The crisis of Aboriginal women held in prison in Australia

Domiciliary Prisonsource: Aljazeera News
published: 2 December 2019

Melbourne, Australia – Vickie Roach was 12 the first time she was imprisoned.

Forty-eight years ago, in the early 1970s, she was arrested after running away from abusive foster homes and institutions.

“The morning after you arrive, you have to go see the doctor. They would examine you to see if you were pregnant or had STDs. And if you weren’t cooperative they would hold you down and do it,” said Roach, now 60.

For a young girl who had been sexually abused, this procedure was “traumatic”. But her contact with the criminal justice system in Australia began even earlier – when she was two. 

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Relatives of slain man revive lawsuit against New Orleans over 2009 police shooting

Adolph Grimes
Adolph Grimes III

source: New Orleans Advocate
published: 4 November 2019

More than a decade after he was killed in a hail of gunfire by New Orleans Police Department officers, relatives of a Brother Martin High School graduate have revived their lawsuit against the city.

Family members first sued the city a month after the killing of Adolph Grimes III on New Year’s Day in 2009, but the case was put on hold while the U.S. Department of Justice considered whether to bring civil rights charges.

The feds decided not to pursue criminal charges in 2013. It wasn’t until this August, however, that the civil case sputtered to life with a new filing from the mother of Grimes’ son.

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Police officers appear in court over taser death of Dalian Atkinson

Dalian Atkinson
Dalian Atkinson – Image credit http://www.swn.com

source: ITV News
published: 7 November 2019

A police constable has appeared in court charged with the murder of former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson, who died after being Tasered near his father’s home in Telford in 2016.

The West Mercia Police officer appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, along with a colleague who has been accused of assault causing actual bodily harm.

Both officers appeared before a deputy district judge and were not asked their name, address or date of birth. Instead, they were referred to in court as Constables A and B.

Constable B indicated a not guilty plea to a charge of assault and she was granted bail to appear at Birmingham Crown Court later on Thursday.

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