Officer who shot Tottenham man Jermaine Baker is suspended

Jermaine Baker
Jermaine Baker

source: The Voice Online
published: 15 December 2015

A police firearms officer has been suspended and could face prosecution following the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Jermaine Baker. The father-of-two from Tottenham, north London, died from a single gunshot wound during a police operation near Wood Green Crown Court on Friday (Dec 12).

A stand-off with police after attempts to help gang members Izzet Eren, 32, and Erwin Amoyaw-Gyamfi, 29, to escape on their way to court resulted in Baker being killed, it has been reported.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it has launched a criminal homicide investigation into the death. This could see the police face murder or manslaughter charges.

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Have your say on the future of surveillance in the UK

CCTV Camerasource: Huffington Post
published: 4 December 2015

A month ago the government published their proposals for the future of surveillance powers in the UK.

Legislation is never an enticing read, at almost 300 pages long and full of technical and legal language the draft Investigatory Powers Bill is no exception. Because of this many of us will ignore its contents, but what it proposes will impact us all and for once we have all been given the chance to have our say.

The opportunity to express your views on government proposals isn’t always that obvious, but the Home Secretary very publicly and repeatedly promised that a Joint Committee of MPs and Peers would be convened to “scrutinise” the draft Bill and report to Parliament on their findings.

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Ms Dhu’s family calls for end to jail for fines as death in custody inquest begins

Julieka Dhu
Julieka Dhu

source: The Guardian
published: 23 November 2015

The family of Aboriginal woman Ms Dhu, who died while paying off a fine by serving time in police cells, has called for an end to the practice of jailing people for unpaid fines.

Ms Dhu, a 22-year-old Yamatji woman whose full name is not used for cultural reasons, was found unresponsive in a cell at the South Hedland police station on 4 August, 2014. An inquest into her death began in Perth on Monday.

She had been taken into custody four days earlier because she had about $1,000 in unpaid fines, and had twice been taken to hospital and returned to her cell after complaining of severe stomach pains.

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Muslim group warns police cuts will harm trust with communities

Police Lantern UKsource: The Guardian
published: 22 November 2015

Britain’s largest Muslim group has warned that big cuts to the police planned by the Conservative government risks damaging the fight against terrorism.

The Muslim Council of Britain has previously been critical of police actions and has been branded by some as supporting extremism, which it strongly denies. But it called on Sunday for the police service to be spared a swingeing cut to its budget, fearing it would lead to reductions in neighbourhood officers.

The MCB says these officers are crucial to building trust within communities which can lead to intelligence that helps catch those planning terrorist violence.

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