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Police who sparked global ‘I can’t breathe movement’ gets 21 Years on a separate abuse case

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, July 15, 2022 – Convicted murderer Derek Chauvin will spend the next twenty-one years in prison whether he wins his recent appeal or not.

The former police officer was sentenced to 25 years in state court last year and appealed that decision but charges had also been brought against him in federal court for George Floyd’s death.

He was sentenced on those charges today and received a twenty-one year sentence. His Federal charges will run concurrently with his state charges if he loses his appeal. This means regardless of the outcome of that appeal he will spend two decades behind bars.

Chauvin plead guilty to the federal charges in a plea deal in last December in which he admitted “that he continued to use force even though he was aware that Mr. Floyd had stopped resisting, talking, and moving, and even though he was aware that Mr. Floyd had lost consciousness and a pulse.”

Floyd was not the first person Chauvin treated this way.  A young man brought charges against the former officer in the same case and he was convicted of abusing the then fourteen year old.  Apparently Chauvin admitted that he held the child by the throat and struck the child multiple times in the head with a flashlight, and that he held his knee on the child’s neck, shoulders, and upper back for between fifteen and sixteen minutes, even though the child was face-down on the floor, handcuffed, and not resisting. This was in 2017.

“Derek Chauvin abandoned his sworn oath to uphold the sanctity of life when he callously took George Floyd’s life and when he violently assaulted a 14-year-old child.  Chauvin’s actions constituted a grave abuse of police authority and a clear violation of these individuals’ civil rights,” said Attorney Andrew Luger.

Chauvin got the chance to speak to Floyd’s children but did not apologize or express remorse.  Instead saying,

“I wish them all the best in their life and that they’ll have excellent guidance in the rest of their life.”

Local media indicate that the former cop will be held in federal prison where he will be safer.

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Male Charged with Robbery

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A 30-year-old male, charged with robbery offences, is expected to appear in the Magistrate’s  Court tomorrow (April 16th, 2024). 

FRANDY MERONE of Downtown Providenciales was charged on Friday, 12th April 2024, with the following offences: 

* One Count – Robbery 

* One Count – Taking Motor Vehicle Without Authority 

* One Count – Using Offensive Weapon So As To Cause Fear 

The charges against Mr MERONE followed a civilian arrest on Sunday, 7th April 2024, and,  subsequently, a police report. 

The report was made on April 04th, 2024.

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Four Year Old Beheaded Trinidad 

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Rashaed Esson

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#Homicide#FourYearOld#TrinidadandTobago, April 9, 2024 – Trinidad was left in shock and sorrow with the beheading of a four year old girl, reportedly by her stepfather, early Tuesday April 9, at her home in Arouca, a town in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago. The Police informed that when they arrived on the scene, the head of the little girl, identified as Amarah Lallitte, was in one room and her body in another.  

 

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CariSECURE 2.0 Equipping Youth to Take Charge Against Crime

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Bridgetown, 9 April, 2024 – Amidst rising concerns over citizen security in the Caribbean, a deliberate effort is being made to empower the region’s youth to step into leadership roles and drive change from within. Through a free, online course by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), youth will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle pressing security challenges head-on.

The “Youth on the way to Peace and Security” course is being launched regionally as part of CariSECURE 2.0 (CS2.0), which works to reduce youth involvement in crime and trafficking in persons (TIP) in the region. It will run from 16 April – 3 May, with support from InfoSegura.

This course comes at a crucial time when security issues like crime and violence are on the rise in the Caribbean. By the end of the course, participants will have improved understanding of regional security challenges, enhanced leadership skills, and greater opportunity to network with peers and experts around the region, empowering them to take leadership roles in regional conversations and citizen security activities.

Maia Hibben, Project Manager for CariSECURE 2.0, underscored the significance of engaging young people in matters of citizen security.  ” Throughout the life of our project, input from young people has been invaluable,” she said. “Whether it be helping to craft national workplans to reduce crime, developing a roadmap for youth empowerment in the Caribbean, or creating digital solutions to improve crime reporting as planned for this year, youth have proven that their perspectives are indispensable. This course is just another way for youth to strengthen their skills to address regional security challenges.”

By building capacity of young leaders to address security challenges and promote social cohesion, the course contributes directly to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16, towards Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

The course will offer lessons in the current mechanisms that impact youth decision making, insight into youth citizen security challenges in the Caribbean, and give practical guidance on the positive roles participants can play in conflict resolution, with complementary webinars, podcasts and practical resources tailored to the English-speaking Caribbean. It is free of charge and open to participants from all backgrounds, regardless of age, nationality, or level of experience. A certificate will be awarded upon completion.

Register for the course by 15 April: escuelavirtualpnud.org/login/index.php?lang=en

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