first_imgA summary report of the investigation that was published this Wednesday, the activists said, “raises more questions than it answers” and “contains a number of inconsistencies.”On the heels of  the report’s release,Gascón announced his decision to not charge officers Eric Reboli and Craig TIffe in the deadly February 2015 shooting of the 21-year-old Guatemalan immigrant.“We do not accept the report’s conclusions,” said Smith, who for the two years has led the movement to pressure Gascón – who has never filed charges against officers in police shootings – to hold Reboli and Tiffe accountable in a court of law.“The DA clearly has some explaining to do,” said Smith. “We want him and his lead investigators to meet with us at a mutually convenient time for a townhall meeting in the Mission.” 0% At Friday’s press conference, Smith said that he has not received a response from Gascón.Max Szabo, the spokesperson for the District Attorney’s office, said that Smith declined Gascón’s invitation for a personal briefing. Szabo did not comment on the possibility of a townhall meeting in which Gascón would be subjected to questions from the community.Szabo wrote in an email that protocol forbids public access to the full investigative files in any case, not just officer-involved shootings, as they include “identifying information of undocumented immigrants and witnesses.”“Effectively, releasing the files could chill future participation from victims and witnesses,” wrote Szabo. “ There are also investigative techniques that could be disclosed.”Still, Szabo said that the information provided in the summary report is a “thorough summary of the investigation,” and that it is the “most in-depth and lengthy report of any [officer-involved shooting] investigation provided to date.”The full investigation, he said, will be forwarded to the State Attorney General’s Office.Activists gathered at 850 Bryant St. on Friday disagreed. Many said that Gascón’s decision to to exonerate the officers further exacerbates the trauma and fear that the death has instilled in the community.“With each instance that justice is denied, the heart of the city will grow stronger,” said Reverend Wanika Stephens, of the St. John Coltrane Church. Every Friday for  the past 25 weeks, she has met with the mothers of the victims of police violence at 850 Bryant St. to hold space and demand justice.Ben Rosenfeld, an attorney based in the Mission District who has analyzed the summary report, pinpointed several inconsistencies.“This report doesn’t pass the sniff test,” said Rosenfeld, adding that it omits the chronology of events leading up to the shooting and showcases instances in which the officers did not follow protocol.The report, said Rosenfeld, fails to provide contradictory evidence that Reboli and Tiffe, who responded to a dispatch call about a knife chase involving Perez Lopez and another man, properly identified themselves as police officers.“This is hugely important – we have the officers’ insistence that they did so, but no independent witness who the summary report lists, corroborated that account,” he said.The report states that Reboli detained the man that Perez Lopez, who was armed with a knife, was allegedly chasing on the evening of Feb. 26, 2015, while Tiffe grabbed Perez Lopez. The report goes on to say that Perez Lopez managed to free himself and then lunged at Tiffe with the knife, prompting both officers to shoot.But before the bullets made contact with Perez  Lopez, investigators concluded that he quickly turned around. Two independent autopsy reports revealed that Perez Lopez was shot six times from behind.“They claim in this feat of utter mental gymnastics that [Perez Lopez] somehow managed to spin around while a bullet was travelling through the air,” said Rosenfeld. The attorney also pointed out that if taken at face value, the report reveals misconduct by both Reboli and Tiffe.“They took no effort to de-escalate the incident according … or wait for backup – instead, they physically engaged a man who they had every reason to believe may have been armed with a knife,” he said. “This is fundamentally contrary to most basic police training and practices … and a recipe for disaster.”Deputy Public Defender Rebecca Young called the investigation “illegitimate” and criticized a new unit formed by the Gascón to investigate police shootings and misconduct, for which Gascón received $1.7 million in funding.“You know who he has hired to be on the [Independent Investigation Bureau]? Police officers,” said Young. “It is the fox guarding the hen house.”Drivers passing the Hall of Justice honked and raised their fists in a show of support as the activists called for police reform and scrutiny of ongoing police shooting investigations.Members of the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition and the Justice for Luis Gongora Pat Coalition said they will continue to press for police accountability and charges in the police killings of both men.“We are up next,” said Darrell Rogers, a member of the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition. The group is seeking charges against the officers involved in the contentious 2015 Bayview shooting that was caught on video. “What are you going to tell us? We got it live and in living color.”Reverend Wanika Stephens, of the St. John Coltrane Church. Photo by Lola M. ChavezMaria Cristina Gutierrez of the Frisco Five. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPictures of the victims from police shootings lined up against the Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez Tags: police shooting Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Activists from several coalitions seeking justice in high-profile police shootings united their movements on the steps of San Francisco’s Hall of Justice on Friday to denounce what they say was a biased investigation into the death of Amilcar Perez Lopez.“The report reflects the DA’s clear bias towards protecting the officers that killed Amilcar rather than seeking the truth of what happened,” said Father Richard Smith of St. John’s Episcopal Church, an organizer leading the Justice for Amilcar Perez Lopez Coalition.“He clearly defers to the police version of the events, a version very different from what community members heard and saw.“The group demanded that District Attorney George Gascón face them and the community in a town hall meeting to be held in the Mission District, and that he provide them with a full report of the investigation that has been over two years in the making.last_img read more

first_imgFlip open the slender leather-bound volume on the bar at Monk’s Kettle and you’re liable to find yourself awash in beers — but if you’re like me and you haven’t been swept up by the IPA craze and aren’t sure what a Trappist is, never fear. Monk’s Kettle set out a decade ago to become a neighborhood tavern and, for the past week, it has been in the midst of celebrating 10 years of successfully accommodating eager drinkers interested in learning about the possibilities of beer.   Unlike most neighborhood joints, this one has a cellar stocked with “whales” (a beer-nerd reference to rare varieties), a staff with Cicerones (the beer equivalent of a sommelier) and that aforementioned weighty beer list. Christian Albertson, who owns Monk’s Kettle, saw an opportunity when he arrived from Boston to open a place that serves good beer when “beer culture” wasn’t really a crowded field in San Francisco. Ever the cheap boozehound, I asked: What’s a good beer?“The one that you like,” was the simple reply. Well. Yes. “Our job is to find the best beer for the person in front of us,” Albertson added.The concept of Monk’s Kettle hasn’t changed. Come in, sit down, say hello. Have a beer. If you don’t know what you like, ask — the staff is at the ready to educate or simply serve and retreat, to your preference.Owner Christian Albertson in the cellar of Monk’s Kettle.The specifics, however are in constant flux. Albertson rotates the menus just about every week, so what’s available changes a dizzying 50 times a year. The clientele, too, has shifted, and Albertson is staying on his toes: The restaurant and industry workers who once lived in the Mission and came to the tavern in two waves at the beginning and end of the evening have drained away, so the late-night hours are now limited to the weekend. But even with the newcomers who have flooded the city, consumers haven’t managed to develop a taste for posh. They want something good, but they want a deal. So Albertson lowered the prices and added to the menu. “People want burgers, and we don’t have to outpunch our class,” he observed. At the same time, the spread of beer culture has meant that good beer can be had in many more places. “Beer culture” is a bit like “wine culture,” except perhaps slightly younger, slightly more male, and less expensive. “Ten years ago, you would go to any fine dining place and the wine collection was half a million dollars and the inventory for beer was $500. Now they’ve got the whole gamut,” Albertson said. And: “If you have a $9 beer, people scoff. But a $14 wine glass, people will accept.”But as more brewers arrive, more varieties of businesses are selling more kinds of craft beer, and rare bottles are becoming less so. Aficionados have developed a habit of picking up a few bottles of something interesting to take home, share and Instagram.“The biggest thing is how much good beer is around,” Albertson said.People know the names of beers now. IPAs (bitter and hops-strong) are widely adored, but people now also ask for sour beers (more tart than sour, really) or a saison (sparkly and fruity). Beer culture, in its different interpretations, has grown so much that Monk’s Kettle can do a whole 10 days of tribute to various methods and makers from the ancient and distant to the modern and local, and attract aficionados who form a line outside of its location at 16th and Albion. This advent culminates in an event on the actual to-the-day 10-year anniversary — Monday, Dec. 18 — that will showcase beers from five bay area brewers and a “kick the kegs” party.“We wanted to pay homage to showcase what we do well,” Albertson said.Outside Monk’s KettleAlbertson, 43, is married and has children now, and a few years back left the city to move to Marin with his family after the building where they lived in San Francisco was sold. He’s worked in the restaurant industry in some capacity since high school. On Monday, with ten years of Monk’s Kettle under his belt, he’ll throw two parties, one of them already sold out, to celebrate a restaurant that constantly has lines out the door.So the real question is, how to get a seat and a sense of that neighborhood-tavern feel? Go early. Go in the early evening (or even for lunch — perhaps the tavern’s best-kept secret is that it has been open for lunch every day for 10 years). On one such early evening, a few people were sipping on beers at the bar. One patron was getting coached through the beer list, ready to get an education. Another returned specifically for Pliny the Elder on tap. A third called the place a “neighborhood treasure.” 0%center_img Tags: beer • Business Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

first_imgTwo tries in the first eight minutes were a sign of things to come. John Hutchings opened the account for the Saints diving over in the left corner after Josh Simm had earnt a penalty.A drive from Simm and one from Sam Royle put the Saints on the front foot allowing Matty Foster to burst through the defensive line before feeding Nico Rizzelli in support inside to score by the posts.From the restart Lewis Dodd was denied a try when knocking on under the posts before a penalty resulted in a first and only try for the visitors.Saints responded instantly as Josh Simm took advantage of a ball steal to touch down for his first of the night.Rizzelli and Tom Nisbett both had tries disallowed for forward passes and in between Josh Simm had gone 90 metres for his second and Hutching’s had repeated his dive in the corner for his brace.Five Dodd goals made it 30–6 at the break before Saints ran riot in the second half.Straight from the kick off Dodd broke down the left finding Matty Foster who finished it off to signal the end to any lingering Hull hopes.Lewis Baxter scored with his first touch of the game off the bench going the final 30 metres after Welsby had weaved his way around the cover on the right side.Royle and Brooks had two great drives with the ball which resulted in Welsby given the chance to put Nisbett in at the corner. From the kick-off he scored his second again from a Welsby cut-out pass after Hutchings had broken the line.The tries were coming thick and fast now and Simm completed his hat-trick taking a difficult high ball from Welsby to streak away from the cover over 50 metres and Hutchings completed his version diving in at the corner.Sam Royle then burst through on half way before selling an outrageous dummy to the full back to cruise under the posts.With 10 minutes to go Welsby gave the ball to Simm 70 metres out and he scored his fourth of the game before the final try from captain Royle on the final whistle again came courtesy of Welsby this time from a break from the elusive full back.Dodd unfortunately missed with the last kick of the game as we fell just short of 80 points, but it was another impressive Saints win.Match SummarySaints U19’s:Team: Jack Welsby; Tom Nisbet, Josh Simm, Nico Rizzelli, John Hutchings; Ryan Horne, Lewis Dodd; Jamie Pye, Paul Nash, Kye Siyani, Matty Foster, Sam Royle (C), Jake Wingfield.Interchanges: Keenan McDaid, Harry Brooks, Lewis Baxter, Warren Smith.Tries: John Hutchings (3, 39 & 64), Nico Rizzelli (8), Josh Simm (24, 32, 61 & 71), Tom Nisbett (53 & 56), Matty Foster (41), Lewis Baxter (48), Sam Royle (69 & 79).Goals: Lewis Dodd 11 from 14.City of Hull U19’s:Team: Mikey Lewis; Ryan Johnston, Jude Ferriera, Will Tate, James Driver; Harrison Merrow, Morgan Cutforth; Callum Stark, Charlie Cavanagh, George Cooke, Jay Lennon, Kai Tyson, Richard De Oliveira.Interchanges: Ben Ellis, Ewan Badham, Marcus Walker, Brandon Leggett.Tries: George Cooke.Goals: Mikey Lewis 1 from 1.Half Time: 30-6Full Time: 78-6.last_img read more

first_img The 1300 block of the area of S. 13th Street in Wilmington was evacuated and nobody was harmed.The Wilmington Police responded to reports of the man barricaded inside his home at the Houston Moore Terrace on S. 13th Street in Wilmington.According to a WPD spokesperson, more than a dozen officers were on the scene outside of the home after first responding to a call about a weapons incident Saturday morning around 6 a.m. Wilmington police on the scene of a stand off at Houston Moore Terrace (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna, WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After a man barricaded himself inside his home Saturday morning, the SWAT team arrived and after a few hours the man was arrested by Wilmington Police.According to WPD two shots were fired and negotiators were trying to talk the man down before the standoff ended.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Castle Hayne Elementary hosted their first career day highlighting African-Americans in our community for Black History Month.WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick was there and said she was lucky enough to talk to more than a dozen classes.- Advertisement – Social Worker Candy Robbins put together this years career fair and said she wanted students to realize there are a lot of community leaders from all nationalities.Students learned about careers in radio and also heard from judges, law enforcement and bankers. Everyone spoke to students about setting goals and dreaming big.“It’s never to young to start thinking about your career. We want to make sure that students understand what you have to put into it because you put into it what you expect to get out of it,” Robbins said.Related Article: Could upcoming teacher rally affect your student’s classtime?Robbins said all students can do anything they set their minds to and she hopes the career fair next year will be even bigger.last_img read more

first_imgJeff Rivenbark and Hannah Patrick accept award for Best Daytime Newscast in Charlotte LELAND, NC (WWAY) — WWAY received several awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas and Associated Press over the weekend.Good Morning Carolina was named best daytime newscast in the carolinas for tv division II.- Advertisement – WWAY’s Hannah Patrick also won an RTDNAC award for best series for #Unsolved.Former WWAY reporter Basil John took home the RTDNAC Award for multi-media journalist of the year for his time here at WWAY.last_img read more

first_imgA new law addressing European Border security concerns, has been endorsed by European Member States today.The ‘Metsola Law’, named after the MEP Roberta Metsola, will see a strengthening of European borders as well as the increased staffing of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency.This is the latest development in the law which has been founded and negotiated by the Maltese MEP. Today’s endorsement was also followed by support from the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE).The MEP explained that the new law is aimed at being the EU’s response to the concerns by citizens in Malta and Gozo and further afield, over border security.‘This really is a huge win for Malta and for the rest of Europe. I am glad that what many thought was something impossible to achieve, we have managed and we have managed in record time. This new law will come into force soon and will result in an overhaul of Europe’s border management. Significantly, it will mean the addition of 10,000 new border and security guards and operational staff, an efficient mechanism to return those migrants who are not eligible for protection, as well as new and improved tools to fight cross-border crime.’Metsola is confident that the law will be implemented before the European elections.‘Each family I visit and each businessman I speak with, the topic of security is always raised. People are concerned about their security, they are looking to Europe to respond and we responded in record time through this new and important law. This means that we will have the law in place before the European Parliament elections.’What is needed now, is for the law to be approved by the MEPs across the European Parliament Plenary by the end of April.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_img SharePrint Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that he is seeing contradictions in the proposals for the EP election that have been issued by Partit Nazzjonalista (PN).Muscat said this whilst replying to a question made by following a news conference on Monday morning. The Prime Minister said that whilst the PN is scaring the population with foreigners in the country, it also wants Malta to become a migrant centre. According to Muscat, Partit Laburista (PL) of whom he is also the leader, neither wants Malta to become an open Mediterranean centre nor does it frighten the Maltese with the foreigners’ scare.Last week, the PN executive approved their electoral manifest for the EP elections. Amongst its proposals, the PN is pledging to protect the right for life, improve work conditions and to send people that are not eligible for protection back to their homeland.Joseph Muscat also said that in this manifest, the PN had missed he opportunity to mention anything on its visions relating to the development of the Maltese economy.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_img Chadwick lakesCredit: Luke Zerafa Chadwick lakesCredit: Luke Zerafa Funding for the project, is coming largely from the the European Regional Development Fund, which is supplying 80% of the €5 million budget. The remaining 20% is coming from national funds.The sum is understood to cover the studies, implementation and the educational aspects of the valley’s restoration.WhatsApp 1 of 6 SharePrint Chadwick lakesCredit: Luke Zerafa Chadwick lakesCredit: Luke Zerafa Chadwick lakesCredit: Luke Zerafa Chadwick lakesCredit: Luke ZerafaChadwick lakesCredit: Luke Zerafa A €5 million project to regenerate the valley system at Chadwick Lakes has been given the go-ahead to start, the Energy Ministry has announced.The implementation of the project follows a two year study into the hydrological and ecological aspects of the area, which as informed the best approaches to staving off further degradation and the impact of invasive species on the ecosystem.The project which is being coordinated by the Energy & Water Agency, is set to regenerate and rehabilitate an area of 5,000m2 along with the repair of the river banks and walls.The organisers also state that the removal of detritus and silt deposits from the current dam system would also increase the valley’s capacity for rain harvesting by around 40,000m3. Chadwick lakesCredit: Luke Zerafa <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia said that Partit Laburista is supporting a Spitzenkandidat who is in favour of tax harmonisation, referring to European Commissioner Frans Timmermans. Referring to the first leader debate held on Thursday, Delia claimed that Partit Laburista leader Joseph Muscat found it difficult to be have his party labeled as ‘Socialist’ and that his party forms part of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) at a European level.Addressing a political activity at the Party club in Għargħur, Delia explained that Timmermans supported tax harmonisation, a process which adjusts tax systems of different jurisdictions in the pursuit of a common policy objective, and had even placed it on his manifesto saying that this means that Partit Laburista supports tax harmonisation as a party at a European level, which would see a common policy that would affect Malta’s tax regime.Delia explained that if tax harmonisation was to become law, Malta would lose its sovereignty over regulating its own tax regime, saying that the Partit Nazzjonalista had worked tirelessly on building the sector and the country’s reputation. The sector, Delia explained creates thousands of job opportunities in the financial services sector and the jobs created are quality jobs. According to the PN leader Timmermans wants to remove Malta’s competitive advantage.READ: Watch: ‘PN always believed in the capabilities of the Maltese’ – Delia‘Creating a wider divide’Referring to Muscat’s comments during the leader debate on Thursday, during which the PL leader said that he does not want to see Maltese workers doing certain unskilled jobs such as picking up rubbish, Delia claimed that Muscat ‘clearly stated’ that he wants ‘to import slaves from abroad’. He continued by saying that such an approach would create different classes of people which are treated differently. Delia told those gathered, that Muscat treats Maltese and Gozitans differently as well as distinguishes between men and women.READ: Why shouldn’t Maltese workers pick up rubbish?Delia further said that the PL leader was mocking unskilled workers whilst thanking various categories of workers.READ: First political debate between Muscat and DeliaREAD: On faith, religion, surplus and deficits – Adrian Delia‘We want a young-spirited party’ Referring to a 16-year-old candidate who will be contesting with PN in the upcoming local council election, Delia thanked him for putting himself at the service of his locality and country while he said that the PN does not want youths to only be part of the party, but wants the party to be oriented towards the youths. Delia reiterated that the Party believes in the talents and capabilities of youths. Delia admitted that the youths active within the party are helping the party to change its ways.‘Muscat does not want to accept that this election is not about him’Referring to Workers’ Day mass meeting organised by Partit Laburista for which the stage was set up on the stairs of the Office of the Prime Minister, Delia said that Muscat ‘used Castille as his backroom’. He claimed that the PL leader does not want to accept that the upcoming elections were not about him. Delia referred to claims made by Muscat when he said that EP elections and Local Council elections were not his favourite elections, reminding that Muscat had campaigned against Malta’s accession to the EU. Delia reminded that the upcoming election was about have a stronger voice within the EU.Video – Facebook / Adrian DeliaWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more