US – #WeeklyAddress: May 20 – May 26: San Francisco police union calls for department chief’s resignation over controversial raid on journalist’s home

first_img Help by sharing this information Two days after suggesting a controversial May 10 raid on journalist Bryan Carmody’s home was due to Carmody’s participation in a criminal conspiracy to steal an internal police report and sell it to local news stations, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott issued a public apology for the raid. Scott told the San Francisco Chronicle that the warrant applications for the raid did not adequately identify Carmody as a journalist and that the officers who carried out the warrants violated department policy. Police officers forcibly entered Carmody’s home with a sledgehammer and detained the reporter for seven hours, calling into question whether officers violated California’s shield law. A San Francisco police union released a statement in response on May 25 calling for his resignation as a consequence of the raid.  When asked about the conspiracy allegation, which Scott shared during a May 21 press conference, Carmody said he was “speechless” and denied paying for or conspiring to steal the police report. The report, which Carmody received from a confidential source in February, held details surrounding the death of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi. Carmody then sold his reporting, which included the leaked document, to three television news stations, a common practice for journalists known as “stringers.” During a hearing at a San Francisco Superior Court on May 21, the judge didn’t rule on Carmody’s motions, including to quash and unseal the warrants used to enter his home. However, a police attorney said Carmody would receive the property police had seized from his home during the raid, including his laptop and several thousand dollars worth of devices and materials. Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Trump administration adds new charges against Julian Assange for violating Espionage Act News United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out more The Justice Department indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on May 23 on 17 new counts of violating the Espionage Act for obtaining and publishing classified government documents on his website in 2010. The case focuses on Assange’s role in the leak of thousands of classified State Department and military documents by former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. These charges follow a previous case brought against Assange last month, when he was charged with one count of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion,” related to an alleged attempt to help Manning hack a government computer to obtain classified information. For more on this, read RSF’s press release: “Trump administration adds new charges against Julian Assange for violating Espionage Act.” For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. RSF_en The United States ranks 48th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News May 29, 2019 US – #WeeklyAddress: May 20 – May 26: San Francisco police union calls for department chief’s resignation over controversial raid on journalist’s home SF police union calls for department chief’s resignation over controversial raid on journalist’s homecenter_img United StatesAmericas to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of May 20 – 26: NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 7, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on United States Newslast_img read more

A hurricane-ravaged community comes together to ‘save Christmas’ this year

first_imgABC News(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — A Florida community that was devastated by Hurricane Michael was surprised Tuesday with $50,000 worth of donated toys to distribute to local kids for Christmas.“You just all made our Christmas special,” said Mike Jones, known as “Salvage Santa” in his Panama City community. “It’s going to benefit our community so much, in other ways you don’t know about. It’s going to bring things here that we need.”“Merry Christmas,” Jones added, choking back tears.The toy donation, made by “Good Morning America” sponsor SAP, came just as Panama City is trying to rebuild from Michael, the most powerful storm to hit the Florida Panhandle, that tore through Panama City in October, destroying nearly everything in its way.One local mom’s Facebook post, lamenting how ill-prepared the community was for Christmas, went viral this month, capturing the mood of the community ahead of the holidays.“There’s nothing left intact. Nothing,” she wrote. “We lost 20,000-plus homes. We have people in tents … My kids need to see that Santa still came even though their chimneys are gone.”Jones is known in Panama City as “Salvage Santa” because for the past 39 years he has saved Christmas for local children by restoring old and broken toys and gifting them to kids in need. This year, he stepped up his efforts in the wake of Hurricane Michael with an event named “Salvage Christmas.”Even before Tuesday’s $50,000 surprise donation, Jones had already collected around 900 bicycles and more than 10,000 toys for local children, storing them in a local church.“Even though we’re in a building right now that doesn’t have a ceiling in it right above me, and the carpets all wet and torn out … look at the toys in here on the shelves,” Jones said. “The parents they come here, they get the spirit when they get to shop, there’s no cash register here, everything that you see in this room behind me is free.”He continued, “They get to pick out what they want for their kids and go out the door and that raises their spirits, their morale. There are so many kids that wouldn’t get Christmas if we didn’t do this.”Everyone in the community is involved, including 9-year-old Lyra Floore, who sold $700 worth of handmade ornaments and donated all of it to “Salvage Christmas.”“The Christmas wish that I hope for this year is that everyone gets the presents that they need,” Lyra told “GMA.”Ilea Faircloth, the principal of Springfield Elementary School, one of the local schools destroyed in the storm, told “GMA” that the community still looks like a “war zone.”“When you walk around our neighborhoods and when you drive down our streets, it looks like a war zone,” Faircloth said. “And it just sucks the happy out of everything.”Faircloth added that her dream is for the community to be able to come together on Christmas and to be able to forget about the storm.“I hope that the kids wake up … on Christmas morning and just are happy,” Faircloth said. “And just forget that there was ever a hurricane even if it’s just for a few minutes.”SAP, the “GMA” sponsor that made the $50,000 donation, said Jones and the entire community of Panama City deserve the help.“He deserves it and the community deserves it,” said Alicia Tillman, chief marketing officer for SAP. “This is a community that was devastated by Hurricane Michael and without communities we have no prosperity and we have no innovation, which is core to SAP.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more