Civilian shot dead by militants in Pulwama: Police | India News

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SRINAGAR: Militants on Saturday shot dead a civilian in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
The ultras shot and critically injured Azaad Ahmad Dar at his residence in Dadoora-Kangan area of Pulwama district around 9.40 pm, a police official said.
He said 42-year-old Dar was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to injuries.
It was not immediately known why Dar was targeted by the militants.

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New York City police union endorses President Trump

President Donald Trump speaks during an event Trump National Golf Club, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Bedminster, N.J., with members of the City of New York Police Department Benevolent Association. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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New York City’s largest police union has thrown its support behind President Trump’s reelection campaign. The Police Benevolent Association (PBA) made the announcement on Friday at the president’s private club in New Jersey.

The PBA President Patrick Lynch highlighted the importance of the endorsement and noted he couldn’t remember the last time the union had endorsed anyone for a presidential election.

“Mr. President, today it’s an honor for me to stand at this podium and be the voice for 24,000 New York City police officers, proud police officers, that are here today chanting ‘USA,’ chanting ‘Trump for president,’” stated Lynch. “They mean it each and every time they say it.”

During the event, President Trump blasted his political opponent by saying “no one will be safe in Joe Biden’s America.”

“It’s a left-wing war on cops,” he said. “If sleepy Joe Biden were to become president, he would immediately pass legislation to gut every single police department in America.”

Photo via NYC PBA Twitter.

The president went on to promise that he will back the blue.

“So we’re going to give you back your stature, give you back your status. I hate to say it, but it’s been taken away. We’re going to give you back the right to be New York’s finest, the finest of all time, the greatest of all time.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

As nationwide protests continue to call for police reform, the president’s campaign has tightened its focus on “law and order.”

“My agenda is anti-crime and pro-cop all the way,” added the president. “That’s what it’s got to be.”

President Donald Trump speaks during an event Trump National Golf Club, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Bedminster, N.J., with members of the City of New York Police Department Benevolent Association. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

This comes as many cities across the nation are spending millions to try and repair the damages incurred during recent riots. Debt-ridden areas are now feeling the financial burden of protests and riots following the death of George Floyd, among others.

As of this week, looters, injured policemen and property damage have reportedly cost these cities millions. In Minneapolis, total costs in damages could potentially skyrocket to a high of more than $500 million.

Portland, Oregon has seen similar issues. Almost 80 nights of protests and riots have cost the city around $23 million in total damages.

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Death of George Floyd ignites push to train police to stop abuse – National

Despite policies on the books for years that require officers across the United States to stop colleagues from using excessive force, there has been little or no effort to teach officers how to intervene, law enforcement officials and experts say.

That’s now changing following the killing of George Floyd, who died after a white Minneapolis police officer held a knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes while three colleagues watched. Police departments nationwide are showing new interest in training officers how they should stop, or try to stop, abuse in their own ranks.

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“I don’t think departments have prepared their officers sufficiently to deal with that sort of situation,” said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington-based think-tank. “Have we really thought through what that actually means, what’s actually expected of them? `Duty to intervene’ has to mean more than words. It has to mean actions.”

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Officials in New Orleans, which has what many consider to be the nation’s model police peer intervention program, say that since Floyd’s death in May, they have received more than 100 inquiries from police departments seeking information about their specialized training

Baltimore’s police department, led by former New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison, is putting i9n place similar peer intervention training, as are the Philadelphia police and several other departments.

Minneapolis adopted a policy in 2016 requiring officers to intervene when colleagues are using inappropriate force. Yet three other officers at the scene failed to stop 19-year police veteran Derek Chauvin when he put his knee on Floyd’s neck despite Floyd’s cries that he could not breathe .

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. The three other officers — two of whom say they voiced concerns to Chauvin — are charged with aiding and abetting.

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George Floyd family attorney announces civil lawsuit against Minneapolis and 4 former police officers over death

In New Orleans, all officers have to take the peer intervention training, called Ethical Policing Is Courageous, or EPIC. They are put through a variety of scenarios in which they are taught different ways to verbally intervene, then physically intervene if needed, and how to respond when they themselves are the target of the intervention.

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“Almost all situations are not going to be like the one in Minnesota where you actually have to physically remove somebody,” said Chief Deputy Superintendent Paul Noel. “Most of the interventions that we’re talking about are going to be verbal.”

Floyd’s death spurred nationwide protests and prompted many places to consider policing changes. Dallas, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Louisville, Kentucky, are among the cities that have implemented duty to intervene policies in recent months. Connecticut recently passed a wide-ranging police law that includes a statewide duty to intervene.

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“These reforms are long overdue,” Gov. Ned Lamont, D-Conn., said after signing the bill into law.

The duty to intervene is not a new concept. There were calls for requiring officers to stop inappropriate use of force after the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police in 1991 as many officers looked on. Similar calls came after Eric Garner died in 2014 when a New York City officer put him in a chokehold with other officers present.

New York City has had an intervention policy since 2016. Los Angeles has had a policy for years requiring officers to stop others from committing misconduct, but officials are now updating it to specifically include excessive force.

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Court rulings, some dating to the early 1970s, have said officers are required to intervene when colleagues are violating people’s civil rights.

But the culture at many departments may look down at officers who intervene and lead to retaliation against them, and that has been an obstacle to duty to intervene policies, said Jon Blum, a law enforcement consultant and former police officer.

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Trump says calls to defund police is a ‘fad,’ stands with law enforcement

“Having a policy in place is great, but to a degree it can be window dressing,” said Blum, who was North Carolina’s statewide police training director in the late 1990s and early 2000s. “Policy does not necessarily change the culture of an organization or the culture of what officers are doing. I think it comes down to training.”

In 2008, Buffalo, New York police officer Cariol Horne was fired for interfering with another officer who she said was choking a handcuffed suspect. When she yelled at Officer Gregory Kwiatkowski and grabbed his arm during the 2006 incident, he responded by punching her in the face, she said.

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An arbitration process determined she put the lives of the officers at the scene in danger, and she lost her appeals of her firing. Buffalo officials recently asked New York’s attorney general to review the case.

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In New Orleans, calls for change came more than a decade ago in response to deadly incidents against unarmed civilians following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The police department remains under a consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department that resolved allegations of unconstitutional conduct and ordered an overhaul.

Noel, the New Orleans chief deputy police superintendent, said there was a lot of skepticism within the department when officials launched the peer intervention program in 2016.

“As it was unveiled, more and more people saw how important this was and eventually we were able to get our department on board,” he said. “Our organization didn’t have the best reputation about seven to 10 years ago. We’ve been working really hard to change the culture of our organization and this has been a major piece of that.”

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New transcripts reveal final moments of George Floyd’s life

Los Angeles police officers credit the agency’s duty to intervene policy and training along with other changes to contributing to a 30-year low in officer-involved shootings last year.

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The labour union that represents city officers believes the duty to intervene should be a national policy, Los Angeles Police Protective League Spokesman Tom Saggau said.

“We saw firsthand one of the most egregious examples in Minneapolis that any of us have ever seen, where officers should have intervened. There’s an absolute duty to intercede,” he said.

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Police investigate fatal fire at Melbourne public housing unit

A child has died after a fire at a public housing building in Melbourne.

Victoria Police said the young child was pulled from the burning building in Fitzroy North on Saturday afternoon and was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

He died shortly after arriving at hospital.

All other residents were evacuated safely and have been accounted for.

Emergency services were called to the apartment block at the intersection of Clauscen and Nicholson streets about 12:30pm.

The fire claimed the life of a young boy.(ABC News)

Police and fire crews remain at the site and a crime scene has been set up.

Resident Jeylan Dzemailoska said she came out of her unit when she heard screaming coming from inside the building.

“I opened the door to see where it was,” she said.

“Then all of a sudden it was just big thick smoke coming in.

“It was scary.”

Two broken windows ringed with black soot.
The fire started in an apartment block on the corner of Clauscen and Nicholson streets.(ABC News)

She said one man was hanging out of his window and had to be rescued by the fire brigade and someone else broke a window.

“I heard someone was breaking the window glass and then all of the gushing of the thick smoke was coming out,” she said.

Arson squad detectives will now investigate.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Police speed camera van ends up in hedge after crash with van 

Didn’t spot that one coming! Police speed camera van crashes into a hedge to the delight of passing drivers in Lincolnshire

  • The speed camera van was pulling up when it was struck by a second van 
  • Witness Jason Tingle said the incident happened in Horncastle, Lincolnshire 
  • Luckily, neither the camera operator or driver of the second van were injured 

Police trying to trap speeding motorists had a surprise when their mobile camera van was shunted through a garden hedge.

A passenger in a passing vehicle captured the immediate aftermath of the collision that left the Lincolnshire Police camera van out of action.

Darren Trapmore shared the footage on social media.

A police speed trap van was shunted into a hedge after it was struck by another van in Horncastle, Lincolnshire

Fortunately neither the camera operator or the driver of the second van was injured

Fortunately neither the camera operator or the driver of the second van was injured

Another driver, Jason Tingle told how the mobile speed camera van had slowed down to park up but was in collision with a van, resulting in it being shunted into a resident’s garden.

The collision happened outside a bungalow on Boston Road in Horncastle.

Mr Tingle said: ‘It was pulling in to the verge to park up to start doing his camera work and it ended up in the hedge.

‘Luckily no one was going past at the time.

‘There is damage to both the vans but fortunately no one is hurt.’

The van is operated by Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership.’

Some drivers had questioned the need for speed cameras on roads, particularly when there was minimal traffic.

Police have defended the use of mobile speed cameras after a number of motorists were caught travelling at excessive speed on roads in Lincolnshire while they were quieter during the Coronavirus lockdown.

In one instance a motorist was stopped speeding at 130mph.

According to officials, the officers manning the mobile speed cameras have been the target of a lot of abuse from drivers.


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Looks Like ‘Progressive, Minority Police Chiefs’ Are Being Pushed Out ‘in the Name of Social Justice’

On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher reacted to the departures of Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best and Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields by stating that “it seems like, in the name of social justice, we’re getting rid of the most progressive, minority police chiefs and black officers.”

Maher said that Best “made the point, she said, well, when you defund the police, most of the people who get fired are the young officers of color, who, because of seniority, will be the first to go. So, it seems like, in the name of social justice, we’re getting rid of the most progressive, minority police chiefs and black officers. That can’t be the right approach, right?”

Maher later stated of Shields, “I mean, she was only on the job a few years, and I read that the average tenure of a police chief is very short. It seems like that turnover itself is not good for trying to accomplish the goals that we’re all trying to accomplish. It seems to me like there’s a part of the left that just won’t accept anything except perfection, and I don’t know any perfect people.”

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The Tasmanian police officer who gets kids off the street

Like hundreds of other suburban soccer grounds around Australia, Wentworth Park on Hobart’s eastern shore is buzzing on a Saturday afternoon.

There are three soccer games being played and dozens of parents and siblings cheering from the sidelines.

One young man is there watching on his own.

“I actually hate soccer,” Will Smith admits while encouraging the young men from Hobart United Soccer Club.

He is not there for his little brother or to watch his mates — he is there to make sure troubled youths are off the streets and expending their energy in a positive way.

The 27-year-old spends most weekends ferrying teenagers to and from sporting matches and extra-curricular activities.

“And the answer is, they’re out on the streets, doing things they shouldn’t be doing.”

Ahmed Omer with Will Smith, whom Ahmed says is like an older brother to him.(ABC News: Mitchell Woolnough)

From harsh words to close mates

One of the young men he came to watch is 14-year-old Ahmed Omer, an African migrant whose mother passed away two years ago when he came to Australia.

Ahmed now lives with his cousin.

“He arrived in the country as a refugee a little over a year-and-a-half ago and he is an extraordinary young man, but when he arrived in the state he was involved in some disengaged behaviours,” Will said.

“In fact, the first time I met him he was punching another kid in the face. We had some harsh words and now a year-and-a-half later, we happen to be really close mates.”

Ahmed is one of 10 young boys who has recently graduated from a 10-month program Will developed for at-risk or troubled youths.

The program was born out of his police work.

“I’ve been working as a police officer for the past seven years and that work is, you know, quite confronting at times and a lot of people ask me, what do I lose sleep over when I’m working as a police officer,” he said.

Police officer Will Smith stands in front of a police vehicle wearing his uniform.
Tasmanian Police Constable Will Smith says being a police officer exposed him to the struggles some young people face.(Supplied: Will Smith.)

Will grew up in northern Tasmania and said as a police officer he would see and often have to arrest the same disadvantaged and disengaged youths again and again.

“We’re walking into public toilets and we’ve got 11- and 12-year-old kids that are literally sleeping in public toilets that are homeless, living on the street, [and] young people who are in houses that are unsafe and neglectful,” he said.

Tired of picking up the pieces

Will said his work as a police officer exposed him to different environments and different sides of the community that many were shielded from.

“Police have a really difficult job,” he said.

“We’re asked to do things you don’t sign up for. We’re asked to do things that you don’t know that we would do. The police seem to pick up the pieces.”

About 12 months ago, Will decided to do something about it and started his own organisation: JCP Empowering Youth.

Will Smith crouches down outside while exercising.
Will Smith formed JCP Empowering Youth to help young people reach their full potential.(ABC News: Mitchell Woolnough)

“JCP was founded to be a proactive service, to work with young people who are at risk or on the fringes of being at risk, to inspire and empower them towards the values of leadership,” he said.

JCP runs youth-leadership seminars in schools, and leadership camps and intensive programs for at-risk youth, Tasmanians who are disengaged from schooling, youth offenders, and those experiencing bullying or struggling socially.

“We go into young people’s homes, their environments, and we change it from the base level down and we work up,” Will said.

So we take young people out of their environment, we take them on camps, we put them in leadership seminars.”

Program participants are aged between 10 and 17.

A mentor for younger boys

Will said the program was achieving great results and, for Ahmed, it had been amazing to watch.

“He’s been nominated for the state volunteering awards, he created a program with two other boys called the Give Back Program,” he said.

“He’s the perfect example of an at-risk young boy, who lives here in Australia with no parents, who now engages in really positive community-based activities that only has a positive effect on young people in the state,” Will said.

Will Smith stands with two teenage boys either side of him at a soccer field in Hobart.
Will Smith with four teenagers who participate in his youth program.(ABC News: Mitchell Woolnough)

In between kicking the ball, and joking with each other, Ahmed described Will as a brother.

“He never lets me down and he encourages me and he just gives me this energy and he makes me believe that I can achieve anything,” Ahmed said.

A few weeks ago, Ahmed was one of 10 young men to attend a graduation ceremony from JCP’s Beast program in Launceston.

He accepted a certificate in front of a number of Tasmanian MPs and community leaders — a moment Will said was emotional for many in the audience.

Will, who now works part-time as a Tasmanian Police officer, said JCP did not focus on a child’s background.

“I’m not interested in where they come from or who they’ve been,” he said.

“I’m not interested in what they’ve done. I’m only interested in who they are now, and what that person can produce in the future.”

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South Australia to send extra police to patrol Victorian border amid coronavirus surge

South Australia’s border with Victoria will be bolstered with a stronger police presence from next week, amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the eastern state.

The SA Government today said that, despite plans to further ease social distancing measures within South Australia from next week, extra police would be sent to border checkpoints in the east.

The number of checkpoints is set to increase, while a pre-approval process for incoming travellers from Victoria will be introduced.

“We will maintain our very strong border policy, in particular with relation to the border with Victoria,” SA Premier Marshall said.

“Police will be putting additional resources down onto that border.”

Victoria today recorded another 17 coronavirus cases, prompting Premier Daniel Andrews to warn of “significant community transmission”.

SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said that after the state’s borders with Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland were reopened, police could now pay more attention to the Victorian border.

“Recognising the concerns in relation to our eastern neighbours, we are increasing the number of police we have on the border checkpoints, we are increasing the number of static checkpoints that we have between South Australia and Victoria,” he said.

“We’re also introducing an online portal for people to get pre-approval who want to come into South Australia as an essential traveller — they’ll need to go online, submit their application and get approval prior to visiting.”

A police checkpoint has been operating at Mount Gambier near the Victorian border.(ABC South East SA: Isadora Bogle)

Mr Marshall earlier said the pre-approval requirement would extend to “all people coming across that border”, but Commissioner Stevens clarified it would apply for those seeking essential traveller status.

“At the moment, the current requirement is that a person self-assesses whether they meet the essential traveller status … this will change as of Wednesday next week,” he said.

“A person seeking to travel to South Australia as an essential traveller must obtain a prior approval.”

Mr Marshall said there was currently no plan to change the July 20 deadline to reopen remaining borders, but said he was “looking very carefully at the moment at Victoria”.

“We certainly wouldn’t be lifting our border with Victoria until we were sure it wasn’t going to send us backwards,” he said.

The SA Government today revealed more details around plans to further reduce social distancing measures at pubs and other venues, allowing some to fill to up to 50 per cent capacity.

Patrons pack a small bar in Adelaide.
Venues will be able to adhere to one person per two square metres in SA from Monday.(Supplied)

From Monday, social distancing will be reduced to one person per two square metres, down from the current restriction of one person per four square metres.

Mr Marshall said the measure would help boost the number of patrons at venues, allowing businesses to hire more staff.

“This is going to increase the capacity of many sectors in South Australia to re-employ people and get them back to work,” he said.

“We know this represents approximately 50 per cent of the capacity of most venues.”

Mr Marshall said the state would soon be bringing back another group of repatriated Australians, who will be returning on a combination of commercial and Australian Defence Force (ADF) flights.

Adelaide Oval could fill to ’50 per cent’

Restrictions on “higher risk” larger scale venues, such as nightclubs and events, could also be reconsidered.

Larger events, such as AFL games, could also be able to increase capacity, subject to approval.

About 2,000 people were permitted to attend the AFL Showdown between Port Adelaide and Adelaide earlier this month.

A crowd watches a game at Adelaide Oval
The Showdown usually attracts big crowds to Adelaide Oval.(ABC News: Malcolm Sutton)

Maximum capacity for SANFL matches on the weekend has also been set at 5,000 people per doubleheader.

“There are so many different organisations and activities where we’re going to have to put in the hours to make sure that we’ve got real clarity ahead of next Monday,” Mr Marshall said.

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Fish launches into boat off Darwin, killing 56-year-old man, NT Police say

A 56-year-old man has died in Darwin after being struck in his chest by a fish while on a fishing boat.

Northern Territory Police say the man had been fishing with family and friends on Darwin Harbour when he was “struck in his chest by a large fish which launched itself into the boat”.

Police say the group immediately made their way to Cullen Bay “where they were met by police and paramedics who administered CPR”.

Police say the man died at Cullen Bay

“This appears to be a freak incident which is hugely distressing for the people in the boat and other family and friends of the man,” Northern Territory Police said.

“Police ask that their privacy be respected and as such will not be providing further comment.”

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Queensland Police, ambulance on scene of D’Aguilar Highway crash

A woman has sustained “life threatening” injuries in a two vehicle crash on the D’Aguilar Highway at Bracalba that’s closed the thoroughfare in both directions.

Emergency crews were called to the accident site, north-west of Brisbane, before 11am this morning, where the woman was reportedly entrapped in a car.

Now extracted, the patient is in a critical condition after suffering “life threatening” head and leg injuries.

A rescue helicopter was deployed.

A Queensland Ambulance Services spokeswoman said two others had removed themselves from the wreckage and had been transported to Caboolture Hospital in stable conditions.

Queensland Police urged motorists to avoid the highway, citing lengthy delays as the road is now closed in both directions.

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