police brutality

#EndSARS: Ogun panel recommends payment of over N218 million to victims

Ogun Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has assured that he will implement the report of the State’s Judicial Panel of Investigation on Police Brutality and Extra Judicial Killings. The Governor who gave the assurance while receiving the report said its implementation was necessary towards having a peaceful society and engendering of a more robust relationship between the people and security agencies. Governor Abiodun who spoke on Friday appreciated the Panel members for their selfless efforts and contributions towards the successful completion of the task. “I believe that the implementation of this report will end the gory experience often encountered by residents of the State”, the Governor assured. The State’s helmsman added that it is important for all of us as a people and security agenci...

#EndSARS: VP Osinbajo urges States to send judicial panels’ progress reports

As plans for next year’s budget begins to gather pace, the National Economic Council (NEC) has endorsed the 2022-2024 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP) which was presented to it at an emergency meeting of the Council today. Besides the MTEF presentation, the NEC also updated its focus on the reports of the State Judicial Panels set up across the country after last year’s #EndSARS protests. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, urged States where the panels are still sitting to also send interim reports so as to measure progress. According to the Vice President, in a statement by his media aide Laolu Akande, the reports are now being received ahead of a Council meeting where presentations would be made on them, both for States where the panels have conclude...

South East leaders decry injustice against Igbo

Pool Photo A leading Igbo social-political group, Nzuko Umuna, says that Nigeria, particularly the South East, is witnessing insecurity because of injustice, inequalities and lack of governance. Addressing reporters in Abuja on Monday, Sam Amadi, chairman of the legal committee of the think tank, said the unfair and unequal treatment of citizens have compounded the insecurity crisis. Amadi said the South East used to be the ‘safest region in Nigeria, but has become a site of organised criminality.’ ‘Nzuko Umuna recognises that Nigeria has descended into a depth of insecurity partly because of the failure of governance across the country and particularly because of inequities and injustices of political leadership in Nigeria,’ the former chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commi...

Black Councilman Catches Cop Urinating On Property After Calling Out Police Killings

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Anadolu Agency / Getty The police shooting incident which left Black North Carolina man Andrew Brown Jr. dead has raised tensions across the state, leading to a heinous act from authorities sworn to protect citizens. A Black councilman in the state has video footage of a police officer urinating on his funeral home property after speaking out against police who shot and killed Brown. As reported by local publication The Herald, Councilman Gabriel Adkins says that he has surveillance video footage of Pasquotank County deputy relieving himself at his funeral home property and alleges that the act was in retaliation for his outspoken views regarding the April shooting of Brown. It isn’t immediately clear from the report if it was one or more deputies who too...

#EndSARS: Ondo panel recommends N755 million compensations for victims

A judicial panel of police brutality and other related matters has recommended about N755 million as compensations for petitioners. The Chairman of the panel, Salisu Sidiq, revealed this while submitting the committee’s reports and recommendations to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. The panel inaugurated on October 20, 2020, sought to address issues that led to #EndSARS protests in the state. Mr Sidiq said it received and heard 77 petitions, out of which 14 were criminal, and 63 were civil matters. He added, “Mr Governor sir, the panel, after careful consideration of its limitations in line with extant Supreme Court judgments on the powers of panels of inquiry to entertain res-judicata cases I suggest that it is high time a review is carried out on Section 84 of the Sheriffs and Civil Process Ac...

26-Year Veteran Police Officer Kimberly A. Potter Identified As Daunte Wright’s Killer

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Star Tribune via Getty Images / Getty Daunte Wright’s killer has been identified, and she has a very sketchy past when it comes to police shootings. As protests continued for a second night in the city of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, following the unjust killing of Daunte Wright and a third night of unrest fully expected, Wright’s killer’s identity has been kept from the public for days. That was until Tuesday (Apr. 13). Following the release of body cam footage, we now know the person behind the so-called “accidental discharge” that took another unarmed Black man’s life. Kimberly A. Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department who just also happens to be president of the police union, has been identified as Wright’s killer. Pott...

Virginia Police Officer Fired After Pepper-Spraying & Pointing Gun At Black Army Officer

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Bodycam Footage / Windsor, Virginia Police Bodycam One less overzealous officer on the streets to worry about. One of two Virginia police officers seen on bodycam footage pepper-spraying and pointing their firearms at a Black Army medic during a traffic stop has been fired. The decision to give the officer the boot was announced on late Sunday (Apr.11) after Governor Ralph Northam called the incident “disturbing” in a tweet on Sunday and called for an independent investigation into the case. My statement on the encounter between Lieutenant Caron Nazario and two officers from the Windsor Police Department: pic.twitter.com/GcfL5YeIRm — Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) April 11, 2021 In a statement, the town of Windsor said it joined the calls from election offic...

Body Cam Video Shows LAPD Incorrectly Accosting Black Man In Hollywood

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: David McNew / Getty Antone Austin, a music producer who resides in Hollywood, Calif., was forcibly arrested in 2019 by LAPD officers responding to a domestic disturbance that involved a white man. However, when the cops arrived at the scene, they quickly and incorrectly assumed that Austin was their suspect and arrested him and his girlfriend according to newly released footage from a body cam video. NBC Los Angeles has been covering Austin’s story for some time, including an Early March report where he detailed what occurred the day of the arrest that landed him and his girlfriend in jail. According to the March 9 report, Austin explained that he was thrown to the ground and arrested while stating he believed the incident when as it did due to him being ...

Police Chief Who Ran Training Division Says Chauvin’s Kneel Was Against Department Policy

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Bloomberg / Getty Derek Chauvin’s trial has become a treasure trove of witnesses confirming the former  Minneapolis police officer used excessive force when he killed George Floyd last year in broad daylight.  The latest account comes from a senior officer with training experience who weighed in on whether his kneeling technique was up to code or not. Spoiler alert: It wasn’t. NPR reports that Inspector Katie Blackwell, commander of the department’s police training division, testified in front of a jury that Chauvin went against training when kneeling his entire bodyweight on Floyd’s neck on May 25, 2020.  #RT @nowthisnews: Minneapolis Police Inspector Katie Blackwell in Chauvin trial: ’I don’t know what kind of improvised position th...

Lagos hospital presents medical records of Lekki tollgate victims

Reddington Hospital Lagos, Saturday produced the medical records of some of the patients it treated following the Lekki toll gate ‘shootings’ of last October 20. One of the hospital’s trauma and orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Babajide Lawson, presented the case files to the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for Victims of SARS and the Lekki Tollgate Incident. The Nigerian Army has been accused of opening fire with live bullets on peaceful protesters at the Toll Gate demanding an end to police brutality using the hash tag #EndSARS. Some of the protesters have submitted petitions to the panel alleging that men of the Army’s 81 Division shot at and killed several #EndSARS protesters that night, a claim the Army denied. The Army has, however, shunned further appearance at the panel, without...

#EndSARS: Eight arraigned in Ekiti over attack on police stations

Eight persons were on Friday arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court for alleged attacks on police stations and stealing during the recent #EndSARS protests. The defendants are Olatayo Abiodun, 25; Olaoye Toyin, 23; Fasoroti Ifedayo, 25; Ojo Idowu, 18; Adetayo Damola, 20; Owolabi Oluwaseun, 21; Ajewole Ojo, 21, and Moses Ifeanyi, 20. They are facing a four-count charge of conspiracy to commit felony, willful damage, arson and stealing. The defendants were those arrested in connection with the widespread national protests against police brutality which were later hijacked by hoodlums. Their actions resulted in the destruction of property and deaths across the country. Trial The prosecutor, Oriyomi Akinwale, a police inspector, told the court that the defendants committed the ...

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