Protests in Philadelphia after police shot dead man

The protests street vendors returned Monday night to the American city of Philadelphia after the death of another black man by police shooting.

The demonstrations started after a man identified as Walter Wallace, 27, was shot dead by two officers. According to the body, the police officers shot him “several times” in the chest and shoulder after demanding that Wallace put down his knife. The man was taken to the hospital but died of gunshot wounds.

Hundreds of people came out to express their discomfort in the streets. Several cars were set on fire and, according to the police, some 30 officers were injured and a dozen arrests were made.

The protests in Philadelphia add to those recorded for months throughout United States after death in May George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American who was put in the neck by a Minneapolis police officer for nearly nine minutes, resulting in death from asphyxia.

Video under investigation

The mayor of the city, Jim Kenny, and the police commissioner, Danielle Outlaw, explained that the incident is under investigation.

As can be seen in the video of the shooting broadcast on social networks, recorded by a passerby, the two officers point their weapons at Wallace as he walks down the street. When he notices, Wallace walks up to them, who back off with guns still pointed at him, as they yell at him to put the knife down. After this, both shoot several times and Wallace collapses in the middle of the street.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) condemned police action and considered that state violence cannot be the answer to society’s problems. “Time to invest in community programs, including the kind of mental health services that allow the intervention that could have prevented the murder of Wallace, “he said. Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

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Donald Neeley: demonstrated (neue-deutschland.de)

It is a scene that immediately brings to mind violence against slaves and lynchings in US history. In August 2019, Donald Neely, a black homeless person in Galveston, Texas, was arrested by two police officers for illegally entering an office building. Neely was led away with handcuffs tied with a rope. While the police officers rode horses, he had to trot alongside.

Now, Neely, who is at large, has sued the city of Galveston for $ 1 million in compensation. In the complaint, the 44-year-old, who suffers from mental problems, described the action against him as “extreme and monstrous”. Not only did he suffer physical injuries, but he was also exposed to great emotional stress. For him it felt as if he was being brought before those who were supposed to protect him, like slaves once did. Neely is not just about money, his lawyer told US media. Neely, who is receiving psychotherapeutic help and is in the process of getting his life in order, wants to ensure that no one in the USA is treated in this way.

The Galveston Police Chief immediately admitted that the police officers’ behavior was legal, but reprehensible, apologized to Neely and banned the practice with immediate effect. The officers who took Neely away at the time were also aware of the symbolism. On published recordings of the body cameras that they wore in action, one of the police officers involved can be heard saying several times that this would “look really bad” when the rope was attached.

The outrage was also high after video and photo recordings of the arrest were seen online. A trespassing charge against Neely was dismissed in court. His lawsuit against the City of Galveston will be decided in January. Alexander Isele

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TV duel between Trump and Biden: should that be moral?

“You know who I am”, Joe Biden shouted to the American voters in his televised duel against Donald Trump, “and you know who he is.” Should anyone have forgotten, then the debate provided enough illustrative material, especially during the most important topic of 2020, the pandemic.

When asked about the more than 220,000 corona deaths in his country, the President did not wrest a word of sympathy this time either, but boasted: for the millions of deaths that he had prevented; for the vaccine, which in Trump’s imagination is “ready” for immediate mass vaccinations; even for his own contagion, because: “I am immune!” It was left to the democratic challenger to point out the currently devastating development of the number of cases in several states as well as to the gloomy prognoses of the experts and to spell out the often unpopular measures that are not a panacea , but until further notice the best medicine: mask requirement, plexiglass, rapid tests and so on.

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Election winner doesn’t matter: misery and hopelessness in Baltimore

The US metropolis of Baltimore is a city of hopelessness in many places: two thirds of the population are dark-skinned and poor – they have no hope that anything will change after the presidential election in early November, regardless of the name of the election winner.

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BVB: Youssoufa Moukoko reacts so emotionally to the insults

Soccer Youssoufa Moukoko

“You can hate me, but you will never get me down”

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Moukoko should play quickly with the professionals

Borussia Dortmund submitted an application to lower the age limit for professional footballers, which was approved. Above all, the aim is to enable youngster Moukoko to be deployed soon.

Youssoufa Moukoko single-handedly shoots FC Schalke in the U19 Bundesliga. During the game, the BVB striker was insulted by Schalke fans. The 15-year-old now speaks in detail.

EOnce again he did what he does best: score goals. Borussia Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko single-handedly shoots down their arch rivals when they beat FC Schalke 04 3-2 in the U19 Bundesliga. The BVB striker scored all three goals and after the third matchday already had six goals on his account. The 15-year-old also plays in his own league in the U19.

While Moukoko shone on the pitch, some fans in the stands gave themselves verbal total failures. They insulted the young striker who could make his professional debut in November. A fan shouted: “I’ll break all your bones.” The live stream of the game broadcast by the DFB also showed how Moukoko was denigrated as a “son of a bitch” and “piss off” and “go to the grave” should.

One day after the terrible insults, Moukoko spoke up in a statement via Instagram: “Dear football fans! I thank you for all your nice words and comments. At this point I would like to say that there should be no place for racism in football or on a human level! That has nothing to do with Schalke, because they are not football fans, but people who want to spread hatred. A derby is always emotional for players and fans, but in the end the sport should connect us and be fun and not set any boundaries between us. “

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FC Schalke apologized for the hatred of its fans immediately after the game. “It is of course to be strongly condemned what happened there. And nowadays it is slowly no longer possible to put into words what some people in our society allow themselves, ”said Sports Director Jochen Schneider Sky. He announced that he would find the fans: “I have briefly Hans-Joachim Watzke (BVB managing director, editor’s note) written and apologized to the player and Borussia Dortmund. “

“God made us all beautiful”

Moukoko met the hatred that hit him with remarkable serenity. “We are opponents on the pitch, but we are united in this matter, don’t forget that we all share a love for football. God made us all beautiful, we are all special, because no matter whether poor, rich, black, white, at the end of the day we all bleed the same. Anyone who says otherwise is just jealous and, as is well known, envy is the highest form of recognition. Don’t let anyone dissuade you from doing what you love, ”he wrote on Instagram.

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And further: “You can hate and insult me, but you will never get me down, because what I love, I will always do, and that is play football and score goals. We say NO to racism, there is enough hatred in the world, let’s stick together. Black lives matter! “

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Racial Profiling: With the “wrong” skin color (neue-deutschland.de)

Photo: dpa / Jonas Walzberg

One afternoon in November 2017, Barakat H. (35) and Rasmus L. (35) were in the fitness center and shopping. Now they wanted to go home to Hamburg’s Hafenstrasse, which has been made famous by squatting since the 1980s. Their way led them to the Baldwin staircase, one of several squares in the Hanseatic city, where drugs have been traded for years and where the police hold and control mainly Africans. Two policemen came towards the two of them from a side street. “They definitely want to control us,” said Barakat H. to his neighbor and friend. H., who was born in Togo, is now used to being targeted by the police because of his skin color. But he doesn’t want to put up with it. With the support of the “European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights”, he initiated a second trial against the City of Hamburg for “racial profiling”. In 2017, the administrative court ruled that the police had acted unlawfully during a suspicion-independent inspection of Barakat H. The lawsuit has been expanded to include three cases for the new procedure.

That afternoon, the friends were asked to identify themselves. A reason was not given, they refused. The police report will later state that they made a move to quicken their pace when the officers approached them and “made frantic movements with their gym bags.” Bakarat H. was nervous. In November 2016, on his way home from a German course, he was stopped by a civil servant at a traffic light. When he refused to show his ID, he was handcuffed to the legendary Davidwache and detained for half an hour.

Barakat H. voluntarily opened his sports bag, which also contained fruit. “Oh, bananas,” one of the policemen commented. Meanwhile four more officers had arrived to reinforce the situation. An older woman joined them and spoke up for her neighbor H. He and Rasmus L. gave in and showed their papers. When the two men in turn asked the police officers for names or service numbers, they did not respond. Barakat H. asked the friend to take photos. He shouldn’t do that, a police officer warned him, “otherwise the cell phone is gone.”

Rasmus L. is now asked by the presiding judge whether he himself has been checked more often. Only when he “was in contact with black people,” he replies.

The area around the port street houses is considered a “dangerous place”. The police can inspect without cause. However, this is not a complete license for police action. In 2016, the Higher Administrative Court of Rhineland-Palatinate found that an inspection independent of suspicion is not legal if the skin color is the only or decisive criterion. A “Task Force Drugs” is supposed to take action against dealers in St. Pauli, in the red-light district of St. Georg and in the “left-alternative” Schanzenviertel.

At one point it got loud in the hearing before the administrative court when the lawyer for the city of Hamburg wanted to hear from Rasmus L. whether, in his estimation as a local resident, most of the drug dealers were black. That brings the lawyers Carsten Gericke and Cornelia Ganten-Lange, who represent Barakat H., into armor. To do this, you have to kindly submit separate evidence requests and consult experts.

The court explicitly attached political importance to the trial. For groups like “Copwatch Hamburg” the “Task Force Drugs” promotes racial discrimination. With banners such as “Stop racist controls” they protested against “racial profiling” based on characteristics such as skin color. The trial will continue on November 10th.

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“Black Panthers”, once upon a time there was the African-American revolution

What remains of the Black Panthers today? The question quickly arises at the sight of the documentary in two parts that Arte devotes to the revolutionary and anti-racist movement. In the evocation of the movement, returns first its aesthetic, ultra documented at the time and highlighted in the film: armed militants, afro cut, leather jackets, berets and dark glasses.

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From 1966 to 1982, the Black Panther Party was the instrument of post-Martin Luther King Afro-American emancipation. That of black activists who no longer wanted to turn the other cheek. Those who, rather than fighting in Vietnam for the American empire, have chosen to fight in their own country, against white domination but also against capitalism and American patriarchal society.

A current movement, 50 years later

Thanks to the contribution of numerous archival images, Stanley Nelson’s film plunges us back into the context of a time when counter-cultures opposed racism and violence, which were nevertheless omnipresent. Soul music from the late 1960s and Emory Douglas drawings in the mind « Black is beautiful » evoke current events. A hymn of movement, Revolution has come, was repeated in June 2020 by singer Camélia Jordana during a rally calling for justice for Adama Traoré. Just as an illustration of Emory Douglas was updated by the artist on the occasion of the movement. Black Lives Matter in the USA.

The cinematographic device of the documentary helps to make the movement current. The witnesses are as much the former activists as the leaders of the time Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton, questioned in the thick of the events. The film shows the limits the party encountered and which led to its downfall. In addition to the police repression, the ego wars of the leaders, sometimes armed, and the purges of militants went so far as to weaken the party at the base, as the FBI had foreseen.

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Six Berlin police students suspended (neue-deutschland.de)

Photo: Bernd von Jutrczenka / dpa

Berlin. After racist chats became known, six Berlin police students were suspended. You are not allowed to continue your education at the University of Law and Economics, as police spokesman Thilo Cablitz said of the German Press Agency. The university provides training for the higher and higher police forces. “We have a clear stance, it’s about character suitability for the police profession and it’s about loyalty to the constitution,” said the spokesman.

The public prosecutor is investigating seven suspects for alleged incitement to hatred. You are accused of having sent messages with inhuman content in a chat group with 26 members. The police have also initiated disciplinary proceedings against the suspected men and women. A police spokeswoman said on Monday that one person did not participate in the chats in such a serious way to be able to pronounce a ban on official business as the other six.

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According to the public prosecutor’s office, individual notices in which swastikas are said to have been used were also directed against asylum seekers in a racist and contemptuous manner. The genocide of the Jews was played down in other news. A police officer reported the case. During searches the week before, smartphones were seized as evidence. At first, the students did not know each other personally because they had online lessons because of Corona, the spokeswoman said. dpa / nd

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Disney adding disclaimer about racist stereotypes to some old movies

Disney is adding a disclaimer to some of its old movies that include racist stereotypes, the media giant announced this month. The company said that while it can’t change he past, “we can acknowledge it, learn from it and move forward together.”

So going forward, several such films on the Disney+ streaming service will include the following advisory:

“This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together.”

Disney said the decision is part of its “ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.” Rather than removing the offensive content, the company said it hopes to “spark conversation and open dialogue on history that affects us all.”

The movies that will now start with the disclaimer include “Aristocats,” which features racist caricatures of East Asian peoples; “Dumbo,” in which the crow characters perform a musical number in the style of racist minstrel shows; “Peter Pan,” for its stereotypical portrayal of Native peoples; and “Swiss Family Robinson,” in which pirates are portrayed as a stereotypical foreign menace, many in “yellow face” or “brown face.”

In addition to those older films, it’s also included at the start of “Aladdin,” the animated blockbuster from 1992.

The new statement is more strongly worded than one Disney tacked onto some films when Disney+ first rolled out last year. At that time, it simply noted, “This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions.” Now, it admits they were not just “outdated” but “wrong” even back then — and that such negative portrayals had a harmful impact in real life.

Disney said it created an advisory council made up of outside experts who helped the company “assess our content and ensure it accurately represents our global audiences.” CBS News has reached out to the Walt Disney Company for more information.

Other companies and brands, like Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben’s, have also recently taken steps to recognize and distance themselves from racist stereotypes by changing their branding in the wake of widespread protests for racial justice in the U.S.

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