From left, former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. AP PhotoMINNEAPOLIS: Three former Minneapolis police officers who are charged with violating George Floyd’ s civil rights are scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in July, with a trial date to be determined. Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao will be arraigned on civil rights violations on July 14 in US District Court in Minneapolis, according to a scheduling order issued Friday. The court initially said the trial would be in August, but updated the schedule hours later to say it was still unscheduled. Last week, a federal grand jury indicted the former officers, along with their colleague Derek Chauvin, for allegedly willfully violating Floyd’s rights. Chauvin has already been convicted of state murder and manslaughter charges and is awaiting sentencing. It wasn’t immediately clear why he is not a part of Friday’s scheduling order, but he has not yet made an initial appearance on the federal charges. Messages left with Chauvin’s attorney and with a spokeswoman for the US Attorney’s Office weren’t immediately returned. Floyd, 46, died after Chauvin pinned him to the ground with a knee on his neck, even as Floyd, who was handcuffed, repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe. Kueng and Lane also helped restrain Floyd – state prosecutors have said Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and Lane held down Floyd’s legs. Thao held back bystanders and kept them from intervening during the 9 1/2-minute restraint. The federal indictment alleges Chauvin violated Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure and from unreasonable force by a police officer. It charges Thao and Kueng with violating Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure by not intervening to stop Chauvin as he knelt on Floyd’s neck. All four officers are charged for their failure to provide Floyd with medical care. Chauvin was also charged in a second indictment, stemming from the use of force and neck restraint of a 14-year-old boy in 2017. Lane, Kueng and Thao are also charged on state charges of aiding and abetting both murder and manslaughter. They are scheduled to face trial on those charges next March. FacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail
On Instagram and Twitter, Palestinians are documenting the violence against them.
Thirty people were sentenced to death in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after a one-day trial for their role in anti-police violence marking the end of Ramadan in the capital.
A policeman was killed in Kinshasa on Thursday as rival Muslim groups fought over the right to mark the end of Ramadan at a major sports stadium.
Lawyer Chief Tshipamba said 30 people were sentenced to death in a trial that started on Friday, a day after the violence took place. A recording of the proceedings confirmed the verdict.
The DRC has not carried out death penalties since a moratorium was introduced in 2003. Since then, death sentences have been commuted to life imprisonment.
The regional government said in addition to the police officer killed several people were hurt and one police vehicle was burned in the fighting outside the Martyrs’ Stadium.
Kinshasa police chief Sylvano Kasongo said about 40 people were wounded and 35 arrested.
Two rival factions have for years disputed the leadership of the DRC’s Comico Muslim federation. The two sides remain at odds and occasionally come to blows.
About 10 percent of the DRC’s population is Muslim, mostly concentrated in the country’s east.
But Kinshasa on the Congo River in the west of the vast central African country also traditionally sees mass celebrations for the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in public squares and on major roads.
Police vehicles were also destroyed in the clashes outside Martyrs’ StadiumTwenty-nine people have been sentenced to death in the Democratic Republic of Congo in connection with Eid violence that erupted in the capital, Kinshasa.One police officer was killed and dozens of others were injured in clashes between rival Muslim groups.They had gathered to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, but fell out over who should lead the event.The death penalty is no longer applied in DR Congo and those found guilty will serve life sentences instead.Trial broadcast liveThe police had used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse thousands of people who gathered outside the Martyrs’ Stadium in Kinshasa on Thursday for the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr.Some of the officers injured in the violence are still in a critical condition, the authorities say.One of the officers wounded in the clashes pictured in a vehicle outside the stadium on ThursdayThe clashes were fuelled by a leadership dispute between two camps within the Muslim community.Forty-one people were arrested at the scene and were put on trial on Friday.The court session was broadcast live on television and went on all night.The Eid al-Fitr prayers usually pass off peacefully – this was the scene at Martyrs’ Stadium in 2017There were 31 convictions – 29 people were given the death sentence and two received five-year jail terms.Given the speed with which the sentences were passed there are bound to be concerns over the fairness of the trial, says BBC World Service Africa editor Will Ross.
Rival Muslim groups clashed over who should lead end-of-Ramadan celebrations, killing one policeman.
Number of people killed by Israeli bombardment on besieged enclave rises to 139, with 11 also killed by Israeli forces in occupied West Bank.Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip continued for a fifth consecutive day, with Israeli air raids hitting a refugee camp where at least 10 Palestinians, including eight children, were killed.
In the early hours of Saturday, rescue workers were still trying to pull bodies from under the rubble as more people are believed to be dead. Hamas, the group that controls the besieged enclave, responded to the latest attack by firing a barrage of rockets towards the southern Israeli towns of Askhelon and Ashdod. No casualties were reported.
At least 139 Palestinians, including 40 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since Monday. Some 950 others have been wounded. In the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces have killed at least 11 Palestinians protesting against continued Israeli occupation and the ongoing bombardment of Gaza. Confrontations between Israeli police and Palestinian demonstrators continued into the night in occupied East Jerusalem.
At least eight people in Israel have also been killed. The Israeli army said hundreds of rockets have been fired from Gaza towards various locations in Israel and they have added reinforcements near the enclave’s eastern lands.
As violence escalates, the humanitarian crisis grows steadily worse with thousands of Palestinian families taking shelter in United Nations-run schools in northern Gaza to escape Israeli artillery fire. The UN has said it estimates approximately 10,000 Palestinians have left their homes in Gaza amid the Israeli offensive.
Palestinians were set on Saturday to mark 73 years since the ethnic cleansing of their homeland by Zionist militias to create the state of Israel. The event is called the Nakba, or “Catastrophe”, in Palestinian history.
Here are the latest updates:
14 mins ago (07:09 GMT)
‘This is truly a massacre’
Nabil Abu al-Reesh, a doctor based in the Gaza Strip, gave his account of Israel’s airstrike that targeted a three-story house on the edge of al-Shati refugee camp.
“We are still trying to recover more bodies and trying to understand who is who,” al-Reesh said.
“This is truly a massacre that we cannot describe in words,” he said.
“I don’t know how he managed to stay alive,” he added, pointing to an infant who is the only survivor of a family that was killed by the Israeli airstrike.
“Maybe he survived to witness what happened to the rest of his family,” he said.
2 hours ago (05:51 GMT)
Injuries reported as Palestinians protest in West Bank
Injuries have been reported in the West Bank following confrontations between Palestinian protesters and the occupying Israeli security forces.
A social media post by the Shehab news agency showed Palestinian protesters carrying their injured fellow marchers on Saturday morning in Nablus near the Hawara checkpoint.
Early on Saturday, thousands of worshippers coming from morning prayers in Nablus joined a large march in the city denouncing the Israeli occupation and the latest deadly bombings in Gaza.
#صور إصابات خلال مواجهات مع قوات الاحتلال على حاجز حوارة جنوب نابلس، بعد مسيرة دعمًا للمقــ,,اومة وغزة. pic.twitter.com/mQpVrPiFj0
— وكالة شهاب للأنباء (@ShehabAgency) May 15, 2021
1 hour ago (06:18 GMT)
Shelling reported in Gaza’s Khan Yunis
Israeli artillery fire has reportedly hit some agricultural lands in the eastern part of Gaza’s Khan Yunis governorate.
Safa Press also reported on Saturday that there was renewed shelling at the coastal area of Gaza.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or property damage.
3 hours ago (04:35 GMT)
Body of child recovered from Gaza ruins after Israeli bombardment
Members of a medical team in Gaza have recovered from under the rubble the body of another child following Israel’s bombardment of residential property in al-Shati refugee camp.
Several people remain missing and are believed to be buried under the rubble of the bombing site.
4 hours ago (03:43 GMT)
Thousands gather in Nablus to denounce Israeli occupation
Thousands of Palestinians marched to denounce the continued Israeli occupation and the ongoing bombardment of Gaza.
The protesters were heading home after dawn prayers when they joined the march in the city of Nablus, according to a video posted on social media by Safa Press agency.
📹 متابعة صفا| مسيرة حاشدة في نابلس بعد صلاة الفجر العظيم نصرة لغزة ودعما للمقاومة pic.twitter.com/BaHCZr6G8H
— وكالة صفا (@SafaPs) May 15, 2021
4 hours ago (03:33 GMT)
Israeli airstrike hits home in Shujayea
Safa Press agency reported that an Israeli air raid has hit and destroyed a house in the Shujayea neighbourhood of Gaza City.
There were no immediate reports on casualties.
Shujayea was the site of heavy Israeli bombardment in 2014 that killed several civilians. The incident was described as a “massacre”.
“I do not recall”, “I don’t remember”, “I cannot recollect” – these were the phrases heard at least 45 times during Friday’s hearings in courtroom nine of the South Australian supreme court.In just two hours of stilted evidence given by two prison guards involved in the restraint and transport of 29-year-old Indigenous man, Wayne Fella Morrison, prior to his death, the coroner gleaned little about the events of 23 September 2016.The lapses in memory among the witnesses were accompanied by at least 71 separate claims for penalty privilege – a legal protection that allows witnesses to coronial inquiries to refuse questions where the answers may expose them to a penalty.Appearing before the coroner, Jayne Basheer, were corrections officers Neale McLeod, Neil Bradford and Martin Crowe, three current and former prison guards who were directly involved in the events leading up to Morrison’s death.All invoked the privilege when asked about their role that day – leading to tense scenes at the supreme court building in the south-west corner of Victoria Square as the hearing played out in a staccato fashion.McCleod – during the first 13 minutes of his appearance – claimed privilege 12 times. Bradford, meanwhile, told the inquest he did not recall details of events at least 21 times over 50 minutes of evidence. During his half hour appearance, Crowe took the privilege at least 17 times.In one exchange, counsel assisting the coroner, David Crocker, attempted to ask why Bradford had entered the prison through a public entrance to attend a meeting with managers after Morrison had been rushed to hospital.Bradford said he could not recall what he had been doing at the time.
Crocker: Having had your memory refreshed can you assist her honour as to what had been happening shortly before that? Why are you on the public side and coming back in through the nonstandard entry way?
Bradford: No recollection.
Crocker: What had you been doing say from half past 12 to 4 o’clock that day?
Bradford: Can you repeat the question?
Crocker: From half past 12 and from 4 o’clock when the van gets taken back. What were you doing?
Bradford: No recollection.
Later, having grown frustrated with the course of proceedings, Crocker asked Bradford whether he could help the coroner with any evidence, at all.“Ma’am this was an event from five years ago,” Bradford said. “I can’t recall specific conversations, the footage shows I was there. But as to what conversations? It’s been five years.”A series of delaysIn the half decade since Morrison died on 26 September 2016, his family initially fought to have the inquest fast tracked with a campaign that included a protest shutting down traffic at the intersection of Rundle and Pulteney Street in Adelaide.When the inquest formally began in late August 2016 – a process involving 48 prison guards and staff – an appeal to the supreme court in 2019 caused hearings to be put on pause. While the inquest was expected to pick up in early 2020, the onset of the pandemic delayed the process further.As of December 2018, it had generated over 3,300 pages of transcript.In that time the inquiry has allowed a unique look at the inner workings of the Yatala Labour prison and the culture of those who work at the site.Morrison died at the Royal Adelaide hospital three days after at least 12 officers piled on top of him in a hallway outside of his prison cell following an incident involving two other guards.Forced to the ground, Morrison was then restrained by his wrists, his ankles and placed in a spit hood. A group of guards then carried Morrison to a prison van. Video played for the court shows the procession stopping at an elevator to reposition the spit hood.Morrison was then loaded into the back of the prison van face down.Seven prison guards travelled with him on the 125 second trip to Yatala Labor prison’s high security G-Division, but only five guards were present in the back with Morrison – Trent Hall, Darren Shillabeer, Liam Mail, Martin Crowe and Jean-Guy Townsend.Of them all, Shillabeer and Hall were positioned closest to Morrison’s head.No CCTV footage exists of what happened during the transit and what occurred during that trip has been a key focus of the inquiry.Upon arrival at the entry way at G-Division, Morrison was removed from the van and placed on the ground. Video footage played for the court shows dozens of prison guards and staff looking on. It took nearly three and a half minutes for CPR to begin and nearly five minutes for 000 to be called.Morrison’s family were alerted to the incident when he failed to appear by video link for a scheduled hearing at Elizabeth Magistrates court for a bail application. When they attempted to learn his whereabouts, the hospital said they had not admitted anyone called Morrison. The family later learnt that he had been admitted under the false name “Ben Waters”.While the family waited in a hospital car park after spending an hour and a half attempting to see Morrison, the Department of Correctional Services called a press conference to announce an “incident” at the prison.A report released by the South Australian ombudsman in September 2020 was damning in its conclusions about the department’s treatment of the family with ombudsman Wayne Lines saying he was “appalled”.“Mr Morrison’s family should never have been put in the situation that they were put in. I am appalled at their treatment,” Lines said.“In my view, Mr Morrison’s family were not treated with the openness, frankness and sensitivity that they deserved. It is not at all surprising that Mr Morrison’s family appeared to regard the department’s actions with suspicion. The department’s actions did not instil confidence or trust in its dealing with Aboriginal prisoners in custody.”Morrison – a Wiradjuri, Kokatha and Wirangu man – had not been convicted of any crime and was being held on remand.The inquiry into the circumstances around his death was delayed in 2019 when 18 prison guards and a nurse unsuccessfully tried to have the coroner removed from the proceedings alleging she was biased.In that time the coroner has heard how, on the morning of Morrison’s scheduled court appearance, an altercation in his cell lead to his restraint. Guards who appeared during earlier hearings described the initial assault as sudden, unprovoked and violent. Morrison, they say, was “big and strong”.While the inquest has yet to hear from the pathologist, in his opening address Crocker said “positional asphyxia” – the name for a situation where how a person is placed when they are restrained stops them from breathing – contributed to Morrison’s death. The family says the force of the restraint left Morrison’s body bruised.To date several guards have given evidence saying that they have received no training regarding positional asphyxia or additional retraining to do their job.In one exchange from the earlier hearings, Claire O’Connor, counsel representing of Morrison’s family, asked prison guard Steve Connor whether a spit hood fitted tightly around the neck of the person wearing it. During the exchange, Connor was asked whether he had ever tried one on.“Why would I put a spit hood on my own head?” Connor said.A patchwork of detailOver the last three weeks, the coroner heard how little has changed at the prison since Morrison’s death in 2016. Guards previously appearing at the inquest have given evidence of a culture that was resistant to further training, while others have said the only additional training they have received was in Controls, Restraints and Defensive, Techniques (CRDT) six months after Morrison died.In another appearance by Gordon Burnell, G Divisions unit supervisor on the day, the coroner heard how Burnell did not call for an ambulance despite the clear medical emergency, instead choosing to call a “Code Black”.A “Code Black” signals a major security or health incident is in progress, which requires all available staff to attend. When asked why Burnell did not immediately call for an ambulance, he said he believed that in a prison environment “different rules apply” and that he assumed an ambulance would be called as part of the code.The court had also previously heard from Detective Sergeant Lisa Pettinau who was part of the initial police investigation at the prison. Pettinau described a series of delays and procedural roadblocks meant prison guards were not separated or prevented from leaving the prison, evidence was not retained and crime scenes weren’t sealed.“It was frustrating, yes. I expected a more collaborative approach,” she said.These earlier hearings have been followed by three gruelling weeks where evidence has focused on three specific events – what happened during the immediate restraint, the transport to G-Division and what occurred in the aftermath as prison officers reacted to Morrison’s hospitalisation.When Shillabeer appeared before the inquest on Thursday, he said he “could not recall” several events, including being asked by supervisors to stay nearby to assist with an active police investigation into the incident.However, the guard said that once leaving the prison he drove to Port Augusta – three and a half hours from Adelaide – to watch a friend play football and did not return until Monday.Shillabeer said that while on the road he had taken a phone call from a supervisor but could not recall what was said during that conversation and confirmed he continued driving after the call ended.This patchwork of detail has lead to frustrations within the courtroom as the coroner and counsel assisting have sought to ascertain evidence about what occurred in the back of the van.In the last three weeks, lawyers for the prison officers and the department have fought to have the guards who were present in the van with Morrison appear on the same day and limit the questions they faced.The South Australian government has since changed the law to allow coroners to compel witnesses to give evidence even where they may risk incriminating themselves. But because the laws do not apply retroactively to proceedings that have already begun, they do not apply in this case.Though the coroner ruled that each guard would have to appear one-by-one, the cumulative effect of a multiple disruptions to the process have taken its toll.Following a series of interruptions on Wednesday, coroner Basheer sought to stamp her authority on her courtroom.“If I sound frustrated, it’s because I am,” Basheer said. “This is an inquiry into the facts and broad circumstances of the death of Mr Morrison. I have ruled that the gatehouse is a permissible topic.“If I’m wrong, so be it. If I’m wrong, I’m wrong, but I will not tolerate any further delay in these proceedings and have the Morrison family sit at the back of this court and be subjected to what they must wonder is a derailing of their one hope that this inquest might actually probe something that was of interest to them.”If the process has been frustrating for officials, it has certainly been trying for the family who on any given day are outnumbered by lawyers three-to-one. Morrison’s mother, Caroline Andersen, has refused to watch the video of his restraint and at several points she and Morrison’s sibling, Latoya Rule, have had to leave the courtroom in distress.With several more weeks to go before closing submissions will be given, the cost they are paying for answers is already high – and growing by the day.
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This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 75%. (I’m a bot)The death toll from Israeli attacks on Gaza has increased to 119, the Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.Israel on early Friday threatened a ground invasion as the army said it was massing troops along the Gaza frontier and calling up 9,000 reservists ahead of a possible ground operation.The four-day burst of violence has pushed Israel into uncharted territory – dealing with the most intense fighting it has ever had with Hamas while simultaneously coping with the worst Jewish-Arab violence inside Israel in decades.Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: Israeli#1 Israel#2 Gaza#3 Palestinian#4 statement#5
At least 119 Palestinians, including 31 children, have been killed and more than 830 wounded since hostilities flared on Monday.
Hundreds of Palestinian families have taken shelter in UN-run schools in northern Gaza to escape Israeli artillery fire.
Israeli artillery and tank shells fired into Gaza on Thursday evening forced many families to flee their homes. Palestinians marked the first day of the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday under relentless aerial bombardment.
At least seven Israelis and one Indian national have also been killed. The Israeli army said hundreds of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel.
Israel massed additional soldiers and tanks near Gaza and Israel’s defence minister approved the mobilisation of 9,000 more reservist troops. But the armed forces maintained a ground offensive was not the primary focus of the operation against Palestinian fighters.