Pat Finucane’s widow takes legal action against Secretary of State

Pat Finucane
Pat Finucane

source: Belfast Telegraph
published: 26 September 2019

The widow of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane has taken legal action against the Secretary of State in a move which ramps up pressure for a full-scale public inquiry into her husband’s murder.

Mr Finucane was shot dead in front of his family in north Belfast in February 1989 by loyalists in an attack found to have involved collusion.

The 39-year-old was shot 14 times while enjoying Sunday lunch at home with his family. It became one of the most notorious murders of the Troubles.

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Eric Garner: no charges against white police officer over chokehold death

Eric Garner
Eric Garner

source: The Guardian
published: 16 July 2019

Federal prosecutors will not charge the New York police officer implicated in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an African American man killed almost five years ago.

The decision announced by the US attorney Richard Donoghue on Tuesday was another blow to the Garner family, figureheads in the Black Lives Matter movement, who have campaigned to hold the NYPD accountable. US justice department sources said the final call on the non-indictment was made by the attorney general, William Barr.

Garner’s death, on 17 July 2014, became a focal point for national conversation on race and policing. Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe”, were chanted by protesters across the US.

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Mothers of the movement for Black lives continue to pursue justice

Legal Time for justicesource: The San Diago
published: 1 June 2019

Mother’s Day [US] marked a celebration of the mother-child bond by millions worldwide. For Mothers of the Movement, a group of African American women whose children were killed by police or senseless gun violence, the celebrations are bittersweet.

Over the years, the women have become an influential voice in the Black Lives Matter movement with their strong voices of protest and pursuit of active community involvement in criminal justice reform and gun law legislation. Their work at the grassroots, local, state, and national levels continues today.

Here’s what some of them have been up to recently.

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