Wallace family calls for firing of police

first_imgThe Oct. 26 police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia was caught on a video that went viral, bringing thousands into the streets to demand justice for the 27-year-old Black man, who had been experiencing a mental health crisis. Despite a series of 911 callers saying Wallace needed an ambulance and two previous police visits where they were made aware of Wallace’s condition, the final response was by two police officers who fired 14 shots at Wallace within minutes of their arrival.Black Philly Radical Collective member Gabriel Bryant calls for “Justice for Walter Wallace Jr.” at rally in Philadelphia, Nov. 7.On Nov. 4, one day after the election, the city released police bodycam footage of Wallace’s killing by officers Thomas Munz Jr. and Sean Matarazzo, both in their 20s. The Wallace family had been shown the video days before it was made public.  In the footage, one of the officers can be clearly heard saying “Shoot him” before both officers fired. The Black Philly Radical Collective called a protest to disclose the officers’ names and denounce the city’s delay in releasing the footage. They gathered on one side of City Hall, while demonstrators demanding that every vote be counted in the presidential election amassed on the other side. Eventually both demonstrations merged.The 911 dispatch recordings that brought Munz and Matarazzo to the scene made no mention of Wallace’s mental health history or the two earlier police responses. In the bodycam footage, Wallace, who had a knife, appears to be walking aimlessly rather than aggressively. His mother and two neighbors are yelling at the police not to shoot.Members of the Wallace family, their attorney Shaka Johnson and Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, spoke out at a press conference Nov. 6. Garner was killed by New York police in July 2014. His final words, like George Floyd’s, were “I can’t breathe,” and his case was a milestone in the Black Lives Matter movement.Failure to follow 2015 Department of Justice call for reformsWhile not calling for charges to be brought against the two officers, the Wallace family is demanding they be fired. Johnson criticized the Philadelphia Police Department for failing to implement reforms and training recommendations made in a 2015 U.S. Department of Justice report. The report, requested in 2013 by then Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, identified “serious deficiencies in the department’s use-of-force policies and training, including a failure to maintain a certified field training program; deficient, inconsistent supervision and operational control of officer-involved shooting investigations and crime scenes.”While the DOJ report applied to the entire Philadelphia police department, it named police districts where civilian complaints of brutality were particularly high — including the 18th district where Munz and Matarazzo are currently employed.Johnson and other speakers called for all police to be armed with Tasers and for a change in the way the city responds to mental health crises. However, even with reforms like mandatory bodycam use implemented, it has not changed the “shoot him” mentality of racist police officers.Gwen Carr noted that while she had learned of her son’s death in a phone call, Wallace’s parents had the horror of witnessing his killing. “Can you imagine, just imagine, what trauma they went through seeing their son murdered right in front of their eyes? There are thousands of mentally ill people [who] are getting gunned down every day because the police are the first responders. This has to stop.” (Philly.com, Nov. 7)In addition to support from Carr, other parents of victims of police violence visited with the Wallace family to offer support. They included Samaria Rice, whose 12-year-old son Tamir Rice was gunned down by Cleveland police Nov. 22, 2014, and Lisa Simpson, whose 18-year-old son Richard Risher was fatally shot by police in Los Angeles July 25, 2016. A rank-and-file caucus of AFSCME District Council 33 and DC 47 issued a statement calling on Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and the City Council to immediately defund the Philadelphia Police Department by at least half — $364 million — with the money to go instead to fund public services, including mental health. Wallace’s father is a 33-year veteran of the city’s Streets Department. Several hundred people attended the funeral for Wallace Nov. 7. All Wallace’s nine children including his infant daughter, born just days after he was murdered, were there. In his obituary, Wallace was remembered as “a handyman who would try to fix almost anything, he was dependable and an avid learner.”The family wrote: “We never saw Walt having a disability. We saw the man who fought through it and did so with his best ability.” (Philly.com, Nov. 8)Photo Credit: Joe PietteFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Lille agree to slash Osimhen’s price tag

first_imgLille president Gerard Lopez is ready to drop his price tag for Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen. Loading… Osimhen is a subject of interest from a number of top European sides following an impressive debut campaign in the French Ligue 1.Advertisement Promoted Content9 Astonishing Wonders Hidden Deep In SeaThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreHow Most Popular Food In The World Came To Be8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Interesting Facts About GoT Star Maisie Williams7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Valuecenter_img Read Also: Messi expresses heartbreak over Copa America postponementHowever, Le 10 Sport says Lopez, recognising he must cash in to keep the club running, is ready to accept a more realistic fee for the striker.It is claimed that Lille could now sell the striker as low as €55m.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 21-year-old netted  18 goals and recorded six assists in 36 appearances across all competitions for Lille. According to reports, Lopez previously placed a price tag  of €80-90m on Osimhen.last_img read more

Black Cats mauled by Foxes

first_img And seven minutes later he made it 3-0 when, after being brought down in the area by Lee Cattermole, the Algerian international sent Costel Pantilimon the wrong way from the spot. Dick Advocaat responded by replacing Cattermole with Fletcher but it failed to give the visitors any foothold in a game which was already lost. And Danny Drinkwater almost added a fourth from distance when his effort was palmed away a minute before half time. There was little Leicester let-up and Mahrez continued to torture Sunderland after the break as he turned them inside out before hitting the post 10 minutes after the restart. Pantilimon then saved from Vardy and Mahrez as Leicester threatened to embarrass the visitors. But they pulled a goal back against the run of play on 60 minutes when Adam Johnson slipped Defoe in to fire into the corner from 10 yards. Suddenly Defoe was alive and Schmeichel was forced into a smart low save two minutes later with Leicester rattled. Albrighton made it 4-1 with 25 minutes left. The visitors failed to clear Mahrez’s cross and, when Vardy’s presence caused problems, the ball fell to Albrighton to drill in from the edge of the area. The goal rush continued five minutes later, though, when Fletcher made it 4-2, heading into an empty net after Defoe lobbed Schmeichel. It kept the Foxes on their toes and Okazaki was denied a debut goal by Kaboul’s block with four minutes left. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Just nipped outside at half-time to see that #SAFC have kept the engine running.” BBC commentator Connor McNamara posts a picture of the Sunderland team coach. https://twitter.com/ConorMcNamaraIE/status/630029617215184896 PLAYER RATINGS Leicester: Kasper Schmeichel: 7 (Out of 10) Ritchie De Laet: 7 Wes Morgan: 7 Robert Huth: 7 Jeff Schlupp: 7 Mark Albrighton: 8 Danny Drinkwater: 7 Andy King: 7 Riyad Mahrez: 9 Shinji Okazaki: 7 Jamie Vardy: 8 Subs: Yohan Benalouane: 6 Christian Fuchs: 6 N’Golo Kante: 6 Sunderland Costel Pantilimon: 7 Billy Jones: 5 Sebastian Coates: 5 Younes Kaboul: 5 Patrick Van Aanholt: 5 Jack Rodwell: 5 Lee Cattermole: 4 Sebastian Larsson: 5 Jeremain Lens: 5 Jermain Defoe: 6 Adam Johnson: 5 Subs: Steven Fletcher : 6 Adam Matthews: 6 STAR PLAYER Riyad Mahrez: The Algeria international ran Sunderland ragged all afternoon and deserved a hat-trick. His first-half brace put Leicester in complete control and he was only denied the match ball by the woodwork and fine saves from Costel Pantilimon. The Foxes need to prove they can maintain their form from last season and Mahrez, one of their stars from their Great Escape, will be key. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Kasper Schmeichel: Had little to do all game but he laid the foundations for Leicester’s win with a vital sixth-minute save. Jermain Defoe had wriggled free in the area only to be denied by the keeper from point black range with the score still 0-0. Six minutes later and the Foxes’ rout began but only after Schmeichel had given them a platform. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Dick Advocaat is third favourite to be the first Barclays Premier League manager to be sacked this season and his odds will not have improved after seeing his side’s first-half collapse. Opposite number Claudio Ranieri could not have wished for a better start at Leicester after replacing Nigel Pearson this summer. The Italian needs to impress to silence the doubters after his surprise appointment and certainly got off to the best start. MOAN OF THE MATCH Claudio Ranieri will be delighted with a debut victory in charge of Leicester but is sure to be annoyed at conceding twice to a Sunderland side who were beaten inside the opening 25 minutes. There seemed little danger to the Foxes’ backline but Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher pounced when the hosts switched off in the second half. It will only be a mild concern but Ranieri will want perfection from his new side. NEXT UP West Ham v Leicester (Premier League, Saturday August 15) Sunderland v Norwich (Premier League, Saturday August 15) A first-half blitz from Leicester blew away Sunderland to hand new boss Claudio Ranieri a dream start. Press Association Riyad Mahrez’s double and Jamie Vardy’s opener earned the Foxes an easy 4-2 win over the wretched Black Cats. England striker Vardy’s header and Mahrez’s brace, one coming from the penalty spot, put Leicester in complete control after just 25 minutes. Jermain Defoe pulled one back but Marc Albrighton ended the contest with the Foxes’ fourth, even though Steven Fletcher made it 4-2. The win gave Ranieri, who replaced Nigel Pearson in the summer, his first win in charge in his first Premier League game in 11 years. The Italian gave Shinji Okazaki his Foxes bow but fellow new-boys Christian Fuchs, Yohan Benalouane and N’Golo Kante were on the bench while Jeremain Lens and Younes Kaboul started for the Black Cats. However, it was one of the stars of last season who fired Leicester into a 12th minute lead. Ranieri had challenged Vardy to score more goals after he netted five last season – earning an England call – and the forward responded instantly when he flicked Albrighton’s free-kick across goal and the Black Cats allowed it to bounce in off the woodwork. It came after Kasper Schmeichel, a spectator for most of the half, denied Defoe from point-blank range after the striker wriggled free in the sixth minute. But that was the only fear for the Foxes as they took total control inside half an hour. Mahrez saw a shot deflect wide off Kaboul but eventually doubled Leicester’s lead on 18 minutes when he powered in a 12-yard header from Albrighton’s cross. last_img read more