Today’s daily news focuses on civic government negligence and misplaced priorities, and police misconduct creating consequences, as well as fears that UK policing may soon face its own George Floyd moment and the backroom battle to become Japan’s next prime minister. All of these stories are drawn from the front pages curated by Newseum.org.
Metropolitan Police officers cover Downing Street after 2017 election. Photo by ChiralJon reproduced under CC BY 2.0 License
Britain’s first Black Chief Constable is warning that British police run the risk of creating another George Floyd in their country ( though the 2011 London Riots, kicked off by the police killing of an unarmed Black man, are comparable). Despite sentiments to the contrary, Chief Constable Fuller pointed out that the UK only outdoes the US on policing on the militarization front, otherwise having similar issues with bias, lacking oversight, and racist policing practices. Without confronting these truths, both he and activists on the other side of the badge fear that no progress can be made.
City officials deemed it an absolutely vital piece of business to demolish an occupied home during a pandemic because the 70 year old retiree owed the city $8,000 due to an “erroneously received [tax] exemption”. Now the man is without a home and has no shelter, since homeless shelters aren’t taking new residents due to the pandemic. Neighbors of the man were frightened by the demolition, fearing for their homes and health as the old building was not checked for asbestos before demolition.
George Floyd protest from Los Angeles. Photo by morrisonbrett reproduced under CC BY 2.0 License
After decades of being unimpeachable evidence, police testimony is coming more and more under fire after case after case reveals the police version of events in no way matches what camera footage shows. Additionally, prosecutors are now going back and re-examining other, closed cases where officers found lying in court have testified before. There has even been a reported case of deputies organizing a conspiracy to falsely accuse innocent individuals of firearm possession to justify brutality.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga appears to be the heir apparent to retiring Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership contest. In order to do so, he acquired the support of longtime party heavyweights. Suga’s selection appears to imply that the LDP will be looking to moderate and focus on economic matters following Abe’s departure, as his most notable political crusade under Abe was pushing the government to moderate on its nationalist messaging and focus on tangible economic reform.
Just in the Houston area, Texas public schools lost contact with tens of thousands of their students during the mandated school closures, which has resulted in an obscene number of disadvantaged students being put further behind more-privileged peers. Despite resting on the assumption of easy access to online learning tools, Houston school administrators did not ensure that all of their students actually could access the materials they needed to complete assignments and continue their education. As many schools plan to remain online-only, teachers, parents, and activists are wondering how administrators plan to resolve these issues. Adding to problems is that Texas Education Agency’s data differs from that of individual school districts, leading to further issues as administrators of both bicker over how to proceed.
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