at around 2pm, Margaret, a manager for a marketing company, received a phone call about her son. She was travelling for work in Wiltshire. Max, then 25, had assaulted a police officer, she was told. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, what has happened now?’” she says. Margaret drove to the flat near Bristol where Max had been living for four months. It’s a self-contained part of The Maples, a residential building for adults with moderate to severe learning disabilities and mental health problems. Max has the reading age of a 12-year-old and the comprehension of a seven-year-old. He is autistic and has difficulty telling the time. The manager of The Maples told Margaret he had called the police because Max was drunk and had broken a window. When the police came, Max was in front of the building, in the driveway. This is where the alleged assault took place, after which he was taken into custody. But there was worse news to come: Max had been shot with a Taser by the … [Read more...] about ‘It should be the last option, not the first’: what’s behind the rise in Tasering?
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Human rights in the United Kingdom are set out in common law, with its strongest roots being in the English Bill of Rights 1689 and Scottish Claim of Right Act 1689, as well as legislation of European institutions: the EU and the European Court of Human Rights.[nb 1] At the same time, it has been alleged that the UK has also had a history of both de jure and de facto discrimination, and, in recent history, occasional violations of basic human rights, particularly in times of national security crises, or regarding the rights of migrants, the unemployed, and the disabled. In recent years, however, British human rights legislation has been criticised by some for what they perceive as excessive attention to the human rights of offenders at the expense of those of victims; high-profile cases, such as those of Learco Chindamo and the 2006 Afghan hijackers, have attracted controversy, sparking calls[who?] for the review of the Human Rights Act 1998 and other … [Read more...] about Human rights in the United Kingdom
Murders, rapists, paedophiles and international drug smugglers were among the criminals jailed across Merseyside this year. In many cases, their victims showed tremendous courage in facing their tormentors in court or fighting back against the thugs who targeted them. Officers have spent months and in some cases years working tirelessly to bring these callous criminals to justice for their horrific crimes. Below are all the details about 500 of the men and women put behind bars in 2018. January Ryan Lacey Doorman Lacey was caught up in a mass brawl after a contingent of Eintracht Frankfurt fans travelled to Liverpool to “participate in violence”, on November 22, 2017. After trying to defend a colleague, Lacey was filmed “body-slamming” a local man, Damion Tucker, who was mistaken for one of the German group, before stamping on the head of Jan Richter-Gemer. Mr Richter-Gemer, 25, spent weeks in Aintree Hospital where he required intensive treatment for multiple … [Read more...] about 500 people locked up in Merseyside in 2018
If there was one reason to feel smug about ourselves in 2018, apart from the weeks of sunny weather and our victory in the Six Nations Rugby Championship, it was the erratic goings-on across the Irish Sea in Britain as the country pulled itself apart over Brexit. Why can't they behave themselves, we wondered. Not since the era of rampant football hooliganism have we felt quite so sanctimonious about our neighbours. As at least one commentator remarked, negotiating with the British over Brexit is like starting a game of football, and then having to stand around while the opposing team's players fight amongst themselves in an extended brawl. Brexit started years ago as a row in the Conservative Party, and that is the way it continued in 2018. And looking west across the Atlantic, we could only shrug our shoulders and sigh at the incoherent and comical antics of President Donald Trump, as exposed by Michael Wolff in his book, Fire and Fury. How can the "free world" possibly be run by a … [Read more...] about 52 people who shaped 2018
Donald Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns Barack Obama: "Change we need won’t come from one election – but it's a start" See how each state voted and what it means for Donald Trump How the House of Representatives could thwart Trump The charts that show why Trump called midterms a ‘tremendous success’ Tim Stanley: In Trump's America, culture beats economy at the polls Meet the Democrats who could take on Trump in 2020 Donald Trump forced out his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on Wednesday, just hours after the midterm elections, plunging the Russia investigation into deep uncertainty. In a letter to the US president, Mr Sessions wrote that “at your request, I am submitting my resignation” – making clear his hand was moved by Mr Trump. Matthew Whitaker, Mr Sessions’ chief of staff, will fill the role of acting attorney general while a permanent replacement is … [Read more...] about US midterm elections live: Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns