The conviction of Amber Guyger and fear of a ‘racial powder keg’

first_imgFive years after the murder of Michael Brown, the people have achieved an apparent victory: the indictment, conviction and impending imprisonment of a white police officer for the murder of an unarmed Black man.Members of Botham Jean’s family stand with a memorial portrait of the murdered man in Dallas.Botham Jean, 26 years old, was gunned down in his own apartment in Dallas, Texas, by Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger on Sept. 6, 2018. Guyger, who lived directly beneath Botham, claimed she went to the wrong floor at the end of a 13-hour shift, entered Botham’s apartment believing it was her own and shot Botham believing he was an intruder. Locally and nationally, Black Lives Matter organizers demanded that Guyger be punished, whether or not her improbable story was true. It’s exceedingly rare that a police officer is punished for murder, especially when the victim is Black. Given the incredibly lenient standards police officers face in the aftermath of a shooting, it’s surprising that Guyger was indicted at all, and even given a 10-year sentence. It’s true that it is particularly hard to justify the quick resort to deadly force shown by Guyger or the absurdity of killing him in his own home. But Guyger is not unique among police officers in showing a willingness to shoot first and ask questions later. On Nov. 22, 2014, 12-year-old African American Tamir Rice was gunned down by a white Cleveland police officer, while playing with a toy gun in a public park. The police officer didn’t even wait until he was out of his car to open fire. Nor is Guyger the first off-duty officer to murder an innocent person. Such occurrences are disturbingly common and seldom result in criminal prosecution. A common failing of liberal commentators is the attempt to explain police killings, and the reaction to them by the justice system in legalistic terms. But laws exist to serve those who write them and will be twisted against the oppressed at a moment’s notice. An oppressor cannot be adequately described with their own propaganda. This conviction should be understood in the wider context of the Black struggle against police violence. It is about the relations of power between the ruling class and the working class — particularly the nationally oppressed. The current iteration of the Black Liberation struggle, in the form of Black Lives Matter, has been raging off and on for over five years. It erupted into the national consciousness during the uprising in Ferguson, Mo., following Michael Brown’s death. Since then, there have been dramatic high points and quiet lows, but the movement refuses to abate. Chinks in the armor of the stateThrough it all, the repressive state has remained firm. The capitalist ruling class, with its political legitimacy waning, desperately needs to hold on to its monopoly of force. Police officers must be permitted to kill without fear of consequence. Without that power imbalance between the state and the working class, the ruling class’s hold on power would quickly erode. This is the reason why so many egregious cases of police violence have gone unpunished. Nevertheless, individual agents of the state are not immune from public pressure. The insistence of Black activists to continue to struggle, and even to escalate their tactics, must weigh on the minds of prosecutors, police and politicians everywhere. Any police shooting has the potential to trigger a mass uprising. As Malcolm X said, the U.S. is a “racial powder keg” of tension. No mayor of any city wants to preside over the collapse of civil order. These agents of the state, therefore, must be hyper-aware of rising tensions across the U.S. They no doubt followed the protests on the recent anniversary of Eric Garner’s killing — a struggle that has persisted for five years — and the decision of local activists to march to the home of his murderer, Daniel Pantaleo, who was eventually fired. Likewise, in Dallas the Botham Jean case threatened to raise tensions to a fever pitch. Just days after the killing, nine activists were arrested for obstructing traffic during a Dallas Cowboys football game. And when those activists remained in jail for several days — more time behind bars than Guyger has yet seen — further protests broke out to demand their release. Dallas is also where five police officers were killed in July 2016, and nine others wounded, by Micah Johnson — seemingly in reaction to the surge of police killings at that time. This is what Malcolm’s powder keg looks like when the fuse gets too short. In order to maintain power, the capitalist ruling class and their state agents are motivated to remain firm in the face of liberal demands for reform. And yet, they must weigh that policy against sporadic but determined unrest — and the threat of full-blown uprisings — by the most militant forces in the Black struggle. The conviction of Amber Guyger is a result of that contradiction giving way in favor of the people. While this conviction cannot be viewed as the start of a major sea change, it shows the power of nationally oppressed peoples within the U.S. working class. There will no doubt be further outrages from the police and attacks by white supremacists. But this event should serve as a signal that the ruling class has weaknesses — gaps in its armor. Increased pressure from a united working class can exploit those gaps and secure greater victories. The lesson of the conviction of Amber Guyger then is to struggle, to unite, to persist.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Plea for no more court cases as Limerick woman awarded €2…

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Advertisement Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Ruth Morrissey with her husband Paul after the High Court judgement.A LIMERICK woman, who was put through the full rigour of a 37-day court case after she developed cancer following a misread cervical smear, has said she was angry that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar promised a tribunal that he wouldn’t deliver.And support groups for victims of the cervical smear scandal have pleaded that no other sick woman be made to endure the ordeal.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ruth Morrissey from Monaleen was awarded €2.1 million in the wake of a landmark High Court case over her CervicalCheck smear tests last week.The 37-year-old mother of one has been told she is unlikely to survive more than two years.Ms Morrisey was the first woman to have go to court since fellow Limerick woman and cervical cancer sufferer, Vicky Phelan settled her action.The Monaleen woman won her case against the HSE and two US laboratories, Quest Diagnostics and Medlab Pathology in relation to the testing of her cervical smear slides in 2009 and 2012.She said she was “angry” that she had to go to court despite assurances from the Taoiseach that women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal could engage in mediation.“I was angry but realistically, when you go through your emotional rollercoaster and you think back, he made a promise that he couldn’t keep,” she said.“When I thought about it, the labs and the HSE have a right to defend themselves in a court case as much as I do. I said, ‘cop on, Ruth, this is going to trial’.”It was claimed there was an alleged failure to correctly report and diagnose and there was an alleged misinterpretation of her smear samples taken in 2009 and 2012 and her cancer spread unidentified, unmonitored and untreated until she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in June 2014.It was further claimed that a review of the 2009 and 2012 smears took place in 2014 and 2015 with the results sent to Ms Morrissey’s treating gynaecologist in 2016, but she was not told until May 2018 of those results which showed her smears were reported incorrectly.MedLab has issued a statement saying they will review the case with a view to appealing the decision.Delivering his judgment, Judge Kevin Cross said that Ms Morrissey’s had been ruined.The HSE, which runs the CervicalCheck screening programme, and the two companies that analysed her smear tests, denied responsibility and fought Ms Morrissey for 37 days in the High Court, but Mr Justice Cross held them jointly and equally liable for what happened.Victims of the CervicalCheck scandal are pleading for other women to be spared the ordeal.They called on the Taoiseach to reconsider the terms of a planned compensation tribunal which would operate in private.The 221 Plus advocacy group was critical of the court process.“Cases like this are a no-win situation for all involved. It highlights our deepest concerns about the raw and needless cruelty of forcing women, who it is accepted have already been wronged by the State, into an adversarial public legal process that makes them feel like they are ‘on trial’ just to establish the profile or the extent of that wrong and how it happened. This is simply unacceptable,” it said.Vicky Phelan said she was also concerned that the tribunal would still be adversarial and would require women to give evidence and argue their case.“The State can do something here. They can go ahead and intervene so that these cases can be settled faster, in a more conciliatory way,” she suggested. TAGSCervical CheckCourthealthLimerick City and CountyNews Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Linkedin Previous articlePush Post Punk Podge to GlastonburyNext articleNews Roundup May 11, 2019 – Limerick Post Podcast Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites center_img NewsCrime & CourtHealthPlea for no more court cases as Limerick woman awarded €2 millionBy Bernie English – May 9, 2019 1100 Email Facebook WhatsApp Limerick on Covid watch list TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Twitter Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more

Sinn Féin calls for emergency protection for students in accommodation debacle

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter LIMERICK City Sinn Féin TD, Maurice Quinlivan,  has said that the Government cannot be observers while students get fleeced for accommodation they are prohibited from using because of COVID-19 restrictions.Quinlivan said that students are struggling immensely emotionally, financially and socially, and that the anger and sense of injustice they rightly feel is palpable.Deputy Quinlivan stated: “Students followed the government assurances and paid for accommodation because they did not have their timetables finalised until it was too late. Now, many no longer need this accommodation but have already handed over thousands and thousands of euro.”“Limerick is a third level city and we are very proud of the fine third level institutions that we have. I have had the opportunity to speak with some students over the last few days and the overwhelming feeling is that much of the uncertainty that they have faced around their education was avoidable. They feel that the Department for Further and Higher Education overpromised on the feasibility of getting students back on campus.“Students are in a uniquely vulnerable position in the rental market as they are often asked to pay rent months in advance. It is completely unreasonable for them to be charged for something they cannot now use.“Since the outbreak of Covid-19, students and parents have had to fight to get refunds for unused accommodation. Many are still trying to get their money back from last semester.“Requested refunds need to be processed as quickly as possible. However, more than 90 percent of student renters are off-campus in private accommodation. “There is a moratorium on evictions as was done during the previous lockdown. This is sorely needed and should never have been removed, but where is the same urgency when it comes to students?“When requesting refunds for unused accommodation, students are told that there is no protective legislation in place for renters and that they will not be entitled to their money back. This is not good enough.“Successive governments have failed students and their families. These accommodation providers need to be able to access the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) if they let students out of lease and give refunds.“We are asking students to adhere to Level 5 restrictions and I know that they will not be found wanting. But we need to show solidarity with them. Level 5 counts as ‘use prevention’. Surely that must mean that we put in place measures to ensure that they are given fair play.“All higher-level accommodation providers must be instructed and enabled to allow for leases to be terminated without incurring fees or penalties and full refunds to be issued to those who request them. If this means emergency legislation, then this is what must be done.” Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Sinn Finn TD for Limerick City, Maurice Quinlivan. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LimerickNewsSinn Féin calls for emergency protection for students in accommodation debacleBy Staff Reporter – October 22, 2020 198 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous articleTwo Men Arrested over Burglaries/Thefts in the Southern RegionNext articleAnn & Steve Talk Stuff | We will be back on October 30 Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Advertisement Print WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Haulier calls off fuel protest planned to coincide with Queen’s visit

first_img Twitter By News Highland – May 16, 2011 Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+ Previous articleDonegal arts practicioners meet with newly elected TDsNext articleFine Gael confirms Slowey expulsion News Highland Google+ WhatsApp Newsx Adverts NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly center_img The Donegal haulier who has been coordinating a series of protests calling for a reduction in the taxes and duties imposed on diesel has decided to call off a planned protest to coincide with the Queen’s visit to Ireland tomorrow. However, a protest during US President Barak Obama’s visit in a week’s time will go ahead.John Mc Laughlin says a protest during the Queen’s visit would have been been counter productive, as the trucks would not have been allowed into the city, and there could also be security issues.He is hosting a public meeting in Letterkenny tonight, and a number of other meetings across the country over the coming days to decide what to do next week.John Mc Laughlin’s been outlining why tomorrow’s protest was cancelled……….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/jml1pm.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Haulier calls off fuel protest planned to coincide with Queen’s visit Twitter Facebook Pinterest Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this weeklast_img read more

Restoration uncovers facade of downtown Brundidge building

first_img The Kennedys also have purchased the Victorian home on S.A. Graham Blvd. that once belonged to Dr. Reynolds, who at that time, was one of four doctors in the small, South Alabama town.The Kennedys have roots in Florida and family roots in the Alabama cities of Athens, Thomasville and Limestone.“Although we lived in Florida, when we had time off from school, our parents would load us up and we would ‘go home to Alabama,’” John Kennedy said. “We love Alabama.”Now, the Kennedy’s are “at home” in Alabama and they are excited about the future they envision for the small Pike County town of Brundidge. By The Penny Hoarder County cases continue to climb Pike County saw another increase in COVID-19 cases on Monday as the state topped 8,000 confirmed cases. As of 5:30… read more Print Article You Might Like Restoration uncovers facade of downtown Brundidge building Sponsored Content “Brundidge is only one mile off U.S. Highway 231 while so many small towns are far off the beaten path,” Kennedy said. “Being close to a major highway is the saving grace for Brundidge.“The idea that we have to bring traffic off Highway 231 into Brundidge is for us to offer things to do, things to create, rather than things to buy.”An arts community of sorts, Kennedy said.And the Kennedy’s have just a place for expanding the arts.They also purchased the two-story building on S.A. Graham Blvd., that is just a stone’s throw from the Main Street crossroads.“John Jake’s wife is an off-Broadway actress and that building work make an outstanding open-air theater,” Kennedy said. “There are so many possibilities for a town the size and location of Brundidge.“Kennedy said he and his family are excited to be in Brundidge and to be a part of what it can become.But first things first.There’s the matter of a facelift for the Bass Family Mercantile building. Although somewhat scarred, the brick building has maintained its original grandeur. There will be three entrances to the building and 32 windows upstairs. The ceiling tile has been restored and the inside brick walls revealed.Hopefully, the restoration of the Bass Family Mercantile will be encouragement for others, who own buildings within the city, to bring them back to the way they used to be. And to where Brundidge can be.The Kennedys said the citizens of Brundidge have been warm and welcoming and they look forward to being a part of the city’s bright future. Since the 1960s, metal sheeting had hidden the grandeur of the Bass Family Mercantile Store on South Main Street in downtown Brundidge.But, when the beauty of the historic brick building was revealed, it quickly became the talk of the town.The restoration project for John and Vicki Kennedy will include upstairs office spaces for him and their son, John Jake Kennedy, a Wall Street investment banker. The downstairs will be devoted to Vicki’s Starlight Glass Art Studio and shop. Skip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwell Email the author The walls came tumbling down.Traffic came to a standstill and people left their places of work.All in awe of what they saw. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 5:00 pm Tuesday, May 5, 2020 The facade of the Bass Family Mercantile store was revealed as part of a massive restoration project headed by John and Vicki Kennedy. The building has long been a fixture of South Main Street in Brundidge and the couple hopes to restore it to life. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Deadly storms sweep South as new storm set to bring severe weather to Texas

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Deadly and damaging storms moved through the South over the weekend from Texas to North Carolina producing 14 reported tornadoes and hundreds of damaging storm reports.Two people are also dead due to the storm over the weekend including one man in Palmetto, Louisiana, where an EF-3 tornado with winds of 140 mph destroyed his home.A 17-year-old girl in the Tampa Bay area also died after being electrocuted from a downed wire from a storm.Straight line winds of 75 to 85 mph from Alabama to Florida produced significant damage to homes in the region.Huge hail larger than golf balls covered yards in Florida and flooded private pools.Attention now turns to a new storm moving into Texas with damaging winds and a hail threat for this evening.This same storm system will move across the Gulf Coast with heavy rain and more thunderstorms expected over the next few days.Some of the rain can be heavy and could produce localized flash flooding, especially from Louisiana into Mississippi.As the South gets soaked with rain and strong thunderstorms, the northern Plains and the Rockies will get a taste of winter with snow expected Monday night through Wednesday.Wind chills are expected to drop into the teens and even single digits in the Dakotas and Minnesota on Tuesday morning.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Council scraps rigid hours in bid to cut staff turnover

first_imgMerton council is implementing a government-sponsored work-life balancescheme to cut staff turnover. If successful it will be rolled out across thewhole of local government. The council hopes that the scheme, which will go live in September, willreduce staff turnover from its current 17 per cent to 12 per cent in two years.The aim of the scheme is to scrap rigid work hours in local government andallow staff to work more flexibly. While the opening hours of the council willrise to 12 hours a day, staff can work flexible shifts as long as they notch up35 hours a week. The scheme will also introduce compressed hours and homeworking. It follows a successful pilot scheme between February and May that scrappedcore hours for 100 employees in the council’s housing lettings and revenue andbenefits departments. The council received a £50,000 grant to complete the pilot and is beingmonitored by PricewaterhouseCoopers as a good practice case study that could berolled out to other councils. The council bid for the grant from the DfEE’s Work-Life Challenge Fundbecause it felt that staff morale was low, it was not seen as an employer ofchoice or a best practice organisation. Paul Holmes, HR director at the council, said, “Mapping workingpractices to the needs of customers and staff is a must. There is no reason whyin the future the council cannot be open 24-7, certainly for paying bills. “The scheme should make the council more attractive to work for andhelp us retain staff.” The sickness rate for the departments in the pilot was cut by nearly half,from 115 days to 60. Holmes said, “Line managers were concerned that they would not be ableto monitor staff under the extended hours. Instead it meant that they sharpenedup their management techniques and stopped monitoring.” www.merton.gov.ukBy Paul Nelson Council scraps rigid hours in bid to cut staff turnoverOn 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Adjunct Faculty – Leadership

first_imgEthicsNonprofit LeadershipLeadership and Organizational Behavior Aurora University seeks talented adjunct faculty who are passionateabout teaching and learning. Adjunct faculty are qualifiedpart-time instructors offered teaching opportunities based oncourse demand and staffing.Aurora University is searching for qualified instructors as part ofits adjunct faculty pool to teach in Leadership and relatedprograms (i.e., MBA, MPA). We are seeking adjunct faculty to teachcourses in leadership across the curriculum, from undergraduate tograduate, including the following courses: While a terminal degree is preferred, a master’s degree in arelated field is required. Industry experience and college-levelteaching experience preferred. Daytime and evening campus-basedavailability are preferred.When applying, include the phrase “Leadership Adjunct Application”in the subject line of the application email and state yourteaching availability (daytime or evening) in your coverletter.Please email resume or curriculum vitae, plus cover letter statingthe specific areas you are interested in teaching to:[email protected]center_img Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.last_img read more

Bakers at risk from heat-related health problems

first_imgBakers are among the professions at risk from heat-related health problems, a study has revealed.The study, Workers’ health and productivity under occupational heat strain: a systematic review and meta-analysis, found that one in three individuals working in hot conditions experienced hyperthermia or more serious symptoms of heat illness.Researchers analysed data from more than 447 million workers from over 40 different occupations –including bakers, miners, kitchen staff, fruit and crop pickers and firefighters – across the globe.They found that individuals working under heat stress had an average body temperature of 37.6°C, much higher than the 36.9°C for those working in normal conditions.The at-risk group was four times more likely to experience heat strain, a condition with important effects for the body’s physiological function that includes symptoms such as elevated hyperthermia, dehydration, kidney injury, nausea, fainting, and muscle cramps.It also showed that hot conditions affected productivity. Of those who worked under heat stress, 30% reported productivity losses.“Our study demonstrates the important impacts of occupational heat strain on health and productivity and should be recognised globally as a public health problem,” said Professor George Havenith, director of Loughborough’s Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre, who was part of the research team.“Together with other organisations, we are working towards implementing actions to mitigate its effects, especially in light of the occurring climate change and the anticipated rise in heat stress.”He added their aim was to establish a global surveillance system that would guide public health policy, as well as health and safety planning.last_img read more

Fleming Howden appoints two new sales managers

first_imgIngredients supplier Fleming Howden has appointed two new managers as it grows its commercial operation.The business, which was acquired by AB Mauri in summer 2018, is based in Newbridge, near Edinburgh, and distributes ingredients throughout Scotland.Thomas Mackay joined the business late last year as sales manager, linking with key account manager Chris Boland.“I am delighted to join a business that has a strong reputation in its heartland and beyond,” said Mackay, who has previously worked for businesses including Brenntag and Brakes Group.“We are fully aware of the quality and diversity that our core range of mixes can deliver to our loyal customer base.”Also joining the commercial team is former Macphie head baker Alan Leith, who last month took up the role of technical sales manager.With more than 35 years of baking industry experience, Leith brings a wealth of knowledge to the role, said Fleming Howden. At Macphie he also worked in new product development, quality, product and field applications.“With a love of baking and a longstanding passion for the Scottish bakery trade, I look forward to working with our customer base, bringing new products to market, which I’m sure will excite both manufacturers and their customers,” stated Leith.AB Mauri managing director Andrew Pollard said he was thrilled to welcome someone with Leith’s baking industry experience and knowledge of the Scottish market.“With the backing of AB Mauri’s technical team and craft skills, we’re very confident of satisfying the future needs of all Scottish bakers.”last_img read more