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Guest Opinion | Send the Sheriffs Back Home

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Skip Hickambottom (l) and Dale Gronemeier (r)The Pasadena Police officers’ tactics in the shooting of the 20 year old Latino may well have been best practices, but we won’t ever know for sure if the PD gets away with looking only narrowly at the moment of shooting as it did in the McDade case. The Pasadena PD’s outsourcing its criminal investigation to the LA County Sheriff’s Department appears designed to help facilitate the public not learning whether the officers’ tactics were in fact best practices.We voted for Sheriff Jim McDonnell and believe he is doing a commendable job in trying to bring long overdue change to the Sheriff’s Department. But the Pasadena Police Department has made a monumental mistake in farming out to the LASD the criminal investigation of the PD’s officer-involved shootings. The Sheriff’s Department is now conducting the criminal investigation of the 20 year old Latino who was shot in the back by a PD Officer last Friday, but it should be the LASD’s last such investigation.The PD keeps the deficient process in-house while outsourcing its proficient processIn March 2014, Pasadena PD Chief Phillip Sanchez announced that the criminal investigations for future use of force incidents would no longer be conducted by the Pasadena PD but rather would be farmed out to the Sheriff’s Department while the administrative reviews stayed within the Pasadena PD.Against critics who objected to the outsourcing decision, who objected to the failure to consult on it with the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, and who objected to the failure to take community input on this important policy change, former City Manager Beck defended the decision as an “operational decision” rather than a policy issue that was the the City administration prerogative; the City administration argued that the Sheriff’s Department would be providing the “independent investigation” that police reform critics were demanding.What Beck and Sanchez did not disclose was that when they announced their outsourcing decision, they had seen drafts of the independent Office of Independent Review (OIR) Group Report on the PD’s killing of the unarmed African-American youth Kendrec McDade. The OIR Group Report commended the professionalism of the Pasadena PD’s criminal investigation. But that same Report took apart piece by piece the Pasadena PD’s grossly inadequate administrative review.So Beck and Sanchez knowingly chose to outsource the criminal investigation process that was working well and to keep in-house the administrative review process that was working badly.The public and their elected representatives did not know the Police Chief and City Manager were engaged in upside-down decisionmaking because the OIR Group Report that praised the criminal investigation and eviscerated the administrative review was not released to the public until nearly two years later.Why in the world would the City Manager and Police Chief make such a backwards choice? Before trying to answer that question, we need to add some information that the outsourcing decision was an even worse choice than just keeping the bad and getting rid of the good.Outsourcing to a troubled agencyThe outsourcing decision didn’t just outsource the good while keeping the bad. It outsourced the good to a very troubled Sheriff’s Department.Police officers investigating other police officers always raise questions as to whether they can rise above their occupational biases, but that issue is especially acute with a Department with the record of the LASD.Whatever the trust problems of the PD with Pasadena’s Black and Brown population, they are dwarfed by well-deserved deeper distrust of the Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department has long been correctly viewed with much greater distrust than the Pasadena PD by many minority residents of Pasadena and Altadena.The immediate past Sheriff and his highest-ranking deputy are going to jail for their obstruction of justice in trying to thwart an FBI investigation into deputies’ unjustified violence. Sarah Favot’s article last Sunday in the Star-News reported that the Sheriff’s Department is riven down the middle between those officers who are loyal to the old guard (who are going to jail) and those more progressive deputies who recognize that Sheriff McDonnell is trying to take the Department in the right direction.In 2012, the County’s Citizen’s Commission on Jail Violence found that the Sheriff’s Department use of force investigations were seriously flawed and protected deputies who used excessive force.The LA County Board of Supervisors has just created an Inspector General position for independent oversight of the Sheriff’s Department, but the Sheriff’s Department is fighting giving it subpoena power. There is thus little to commend the Sheriff’s Department as likely to provide a set of independent eyes for the criminal investigation as compared to the eyes of the Pasadena PD.The Pasadena PD’s terrible outsourcing decision is a PR ploy to ward off truly independent review.The PD’s foolish criminal-investigation outsourcing decision comes from its liking its own independence but disliking independent reviewer scrutiny.The “independence” of the Sheriff’s Department doing the criminal investigation doesn’t threaten the PD with criticism because of the investigation’s narrow focus and because fellow officers can be counted on to be supportive. Yet the PD’s PR will disingenuously claim that the “independent” LASD criminal investigation satisfies all need for independent review.The PD has regularly demonstrated its hostility to independent review.While welcoming the cover of a Sheriff’s investigation, the PD does not welcome a truly independent professional looking at its shootings. While welcoming examination of the narrow criminal culpability issues, the PD does not welcome independent scrutiny of the officers’ pre-shooting and post-shooting conduct nor independent evaluation of the entire criminal and administrative investigation process.The PD enmity to independent review was evident with the McDade shooting by the PD refusing to let the OIR Group into the room for the PD’s administrative review meeting even though that is what they were contracted to do. Police Chief Phillip Sanchez gave lip service on December 7, 2015, to adopting OIR Group Recommendation #6 that the independent reviewer be in the room for the administrative review meeting, but a short time after that he attacked the OIR Group to KPCC Reporter Frank Stoltz.Now, as detailed in our prior Op-Ed titled “The Pasadena PD’s Latest Ploy to Subvert Independent Review,” the PD is now rushing to complete its administrative review of Friday’s shooting before any independent review can be put in place. Its administrative review is being done under its out-of-date policy #302 that does not require any review of the pre-shooting and post-shooting tactics in an officer-involved shooting.The only justification we can see for the terrible outsourcing decision is to enable the PD to mislead the public into believing that having the Sheriff’s Department do the criminal investigation provides all the “independence” that is needed in an officer-involved shooting. The Sheriff’s Department is being cynically used to avoid the broad inquiry into tactics that was so devastating for the PD in the McDade case. The function of having the Sheriff’s Department replace the PD on the criminal investigation seems to be to provide a false aura of independence where it isn’t needed so that independent review cannot occur where it really is needed.So the outsourcing to the Sheriff’s Department should end when it completes its present criminal investigation of Friday’s shooting.Skip Hickambottom and Dale Gronemeier are local civil rights attorneys who successfully litigated for public release of the OIR Group Report on the McDade shooting. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Your email address will not be published. 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Audio devices to tackle dog fouling

first_img Previous articleUL team get the winning verdict at the Four CourtsNext article1913 lockout takes Limerick students to New York Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie AUDIO devices that encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets have been installed on both sides of the new River Shannon boardwalk in the city in a novel approach to combating dog fouling.Dog owners who pass the audio devices developed by NUI Maynooth-based company Riteview Solutions, will trigger a message stating: “Do your bit to keep Limerick clean. Stop Limerick Dog Litter. Use any bag any bin — please pick up after your dog.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick City and County Councils plan to relocate the devices currently operating in the city area to other spots throughout Limerick during the coming months. The local authority is also considering the option of installing additional devices at other sites.Welcoming the  initiative, Mayor Kathleen Leddin said it was important for dog owners to pick up their pet’s litter as dog waste was not only a nuisance but it could also carry diseases that were harmful to humans.The installation of the audio devices has also been welcomed by the Limerick City Tidy Towns Committee, which regularly undertakes clean-ups throughout the city in conjunction with the local authority.Tidy Towns representative Maura O’Neill described it as a fantastic development that would help keep streets and green areas clean by encouraging dog owners to take greater responsibility.“Dog litter is at the top of people’s minds as the worst form of litter and these audio devices help to spread the message that allowing dogs to foul in a public area and then not picking it up is simply unacceptable,” said Ms O’Neill.Limerick City and County Councils environment awareness officer, Sinead McDonnell, explained there are a number of simple ways in which dog owners can help keep public areas dog litter free.“The message we are promoting is simple; always carry a bag to clean up after your dog.  Failing to clean up after your dog is the same as littering and is an offence under the Litter Pollution Acts.“There are now a wide range of options available to dog owners for cleaning up after their dogs. Check at your local vet, pet shop, supermarket or online,” she said. #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook NewsLocal NewsAudio devices to tackle dog foulingBy Alan Jacques – April 4, 2014 862 WhatsApp Email New Music: 40Hurtz Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Print Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Twitter TAGSLimerick city councilLimerick County CouncilMusic LimerickRiteview Solutions last_img read more

Come for the work; stay for the workplace

first_img TAGSbusinessindustryKempLimerick City and CountyMid West Industry Feature Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Facebook IN 2010 Kemp established its European HQ in Limerick as part of a major expansion initiative. The office has since grown at a tremendous rate, consistently building on its own success to employ over 75 people in Limerick City.Kemp specialises in load balancing technology, enabling customers to manage high-intensity web traffic and applications. This is a rapidly developing industry, vital to virtually all large-scale digital activity such as web hosting and cloud computing.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up To stay competitive in such an exciting field, Kemp established the core R&D team in Limerick, allowing them to take full advantage of local talent in an increasingly tech-oriented city. But employment at Kemp yields more than a chance to do engaging work. Kemp has a deep understanding of the importance of employee health and wellbeing, offering health insurance, gym membership, and even allowing time off for personal training sessions.Kemp also prides itself on being a highly social workplace.They also have opportunities to meet up with colleagues based in New York, Singapore, London and Munich.Kemp is always on the lookout for skilled individuals and open to applications. While the chance to be part of bold new developments in one of the world’s most crucial technologies might draw you to Kemp, it’s a supportive, friendly, and health-aware culture that will likely convince you to stay. See www.kemptechnologies.com Twitter Printcenter_img Previous articleArrive early for Minor thrillsNext articleWIN TICKETS TO FOREVER YOUNG 2019 ON JULY 5-7 Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Email BusinessNewsLifestyleSponsored ContentCome for the work; stay for the workplaceBy Staff Reporter – June 28, 2019 331 WhatsApp Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Limerick on Covid watch list TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type!last_img read more

Empty UN summit for world in crisis

first_imgUS President Donald Trump, as leader of the host nation, passed on the chance to come in person to the General Assembly, with a speech before low-profile diplomats unlikely to figure as part of his strategy for re-election in November.The summit in normal years draws about 10,000 people from around the world, a prospect that is unthinkable at a time when nations have imposed strict entrance requirements to prevent the spread of Covid-19, which has claimed nearly 950,000 lives.With no chance for in-person meetings and the give-and-take of negotiations, some UN-based diplomats wonder how much can be achieved.The United Nations is nonetheless moving ahead with thematic meetings — also virtual — on the sidelines of the summit to tackle major issues including the coronavirus pandemic as well as climate change, biodiversity and the political turbulence both in Libya and Lebanon. But there will also be less chance for dramatic exchanges between leaders in their speeches. Keen to prevent any technical snafus, the United Nations has asked world leaders to submit their videos four days in advance, meaning there will be no spontaneity or reaction to last-minute developments. US snub for UN The UN week opened Monday with a celebration of the global body’s 75th birthday in the form of a virtual summit where Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pleaded — in person — for more multilateral diplomacy.In a sign of his views on the matter, Trump did not bother to send remarks, and the United States was instead represented by its deputy UN envoy, who said it was “the right time to ask questions about the institution’s strengths and weaknesses.”Even the US ambassador to the United Nations was not present, having traveled instead to Washington for an announcement of “UN sanctions” against Iran that Trump demanded all nations implement.The United States says it is enforcing an expiring UN arms embargo, but virtually no other nation thinks Washington has the authority to impose UN sanctions, with European powers instead focusing on salvaging a nuclear accord with Iran negotiated under former president Barack Obama.The hawkish US stance on the eve of elections comes a year after French President Emmanuel Macron led unsuccessful efforts in New York to arrange a meeting or at least phone call between Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in hopes of easing tensions.Macron, speaking by video for the 75th anniversary summit, pleaded for the role of the United Nations in solving global problems.”At a time when the pandemic is feeding fear of decline and a narrative of collective powerlessness, I want to say very clearly: faced with this health emergency, the climate challenge and the retreat on rights, it is here and now that we must act,” Macron said.German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the United Nations has “too often been forced to lag behind its ideals as the interests of individual members have, time and again, prevented this order from functioning as it was intended.”But those who believe that they can get along better alone are mistaken. Our well-being is something that we share — our suffering, too. We are one world,” she said. The United Nations General Assembly, the annual extravaganza of world leaders’ speeches and round-the-clock diplomacy, opens Tuesday in a quiet hall as a virtual summit addresses the global crisis of Covid-19.For once, Midtown Manhattan will not be bunkered down in a frenzy of motorcades, and there will be no speculation of breakthrough meetings.Leaders instead have been invited to send in pre-recorded messages, to be played over the coming week in the vast General Assembly where each delegation can send a single masked diplomat. Topics :last_img read more

Monroe Lake to host bald eagle driving tour

first_imgMonroe County, In. —  See bald eagles in the wild during a driving tour at Monroe Lake Saturday, Jan. 26.The tour is self-guided and runs from 1 to 3 p.m. It will have six outdoor shoreline stops, each staffed by experienced birders who will assist attendees in viewing eagles and other birds through spotting scopes.Tour attendees can also get an up-close look at a bald eagle and several other raptors at a bonus indoor tour stop featuring live education birds from Hardy Lake.Advance registration is $5 for adults ($3 for children) and is available through Jan. 24 by calling 812-837-9546 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.Walk-up registration is $7 for adults ($4 for children) at the Paynetown Activity Center on Jan. 26 beginning at 12:30 p.m.All attendees must check in at the Paynetown Activity Center to pick up a tour map and get their event badges, which must be worn in a visible location while visiting tour stops.The Paynetown Activity Center is located next to the swimming beach inside Paynetown State Recreation Area, 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington. Admission to Paynetown SRA is free during the winter months.Complimentary cocoa and cookies will be available for tour attendees at the Paynetown Activity Center; attendees are encouraged to bring their own travel mug. There will also be eagle crafts to make, bird checklists, and lake maps.The Fourwinds Lakeside Inn, located on the other side of Monroe Lake at Fairfax SRA, is offering a special lodging rate of $69 per night for a lake-view room on the nights of Jan. 25 and 26. Rooms must be reserved by Jan. 19 at 812-824-2628 and you must specify that you plan to attend the eagle tour.Fourwinds guests can receive a “buy 1 get 1 free” discount on walk-up registration for the Bald Eagle Driving Tour by showing their hotel receipt/confirmation (for the night of Jan. 25 and/or 26) at the Paynetown Activity Center.last_img read more

Making sure your vote counts in the August Primary

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — For most Michiganders, they know the drill when it comes to voting in a primary election.For new voters and voters moving from a different state, it might not be as crystal clear. On the partisan part of the ballot, a citizen will see a Democratic candidate column, a Republican candidate column, and a Libertarian candidate column. A voter cannot vote in different parties. They need to stay in their lane.“When we say stay in your lane, we mean from the governor choice on down to your county commissioner, that all has to be in the same party,” said Dottie Haase, President of the League of Women Voters in Alpena County.The importance of voting in the party a voter’s views aligns with is so the vote will not be declared invalid. For example, voting for a Republican governor candidate and a Democratic state representative would throw away the vote. Voters can vote on non-partisan races like candidates running for a judge. These races are located in a separate column, under no party affiliation. Ballot issues are separate as well and don’t fall under a specific party. Michigan has a closed primary. Haase sees this primary having the potential to attract more voters ahead of November.“More women are running than ever before and we’re excited about that so it’ll just be interesting to see if we have a bigger turnout,” said Haase. “I’m hoping Alpena County has a huge turnout, more than normal.”To learn more about your local elections and what will be on your ballot on August 7, visit the Secretary of State website to navigate to your area (https://www.michigan.gov/sos/).For more on the League of Women Voters of Alpena County, visit the website (http://www.lwvalpenacounty.org/index.html).AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for July 17Next What’s Trending for July 18last_img read more