan City Police Department were able to retrieve video from Logan High School and CVTD bus. The video shows the minor — exit a vehicle, run at (Fife) and immediately make contact with him, knocking him to the ground,” a probable cause statement reads.

    The police investigation began just after 3 p.m. that day when police responded to the report of a man who had been assaulted and needed medical attention. Fife initially was transported to Logan Regional Hospital for evaluation, where medical professionals reportedly found Fife had a fractured skull with bleeding and swelling in his brain, reportedly caused by the assault.

    Fife was later transferred to McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden and died April 27.

    Logan police followed up on the allegations of sexual assault that allegedly occurred on the CVTD bus and said they found no truth to the accusation.

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    Well the 17 year old male and the sister is going to have to explain their motives in court.

    I haven't seen this mentioned in any of the media coverage so far, but Mr. Fife seems to be of First Nations origin. Is it possible that this was behind the groundless suspicion of sexual assault? I spent a part of my adolescence in a community where many people stereotyped Native American men as violent, thieving, child-molesting substance abusers. If Logan is anything like that prairie city, I can easily see how this incident happened; it's more a case of "To Kill Mockingbird" and not much to do with #MeToo.

    A different article also mentioned that Mr. Fife was nearing the end of his time on the state sex offender registry.* Did the teens in question know about that? I think that's likely, knowing people's compulsion to find monsters in their midst. Had the girl and her brother imbibed the ambient mistaken belief that being on the registry equals violent predator? How could they not, when that message is reinforced on every crime show and barely contradicted in criminal justice reporting? The trouble is, labels like "monsters" and "predators" (and "animals," surely the strangest choice of words considering the social and sexual behavior of most non-human species) make someone an un-person. You're supposed to slay monsters, after all.

    Whatever the case, the boy knew exactly whom to charge at, out of a busload of people. Maybe his sister identified Mr. Fife by his ethnicity. Maybe she said something to the effect, of, 'you know, that guy on the registry.' I for one would be interested in learning how and why Mr. Fife was singled out for this sad and violent end.

    *A barbaric practice that protects no one—see A. Y. Agan's 2011 study "Fear Without Function" as well as a pack of research by Richard Tewksbury, Jill Levenson.

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    https://www.apnews.com/0dd55be1b2814b60944fe87b2a105db4

    XALTIANGUIS, Mexico (AP) ? What now passes for the law in Xaltianguis, a little town on the road to Acapulco, arrived with a car bomb and butchery.

    A heavily armed vigilante force took over the town in the Mexican state of Guerrero last month by driving out a rival band, blowing up a car with gas cylinders and cutting up the body of one of two fallen foes.

    Residents cowered in their homes or fled down the highway through mountainous tropical scrubland. Police and troops guarding Xaltianguis did nothing. Now, a few hundred yards (meters) from the new ?community police? base the force set up, Mexican marines and state police guard the highway and make patrol sorties through the town. But they have made no attempt to arrest the vigilantes even though most openly carry illegal assault rifles.


    ?We have the town practically bullet-proofed by the government. At the entrances to the town you can see the army, the marines, all levels of government here supporting us,? boasted Daniel Adame, the leader of the group that took over Xaltianguis.


    Members of a FUPCEG vigilante group patrol past pedestrians in Xaltianguis, Guerrero state, Mexico, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
    It is a scene repeated over and over again in southern Mexico: So-called ?community police? or ?self-defense? groups, often accused of drug cartel ties themselves, have proliferated and extended their control over territory. And time after time, outnumbered soldiers don?t intervene, in part because they are afraid of opening fire on civilians.

    Many had expected violence to taper off in Guerrero as synthetic opioids like fentanyl knocked the bottom out of the opium market that had fed organized crime groups in the state. In fact, homicides in the notoriously violent state dropped by 36% in the first three months of the year. But it now appears a new round of violence is only starting, pitting warring gangs against vigilante squads fighting over fuel theft, gold mines and routes for precursor chemicals.

    Thousands have been displaced by the fighting, and the toxic mix of cartels, hired killers, vigilante police forces have essentially neutralized the Mexican military, forcing troops into the role of mere spectators, or worse, hostages.


    Daniel Adame (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
    Adame is a far call from the vigilante leaders of past years, townsfolk who armed themselves with shotguns and single-shot rifles to defend their towns from drug cartels. Critics say rival gangs often infiltrated the ranks of ?community police? forces. The leader of the FUPCEG vigilante group ? the United Front of Guerrero Community Police ? is a self-described businessman who owns a lion and exotic birds and has an expensive AR-15 with a telescopic sight. His son carries a pistol with carved silver handgrips.


    He defended the use of the car-bomb, saying other vigilante groups like the rival UPOEG ? the Union of Towns and Organizations of Guerrero ? also use explosives. His group took over, he said, because the other group is tied to organized crime, an assertion UPOEG tosses back at his force.

    Townspeople confirmed that FUPCEG took over the town in mid-May and ran rival vigilantes out, killing two and carving up the body of one man with bayonet-like knives.

    Just across the state line in neighboring Michoacan, a group of vigilantes who state Gov. Silvano Aureoles described as ?criminals, nothing more,? shoved a squad of a half dozen soldiers up against a wall, took their weapons, and pushed and insulted them until they agreed to return a .50 caliber snipers? rifle that had been seized by a previous patrol.

    Despite that humiliation, President Andr?s Manuel L?pez Obrador invited the soldiers to the National Palace a few days later to personally ?thank them and reward their calm and grace under pressure, which avoided the death of innocent people,? according to the Defense Department.


    Armed members of the FUPCEG vigilante group drive past Mexican soldiers in Xaltianguis, Guerrero state, Mexico Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
    That drew a howl of concern from the Mexican Employers? Federation, one of the country?s leading business groups.

    ?The armed forces are the only viable force to restore order and peace,? the group said in a statement. ?The president has ordered the army to protect the nation?s territory, and at the same time has asked them never to confront civilians...?

    It complained the order ?prevents them from confronting criminal gangs or paramilitary groups.?

    And such groups are increasingly powerful and willing to challenge the armed forces.

    Salvador Alanis is a strategist and spokesman for the FUPCEG, the group that took over Xaltianguis. He said the group has as many as 9,000 men under arms in a string of towns it controls, outnumbering the Mexican army in the state. Nor is Alanis loath to take on soldiers.

    ?One time the army came and fired tear gas at women, and we didn?t allow that,? Alanis recalled.

    L?pez Obrador is betting his security strategy on the newly created National Guard, a sort of militarized police force that is expected to be deployed in Guerrero in about a month. But if the Guard faces the limits the army faces, it will immediately be at a disadvantage in states like Guerrero and Michoacan.


    Salvador Alanis. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
    ?I?m telling the federal government right now, this could happen to your National Guard, because if one of these guys opens fire, it will be a massacre on both sides,? said Alanis, who claimed to have an arrangement with local army commanders in Guerrero to leave his forces alone.

    ?It?s a relationship of tolerance, if not coordination,? said Alanis. ?You don?t mess with us, and we don?t mess with you.?

    While most of the vigilante forces are recruited from local men, Alanis said his group also employs about 100 gunmen trained to kill for taking over towns. He calls them ?a team that comes to destroy.?

    ?They are ready to kill or die for whatever you give them,? said Alanis.

    And as the vigilantes grow harder to distinguish from cartels, the cartels also are growing bolder.

    In the Michoacan town of Zamora, the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel paraded through town in May in a convoy of at least two dozen pickups and SUVs ? all proudly bearing the cartel?s initials ?CJNG? on their doors and sides.

    With soldiers standing by as towns are taken over, the conflicts in some areas are becoming almost medieval. Residents of the town of Chichihualco have dug trenches across the highway leading to the FUPCEG stronghold in the village of Filo de Caballos because Alanis has repeatedly threatened to take over Chichihualco.

    Others have set up roadblocks to defend their towns. Driving the back roads of Guerrero these days means passing dozens of roadblocks manned by men in civilian clothes with assault rifles.


    Students walk home past FUPCEG vigilantes standing guard along a roadside outside the group's local base in Filo de Caballos, Guerrero state, Mexico Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
    ?Comandante Geronimo? stood by one such bullet-riddled barricade made of sandbags. A member of the UPOEG, he has endured attacks about every two months from FUPCEG to the south and the Ardillos drug gang to the north. Geronimo ? who won?t give his real name for fear of reprisals ? explained why there is such heavy fighting for such small, poor towns.

    ?There?s a crisis now in the mountains and the criminal gangs aren?t blockheads,? he said. ?They say this (opium) isn?t going to be a business, but the mines are. So I think a month of crisis is coming.?

    The Canadian-owned gold mines that dot the mountains have historically been shaken down for protection payments by gangs. Now gold has been discovered at other spots in the state, raising the prospect that cartels or vigilante groups may want to take a direct role in the mines.

    Others believe the groups want to take control of routes to the seaport of Acapulco to move precursor chemicals now that synthetic opioids have displaced the region?s natural-grown opium poppies.

    ?We thought that once the opium poppy business died out, the violence was going to end,? said David Barragan, a resident of Los Moros who was forced from his village by the incursion of Alanis? FUPCEG forces.


    Displaced children rest inside an unfinished home where they and others from towns taken over by FUPCEG vigilante forces have taken refuge in Chichihualco, Guerrero state, Mexico Thursday, May 30, 2019.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
    Like many residents of the mountains, Barragan long depended on planting an acre or two of poppies to bring in cash. But when prices dropped a couple of years ago, Barragan turned to his stand of avocado trees, the new ?green gold? in the mountains of southern Mexico.

    But now the vigilantes have seized his avocado orchard and are harvesting the fruit he has waited for two years to mature.

    Barragan, like hundreds of his neighbors ? and thousands throughout the state ? has fled. He says people won?t take it much longer.

    ?The National Guard is what we most need up here, and have been waiting for, but if it doesn?t work, we are going to take other measures,? Barragan said, adding a lot of his neighbors are thinking of getting guns.

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    https://www.hjnews.com/news/crime_co...fa3a3da81.html

    Here is an Update on why the incident happened

    Generally speaking, police reports are cold, procedural documents, filled with details and observations. But sometimes, if you look closely, a story emerges in a way that redefines an event.

    Such is the case in Logan City police reports related to the April 27 death of a Logan man after what appeared to be a simple assault.

    The story within the corresponding police reports naturally includes the victim, 62-year-old Michael Fife, but also includes a story of a young girl whose life may have been shaped by a prior trauma and her overprotective older brother who, it seems, thought he was being helpful.

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    The details were revealed bit by bit over the span of a week as police conducted interviews with everyone involved, including Fife, still conscious when police visited him in the emergency room at Logan Regional Hospital.

    “Michael did not know who hit him, or why they hit him,” the officer wrote in the report. “Michael stated he remembered being at a bus station but he did not know where he was when he got hit. Michael stated he did not want to worry about finding out who hit him and he did not want to press charges.”

    That might have been the end if it hadn’t been for two other phone calls to police later that evening, one from a Logan father who reportedly told police that his son had information about an assault that occurred earlier that day.

    An officer met the family at Merlin Olsen Park, and as the sun went down, he heard from a teen girl who said Fife groped her on the bus, and from her brother who told police that he was upset and he felt like he needed to do something.

    Throughout their interactions with police, multiple family members, including the girl herself, said she is dealing with anxiety and other fallout from traumatic abuse in her past, but they declined to share specifics, according to the police reports.

    It was after the Merlin Park meeting with the two juveniles and their parents that a nurse from McKay Dee Hospital called police to let them know that Fife had been transported to the Ogden hospital with a fractured skull and a brain bleed.

    According to the police report, Fife went into surgery on Wednesday to relieve pressure on his brain and he never regained consciousness.

    One week after the initial incident, the juveniles were interviewed again, this time by a detective who, unbeknownst to them, had already reviewed video footage of the event.

    The male said he was with his mom when he received a phone call from his sister saying she had been groped and harassed on a city bus after school. They picked her up from the transit center on 500 North and would have gone straight home, but the girl had forgotten her backpack from the bus.

    According to the police report, the mother drove her teenagers to a bus stop near the Logan Recreational Center, where her daughter planned to retrieve her backpack from her friends. Incidentally, Fife had gotten off at the same bus stop and was walking south on 100 West when he was spotted by the siblings.

    The young man told police that he jumped out of the car to confront the older man about touching his sister, yelling “hey” to Fife before pushing the man to the ground.

    “He said that it ‘freaked him out that he (Fife) might get up so he ran away,” the police report states.

    The detective took everything in, and then informed the juvenile that the incident had been captured on video.

    “I asked him if he ran toward the male and pushed him down while on a run with his arms extended — he said ‘something like that,’” the police report states.

    At the end of the interview, the juvenile was informed that Fife had passed away.

    “He appeared to be surprised and saddened by that information,” the detective wrote.

    This interview was followed up with another interview with the 16-year-old sister who reported she was groped on the city bus.

    She told police that she was standing near the front of the bus when a drunken Fife got on the bus near the liquor store and singled her out, then “she said that she ‘felt a little squeeze and he put all of his weight on me,’” the detective wrote in the police report. She said she tried to push him off of her, but he was really heavy.

    The detective wrote in his report that he asked her to confirm that Fife touched her inappropriately with both hands, and she said he had, so he told her about the video he had watched.

    “I told her that I was concerned because the male never put his hands on her. His hands were in front of him, and it was his elbow that brushed against her as he walked past,” he stated in the report. “I told her … the part about him turning toward her and touching her did not happen.”

    She reportedly responded with “Yeah, but he leaned on me,” then paused for several seconds before she told the detective “ yeah, I really thought that.”

    “I asked her if she knows what she did — she didn’t know, so I explained that she pointed to the male and laughed, and leaned over as her friends laughed as well,” the detective wrote in the report.

    He also noted his assurance to her that whatever happened in her past, the police department would be there to take her report if and when she was ready.

    The courts do not release information about charges filed upon youth under the age of 16 or those who have not been charged with a felony-level offence, so there is no indication whether or not criminal charges were recommended for the girl. However, her brother has been charged in juvenile court with homicide by assault and is scheduled to appear in court on July 2.

    The Herald Journal has decided not to report the boy’s name at this time because he is a juvenile.

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    The Boy will have a court hearing on July 2nd.

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    https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/ja...ld/791182.html

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    Srinagar, June 21

    The police have arrested two members of a vigilante group which allegedly went on rampage on Thursday night in the old city, targeting a group of doctors blaming them for drug addiction.
    The police swung into action after a doctor lodged a complaint against the mob.

    Meanwhile, a group of protesters blocked the main road at Nowhatta on Friday, demanding release of the two accused. “We have formed a social group to stop drug peddling. The police, instead of acting against them, have arrested two of our members and we seek their release,” a member of the protesting group said.


    According to the complainant, a group of doctors was on its way from the University of Kashmir to the Government Medical College, Srinagar, late on Thursday. Midway they were surrounded by a mob of around 20-25 people, who threatened and assaulted them.

    “They threatened to lynch us and even attempted to set us ablaze. We pleaded them to inform the police station concerned and not take law in their own hands. But they did not heed to our pleas and continued to beat and assault us,” the complaint said.

    “Despite our pleas, they took us to an unknown location and kept us there for around two hours. After being informed, a police team reached the spot and rescued us,” the complainant said.

    A police officer said the mob accused the group of being drug addicts.

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    https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/pu...be/791570.html

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    Chandigarh, June 22

    Prime suspect in the Bargari sacrilege incident was killed by two of his inmates in the New Nabha jail on Saturday, police said.

    The incident occurred on Saturday evening. Mahinder Pal Bittu, a resident of Faridkot and a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda, was attacked by two other inmates with an iron rod. The attackers have been identified as Mohinder Singh and Gursewak Singh—both facing murder charges.

    Doctors at Nabha Civil Hospital, where Bittu was brought in after the attack, declared him brought dead. Bittu suffered serious head injuries in the attack, the doctors said.

    Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered an inquiry into the fatal assault.

    ADGP Prisons Rohit Chaudhary will head the fact-finding committee, which has been asked to submit the report within three days. The inquiry will be in addition to the mandatory judicial inquest into the killing, the spokesperson said.



    The Chief Minister has ordered beefing up of security in the state in the wake of the attack, and asked people to not give in to rumours.

    “Those involved in the attack would face stringent punishment for the crime,” he said.

    A Special Investigation Team investigating sacrileges incidents in the state had arrested Bittu last year.

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    I say pardon both of them and give the killers them mercy. I understand why the 17 year old boy had to kill Fife. He was pressured to do something about it or get blamed for dropping the ball on his sister. He hears an allegation and he had to kill immediately because he felt his sister was not going to be treated fairly in court. We as a society need to stop dehumanizing vigilantes like the 17 year old boy and understand where he is coming from. I get we like to call vigilantes cold blooded people but these people who do the killings believed that their actions were collateral damage for the good of the victims.

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    I respect your opinion but I'd have to disagree. I'd worry if the 17 yr old didn't get any punishment that he'd feel like he was in the right & repeat the same behavior if something happens w his sister again.I do feel bad for everyone involved tho. I hope the sister & brother are both getting therapy. Sounds like both of them need it after everything that has happened w them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KambingSociety View Post
    I say pardon both of them and give the killers them mercy. I understand why the 17 year old boy had to kill Fife. He was pressured to do something about it or get blamed for dropping the ball on his sister. He hears an allegation and he had to kill immediately because he felt his sister was not going to be treated fairly in court. We as a society need to stop dehumanizing vigilantes like the 17 year old boy and understand where he is coming from. I get we like to call vigilantes cold blooded people but these people who do the killings believed that their actions were collateral damage for the good of the victims.
    Negative, ghostrider. That's all kind of wrong.

    The video proves that homegirl is full of donkey shit. Dude didn't do anything, and he died for no good goddamn reason.

    There are plenty, and I mean PLENTY of good reasons to beat a motherfucker near to death, but this was a bullshit story told by a girl who likely knows he didn't do anything, but said some shit anyway "just because".

    And no, I'm not victim blaming, because homegirl wasn't assaulted. People brush by others every day, touch others accidentally every day, and no one dies for it.

    She called her brother because she's a vagtastic shitstorm of a person.

    Yeah. That.
    Don't like what I have to say? I respect that. Now go fuck yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevansvault View Post
    Negative, ghostrider. That's all kind of wrong.

    The video proves that homegirl is full of donkey shit. Dude didn't do anything, and he died for no good goddamn reason.

    There are plenty, and I mean PLENTY of good reasons to beat a motherfucker near to death, but this was a bullshit story told by a girl who likely knows he didn't do anything, but said some shit anyway "just because".

    And no, I'm not victim blaming, because homegirl wasn't assaulted. People brush by others every day, touch others accidentally every day, and no one dies for it.

    She called her brother because she's a vagtastic shitstorm of a person.

    Yeah. That.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Non_Saepe View Post
    I disagree with this brand of justice. These people are not heroes and I find all of it sickening. And it's something else the poor girls will have burned in their memories. How about instead of castration as a deterrent, we start with valuing females and teaching males from birth that we fucking matter.
    Non, those people (the rapist(s)) are animals. Worse than animals. That guy totally deserved what he got, but his punishment should have been given by the law.

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    Shocked to see it was probably drugs. I was leaning towards suicide.
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    http://www.milligazette.com/news/167...ndia-us-report

    The US report also said that some senior officials of the ruling BJP made inflammatory speeches against the minority communities.

    The report said that as of November 2018, there were 18 such attacks, and eight people killed during the year. On June 22, two Uttar Pradesh police officers were charged with culpable homicide after a Muslim cattle trader died of injuries sustained while being questioned in police custody, the report said.

    Mandated by the Congress, the State Department in its voluminous report gives its assessment of the status of religious freedom in almost all the countries and territories of the world.

    In the India section, it said that there were reports by nongovernmental organizations that the government sometimes failed to act on mob attacks on religious minorities, marginalized communities and critics of the government.

    The report also said that the central and state governments and members of political parties took steps that affected Muslim practices and institutions.

    The government continued its challenge in the Supreme Court to the minority status of Muslim educational institutions, which affords them independence in hiring and curriculum decisions, it said.

    In its World Report covering 2018, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the government failed to “prevent or credibly investigate” mob attacks on religious minorities, marginalized communities, and critics of the government. At the same time, according to HRW, some BJP officials publicly supported perpetrators of such crimes and made inflammatory speeches against minority communities, which encouraged further violence. According to HRW, mob violence against minority communities amid rumors that they traded or killed cows for beef, especially Muslims, by extremist Hindu groups continued throughout the year. As of November, there had been 18 such attacks, and eight people killed during the year.

    The US report pointed out that twenty-four of the 29 states apply partial to full restrictions on bovine slaughter. Penalties vary among states, and may vary based on whether the animal is a cow, calf, bull, or ox. The ban mostly affects Muslims and members of other Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. In the majority of the 24 states where bovine slaughter is banned, punishments include imprisonment for six months to two years and a fine of 1,000 to 10,000 rupees ($14 to $140). Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir penalize cow slaughter with imprisonment of two to 10 years. The law in Gujarat mandates a minimum 10-year sentence (the punishment for some counts of manslaughter) and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment (the punishment for premeditated murder of humans) for killing cows, selling beef, and illegally transporting cows or beef.

    In February the first public display of “ghar-wapsi” (reconversion activities facilitated by Hindu organizations for those who had left Hinduism) in Kolkata took place when the organization Hindu Samhati featured 16 members of a Muslim family who were “reconverted to Hinduism” at a public rally. Hindu Samhati founder Tapan Ghosh said he had organized similar events previously for quite some time but decided to showcase the “reconverted” people in public as “the time was right.”

    In its official newspaper, the Shiv Sena, a Hindu nationalist regional party, stated the country’s Muslim community had too many children and “needs a family planning policy.” The paper’s December 4 editorial said the policy was needed to “ensure stability in the country and maintain national security.” It added, “the population of Indian Muslims is proliferating at the speed of a bullet train. Implementing family planning on them is the only solution.”

    “Throughout the year representatives from the embassy and consulates general met government officials to discuss challenges faced by religious minorities, especially Christians and Muslims, incidents of cow vigilantism, the status of religious freedom in the country, and religiously motivated violence,” the US report on International Religious Freedom concluded.

    Muslim minority under seige
    The US International Religious Freedom Report gave specific examples of religiously motivated killings, assaults, riots, discrimination, vandalism and actions restricting the right of Muslims:

    “As of November 2018, there were 18 such attacks, and eight people killed during the year. On June 22, two Uttar Pradesh police officers were charged with culpable homicide after a Muslim cattle trader died of injuries sustained while being questioned in police custody. In a separate incident, a court in Jharkhand sentenced 11 individuals, including a local BJP official, to life in prison for beating to death a Muslim, whom his killers believed to be trading in beef.

    “On July 17, the Supreme Court said violence in the name of “cow vigilantism” was unacceptable and the onus of preventing such incidents lay with the states. Attacks on religious minorities included allegations of involvement by law enforcement personnel.

    “On January 10, Jammu and Kashmir police arrested eight men, including four police personnel, in connection with the kidnapping, gang rape, and killing of an 8-year-old girl. The men allegedly kidnapped the victim, took her to a nearby temple, and raped and killed her in an effort to drive her nomadic Muslim community out of the area. In September Uttar Pradesh authorities suspended three police officers after videos surfaced of them abusing a Hindu woman in Meerut for reportedly consorting with a Muslim man. The central and state governments and members of political parties took steps that affected Muslim practices and institutions.

    “The government continued its challenge in the Supreme Court to the minority status of Muslim educational institutions, which affords them independence in hiring and curriculum decisions. Proposals to rename Indian cities with Muslim provenance continued, most notably the renaming of Allahabad to Prayagraj. Activists said these proposals were designed to erase Muslim contributions to Indian history and had led to increased communal tensions.

    “There were reports of religiously motivated killings, assaults, riots, discrimination, vandalism, and actions restricting the right of individuals to practice their religious beliefs and proselytize. According to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) data presented in the lower house of parliament on February 6, communal incidents increased by 9 percent from 2015 to 2017, with 822 incidents resulting in 111 deaths and 2,384 injuries in 2017.

    “Authorities often failed to prosecute perpetrators of “cow vigilante” attacks, which included killings, mob violence, and intimidation. On July 21, a group attacked and killed Rakbar Khan, a Muslim dairy farmer from Haryana, while he was transporting two cows at night. In December (2017) an estimated 300 persons, angered by reports of cows being slaughtered in the area, set fire to the police station in Chigrawati and killed a police officer. An 18-year-old protester was also killed in the violence.

    “A mob assaulted two Muslim men, killing one, in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna District on May 17, alleging they were slaughtering a bull. Police arrested four assailants and filed a complaint alleging cow slaughter against the injured survivor.

    “In December the Shiv Sena Party published an editorial calling for government to curb the growth of the country’s Muslim population through such measures as compulsory family planning for Muslims. On September 28, the Supreme Court overturned a ban on females aged 10 to 50 years from entering the Hindu Sabarimala temple in Kerala, a move that, according to media, sparked political controversy across the country…..


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    https://risingsunoverport.co.za/7482...fatal-assault/

    KWAZULU-NATAL: Three men, between the ages of 19 and 23, appeared in the Nsimbini Magistrates Court, on charges of kidnapping and murder, recently.

    In light of their court appearance, provincial police are warning community members not to take the law into their own hands as vigilantism will not be tolerated.

    ALSO READ: Rookie cops to curb violent crime in KZN communities

    Provincial police spokeswoman, Col Thembeka Mbhele said, “On June 16, 2019, Sphamandla Hlengwa (30) was at his work place when he was confronted by three known men, who suspected him of stealing valuable items from one of them.”

    It is alleged that the men took Hlengwa to a certain house in Adams Mission where he was severely assaulted.

    One of the accused left to his house to sleep, leaving the victim behind with the remaining two men.

    After a short while he received a call from one of the men, informing him that Hlengwa passed away. He instructed them to report the matter to the police but they refused,” said Col Mbhele.

    The victim’s family became worried when their son did not return home and decided to search for him. They also informed the police.

    Information was received that three known men were seen assaulting the victim.

    ALSO READ: Community members arrested for vigilante attacks

    “After an intensive investigation, the accused led the police to dense bushes in Emsahweni near Umkhuphulangwenya River in Adams. The KwaMakhutha police, Durban Search and Rescue together with Metro Police Search and Rescue recovered the body. The men were formally charged with kidnapping and murder,” she added.

    Anyone who may have information to share regarding any criminal activities should contact their local police station or Crime Stop on 08600-10111.

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    https://www.dailyunion.com/news/d-a-...6b6a2c92a.html

    JOHNSON CREEK — The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday warned citizens against becoming involved in vigilante activities following what it says was a vigilante sex predator “sting” in Johnson Creek during the weekend.

    Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ said that, on Monday, her office became aware of a sex predator sting set up by an out-of-county citizen vigilante group in Johnson Creek. She said groups like this one use “decoy” profiles of fictional children to attract adults alleged to be seeking illicit contact with minors. If an adult shows up for the meeting with the fictional child, these meetings are recorded and the videos are released on social media.

    Happ said that although these stings do not involve actual children, the harm caused by such stings is real.

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    “(Although) these vigilante groups are well-intentioned, the cases created through such vigilante activity rarely lead to criminal charges,” Happ said. “When citizens take matters into their own hands, it can be extremely harmful to a successful prosecution. Law enforcement professionals have to complete strict training to learn proper techniques for these types of investigations, and they have the necessary experience to collect and preserve digital evidence. Citizens lack this critical experience and training, and the vigilantes’ actions may result in important evidence being destroyed, compromised or suppressed. This can negatively impact our ability to effectively do our jobs.”

    Happ said that the loss of potential digital evidence from a suspect’s phone is extremely problematic.

    “Because citizens do not possess the authority of law enforcement to arrest, the suspects are free to leave the vigilante sting,” she said. “When suspects are confronted and then let go, there is an extremely high probability that the suspect will wipe or destroy his or her digital devices and eliminate key evidence that would have otherwise been preserved by law enforcement.”

    Public protection is also a concern for Happ.

    “I cannot stress enough how dangerous it is for citizens to take matters of law enforcement into their own hands,” she said. “Confronting suspects even in a public place, not only endangers the vigilantes themselves, but also puts members of the public at risk. It puts citizens directly in harm’s way and it negatively impacts our ability to keep our children safe and protect them from dangerous individuals.”

    The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office stated that it vigorously prosecutes crimes against children in conjunction with law enforcement professionals who are trained in such investigations.

    “I strongly urge the public to leave this work to law enforcement experts,” Happ said.

    The incident in Johnson Creek remains under investigation by local law enforcement, not only to gather additional facts, but to also assess whether any of the evidence collected so far is usable in a prosecution.

    The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office requests that any suspicious or criminal activity be reported to law enforcement immediately for investigation. Parents are also encouraged to speak with their children about safe internet and cell phone usage.

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    https://mynorthwest.com/1432670/pier...tacoma-police/

    A Pierce County vigilante says he was exposing a sexual predator when he was hit by a car.

    Why Seattle’s famous superhero Phoenix Jones is retiring

    The entire incident was captured on camera and posted to YouTube.

    The man, who posts videos for “Criminally Exposed,” set up his own sting operation by pretending to be a 14-year-old girl, according to Tacoma Police.

    They say he made arrangements to meet a 25-year-old man at McKinley Park in Tacoma on April 29.


    In the video, the man repeatedly tells the driver to stop.

    “I’m not a cop, I’m not here to hurt you,” he starts out by saying in the video.

    The driver does not stop and hits the man, who fell to the ground. When he returned to McKinley Park to apologize, the on-camera confrontation began.

    “What are you sorry for, hitting me or showing up to [expletive] a 14-year-old girl?” he asks the driver in the video.

    The 25-year-old man never denies why he came to the park. However, Loretta Cool with Tacoma Police says officers’ hands are now tied when it comes to the case.

    “Maybe we could have charged him with something, had the investigation been done appropriately,” she explained.

    Luring and exposing someone under false pretense without involving law enforcement makes it nearly impossible for police to make an arrest, according to Cool.

    “What he is calling evidence, we can’t use in court,” she says, “What he’s doing is borderline illegal.”


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    The driver was charged on June 26 with assault in the second degree for hitting the man who confronted him. He is not facing charges related to the meet-up.

    As vigilante groups rise to popularity in Pierce County, the Tacoma Police Department is strongly advocating against actions similar to this.

    “This man has put himself in danger, and he’s putting other people at risk around him,” Cool said.

    The man who runs Criminally Exposed asked KIRO 7 not to release his identity. He said his intention is to help law enforcement officials and provide evidence for prosecution.

    Cool says ambushing possible suspects before they commit a crime will not result in an arrest.

    “His choice is not to involve the police, so you tell me how this is helping society in any way,” she says, “He’s not doing it to get the person arrested. He’s doing it to confront and shame them.”

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    https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2019/0...bers-to-death/

    Angry mob has beaten two suspected armed robbers to death on Saturday in Abraka, Delta State.

    It was gathered that the suspects; Uchenna Ezekonyi, 27 and Mbachu Sunday, 30, were beaten to death after a failed robbery attack on one Moses Emoghene.

    It was learnt that the suspects had snatched a polythene bag containing N250,000 from Emoghene, who had withdrawn the cash from the Zenith Bank branch in Abraka.

    The victim, Emoghene, was said to have raised the alarm as he was being attacked by the robbers.

    This attracted the mob who responded to the distress call by beaten the two suspects to death before the police could rescue them

    Delta State Commissioner of Police, Adeyinka Adeleke, confirmed the incident to The Nation, saying it happened.

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    https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/06/...ungle-justice/

    The Lagos State Police Command has warned members of the public against executing jungle justice or extra-judicial punishment when suspected criminals are caught. Kidnap IGP appoints ACP Markus Basiran to head Police’s CRU(Opens in a new browser tab) ADVERTISING The Lagos State Police Command’s Spokesperson, DSP Bala Elkana gave the warning in a statement issued on Sunday following the wrongful accusation of two men as kidnappers. ADVERTISING The victim, one Justina Emmanuel, who has mental health challenge, had shouted for help and a mob had descended on her husband, Joseph Agugom and his brother, Paul Agugom who were taking her to the hospital, the police said. “On June 6, at about 12.45p.m, the Command’s control room received a distress call that a mob action was going on at Lawanson junction, Itire. Anti crime patrol team led by the Divisional Police Officer Itire, CSP Odey Ogah was prompted and deployed to the scene. According to him, One Justina Emmanuel of No. 10 Bishop Okogie St. Ago, and her one and a half year old daughter, Munachisom Agugom were rescued. “Two suspects namely: Joseph Agugom and Paul Agugom both of the same address with the victims, were rescued from the mob. “They were alleged to have kidnapped the victims for ritual purposes. One Honda CRV car with Lagos Registration, FST 587 BU, one LG Phone, one iPhone, One bag containing two flasks, three pieces of rope, one black para military belt and one green beret were recovered. “Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim is married to one of the suspects, Joseph Agugom and the child belongs to both of them. “It was also revealed that the victim is suffering from mental illness and she is being transported to hospital when she raised alarm and some members of the public stopped the car and descended on the suspects. “Members of both the suspects’ and victims’ family came to the station and made statements to the effect that the victim is suffering from mental illness and was actually being transported to hospital. “The two other children of the victim with her husband, were brought to the Station, contrary to the allegations of the victim that they were killed by the husband for money ritual. “The victim was taken to hospital by the Police for medical examination. “Police has launched a manhunt for those who participated in the mob action with a view to bringing them to justice,” he said. Elkana strongly advised members of the public to be more careful and not to jump to conclusions on alarm raised by anybody. He said innocent persons have suffered death or bodily harm and inhuman treatment through jungle justice in the past. The PPRO added that members of the public have the powers to arrest anybody suspected of a crime but that the law provides that such persons arrested should be handed over to the Police immediately. According to him, it is only investigation that can determine the truthfulness or otherwise of the allegations and the laws presume the accused person to be innocent until proven guilty by court of competent jurisdiction. (NAN)

    Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/06/...ungle-justice/

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    https://www.stabroeknews.com/2019/ne...cial-killings/

    Civil group, ‘Mourning Family and Friends in White’, yesterday staged a protest outside the office of the leader of the opposition Bharrat Jagdeo, and called on the government to launch an investigation into the extrajudicial killings that happened under the PPP/C administration.

    The protest, which started just after 10 am saw just over a dozen persons walking along Church Street between Peter Rose Street and Shivnarine Chanderpaul Drive, holding up placards requesting the government launch an investigation into the killings of Courtney Crum-Ewing, Ronald Waddell and former minister Satyadeow Sawh and family, among others.



    A number of police officers were seen along the protest route, including senior officers, who kept the traffic flow uninterrupted while also making sure the protestors were able to cross the road in a safe and quick manner.


    Protestors as they marched along Church Street holding their placards
    One of the leaders of the group, who identified herself as Sister Penda Guyan, stated that they staged the peaceful protest asking the government to open an investigation into the killings that occurred under the PPP/C administration. “We’re asking the president and the government to open an investigation into the extrajudicial killings that occurred under the Jagdeo PPP/C administration. This is our second protest out here and we’re not here for any confrontation,” Guyan told Stabroek News.

    The woman went on to say that they would like for the investigations to be opened, as family members of the persons who were killed are still traumatized by the deaths of their loved ones. “The families are still having nightmares and moreover with the advent of Roger Khan’s supposed release and should be coming back they are really, really grief stricken and worried. They are wanting to know what is going on, why no investigation,” she added.


    The Mourning Families and Friends in White’s poster, featuring photos of Ronald Waddell, Courtney Crum-Ewing and Satyadeow Sawh, and asking the president and the government to open an investigation into the extrajudicial executions of over 400 plus citizens of Guyana under the Jagdeo administration.
    Guyan went on to say that they would also like to know what role Khan played in the killing of those persons, stating that the entire former PPP/C administration should be investigated and not just one person.



    The group chose to protest in front of the office of former president Jagdeo, so that he and members of his party would know that they would like to have answers as it relates to what happened while the party was in power. “We feel this is the best place for something like this,” she explained.

    According to information received, Jagdeo was not in office at the time of the protest.

    Another one of the protestors told members of the media that they chose to protest at this time as they have written numerous letters asking for an investigation to be conducted but have not received any response. The woman, who did not give her name, stated, “This should not have happened and we need closure. The people want to know what happened to their loved ones, we must have some form of justice, we will not forget them and we must have justice for those people”. She indicated that she was out there as a close family friend of Crum-Ewing.

    Guyan stated that they plan to continue their peaceful protests until an investigation into the killings is launched.

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    https://www.equaltimes.org/from-indo...d#.XRVgcujYr-c

    In Asia, anti-drug rhetoric and action is gaining traction amongst democratically-elected leaders who are ignoring, perhaps willfully, the human rights implications. First it was south-east Asia, and now south Asia is joining the trend. Last year, ahead of national elections, Bangladesh’s prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, launched a ‘war on drugs’, empowering authorities to use force against suspected narcotics dealers. In less than a month 86 people were killed, and the death toll is now estimated at over 400 with over 25,000 arrested according to Al-Jazeera. Then earlier this year, Sri Lanka decided to reintroduce the death penalty with the expressed reason stated as the ability to execute drug criminals. This week Amnesty International called on the government not to execute a number of death row prisoners as part of a grim National Drug Eradication Week (21 June – 1 July) initiative.

    “This is lazy governance and an effort to convince people that the political leadership is in charge,” says Meenakshi Ganguly, the south Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Instead of doing the hard work – reforming the criminal justice system, enabling police to identify criminals and protecting victims – political leaders somehow believe that threatening criminals with hangings will deter them.”

    The inspiration for both countries? The Philippines, which, since President Rodrigo Duterte was elected in 2016, has embarked on an incredibly violent war on drugs that has resulted in an estimated 20,000 deaths.

    The first sign that other countries would mimic his tactics came in neighbouring Indonesia, which saw two rounds of drug-executions followed by a stark rise in extrajudicial killings by narcotics police in 2017 after President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo called drugs Indonesia’s “number one problem”. Recent events in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have raised fears that the use of state-sanctioned violence against alleged drug criminals could be spreading to south Asia where it would have a hugely detrimental impact on human rights and the rule of law.

    “It’s horrifying to see that some governments have chosen to emulate Duterte’s actions,” says Omar Waraich, deputy south Asia director at Amnesty International. “Like him, they are desperately trying to appear tough to the public, claiming that they have a quick solution to establish law and order.”

    The Duterte factor
    There is evidence that the use and availability of addictive narcotics is increasing across Asia. In southern Thailand, the use of crystal methamphetamine has been rising, making addiction the top cause of divorce in the region. In China, the official number of drug users has risen from 150,000 in 1991 to 2.5 million in 2017. And seizures of meth tablets and crystal meth have risen dramatically in south-east Asia over the past decade, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

    This increase is driving the sudden interest in populist, anti-drug policies. “Communities are often upset that the wide availability of illegal recreational drugs has led to addiction problems and they want the state to take action,” says Ganguly.

    The Philippines was also dealing with this challenge, and there were reports of growing meth usage in parts of major cities such as Manila and Cebu. Duterte’s 2016 presidential campaign hinged on his success in reducing crime and drug usage while mayor of Davao City, where he debuted his now-infamous tactics, such as ordering the use of death squads.

    There is a direct connection between Duterte’s rise and the spread of violent anti-drugs tactics in Asia. Both Bangladesh and Sri Lankan authorities have expressed admiration for Duterte’s methods. In fact, Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena announced his desire to resume use of the death penalty after visiting the Philippines and calling what he saw there “an example to the world”. In Bangladesh, there are clear parallels between the rhetoric of Prime Minister Hasina and Duterte. Ignorance about drugs, and how to address their social impacts, allows this rhetoric to take hold.

    “It has been easy for political leaders to simplify the ills of their society by blaming them on drugs, due largely to the fact that understanding about drugs is not based on evidence and science but on morality, ideology and fallacies,” says Gloria Lai, regional director for Asia at the International Drug Policy Consortium.

    In fact, the effectiveness of Duterte’s contentious efforts to reduce drug usage or availability is yet to be proven. The price of meth remains similar to what it was before Duterte took power, and reliable figures on drug usage are inconclusive; meanwhile evidence of police brutality and abuse of power is plentiful.

    “Duterte’s murderous ways have not rid the Philippines of drugs,” Waraich tells Equal Times. “In their own operations, the police have planted evidence in people’s homes, faked official incident reports and stolen possessions from people’s homes.”

    A war on the poor and marginalised
    Thailand provides another worrying example. While not as deadly as the Philippines, Thailand embarked on a war on drugs in the early 2000s, putting tens of thousands of people in jail. Today, more about 70 percent of the country’s prison population has been interned on drug offenses, yet drug use and availability remains high. This falls in line with data from the United States, where narcotics use remains high despite years of harsh anti-drug tactics. Moreover, several studies have shown that the use of the death penalty as a deterrent against the trade and usage of narcotics in fact does very little to reduce crime. “The death penalty is a simplistic measure to deceive people into thinking that the government is taking serious action,” says Lai.

    Also, incredibly worrying to human rights observers is evidence that the victims of both extrajudicial killings and the death penalty tend to be those from poor and/or marginalised communities, not necessarily the people who run criminal networks. The lack of accountability for police means that the dead can include victims unconnected to drug use, such as the 2017 killing of 17-year old Kian Loyd de los Santos, or political opponents, as more than 10 of the victims in Bangladesh are activists for the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

    “Breaking the very laws they are supposed to uphold, the authorities have acted on the flimsiest evidence to target people suspected of buying or selling drugs, often in poor neighborhoods,” says Waraich.

    Despite all the evidence, there is little momentum to switch from tactics rooted in violence and force to one more rooted in public health: “It’s political symbolism at the expense of not just individuals but also communities and societies, because instead of investing in effectively tackling social problems, such governments have simply chosen to distract voters,” says Lai.

    If the goal is political, then the war on drugs has been successful, at least for its leaders. In the Philippines Duterte remains one of the most popular politicians in Asia. Similarly, in Indonesia, Jokowi has seen a jump in his popularity ratings after each round of drug executions, and has seen no blowback from the rise in extrajudicial killings.

    “Jokowi has been using, as much as possible, public issues that could be exploited on a populist platform, and one of those is drugs,” says Ricky Gunawan, an Indonesian human rights lawyer and director of the Community Legal Aid Institute (LBH Masyarakat), based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    In Bangladesh, the same trick has also worked well. Prime Minister Hasina’s Awami League party won elections in December 2018 convincingly, taking 288 out of 300 seats in Parliament, despite numerous allegations of fraud. In the Philippines, Duterte’s allies won a majority in mid-term elections for 12 seats in the Senate. As long as voters keep supporting politicians who put populist policies ahead of human rights, it is likely that the war on drugs will continue to claim more victims across Asia.

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    https://searchlight.vc/searchlight/f...d-as-evidence/


    By all indications, a video which circulated across social media of a man being beaten by vigilantes at his fianc?e’s funeral is not in evidence in the case against the alleged attackers.

    “I believe that the police were probably thinking that there was a video circulating and all ah that, but that is not evidence,” defence attorney Ronald Marks for two of the six accused men stated while making an objection when the court matter began last Friday.

    SEARCHLIGHT has confirmed that the prosecution in the matter does not have a video of the incident. In order to put such a video into evidence the original video is said to be required, and not duplicates.

    The video referred to was filmed on May 27, 2018, on the day of the funeral of Jettonia Thomas, the former fianc?e of Paul Stephens who died on May 10 that year. The video, nearly three minutes long, shows individuals attacking Stephens, with a piece of wood and stones.

    Six men were charged at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court following the Sunday incident, for causing a disturbance to an Assembly lawfully engaged in the performance of a religious ceremony, to wit, the funeral service of Jetonnia Thomas, 32 years old. The accused men’s names are Kazim ‘Meds’ Alexander, Timron ‘Base’ Padmore, Dane Daniel, Junior ‘Trunkie’ Charles, Jeronza Thomas and Esward Charles.

    Five of the men, excluding Esward Charles, were also charged with having offensive weapons, and for unlawfully and maliciously wounding Stephens.

    Daniel, Alexander and Junior were recharged last Friday at the request of the defence counsel, and changed their previous guilty pleas to some charges to ‘not guilty’.

    Stephens took the stand as the trial began last Friday. He said that a young man came up to him on the day of the funeral and asked who the husband of Jettonia Thomas was. After Stephens was identified, this man, who Stephens pointed out in court, apparently said “Handsome man”, before turning around and declaring “this is the killer of Jettonia.”

    Stephens recalled that before it was determined that Thomas died from a heart attack, persons believed him to be responsible for her death.

    Stephens said the man went down into the main road and made a sound like a dog.

    He tried to identify a second man after this, and attorney Marks made the objection that there are dangers inherent in identifying persons by pointing them out while they are standing in the dock. He noted that the police had ample time to conduct an identification parade. This is when he made the comment about the video.

    Prosecutor Corlene Samuel submitted, “Mr Stephens is giving evidence. In order to give evidence, as to what transpired on the day, he has to say exactly who and what.”

    Lawyer Linton Lewis representing Daniel, agreed with Marks’ submission and countered that in Stephens evidence to the police he had said that his head was down and he didn’t see anyone.

    Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett told the prosecutor that he could not tell her how to do what she was doing, but that he tended to agree with the submissions of defence counsel.

    The evidence of Stephens was allowed to continue, with the defendants now being referred to by their numbers. Stephens recalled the specific men he saw attacking him with different objects.

    However, after a certain point, Stephens said that he did not see because he was crowded by people protecting him. He said he received many lashes and that the hits landed by his eye, and he could not see because he was bleeding. He was also hit in his head, and his waist.

    The case continues on July 12.

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    https://www.hjnews.com/montpelier/ne...4cec40300.html

    Generally speaking, police reports are cold, procedural documents, filled with details and observations. But sometimes, if you look closely, a story emerges in a way that redefines an event.

    Such is the case in Logan City police reports related to the April 27 death of a Logan man after what appeared to be a simple assault.

    The story within the corresponding police reports naturally includes the victim, 62-year-old Michael Fife, but also includes a story of a young girl whose life may have been shaped by a prior trauma and her overprotective older brother who, it seems, thought he was being helpful.

    The details were revealed bit by bit over the span of a week as police conducted interviews with everyone involved, including Fife, still conscious when police visited him in the emergency room at Logan Regional Hospital.

    “Michael did not know who hit him, or why they hit him,” the officer wrote in the report. “Michael stated he remembered being at a bus station but he did not know where he was when he got hit. Michael did not want to press charges.”

    That might have been the end if it hadn’t been for two other phone calls to police later that evening, one from a Logan father who reportedly told police that his son had information about an assault that occurred earlier that day.

    An officer met the family at Merlin Olsen Park, and as the sun went down, he heard from a teen girl who said Fife groped her on the bus, and from her brother who told police that he was upset and he felt like he needed to do something.

    Throughout their interactions with police, multiple family members, including the girl herself, said she is dealing with anxiety and other fallout from traumatic abuse in her past, but they declined to share specifics, according to the police reports.

    It was after the Merlin Park meeting with the two juveniles and their parents that a nurse from McKay Dee Hospital called police to let them know that Fife had been transported to the Ogden hospital with a fractured skull and a brain bleed.

    According to the police report, Fife went into surgery on Wednesday to relieve pressure on his brain and he never regained consciousness.

    One week after the initial incident, the juveniles were interviewed again, this time by a detective who, unbeknownst to them, had already reviewed video footage of the event.

    The male said he was with his mom when he received a phone call from his sister saying she had been groped and harassed on a city bus after school. They picked her up from the transit center on 500 North and would have gone straight home, but the girl had forgotten her backpack from the bus.

    According to the police report, the mother drove her teenagers to a bus stop near the Logan Recreational Center, where her daughter planned to retrieve her backpack from her friends. Incidentally, Fife had gotten off at the same bus stop and was walking south on 100 West when he was spotted by the siblings.

    The young man told police that he jumped out of the car to confront the older man about touching his sister, yelling “hey” to Fife before pushing the man to the ground.

    “He said that it ‘freaked him out that he (Fife) might get up so he ran away,” the police report states.

    The detective took everything in, and then informed the juvenile that the incident had been captured on video.

    “I asked him if he ran toward the male and pushed him down while on a run with his arms extended — he said ‘something like that,’” the police report states.

    At the end of the interview, the juvenile was informed that Fife had passed away.

    “He appeared to be surprised and saddened by that information,” the detective wrote.

    This interview was followed up with another interview with the 16-year-old sister who reported she was groped on the city bus.

    She told police that she was standing near the front of the bus when a drunken Fife got on the bus near the liquor store and singled her out, then “she said that she ‘felt a little squeeze and he put all of his weight on me,’” the detective wrote in the police report. She said she tried to push him off of her, but he was really heavy.

    The detective wrote in his report that he asked her to confirm that Fife touched her inappropriately with both hands, and she said he had, so he told her about the video he had watched.

    “I told her that I was concerned because the male never put his hands on her. His hands were in front of him, and it was his elbow that brushed against her as he walked past,” he stated in the report. “I told her … the part about him turning toward her and touching her did not happen.”

    She reportedly responded with “Yeah, but he leaned on me,” then paused for several seconds before she told the detective “ yeah, I really thought that.”

    “I asked her if she knows what she did — she didn’t know, so I explained that she pointed to the male and laughed, and leaned over as her friends laughed as well,” the detective wrote in the report.

    He also noted his assurance to her that whatever happened in her past, the police department would be there to take her report if and when she was ready.

    The courts do not release information about charges filed upon youth under the age of 16 or those who have not been charged with a felony-level offence, so there is no indication whether or not criminal charges were recommended for the girl. However, her brother has been charged in juvenile court with homicide by assault and is scheduled to appear in court on July 2.

    The Herald Journal has decided not to report the boy’s name at this time because he is a juvenile.

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    Every child grows up watching some or the other superhero story where the hero fights the villain and brings them to justice for all the crimes they commit. As innocent kids, we never understood why the police were against a superhero like Batman, a guy who was trying to make a change in the society by defeating the bad guys.

    But when we put fiction in retrospect with reality, we understand why the police think vigilantes are hostile to public order. A vigilante is a civilian or an organization that acts in a law enforcement capacity without legal authority. The definition of the bad guy vigilante use is what makes them a threat to peace. In India, this term is more commonly known as “Gau Rakshaks” (cow protectors) who are a group of elite extremely motivated believers who think their generations old religion is under threat in a country where they form the majority in number.

    The BJP is a clever party as it knows how to manipulate people with a continuous flow of events. If you think you are starting to understand one flaw in their governance they will come up with another which will overshadow the previous one as if it was nothing. For example, if you think a case of lynching is disturbing, then in a matter of days you’ll hear about some tragedy with children. You would not even be over the preposterous nature of the crisis that another rape would be in the news.

    If you’re still thinking about the same grave issue then the newest trick in the bag is the use of fake news because Nehru’s religion is more important than the death of children in 2019. And you must be an idiot if you believe you’ll ever see the news about farmer crisis or the water crisis because those things can’t be blamed on a single or group of individuals.

    Also Read: Tabrez Ansari’s Death Is Not The First Of Its Kind, And Will Not Be The Last
    While we had our focus on the death of children in Bihar, some people in Jharkhand decided to be the Batman of their village. A 22-year-old Muslim man named Tabrez Ansari was beaten while being tied to a pole by a mob that caught him allegedly trying to steal a bike. The bizarre turn in the event was that he was asked to chant “Jai Shri Ram” (Hail Lord Ram) and “Jai Hanuman” (Hail Hanuman) while he was getting beaten up.

    Now with the rise in the public divide which is included in the exclusive package of achche din (better days) the people of India have chosen these chants are disturbingly no surprise as we’ve already seen countless similar cases, but what is really disturbing is how the police have responded to this particular issue.

    The Indian Express reported that the village pradhan Subhash Mahto said, “People started beating the thief after he was caught. We tried calling police but could not get them on phone. So whoever came to know of the thief was beating Ansari.”

    The police has been said to reach the crime scene hours later and took Ansari in their custody where he was denied medical attention and when one of his relatives asked for him to be taken to the hospital, the police threatened him and still did not take any actions to take Ansari to the hospital until it was too late. The ineffectiveness of the police in not just reaching the scene of crime but in providing basic medical attention to a victim of mob lynching makes you lose faith in the people who are supposed to protect us.

    A report by the fact-finding team of the Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha for this case of lynching said that Ansari was stopped in the middle of the night and the people asked his name and then tied him to a pole and started beating him. We are now living in times when if you’re from a minority community then even saying your name out loud can get you killed. If we don’t see any change from the current regime in vigilante activity like this, then the day isn’t far when the only way to protect a child would be to name them Ram.

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