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Release US grand jury transcripts in Breonna Taylor case: Lawyer

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first_imgBut neither Hankison nor the two officers who fired the shots that killed Taylor were charged in direct connection with her death.”It’s like they charged the police for missing” but did not charge them for “shooting bullets into black bodies,” Crump said.A grand jury is a panel of citizens empowered to screen accusations and decide if they should lead to criminal charges.Their proceedings are secret, and involve only the prosecutor. Neither the defendant nor their lawyers are present.’Heartbroken’ Crump described Taylor’s family as being “heartbroken, devastated and outraged and confused and bewildered” at the decision.He questioned whether Taylor’s boyfriend, or other witnesses including neighbors who have said they did not hear police identify themselves, were among those who testified — and if not, then “what kind of sham grand jury proceeding was this.”The grand jury decision, coming after a summer of historic civil rights protests across the United States, sent a fresh wave of anger rippling from coast to coast.In Louisville thousands have demonstrated for three nights running, defying a curfew.Late Friday demonstrators marched noisily but peacefully, chanting anti-Trump slogans and honking car horns. At Jefferson Square, where the crowd converged, several groups offered to register people to vote.”We’re giving them easy access by bringing it to them like pizza,” said Felicia Garr, 52, who was coordinating the action.Garr said she understands the frustration of discouraged black citizens. “If you say you’re here for Breonna Taylor and not voting, you are not getting the message!” she harangued the crowd, speaking through her pink megaphone.One new voter was Jamie Bethel, 20, who was a minor when President Donald Trump took office. As she filled out the paperwork with a pen she said that she’s “sick of the cops thinking they can get away with anything.”Trump “is not doing anything about it,” Bethel said.The US president, who is hammering home a “law and order” message, has fanned fears about violence at the protests in recent months.Some demos have devolved into clashes between demonstrators and heavily armed police or largely white, armed militias.Two officers were shot and wounded at the Louisville protests late Wednesday, and more than 120 people were arrested. The demonstrations Thursday, while tense, appeared largely peaceful, with dozens of protesters seeking refuge from authorities in a church, and police arresting about two dozen people.Lawyers for Taylor’s family called on media to stop “skewing” the protests, accusing journalists of focusing disproportionately on the violence.Black residents of Louisville, home to the late boxing great and rights advocate Muhammad Ali, said they have long had to endure police abuses.One black demonstrator, Marc Wilson, 49, was convinced that police in the United States were fundamentally “racist.”Wilson, who moved around in a wheelchair, told AFP that he carried weapons with him at all times. Since he did not trust police, citizens will have to protect themselves, he said.Topics : The family of Breonna Taylor on Friday demanded US authorities release grand jury transcripts to show why no police will face direct criminal charges over her death, which has galvanized police brutality protesters.Taylor, a 26-year-old black emergency room technician, was shot dead in Louisville, the largest city in Kentucky, on March 13 after three plainclothes policemen executing a search warrant burst into her apartment in the middle of the night. Her boyfriend exchanged fire with the officers, who he said he thought were intruders. The family’s lawyer Ben Crump led chants of “release the transcripts” at a press conference in Louisville, calling for them to be loud enough for Taylor to “hear it from heaven.”He demanded that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron demonstrate whether he presented “any evidence on Breonna Taylor’s behalf,” or if he had “made sure that her family never got their day in court.”A grand jury on Wednesday charged detective Brett Hankison with three counts of “wanton endangerment” over shots fired into adjoining apartments.last_img read more

Syracuse’s next opponent: What to know about Miami

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first_img Published on January 23, 2019 at 4:39 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Comments Miami (9-8, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) travels north to take on Syracuse (13-5, 4-1) on Thursday night in the Carrier Dome. The Hurricanes are coming off a loss over the weekend to North Carolina, and their only conference win is against sub-.500 Wake Forest. SU comes off a week where it beat then-No. 1 Duke on the road and Pittsburgh at home.Here’s what to know about the Hurricanes before Thursday at 8 p.m. All-time series: Syracuse leads, 18-8Last time they played: Last Feb. 17, Syracuse beat Miami, 62-55. On the road, SU went into the half tied but pulled away in the second half. All three of the Orange’s leading scorers — Tyus Battle, Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett — played the game’s full 40 minutes. Howard led the way with 18 points and six assists. Brissett added 16 points of his own to go along with 12 rebounds, and Battle contributed 13 points. Marek Dolezaj joined them in double figures with 11 points, his highest scoring output last February.The Hurricanes struggled to make shots, finishing 20-of-59 from the field and 7-of 31 from 3-point range. Chris Lykes, the Miami point guard who returns for this season, led the Hurricanes with 14 points and four assists. Eventual NBA first-round pick Lonnie Walker added 12 points of his own.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Miami report: The Hurricanes are led by the 5-foot-7 Lykes. He leads Miami in scoring and assists, and he’ll spur any fastbreak attempts that the ‘Canes pursue. Lykes isn’t the only Miami weapon, though, as he’s joined by four teammates in double-figure scoring: Zach Johnson, Anthony Lawrence, Ebuka Izundu and Dejan Vasiljevic.Izundu is the size: He’s 6-foot-10, 232 pounds and plays the majority of the center minutes for Miami. He couples double-digit scoring with 9.4 rebounds per game and more than a block per contest. Izundu’s joined in the frontcourt by the 6-foot-7 Lawrence.The Hurricanes lack height besides those two, though, as Lykes is flanked by 6-foot-2 Johnson and 6-foot-3 Vasiljevic. Vasiljevic poses a major threat beyond the arc, making almost three 3s per game at a 44 percent clip. The smaller players also use their quickness to create turnovers, and three of the five Hurricanes’ starters rank nationally in steal percentage, per Kenpom.com: Lykes, Johnson and Lawrence. How Syracuse beats Miami: Take advantage of size mismatches. Howard will hold 10 inches over Lykes; Battle is four inches taller than Johnson; Hughes has three inches on Vasiljevic. The Orange have grown reliant on the 3-point shot at times during ACC play, but that’s not the way to beat the Hurricanes. Getting to the rim and finishing there will be crucial for SU. On the defensive end, Syracuse needs its zone’s length to take the same advantage. Miami shoots above average from 3-point distance, but SU’s tall guards should be able to close out and make long shots tough. If the Hurricanes are forced to penetrate, SU’s effective shot blockers should hold an even larger edge against such smaller opponents.Stat to know: 51.8 percent — That’s the percentage Miami’s opponents have shot from 2-point range against the undersized Hurricanes, well above the national average, per Kenpom.com.KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 76 percent chance to win, by a projected score of 72-64.Player to know: Chris Lykes, guard, No. 0Syracuse has struggled all season to contain opponents’ best guards: Think Cornell’s Matt Morgan and Buffalo’s CJ Massinburg. Lykes’ height at 5-foot-7, while notable, hasn’t stopped him from lighting up other teams in his career. His height is insignificant on the offensive end, because he’s learned how to play with his frame. The sophomore has scored in single digits just once this season. He’ll get his, but the Orange will have to prevent him from going for 25 to maintain a strong shot to win. center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Man found not guilty of raping 3-year-old

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first_imgConway Gray walked out of the High Court a free man on Tuesday after a 12-member jury found him not guilty of raping a 3-year-old girl back in 2015.The ruling was handed down by Justice Jo Ann Barlow after he was found not guilty by 10 of the jurors.It is alleged that Gray, on June 19, 2015, raped the child. He was represented by Attorney-at-Law Maxwell McKay while the case was prosecuted by Seeta Bishundial.In giving the ruling, Justice Barlow told the accused that he was being given another chance and as such, should stay away from the court environment.Meanwhile, he advised the prosecution to continue to provide support for the victim since she is of age to understand what had transpired in court.last_img read more