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viernes, 1 de junio de 2018

Víctimas de abusos sexuales por parte de sacerdotes en EEUU llegaron a un acuerdo judicial por USD 210 millones

El dinero será repartido entre unas 450 víctimas en el estado de Minnesota. Un arzobispo pidió perdón en nombre de la Iglesia católica en un acto público

Una arquidiócesis de la Iglesia católica del estado norteamericano de Minnesota alcanzó el jueves un acuerdo de alrededor de 210 millones de dólares con un centenar de víctimas de abuso por parte de miembros del clero, resolviendo, así, un antiguo litigio judicial.

La arquidiócesis de Saint-Paul y Minneapolis, que fueron puestas en 2015 bajo la protección de la ley de bancarrota, indicó que el acuerdo debería dar respuesta a todas las demandas, terminar con el proceso de quiebra y permitir la creación de un fondo financiero especial para 450 víctimas.

"Los sobrevivientes de esos abusos pueden esperar sus pagos una vez que el tribunal apruebe el plan", dijo el arzobispo Bernard Hebda.

"Estoy complacido por todas las víctimas sobrevivientes que valientemente se han presentado", señaló durante una conferencia de prensa. "Reconozco que los abusos les han robado mucho. La Iglesia los ha defraudado, lo lamento mucho", añadió.

Las víctimas recibieron el acuerdo con alivio, peto destacaron que sus cicatrices emocionales permanecen intactas.

"Este es un gran día para nosotros y para todos los sobrevivientes", señaló Jamie Heutmaker en otra conferencia de prensa. Este acuerdo fue posible gracias a una ley de Minnesota adoptada en 2013, que permite enjuiciar a los presuntos agresores en casos que anteriormente hubieran prescrito.

El acuerdo pone fin a uno de los más largos procesos de casos de abusos vinculados con la Iglesia católica en los Estados Unidos.

En 2012, los expertos evocaron en el Vaticano la cifra de 100.000 menores víctimas de abuso por miles de miembros del clero en los Estados Unidos, con algunos casos que se remontan a 1950.

(Con información de AFP) Fuente: Infobae

jueves, 9 de junio de 2016

No right to carry concealed weapons in public, federal appeals court says

Photo by Rick Gershon/Getty Images 

The 2nd Amendment does not guarantee Americans the right to carry concealed weapons in public, a federal appeals court in California ruled Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

In a 7-4 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned a 2014 decision in a lawsuit against a San Diego County sheriff who had denied concealed weapons permits to some applicants. Instead, the court said that law enforcement can require that citizens who want a permit must give proof that they are in danger — such as a restraining order — or need it for another reason.

 “We hold that the Second Amendment does not preserve or protect a right of a member of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public,” wrote Judge William A. Fletcher in the majority opinion, according to court documents

The judges for this appellate court preside over much of the western United States, and records show oral arguments in Peruta v. County of San Diego dating back to December 2012, according to the court’s website

Edward Peruta applied for a permit to carry a concealed gun in San Diego County in 2009, but officials rejected his application, saying he did not provide enough evidence that he needed one, court documents show. Other California residents joined with him, along with firearm special interest groups, to sue for the right to carry a concealed weapon.

The National Rifle Association has supported Edward Peruta and warned in March 2015 that if the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the 2014 decision, Peruta, with the NRA’s backing, would appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.
The case “presents an opportunity for the Supreme Court to settle some Second Amendment issues that desperately need resolving,” the NRA said in a March 2015 statement. 

jueves, 2 de junio de 2016

Prince cause of death: Accidental fentanyl overdose, officials reveal

An accidental overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl killed music megastar Prince, a medical examiner’s report released Thursday reveals.

“The decedent self-administered fentanyl,” A. Quinn Strobl, MD, chief medical examiner for the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office, noted in the findings.

Fentanyl, according to the National Institutes of Health, is a powerful synthetic opiate analgesic similar to but more potent than morphine. The prescription drug, often administered via injection, transdermal patch or in lozenge form, is typically used to treat patients with severe pain.

The one-page report gives no indication of how Prince obtained the drug.

“This public data includes manner and cause of death,” the medical examiner’s office wrote in a news release. “Under Minnesota Law, all other medical examiner data is considered private or nonpublic.”

Nor does the report list any other contributing factors or “significant conditions.”
The autopsy results follow weeks of speculation that the 57-year-old singer was addicted to pain medications when he was found dead on April 21 at his Paisley Park estate.

Prince’s use of painkillers and how he obtained them have been the focus of a criminal investigation. A judge sealed all records in the case, but no charges are known to have been filed.

“The Carver County Sheriff’s Office continues its investigation,” the medical examiner’s office stated.

Prince died on April 21 at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minn. (File photo) 

Prince Rogers Nelson was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. on April 21 — 19 minutes after emergency responders arrived and tried to resuscitate the iconic artist. Investigators said he was last seen alive at about 8 p.m. the night before at Paisley Park, a sprawling compound that doubled as the reclusive singer’s recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minn.


Prince’s estate manager, a personal assistant and Andrew Kornfeld, the son of a well-known addiction and pain management doctor, discovered the singer’s lifeless body in an elevator at about 9:40 a.m. and called 911.

When Prince took the fatal dose of fentanyl is “unknown,” according to the medical examiner’s release. The 5-foot-3 singer weighed 112 pounds and was wearing a black cap, black shirt, gray undershirt and black pants at the time of his death, according to the report. Prince had a scar on his left hip and on the lower part of his right leg.

Though the artist’s family and closest friends have not publicly addressed his alleged addiction, news reports have indicated that Prince may have started abusing medications following hip surgery several years ago due to the pounding his body took from decades of lively stage performances. 

A week before his unexpected death, a private jet carrying Prince home from a concert in Atlanta made an emergency landing in Illinois when the singer reportedly suffered an opioid overdose and lost consciousness. Paramedics who met the plane reportedly gave Prince a shot of the opioid antidote Narcan.

According to court documents accidentally released in the case, Michael Todd Schulenberg, MD, a Minneapolis-area family practitioner, treated Prince on April 7 and the day before his death.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune, citing an unidentified source, reports that Schulenberg treated the singer for fatigue, anemia and concerns about opiate withdrawal, but did not prescribe opioids.

The sudden death of the entertainer has shed light on what the federal government recently called a national epidemic of opioid-related overdose deaths.

New guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge doctors to avoid prescribing addictive opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin whenever possible for most patients with chronic pain.
“More than 40 Americans die each and every day from prescription opioid overdoses,” CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, said in March. “Increased prescribing of opioids — which has quadrupled since 1999 — is fueling an epidemic that is blurring the lines between prescription opioids and illicit opioids.”

A Minneapolis criminal defense attorney has said Kornfeld was at the singer’s home on a “lifesaving mission” to convince Prince to come to California to start addiction treatment. Neither Kornfeld nor his father, Howard Kornfeld, has been accused of wrongdoing.

William Mauzy, the Kornfelds’ attorney, said Prince’s staff called the elder Kornfeld on April 20 to seek help with the entertainer’s addiction to painkillers. The doctor sent his son on a red-eye flight with a small amount of Suboxone, a drug used to treat pain and reduce opioid cravings.

Prince, who would have turned 58 next week, was cremated.
(This story has been updated since it originally published.)

viernes, 6 de mayo de 2016

Shootings at Two Maryland Malls Injure Three, Kill One: Police

Shootings on Friday at two Maryland shopping centers eight miles apart killed two people and injured two others, police said.

It was unclear whether the two incidents in the Washington, D.C., suburbs were related, and no suspects were in custody.

Authorities said they had identified a person of interest. They were also looking into whether Friday's incidents could be tied to another shooting a day earlier.

The violence started at around 11:30 a.m. ET at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, where two males and one female were injured by gunshots in the parking lot, Montgomery County police said. One male later died at the hospital, police said. Another was in critical condition, and the female had non-life-threatening injuries.

About 20 minutes after that shooting, police responded to more gunfire at a Giant Food supermarket at the Aspen Hill Shopping Center in Silver Spring, where a woman was fatally struck, said Montgomery County Police Assistant Chief Darryl McSwain.

The first shooting happened after a "confrontation" in the parking lot, McSwain said.

"One individual was shot. Two other individuals came to that person's aid" and were also shot, he told reporters.

Police do not believe the victims and the shooter knew each other, "but we are certainly looking at all angles," McSwain said.

The shootings come after a killing Thursday in Beltsville, about 10 miles east of Silver Spring. Eulalio Tordil, 62, is accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife in a high school parking lot, authorities said. He hasn't been caught.

While it was still to be determined if Friday's shootings were related, investigators were also looking into whether they had any connection to Thursday's violence. Authorities said they identified a person of interest in Friday's incidents, but did not name that person.

Tordil is a law enforcement officer with the Federal Protective Service, a Homeland Security agency responsible for security at federal buildings and some foreign embassies in the Washington area.

He was put on administrative duties in March after a protective order was issued against him, Homeland officials told NBC News. He was later placed on administrative leave, required to surrender his government-issued weapons, badge, and credentials. Any weapons he may have used were therefore obtained on his own, federal officials said.

Officials say his job was supervising contract employees who handle security at federal facility entrances.

Montgomery County police asked the FBI for help gathering forensic evidence in Friday's shootings.

Nearby schools ordered students and staff to shelter in place Friday, and Suburban Hospital in Bethesda was placed on lockdown. Montgomery parks were also on lockdown.

The police activity caused traffic to be backed up around the D.C. area.

viernes, 22 de abril de 2016

Ocho personas murieron baleadas al "estilo de una ejecución" en Ohio

Mike DeWine, fiscal del estado, cree que las víctimas pertenecen a la misma familia aunque los cuerpos fueron encontrados en casas diferentes. También dijo que parece que hallaron niños con vida que fueron rescatados.

Agentes cierran una calle en los alrededores donde fueron encontradas la... 

Ocho personas, incluidos dos adolescentes, fueron masacradas a tiros al "estilo de una ejecución" en Ohio este viernes, según confirmó Mike DeWine, fiscal general de Ohio, quien confirmó el rescate de varios niños con vida.

Los cuerpos fueron encontrados en una zona rural del condado de Pike, una de las área empobrecidas en la región de los Apalaches, a unas 80 millas (130 kilómetros) al este de Cincinnati.

En un principio las autoridades habían informado del hallazgo de siete cuerpos.

"No conocemos las dimensiones de la tragedia. No lo sabemos", dijo DeWine en una entrevista radiofónica en la emisora local 700WLW donde confirmó la octava víctima. "Hace unos minutos descubrimos otro cuerpo en otra casa".

Las víctimas son seguramente miembros de una misma familia, según el fiscal, y sus cuerpos fueron encontrados en cuatro casas diferentes en Union Hill Road.

"La buena noticia es que, según parece, hay niños vivos que fueron sacados de las casa", dijo DeWine en la entrevista radiofónica.

La oficina del fiscal confirmó que no se ha realizado ningún arresto y confirmó que la situación está bajo control. Ahora, informó, "la investigación se encuentra en la fase inicial y las autoridades aún investigan para determinar el móvil del asesinato, identificar a las víctimas y establecer si el que disparó se encuentra entre los fallecidos o si está prófugo".

 El jefe policial del condado de Ross, Michael Preston, habla con los med... 

John Kasich, gobernador del estado y precandidato republicano, calificó lo sucedido como una "tragedia incomprensible" a través de un mensaje en su cuenta de Twitter.

Una decena de agentes de la Oficina de Investigación Criminal acudieron en la mañana para ayudar con las investigaciones de la oficina del alguacil. En el lugar de los hechos se encontraban además investigadores especiales, agentes de inteligencia criminal y cibernética. El FBI de Cincinnati ofreció también su ayuda para esclarecer la masacre.

Las escuelas de la zona suspendieron sus clases como medida preventiva, reportó la estación de TV local, WCPO.

miércoles, 3 de febrero de 2016

Obama y la celebración del Plan Colombia, clave en los tiempos para la paz

Santos tendrá la oportunidad de dar espaldarazo a la legitimidad de las negociaciones de paz.

Pese a los más de 9.000 millones de dólares que EEUU ha aportado a Colombia en este tiempo, algunos expertos son escépticos sobre su impacto en la transformación del país andino.

La invitación del presidente de EEUU, Barack Obama, a su homólogo colombiano, Juan Manuel Santos, para celebrar los 15 años del Plan Colombia, llega en un momento "clave" para los tiempos del proceso de paz en el país andino, cuyo acuerdo está a apenas mes y medio de su rúbrica si nada lo impide.

Santos comienza este miércoles su visita oficial a la capital estadounidense, un viaje en el que el mandatario colombiano tendrá la oportunidad de dar un espaldarazo a la legitimidad de las negociaciones de paz de la mano del reconocimiento de los máximos líderes del país norteamericano.

Además de un notable despliegue institucional, que le permitirá intercambiar impresiones con el propio Obama, el vicepresidente Joe Biden, o los líderes del Congreso, pasando por la directora gerente del Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI) o el presidente del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID), Santos espera regresar a Bogotá con un renovado acuerdo bilateral con Washington.

Mientras parte de la sociedad colombiana aún ve con escepticismo el éxito de las negociaciones de paz en La Habana, después de tres intentos fallidos de reconciliación de administraciones anteriores, el Gobierno colombiano podrá reivindicar al menos una nueva cuota de éxito gracias al "acompañamiento" y una nueva inyección financiera de EEUU bajo "el éxito" de los 15 años del Plan Colombia.

Obama pedirá más fondos al Congreso para Colombia

La Casa Blanca adelantó hoy que Obama pedirá al Congreso un incremento de los fondos para Colombia de cara a su nueva etapa, aunque no quiso precisar la cantidad exacta, que incluso pudiera ser anunciada estos días por el propio presidente estadounidense en presencia de Santos.

El asesor de Obama para asuntos del Hemisferio Occidental, Mark Feierstein, calificó hoy el Plan Colombia como uno de los acuerdos bilaterales más exitosos del mundo, mediante el que Bogotá ha hecho progresos notables en la lucha contra el narcotráfico y el crimen organizado, aunque reconoció que aún queda mucho por hacer. "EEUU y Colombia comparten muchos objetivos en el Hemisferio Occidental, aunque obviamente nos centramos en cosas como la delincuencia y el narcotráfico transnacional organizado", explicó en la misma línea la secretaria de Estado adjunta para Latinoamérica, Roberta Jacobson, quien dijo que el objetivo ahora es "redirigir" los esfuerzos hacia la implementación de la paz.

Éxito -y cierto escepticismo- del Plan Colombia No obstante, pese a los más de 9.000 millones de dólares que Estados Unidos ha aportado a Colombia en los últimos 15 años, expertos como el profesor de Estudios Latinoamericanos de la American University, Eric Hershberg, son escépticos sobre su impacto en la transformación del país andino.

"El Plan Colombia fue el pilar de las relaciones entre EEUU y Colombia durante muchos años, y es visto en los círculos oficiales en Washington como un éxito rotundo", explicó Hershberg .

"Sin embargo -dijo-, soy escéptico sobre las afirmaciones de que el Plan Colombia es responsable de los avances logrados durante el gobierno de Santos con respecto a una solución negociada del conflicto, pero es una narrativa que circula hoy en día entre los proponentes de la iniciativa", agregó, aunque reconoció también que "más allá del plan, y por otras razones, afortunadamente la coyuntura del país es mucho mejor".

Harold Trikunas, experto en América Latina del centro de estudios Brookings, consideró que es importante subrayar que el Plan Colombia que ahora conmemoran ambos países "fue en gran medida diseñado, financiado y ejecutado por los propios colombianos, aunque con el apoyo importante de EEUU en forma de asesoramiento, formación, tecnología y equipo".

"Esto estableció el patrón para una asociación de colaboración en el que los colombianos tomaron las decisiones sobre la mejor manera de acabar la guerra y negociar la paz, pero Estados Unidos, en particular el Congreso, hizo hincapié en la necesidad de la rendición de cuentas y el respeto al estado de derecho como una condición para prestar asistencia", añadió Trikunas. Impacto en las poblaciones indígenas

Son precisamente la asistencia hacia algunas comunidades más vulnerables, como los afrocolombianos o los indígenas, así como el impacto sobre estos pueblos de las prácticas dañinas para el medio ambiente, algunas de las preocupaciones de las organizaciones no gubernamentales para el futuro.

La presencia de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) en territorios no controlados por el estado, ha supuesto la convivencia de estas comunidades con la guerrilla sin presencia y control del Estado, de modo que, junto a la desmovilización de los guerrilleros, se erige como uno de los mayores retos de futuro. Un futuro del que Estados Unidos quiere continuar formando parte

viernes, 22 de enero de 2016

Armed group's leader balks at FBI talks without media

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The leader of an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon met briefly with a federal agent Friday, but left because the agent wouldn't talk with him in front of the media.

The short meeting occurred as the standoff over federal land use policies stretches to the three-week mark and as Oregon officials are putting increased pressure on federal authorities to take action against Ammon Bundy's group.

Bundy arrived at the airport in Burns late Friday morning, where the FBI has set up a staging area. On Thursday, Bundy went to the airport and spoke to an FBI negotiator over the phone. They agreed to speak again Friday, but Bundy left shortly after he arrived because the FBI agent he spoke with said federal authorities wanted any conversation to be private.

Bundy wants face-to-face conversations in front of reporters.

"I really don't think, at this point, even having another phone conversation here without him would be beneficial," Bundy said before leaving.

He also questioned the FBI's authority.

"If you haven't got sanction from the sheriff, there's no reason to be talking to you," Bundy said.

A crowd of reporters watched the brief exchange, while state troopers and armed federal agents looked on.

Bundy's group began occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon on Jan. 2.

The FBI did not immediately comment on Friday's meeting with Bundy, but said in a statement Thursday their "response has been deliberate and measured as we seek a peaceful resolution."

On Wednesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she was angry because federal authorities have not taken action against Bundy's group, which began occupying the refuge Jan 2. The Democratic governor said the occupation has cost Oregon taxpayers nearly half a million dollars.

Brown sent a letter Thursday to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey, urging them "to end the unlawful occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as safely and as quickly as possible."

In a statement Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley said it was "long past time for this illegal occupation to end and for the people of Harney County to get their lives back."

The Democrat said he hope authorities could peacefully resolve the situation and hold Bundy's group accountable.

At community meetings, some local residents have asked Bundy and his group to leave. However Bundy has said he believes his group's work is appreciated by locals. He said the armed men have been "helping ranchers," doing maintenance on the refuge because "it's in a bad shape," and taking care of fire hazards in the refuge's fire house.

Bundy has also asked the FBI to let two ranchers sent to prison for arson go back home.

Earlier Bundy also said his group plans to have a ceremony Saturday for ranchers to renounce federal ownership of public land and tear up their federal grazing contracts. The armed group plans to open up the 300-square-mile refuge for cattle this spring.

jueves, 3 de diciembre de 2015

San Bernardino Shooters' Arsenal Detailed as Injury Count Increases

The number of people injured in Wednesday's San Bernardino shooting has increased from 17 to 21 and police have detailed the massive arsenal of weapons and ammunition that the two shooters had on hand when they attacked.

Suspected shooters Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were fatally shot by police after a chase a few miles from the Inland Regional Center, where the attack occurred.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said they had hundreds of rounds of ammunition in their rented car when they fled the scene. Investigators also searched their home Wednesday night and found a dozen pipe bomb-style devices inside. Hundreds of tools that police said could be used to build improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were also found in the house and the garage.

Inside the rental car that was the scene of their final shootout, police found over 1,400 rounds for the assault rifles and over 200 rounds for the two handguns. Police fired 380 rounds at the suspects during that shootout and the suspects, including the female suspect who was sitting in the back of the car and firing at police, shot 76 rifle rounds at officers.

A FBI agent searches outside a home in San Bernardino, Calif., Dec. 3, 2015.

The motive of the shooting is still unknown, but Burguan said investigators do not believe there was an individual target in the shooting, which left 14 people dead.

"They sprayed the room with bullets," Burguan said at a news conference today.

The shooting, which is the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since the 2012 Newtown Elementary School massacre in Connecticut, took place at a conference and holiday luncheon for the San Bernardino County Health Department.

The personal history of the two suspects is beginning to come to light, but it has been confirmed that they had a child together and had dropped off the baby with one of their mothers, saying they had a doctor's appointment, Council on American-Islamic Relations-Los Angeles Executive Director Hussam Ayloush told ABC News.

Farook's brother-in-law said the pair got married two years ago, but police have not confirmed the nature of their relationship.

The U.S-born Farook had worked for the county for five years, police said, adding that he was at the event earlier Wednesday but left at some point.

"He did leave the party early under some circumstances that was described as angry or something of that nature," Chief Burguan said.

Syed Rizwan Farook, is seen here in an online dating profile photo.

Police initially reported that there was a third suspect, but now say Farook, 28, and Malik,27, were the only two shooters involved in the attack.

"We initially put out that there was information that there was upwards of three shooters," Burguan said. "It really looks like we have two shooters that we believe went into the building are the two shooters that are deceased."

In addition to the two assault rifles and two semi-automatic handguns that were used in the shooting, all of which were purchased legally, according to law enforcement sources, investigators also found three pipe bomb-style devices attached together at the scene of the attack that investigators believed to be explosive devices. They were disposed of by the bomb squad.

Law enforcement sources tell ABC News the IEDs found in the building were remote detonated devices. The devices were described by one source as “rudimentary.” Sources believed the bombs used radio-controlled activation of the kind used on toy remote control cars.

The galvanized pipe used in the bomb construction was shaped like an elbow and had metal end caps. Sources say the explosive filler was likely black powder or smokeless powder, commonly known as gun powder.

The shooters came prepared for their assault in tactical type clothing. As one source put it, they were “dressed to kill.”

During the investigation, sources say that the suspects’ house has not yielded the makings of large scale bomb factory, but authorities will certainly be looking at any recent purchases at hardware stores for supplies.

A police officer lights up flares near the scene where a shootout took place, Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif.

Police were able to track Farook and Malik down after following "some tips" leading to a home in the nearby city of Redlands.

"When officers set up on the residence to watch it, there was a vehicle seen leaving that was suspected of possibly being involved," Chief Burguan said. "There ended up being a pursuit of the vehicle and that pursuit came back to ... the city of San Bernardino where the suspect vehicle stopped and there was an officer-involved shooting."

Footage of a bullet-riddled SUV was made by news helicopters and one of the suspects appeared to be lying in the street while another body was seen later being removed from the vehicle.

lunes, 2 de noviembre de 2015

Gobierno de EEUU libera a 6 mil presos de cárceles federales

Entre el pasado viernes y hoy lunes el gobierno del Presidente Obama ha puesto en libertad a 6 mil prisioneros, la más alta cifra de detenidos que se deja libre de una sola vez en la historia de Estados Unidos.

El dato puede tanto generar alarma ya que de la noche a la mañana estarán en la calle miles de condenados por delitos de drogas, o bien ser visto como algo positivo ya que ayudará a disminuir la población carcelaria del país en el mundo que más prisioneros tiene.

La decisión de liberar a estos presos tiene como base el trabajo de la llamada Comisión de los Estados Unidos sobre Sentencias, un organismo independiente y bipartidista formado por jueces y académicos encargado de establecer los parámetros que se utilizarán al momento de sentenciar a los condenados por delitos federales.

En abril de 2014 la Comisión votó de manera unánime para reducir los parámetros sobre las sentencias en los delitos con drogas. Básicamente lo que se hizo fue disminuir las diferentes categorías de sentencias según “el peso” de la droga que le había sido encontrado a la persona.

Si antes un fulano había sido condenado, a por decir cinco años de cárcel por tener 100 gramos de heroína, con las nuevas regulaciones sería condenado a cuatro años debido a que esos 100 gramos caen en una categoría menor de condena. La decisión tuvo carácter retroactivo, es decir alguien que fue condenado con las viejas regulaciones podía solicitar se le rebajara la sentencia utilizando los nuevos parámetros.

“En parte lo que nos motivo fue la sobrepoblación en las prisiones”, explicó Rachel Barkow, maestra de derecho y miembro de la Comisión, citada por el National Journal.

En Estados Unidos hay alrededor de 2 millones de personas en prisión (no se conoce el número exacto debido a que algunos están presos por corto tiempo) y las cárceles federales sobre pobladas en un 30%, según un estudio del Congreso.

Ua vez que la Comisión tomó la decisión de establecer los nuevos parámetros en las sentencias (a mediados de 2014) decidió también que la liberación de los presos no se daría sino hasta este fin de semana. Durante todo este tiempo el gobierno se supone que se ha preparado para esta puesta en libertad.

El gobierno ha movido a muchos de estos presos a instalaciones de menor seguridad, los ha estudiado en su tiempo en la cárcel para ver su conducta y ha contratado más agentes que los supervisarán en su libertad condicional. Hoy además, el presidente Obama anunció una serie de medidas para ayudar a su reinserción en la sociedad.

La liberación de los presos “ha sido el resultado de más de un año de planeamiento”, añadió Barkow.

Si todo camina como lo previsto por la Comisión, el próximo año deberían de salir libres otros 8,550 prisioneros, hasta eventualmente alcanzar la meta de 46 mil. Cada prisionero que se crea elegible debe solicitar se le rebaje su sentencia.
Los nuevos parámetros de la Comisión sin embargo, no se aplican a los detenidos en prisiones estatales, que en el caso de los delitos por drogas son la mayoría de los presos en el país (alrededor de 208 mil). Los parámetros tampoco afectan los llamados tiempos mínimos de sentencia o de pena por un delito de droga. Si por ejemplo alguien es condenado a un mínimo de 5 años de prisión por posesión de 500 gramos de cocaína, en este caso no habrá reducción en esta condena mínima.

Un segmento significativo de los 6 mil presos que este pasado fin de semana serían liberados –cerca de 2 mil- son indocumentados o residentes legales. Estos no serán puestos en libertad sino que entregados a las autoridades migratorias para que estas decidan si iniciar el procedimiento de deportación o dejarlos libres de manera condicional en el caso de los residentes.

Por hoy no se ha hablado mucho de estos detenidos pero de seguro que con el pasar de los días se conoceran casos de gente que fue condenada por un pequeño delito con drogas, que ha vivido la mayor parte de su vida en Estados Unidos y que hoy podría ser deportada en cualquier momento.

Los residentes legales –los que tienen la ‘green card’- por su lado, tendrán que pelear en los tribunales de inmigracion para que el delito por el cual estaban presos no se considere causa de deportación.

El anuncio de Obama de las medidas para ayudar a la reinserción de los ex presos –que se aplicarán tanto a los que han salido este fin de semana como a los miles que por razones normales salen cada semana- puede ser una simple coincidencia, pero lo cierto es que se encuadra en un nuevo “viento político” que flota hoy en Washington y que involucra a ambos partidos, sobre que algo hay que hacer para modificar el sistema judicial. Tanto a nivel del número de gente que se manda a prisión, como de los años que pasan presos y de su eventual reinserción en la sociedad.

Entre las medidas que anunció el presidente está la de destinar dinero a la educación de los ex prisioneros, la de facilitar el que puedan vivir en proyectos públicos de vivienda, el de no investigar o que no se diga en el inicio del proceso de cuando alguien busca trabajo que ha sido prisionero, y en general varias otra medidas para facilitar la capacitación, el empleo y la vivienda de los ex reos.

“Seis mil gentes puede ser algo que de miedo”, explicó Mary Pierce, abogada de la organización Familias contra (sentencias) Mínimas Mandatorias, citada por The Marshall Project. “O puede ser una señal de que nosotros como nación estamos repensando seriamente nuestro enfoque sobre el crimen y el castigo”.

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sábado, 24 de octubre de 2015

Nancy Grace: Send this guy to jail for felony stupidity!

Ibn Hunter, 25, was caught on videohitting a stranger in a public park, knocking her out cold. Then what does he do? Police say he posts the video on Facebook. Nancy Grace says not only should Hunter be behind bars for aggravated assault, but for felony stupidity as well!

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sábado, 16 de mayo de 2015

FBI will investigate report object struck train before Philly derailment

The FBI will investigate a report that a projectile may have hit an Amtrak train moments before it derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

FBI forensic experts are going to examine damage to the train’s windshield after the train’s crew reported something may have hit it before the crash, the paper said.

National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said the FBI was brought in after investigators interviewed three of the train’s crew members, including engineer Brandon Bostian.

Sumwalt said Bostian was “extremely cooperative but didn’t remember anything after passing the North Philadelphia station.

The derailment Tuesday killed eight people and injured more than 200 people. The train jumped the tracks as it approached a sharp curve at 106 mph, more than twice the speed limit.

Without Bostian’s cooperation investigators face a tough task trying to determine why the train accelerated from more than 70 miles per hour to 106 mph over 65 seconds, the Journal said.

Sumwalt said a conductor aboard the train reported hearing a conversation in which the engineer of a nearby local regional train told her engineer that his engine had been hit by an object or shot at and she thought she heard her engineer say the same thing may have happened to him.

The conductor said that right after that conversation she felt rumbling, followed by the train car turning over on its side.

Sumwalt said his team has "seen damage to the left hand lower portion of the Amtra windshield" and has asked the FBI to look at it.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority spokeswoman Jerri Williams told the Philadelphia Inquirer at the time of the accident that a Trenton, N.J.-bound commuter train had been struck by an "unknown projectile" around 9:10 p.m. Tuesday, breaking the engineer's window. The Amtrak train derailed about 9:30 p.m. three miles away.

SEPTA does not yet know what caused the damage to its train that night, Williams said.

SEPTA trains traveling through the area — including one of the poorest and most violent parts of the city — have had projectiles thrown at them in the past, whether by vandals or teenagers, she said. It was unusual that the SEPTA train was forced to stop on Tuesday night.

Sumwalt said Bostian told investigators he last remembered ringing the train's bell while passing through the North Philadelphia station Tuesday night.

"He has no recollection of anything past that," Sumwalt said.

Bostian's lawyer has said his client suffered a concussion in the wreck.

He said Bostian had not been using his cell phone and had not been drinking or using drugs.

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lunes, 11 de mayo de 2015

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Allegedly Apologizes To Nun For Bombing: 'No One Deserves To Suffer'

BOSTON -- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev expressed remorse for the violence he and his brother unleashed two years ago that killed four people and wounded 264 others, according to a Catholic nun known for counseling death row inmates.

"He said it emphatically. 'No one deserves to suffer like they did,'" said Sister Helen Prejean, the New Orleans nun who wrote, Dead Man Walking, which became an Oscar-winning movie of the same name.

“I had every reason to believe he was sorry for what he did,” Prejean testified about Tsarnaev’s alleged apology on Monday morning in federal court. “I knew it. I could feel it” She believed the 21-year-old because it “registered" on his face and he lowered his eyes when he said it, Prejean said.

"His response was so spontaneous. I had every reason to believe it was sincere."

Through more than two months of testimony, few signs of emotion have crossed Tsarnaev’s face. And when they did, it was while his relatives testified in his defense. Last week, he dabbed his eyes while an aunt sobbed on the stand and he blew a kiss to aunts and cousins as he was led from the courtroom.

Tsarnaev, who’s been convicted of the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent killing of a police officer, allegedly expressed remorse during his private counseling sessions with Prejean.

The bomber and the death penalty opponent first met in March before Tsarnaev’s trial began, at the request of his defense team, according to Prejean. They’ve met on four other occasions, she said.

Prejean said she’s studied the Quran and Islam to find common spiritual beliefs with Tsarnaev, who is Muslim. At times, however, she said he “disagreed” with her.

Last week, the prosecution had sought to block Prejean from testifying, but District Court Judge George O’Toole allowed her to take the stand Monday morning. After her testimony, the defense rested its case in the penalty phase of Tsarnaev’s trial.

The jury that convicted Tsarnaev last month will be asked to sentence him to life without parole or to be executed. Deliberations are expected to begin this week after attorneys make closing arguments.

The defense called Prejean to persuade jurors to have mercy on Tsarnaev. It has said he participated in the attack because he came from a dysfunctional family in which his violent older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, assumed a position of influence over him.

Tamerlan died in a shootout with police in Watertown, Massachusetts, days after the marathon attack and hours before cops apprehended Dzhokhar, then 19, while he was hiding in a boat parked in a yard.

The prosecution has argued that the brothers were equal partners with radical Islamic views bent on killing civilians.

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jueves, 7 de mayo de 2015

El mapa que hace creer a los texanos que el ejército de EE.UU. los va a invadir

Así se plantea el conflicto: Texas y Utah, estados enemigos; California, Nevada y Colorado, aliados, Nuevo México y Arizona, neutrales.

Los insurgentes tienen un bastión en un área del sur de California, que incluye las cruciales ciudades de Los Ángeles y San Diego. En realidad esto es solo un simulacro que llevarán a cabo este verano las fuerzas armadas de EE.UU., pero usuarios de internet y comentaristas conservadores han alimentado la idea de que se trata de un plan oculto para tomar militarmente el sur del país.

La paranoia la desató la filtración de un mapa de colores que define a Texas y Utah como estados "hostiles".

En principio parecía la habitual teoría conspirativa que circula por las redes, pero la cosa ha llegado a mayores.

El propio gobernador de Texas, Greg Abbott, ordenó a la guardia estatal que monitoree a los soldados que participen en el ejercicio.

"Es importante que los texanos sepan que su seguridad, derechos constitucionales, propiedad privada y libertades civiles no serán lesionados", ha dicho Abbott en una carta al general mayor Gerald "Jake" Betty, comandante de la guardia.

Zonas de combate extranjeras

El simulacro se denomina Operación Jade Helm 15, uno de los mayores ejercicios militares de EE.UU. en su propio suelo.

Hasta 1.200 militares de cuatro ramas de las Fuerzas Armadas participarán en Jade Helm, que durará tres meses, del 15 de julio al 15 de septiembre, y se extenderá a lo largo de siete estados.

El ejercicio pretende reproducir un escenario posible en países extranjeros.

La topografía de la región elegida es ideal por su similitud con zonas de combate extranjeras, según el Pentágono.

El gobernador Abbot, republicano, no se cree nada de esto.

Esta desconfianza en el gobierno federal es común en muchas partes de Estados Unidos, pero en el estado de Texas es de unos niveles muy marcados.

Texas, que fue un estado independiente de 1836 a 1846, tiene una identidad muy fuerte.

Una cosa une a los 26 millones de texanos, según el periodista de la BBC Gary O'Donoghue: "Nadie puede meterse con Texas".

Por ello la idea de que las fuerzas armadas planean una invasión, o la introducción de la ley marcial, ha sido creída por muchos.

Pero como O'Donoghue apunta, lo que nadie parece haber reparado es que Texas alberga a uno de los mayores contingentes militares de todo el país.

Un ejemplo es la base de Fort Food, cerca de la ciudad de Waco, donde 45.000 militares en activo están estacionados.

Institución sagrada

El gobernador Abbott ha sido muy criticado, incluso por miembros de su propio partido político.

Se esperaba que desmintiera las teorías conspiratorias, pero en su lugar, las avivó.

Su predecesor en el cargo, Rick Perry, arremetió contra él este martes por desconfiar de las fuerzas armadas, una de las instituciones sagradas para muchos conservadores en EE.UU.

"Está bien cuestionar a tu gobierno. Yo lo hago a menudo. Pero el ejército es algo distinto", le dijo Perry al diario Dallas Morning News.

"Nuestras fuerzas armadas son de mucha confianza. A los líderes civiles los puedes cuestionar siempre, pero no a los hombres y mujeres de uniforme".

A Abbott se le ha unido un coro de voces célebres.

El actor Chuck Norris, de 75 años, conocido por su papel en la serie Walker Texas Ranger escribió una columna en la web WorldNetDaily en la que acusa al gobierno federal de no ser trasparente respecto a Jade Helm 15.

"El gobierno estadounidense dice 'es solo un ejercicio de entrenamiento'. Pero no estoy seguro de que la palabra 'solo' haga alguna referencia a la realidad cuando el gobierno la usa", dijo Norris.

El aspirante a la candidatura republicana en las elecciones de 2016 Ted Cruz dijo que entiende a quienes tienen dudas porque, según él, el gobierno federal no ha demostrado ser de confianza.

"La consecuencia natural es que muchos ciudadanos no crean lo que está diciendo", dijo Perry.

El Pentágono ha tenido que desmentir los rumores, tras la petición de Abbott a la guardia estatal de Texas.

Este tipo de simulacros en terreno estadounidense son frecuentes, según el teniente coronel Mark Lastoria.

"La operación Jade Helm 15 será llevada a cabo por estadounidenses, específicamente por personal de las fuerzas especiales estadounidenses", dijo Lastoria.

El propio Lastoria se desplazó a Bastrop, a unos 50 kilómetros de Austin, para reunirse con los residentes y tranquilizarles.

Les aseguró que el impacto en sus vidas del simulacro será mínimo.

En la ciudad de poco más de 7.000 residentes, participarán 60 militares, dos vehículos Humvees y un tanque de agua.

"Pueden tener problemas con el gobierno federal. Pueden tener problemas con la administración. Me parece bien", dijo Lastoria, según el diario Austin American-Statesman.

"Pero esta institución ha estado con ustedes por más de 240 años. Punto y final".

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viernes, 1 de mayo de 2015


BALTIMORE (AP) -- Rage turned to relief in Baltimore on Friday when the city's top prosecutor charged six police officers with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray.

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Gray's arrest was illegal and unjustified, and that his neck was broken because he was handcuffed, shackled and placed head-first into a police van, where his pleas for medical attention were repeatedly ignored as he bounced around inside the small metal box.

The swiftness of her announcement, less than a day after receiving the police department's criminal investigation and official autopsy results, took the city by surprise. So too did her detailed description, based in part on her office's independent investigation, of the evidence supporting probable cause to charge all six officers with felonies.

The police had no reason to stop or chase after Gray, Mosby said. They falsely accused him of having an illegal switchblade when in fact it was a legal pocketknife. The van driver and the other officers failed to strap him down with a seatbelt, a direct violation of department policy, and they ignored Gray's repeated pleas for medical attention, even rerouting the van to pick up another passenger.

Mosby did not say whether there was any indication the driver deliberately drove erratically, causing Gray's body to strike the van's interior. In 2005, a man died of a fractured spine after he was transported in a Baltimore police van in handcuffs and without a seat belt. At a civil trial, an attorney for his family successfully argued police had given him a "rough ride."

The officers missed five opportunities to help an injured and falsely imprisoned detainee before he arrived at the police station no longer breathing, she said. Along the way, "Mr. Gray suffered a severe and critical neck injury as a result of being handcuffed, shackled by his feet and unrestrained inside of the BPD wagon," she said.

Her announcement triggered celebrations across the same West Baltimore streets that were smoldering just four days earlier, when Gray's funeral led to riots and looting.

"We are satisfied with today's charges," Gray's stepfather, Richard Shipley, told a news conference. "These charges are an important step in getting justice for Freddie."

But a lawyer hired by the police union insisted the officers did nothing wrong. Attorney Michael Davey said Friday that Mosby has committed "an egregious rush to judgment."

"We have grave concerns about the fairness and integrity of the prosecution of our officers," Davey said.

Mosby rejected a police union request to step aside and appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case, and said honorable police officers should have no problem working with prosecutors in Baltimore.
Other law enforcement veterans worried that the charges could have a chilling effect. Robert Leight, a former detective in Pennsylvania who has worked for the FBI and as a federal prosecutor and defense attorney, said "the biggest danger is that the police officer will not properly perform his duties."
"It puts him at risk, it puts the other officers around him at risk, and it puts the public at risk," Leight said. "A police officer must react instinctively as he has been trained. If a police officer first thinks about what liabilities he will be facing, it's too late."

Gray was stopped by police in Sandtown, a poor, overwhelmingly African-American neighborhood in West Baltimore. He locked eyes with a police officer and then ran. Two blocks later, they pinned him to the sidewalk, handcuffed him and dragged him into a transport van, a scene captured on bystander's cellphone video and shown around the world.

Mosby said the police review, the autopsy and her own office's investigation all point to homicide. The officers were booked Friday on charges ranging from assault and manslaughter, carrying 10-year prison sentences, to second-degree "depraved heart" murder, which could put the van driver in prison for 30 years if convicted.

In a city that struggles daily with pervasive poverty and widespread joblessness, failing schools, drug addiction, a crumbling infrastructure and corruption, Gray's death has become emblematic of the broad social and economic problems holding Baltimore down.

But unlike other major cities grappling with police killings, Baltimore's mayor, state's attorney and police commissioner are black, like the majority of the city's population.

Three of the officers charged in the case, including the van driver, are also black, according to online court records. The other three are listed as belonging to the broad category of "White, Caucasian, Asiatic Indian, Arab," without further elaboration.

The city, which has been on edge since Gray's death on April 19, remains under a nighttime curfew, with 2,000 National Guard troops augmenting police reinforcements from around the state of Maryland. Malik Shabazz, the president of Black Lawyers for Justice, says Saturday's protest march will now be a "victory rally," and said Mosby is "setting a standard for prosecutors all over the nation."

At City Hall, Andrea Otom, 41, sobbed with something like joy.

"You have to be able to expect that at some time, the pendulum will swing in your favor, and in the black community we've seen it over and over and over where it doesn't," Otom said. "I'm so happy to see a day where the pendulum has finally begun to swing."

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Democrat from West Baltimore, not far from where Gray was raised and arrested, said the neighborhood and others like it "have never seen a victory."

"So many felt like the system had worked against them," Cummings said Friday. "As we approach the evening of our lives, we want to make sure our children have a better morning."

In an impassioned statement delivered shortly after the charges were made public, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake warned that police misconduct will not be tolerated on her watch.

"To those of you who wish to engage in brutality, misconduct, racism and corruption, let me be clear," she said, "there is no place in the Baltimore City Police Department for you."

Rashawn Ray, a sociologist at the University of Maryland, said the murder and manslaughter charges in Gray's death shape a debate that goes much deeper than legal limits on use of force by police officers. It has triggered the frustration, anger and hopelessness of generations of disenfranchised people in Baltimore's most marginalized neighborhoods, he said.

"This definitely seems like the first time in recent history that the state has done what the community feels is the right thing," Ray said. "These charges become a representation of culpability, responsibility, that the state can't just treat citizens like they are not human beings."

"It's symbolic not just of police brutality," Ray said. "Maybe we are progressing toward the equality that we should have been moving toward decades ago."

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jueves, 30 de abril de 2015

Baltimore mom who smacked son during riots: "I don't want him to be a Freddie Gray"

The Baltimore mother caught on video repeatedly smacking her son after catching him participating in rioting in Baltimore told CBS News that she was only concerned about protecting him.

"He gave me eye contact. And at that point, you know, not even thinking about cameras or anything like that. That's my only son and at the end of the day I don't want him to be a Freddie Gray," Toya Graham said, referencing the 25-year-old man who died after mysteriously sustaining severe spinal injuries in police custody earlier in the month. His death has sparked protests throughout the city, with tensions boiling over Monday.

Graham told CBS News she launched into action after spotting her 16-year-old son Michael wearing a hoodie and mask amid the protesters.

"At that point, I just lost it," said Graham. "I was shocked, I was angry, because you never want to see your child out there doing that."

Graham, a single mom with six children, denounced the vandalism and violence against police officers. She said rioting in Baltimore is no way to go about getting justice for Freddie Gray and that she doesn't want that life for her son.

"There's some days that I'll shield him in the house just so he won't go outside and I know that I can't do that for the rest of my life," said Graham. "I'm a no-tolerant mother. Everybody that knows me, know I don't play that."

It's that reputation that made her son wince the second he saw her.

"He knew he was in trouble," said Graham. "He said when 'I seen you,' he said, 'ma, my instinct was to run.'"

Graham says after she got her son home they both watched news coverage of the demonstrations and riots on television. As images of her reaction started to go viral, Graham says comments started appearing on her son's Facebook page, many in support of her.

"Friends and everybody making comments and saying you know, you shouldn't be mad at your mother, you should give her a hug," said Graham.

Graham hopes the incident will serve as a teachable moment for her son.

"And by him seeing everything what's going on I just hope, I'm not sure, but I hope that he understands the seriousness of what was going on last night."

The video has been widely circulated as people look for answers to the violence, and it even drew the attention of Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.

"I wish I had more parents who took charge of their kids tonight," he said, according to CBS Baltimore.

Graham told CBS News she thinks the situation wouldn't have been as bad if there were more mothers out there monitoring their sons. But she acknowledged there are some circumstances that can prevent moms from from doing that.

"We don't know where those mothers are at, a lot of mothers have to provide for their children," said Graham. "You can talk blue in your face to your children, but at the end of the day they gonna make their own decisions. As parents we just have to follow through to make sure that's where they supposed to be at."

Commissioner Batts told reporters late Monday night that a bulk of the rioters who pelted officers with rocks and bricks, inciting a massive display of looting and vandalism across parts of West Baltimore were area high schoolers.

"These are Baltimore youthful residents, a number of them came right out of the local high schools there on the other side of Mondawmin and started engaging in this," said Batts. "I think these were youth coming out of the high school and they thought it was cute to throw cinder blocks at the police department and address it that way."

At least 20 police officers were injured in the violence and one person was critically hurt in a fire, according to authorities. Police made 235 arrests, including 34 juveniles.

The streets were calmer Tuesday as the National Guard deployed. A 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew remained in effect.

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miércoles, 29 de abril de 2015

101 Baltimore Protesters Go Free as Arrest Paperwork Backs Up

Dozens of people arrested in violent demonstrations this week in Baltimore were being released early Wednesday evening because police were unable to complete their paperwork in time, the state public defender's office said.

The 101 detainees began walking free without charges about the same time that Baltimore police announced that their report into the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man who died in police custody this month, wouldn't be made public Friday.

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts had set a deadline of Friday to file the report with state investigators. Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said late Wednesday afternoon that the report would remain closed to protect the integrity of the inquiry.

"We know that there are a lot of people who want answers who have concerns they want addressed, and we have an obligation to do our best to be accountable," Kowalczyk said. But "we cannot release all of this information to the public, because if there is a decision to charge in any event by the state's attorney's office, the integrity of that investigation has to be protected."

Thousands of people crammed the area around City Hall in a so-far peaceful rally Wednesday night ahead of a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew that was imposed Tuesday. The curfew was ordered after protests turned violent Monday night after Gray's funeral.

The public defender, a government agency that represents suspects who have no lawyer, had filed habeas corpus petitions demanding that the 209 people arrested Monday night be released if they weren't formally charged within 48 hours. No court has "amended or changed the rules that require these important safeguards," it said.

The deadline arrived early Wednesday evening, and 101 of those detained began streaming out of the Baltimore City Central Booking and Intake Facility even as others were lining up in court to answer charges.

The releases were the result of a logjam for police who were scrambling to pull the necessary paperwork to file charges at the same time they were trying to keep peace on the city's streets, Kowalczyk said.

Batts, the police commissioner, told reporters Wednesday night: "We've come up on a timeline. We are releasing them with future prosecution in mind. ... We're not giving up on them."

Kowalczyk's comments followed earlier statements in which Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake sought to soften her description of people involved in the unrest as "thugs."

"When you speak out of frustration and nger, one can say things in a way that you don't mean," the mayor said on Twitter. "That night we saw misguided young people who need to be held accountable, but who also need support. And my comments then didn't convey that."

Meanwhile, the White House has weighed in on the video of Toya Graham, the Baltimore woman who chased her son away from confronting police on Monday, calling it "a powerful expression about the role that parents can play."

"The thing that resonated with me is — was her expression that she was concerned about her son facing the same fate as Freddie Gray," spokesman Josh Earnest said. "And while I'm sure that it was not the immediate reaction of her son to feel like she was looking out for his best interest, there is no doubting that her reaction was one that was rooted in her concern for his safety and his well-being and her love for her child."

More than 3,000 National Guard, Maryland State Police and other law enforcement officers remained on alert before the second night of the curfew. Gov. Larry Hogan welcomed the peaceful response to the curfew Tuesday, but he said early Wednesday evening: "We are not out of the woods yet."

Similar protests were being organized in other cities. Hundreds of protesters marched Tuesday night through Washington, D.C., and the South Side of Chicago. And in New York, a rally in Union Square was under way Wednesday night "to show the people of Baltimore that we stand in solidarity with them and with their resistance," the group Millions March said.

Other rallies were planned Wednesday night near Boston and Thursday night in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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lunes, 27 de abril de 2015

State of Emergency Declared as Baltimore Protests Turn Violent Following Freddie Gray Funeral

Baltimore descended into chaos Monday with widespread rioting, arson and looting, just hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray, prompting Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to declare a state of emergency.

Tensions have been high in Baltimore for a week; Gray died on April 19 with a severed spine that occurred while he was in police custody.

The post-funeral demonstrations became more tumultuous as the afternoon wore on, with a police car and van being torched and several storefront windows broken. A CVS pharmacy, which had been looted after its windows were smashed, was then set ablaze. And the mall where the demonstrations started suffered looting and vandalism throughout the evening.

Another van was set on fire and protesters forced firefighters to retreat from the scene, leaving the vehicle to burn.

Baltimore police later tweeted that demonstrators cut a fire hose to prevent firefighters from putting out a blaze.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the violent looters "thugs." She said there was a difference between the peaceful protesters of days past and "the thugs who only want to incite violence and destroy our city.

"I'm a life-long resident of Baltimore... Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs, who in a very senseless way are trying to tear down what so many have fought for," Rawlings-Blake said. " Tearing down business, tearing down or destroying property. Things that we know will impact our community for years."

"It is idiotic to think that by destroying your city you're going you're going to make life better for anybody."

She said that, starting Tuesday, there would be a weeklong curfew imposed from 10 p.m. until 5 p.m. — in addition to the juvenile curfew Baltimore regularly has.

She said there were only two reasons for anyone to be on the streets during curfew: "medical emrgency or you're going to work."

Col. Darryl DeSousa, Baltimore PD's chief of patrol, said 15 police officers were injured by flying debris; 13 had been treated and released as of 8 p.m.

There had been 27 arrests by Monday evening, but both Desousa and Rawlings-Blake said police would review video of the violence and vandalism and expected that many more arrests would be made.

The Baltimore Sun reported the initial gathering of violent protesters stemmed from a flier distributed on social media calling for a "purge" to take place at 3 p.m., starting at the Mondawmin Mall and ending downtown.

The meme is based on the movie "The Purge," which imagines what would happen if there were no laws, the according to the Sun.

The flier featured an image of protesters breaking the window of a police car in a disturbance on Saturday, the paper said.

The Baltimore Emergency Operations Center was opened and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan put the National Guard on alert in case they are needed to respond.

"I strongly condemn the actions of the offenders who are engaged in direct attacks against innocent civilians, businesses and law enforcement officers," Hogan said in a statement. "There is a significant difference between protesting and violence and those committing these acts will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law.

On the day she was sworn into office, Attorney General Loretta Lynch briefed President Barack Obama on the unfolding events in the Charm City.

"Attorney General Lynch assured the President that she would continue to monitor events in Baltimore and that the Department of Justice stands ready to provide any assistance that might be helpful there," the White House said in a statement.

Police said 15 cops had been injured; at least one had been knocked unconscious.

"We will find the people responsible and put them in jail," said Captain Eric Kowalczyk. "They attacked officers without provocation."

Baltimore cops took to Twitter to try to keep the situation from spiraling out of control.

"Several juveniles are part of these aggressive groups. WE ARE ASKING ALL PARENTS TO LOCATE THEIR CHILDREN AND BRING THEM HOME," read a tweet on the official Baltimore Police Twitter feed.

The Rev. Jamal Bryant, who earlier delivered a eulogy at Gray's funeral, said the violence was not what was needed "just hours out of the burial."

"I'm asking every young person to go home," Bryant told reporters.

He also took to Twitter to ask Baltimore clergy to come to respond to the mall at the center of the mayhem to help calm the situation.

"Clergy!!!.....we need to be in The streets right NOW!!" Bryant tweeted, adding later, "All disciplined brothers both Muslim & Christian we are one army today...we must reclaim this situation! Come to Mindawmin now!!"

Billy Murphy, an attorney for Gray's family,y said they were in shock watching the violence in Baltimore.

"They don't want this movement nationally to be marred by violence," he said. "It makes no sense."

His firm posted the following statement its FaceBook page: "Freddie Gray's family is watching the looting and rioting and is upset, sad, angry. They are begging people to stop this."

Cops initially shooed ticket holders inside Camden Yards for a game between the Orioles and the White Sox, but around 6:30, the Orioles announced the game would be postponed.

And the Maryland State police sent 42 troopers to assist in Baltimore with another 40 set to respond.

Earlier, Baltimore police said several gangs, including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips formed a partnership to "take out" law enforcement officers.

The police said in a press release they consider the gang rumblings a "credible threat," but offered no specifics.

The threats were enough to spur the LAPD to order its officers to ride in pair rather than solo "out of an abundance of caution" for their officers.

At Gray's funeral, Bryant urged mourners to join the protests that have occurred in the wake of Gray's death on April 19.

"Freddie's death is not in vain," Bryant said. "After this day, we're going to keep on marching. After this day, we're going to keep demanding justice."

But some of the protests got out of hand Monday afternoon with police reporting more than 2,000 protesters throwing rocks and debris at officers in the area

Gray was arrested after a foot pursuit on April 12 and was seen on video yelling as he was hauled into a police van. After a stop to shackle his feet, Gray arrived at a police station house with his spinal column 80 percent severed. He died a week later.

Officials have promised an exhaustive investigation with results due on May 1.

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