Aisha Buhari joins fight against Gender-Based Violence
The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has called for adequate funding and the harmonisation of existing laws to incorporate emerging issues in the fight against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Nigeria. She made the call at an interactive forum on GBV hosted by the Nigeria Governors Wives Against Gender-Based Violence (NGVA- GBV), the UN/ Spotlight initiative, and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF). She was represented by the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen. Buhari commended governors for declaring a state of emergency against GBV in June. She said, “I want to thank your excellences...
Violence has plagued this Florida housing complex for nearly 50 years. Nobody knows how to fix it
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Nearly 50 years ago, the Lauderhill Point apartments were built to bring safe, affordable housing to a blighted stretch of what is now Lauderhill. Instead, the 22 buildings that make up the property have become infamous for problems that have remained consistent despite numerous name and ownership changes: Murders, shootings, gang control and rampant drug dealing. From 2014 to 2019, Lauderhill Police said they responded to more than 2,400 calls at the property — nearly two a day. Among the 215 criminal reports they gathered were 14 cases involving a gun and six with a k...
Georgia election official: Trump, US senators complicit in potential violence
ATLANTA — A top Georgia election official Tuesday said President Donald Trump and the state’s two U.S. senators are complicit in threats against election workers and urged them to speak out against the behavior of some of the president’s most irate supporters.Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting system manager, cited threats against a voting systems company technician in Gwinnett County, as well as threats against himself and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. He also cited comments by a lawyer for Trump’s reelection campaign who suggested a cybersecurity official be “shot” for disputing the...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Minneapolis mayor, police chief call proposal to cut department funding 'irresponsible and untenable'
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and police Chief Medaria Arradondo on Monday struck back at a proposal by three of City Council members to cut the Minneapolis police budget by nearly $8 million, with Frey calling the plan “irresponsible and untenable” amid a year of rising violent crime and a shrinking police force.Although both said they support some community alternatives and reforms in policing, they said it cannot come at the cost of further cuts to the department already facing historic attrition rates — the department is down 120 officers since the start of the year, with more...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Commentary: Violent death of rapper King Von reminds us how people across the country are dancing to the music of revenge and murder in Chicago
I was supposed to talk with Chicago-born rapper Dayvon Bennett, aka King Von, but never got the chance before he was gunned down on Nov. 6 outside an Atlanta nightclub.It’s not every day that a reporter with a background in both crime and pop culture gets a chance to interview someone seen as both a fast-rising hometown rap star and a coldblooded killer. His music had hit the Billboard Hot 200 before his death, but several of his singles, including “Take Her to the O,” hit the Hot 100 posthumously.I wanted to hear from Bennett’s own lips whether he felt he could escape his hard upbringing and ...
Environment of violence
Do you think you live in a violent world? When you think of the word “violence,” what pops into your head?A gun? A splatter of blood? A scream of pain?Often when we think of violence, these are the sensations evoked. Images of warfare or heinous crimes, sounds of death and maiming. And violence encompasses all of those things… but it is also much more. Violence is just as often an omission as it is an action, equally likely to be a discriminatory law as it is a destructive weapon. In our modern times, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say more violence is committed remotely by words than is d...
Artist hopes mural of 23-year-old killed in June shooting makes others pause before causing harm
CHICAGO — A golden frame filled with the cosmos went up on a brick building near the Western Blue Line. Its creator, speckled in paint, finished off glints of light on the stars. In a few clean lines, he wrote, “memorial mural in progress.”For longtime Chicago artist Tyrue “Slang” Jones, the project was personal.Brandon McGhee, 23, was walking near that wall in June, after a hot summer day spent visiting his mom, when he was shot and killed in one of the most violent weekends Chicago has seen in recent years. McGhee went to the same grammar school as Jones’ kids. McGhee’s mother, LaDonna Lane,...
Timberwolves and Malik Beasley agree on four-year, $60 million deal
MINNEAPOLIS — From the time the Timberwolves acquired guard Malik Beasley in early February, President Gersson Rosas said Beasley, due to become a restricted free agent this offseason, was going to be in the team’s long-term plans.Rosas stood by that notion even as Beasley encountered a legal battle involving charges of drug possession and threats of violence for an incident at his home in September.On Friday, when Rosas had the chance to prove that with the start of free agency, he backed up those words. The Wolves and Beasley agreed to a four-year deal worth $60 million, a source confirmed F...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bending the hate curve: What Biden must do as president and president-elect
Confirming with statistics what too many Americans have seen with their own eyes, the FBI Monday reported that in 2019, hate-motivated crimes rose to their highest level in more than a decade, and hate-motivated homicides hit an all-time high.That rising tide should trigger a series of swift steps by Joe Biden when he assumes the presidency.Step one: Reverse the disastrous early Donald Trump decision to reorient the federal government’s Countering Violent Extremism program, designed to combat all lethally hateful ideologies, to focus solely on radical Islamist extremism.Step two: Release all t...
New York Daily News
Dozens file federal suit alleging Chicago police abuse at this year's protests over the death of George Floyd
CHICAGO — Chicago was still struggling with looting and violence in the wake of police protests late this spring when Amika Tendaji and Jasson Perez heard about a mellow, anti-police demonstration taking place on a Sunday in Hyde Park.“People began saying hello to their neighbors, presumably not seeing them in a while, and just chatting,” recalled Tendaji, who brought her daughter and nephew to the protest.But things took a turn as the demonstration wound down, she said, when police forced the crowd to leave the neighborhood in one direction when some of their cars were parked elsewhere. Soon ...