Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited ( 2019 Annual Report

first_imgLiberty Kenya Holdings Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited (  2019 annual report.Company ProfileLiberty Kenya Holdings Limited is an insurance company offering products and services for the retail and corporate sectors in Kenya and other countries in the Africa sub-region. The company provides life assurance, superannuation, industrial life assurance, bond investment and business incidental insurance services as well as insurance products and services for aviation, engineering, fire, liability, marine, private and commercial vehicles, personal accident, theft, workmen’s compensation and employer’s liability insurance. Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited also offers asset management and property development services for the private and corporate sectors in Kenya. The company is a subsidiary of Liberty Holdings Limited and is the holding company for Heritage Insurance Company and a short- and long-term insurance business called Liberty Life Kenya Assurance Limited. Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited has a presence in 15 countries in the Africa sub-region. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Fundraising Regulator reveals 22% drop in door-to-door complaints

first_img Melanie May | 27 February 2020 | News “Our Annual Complaints Report is crucial in providing us with a clear picture of fundraising standards in the UK. The findings help us to identify areas which need greater attention from us, but also allows us to see where there has been improvement. We are grateful for the sector’s continued positive response to the recommendations we make and I look forward to working closely with fundraising organisations to maintain the high standards of fundraising practice we see today.” Tagged with: door to door fundraising Fundraising Regulator  443 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Public complaints about door-to-door charity fundraising have decreased by nearly 22% over the past year, while those about addressed mail and fundraising at outdoor events have risen. The figures come from the Fundraising Regulator’s Annual Complaints Report 2018/19, released today.The report collates the number of complaints reported by 58 charities that spend more than £5 million per year on fundraising, as well as the regulator’s own complaints data. The charities in the sample reported 4,094 complaints about door-to-door fundraising between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019, down from 5,239 in the previous year.Individuals cited the behaviour of fundraisers and knocking at an inappropriate time as the top reasons for their complaints.Other methods of fundraising also saw a significant fall in complaints:Clothing collections: down 55% from 2,478 complaints in 2017/18 to 1,110 in 2018/19Online advertising: down 16% from 1,517 complaints in 2017/18 to 1,278 in 2018/19Email fundraising: down 15% from 1,277 complaints in 2017/18 to 1,080 in 2018/19According to the regulator, while complaints about door-to-door charity fundraising have fallen significantly since 2017/18, it is the second most complained about fundraising method overall. The most complained about fundraising practice reported by the 58 charities in the sample was addressed mail. This method generated 5,619 complaints, which is an increase of nearly 20% on the figure (4,709) reported in 2017/18.Fundraising at outdoor events completes the top three most complained about fundraising practices with 2,054 complaints: a 43% increase on the previous year.While the sector reported a significant fall (55%) in the number of complaints about clothing collections, the Fundraising Regulator received more about this method than any other.Overall, complaints made to the Fundraising Regulator itself decreased by 33% on the previous year, with it receiving 737 between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019.Of these, it completed investigations into 82 cases. In more than half of these cases (49), the regulator identified breaches of the Code of Fundraising Practice and made recommendations for improvement.From the regulator’s investigations, the following themes emerged:20 (24%) related to the treatment of vulnerable donors18 (22%) related to misleading information on fundraising materials11 (13%) related to ‘no charity bag’ signs on properties not being observedThe Fundraising Regulator will soon be engaging with charities and the fundraising sector on the future format and content of the Annual Complaints Report to ensure it remains a useful tool for sharing information and learning.Chief Executive of the Fundraising Regulator, Gerald Oppenheim, said:  Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via  444 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Fundraising Regulator reveals 22% drop in door-to-door complaintslast_img read more

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Fighting for $15 and a union

first_imgThe first-ever “Fight for $15” conference was held the weekend of Aug. 13 in Richmond, Va. Thousands of low-wage workers marched through the streets of the former capital of the Confederacy to “draw links between the racist history of the United States and current policies … and the low wages workers are experiencing,” stated national organizer Kendall Fells. Look for coverage from this conference in an upcoming Workers World.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img

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State Department of Ag Promoting Agriculture at 2017 Indiana State Fair

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News State Department of Ag Promoting Agriculture at 2017 Indiana State Fair Facebook Twitter SHARE State Department of Ag Promoting Agriculture at 2017 Indiana State Fair The 2017 Indiana State Fair will be celebrating “Wonderful World of Food”  and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) will be on hand every day to showcase the importance and diversity of Indiana agriculture. From August 4th through the 20th (9 a.m. – 9 p.m.), ISDA staff will be at several locations around the fairgrounds, providing information on topics ranging from soil conservation to agritourism to Indiana FFA, as well as promoting the Indiana Grown initiative to thousands of attendees. ISDA director Ted McKinney will also be at the fair most days, since his appointment to a top USDA post in Washington has not been confirmed yet.ISDA State Fair Locations/Exhibits:Normandy Barn: ISDA will once again have a strong presence in the Normandy Barn (north side of the fairgrounds) and will continue to educate the public about new aspects of agriculture, engage families with interactive exhibits and highlight the importance of Indiana agriculture as part of everyday life. New this year, the Normandy Barn will have an Augmented Reality Sandbox, which is a hands-on exhibit that allows users to create colorful topographic maps demonstrating the relationship between soil and water, as well as an exhibit that highlights Indiana’s agritourism destinations.Indiana Grown: In the Agriculture Horticulture building, fairgoers will be able to purchase a variety of Indiana Grown products from the Indiana Grown Marketplace. Next to the store, cooking demonstrations featuring member products will be held daily at noon on the Culinary Stage. Indiana Grown members will also be sampling products in the Agriculture Horticulture building and at the State Fair’s Featured Exhibit – Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture – located in the Harvest Pavilion.Indiana FFA Pavilion: The Indiana FFA Pavilion encompasses more than 25,000 square feet and is one of the fair’s most popular attractions with 200,000+ people coming through the doors each year. The miniature golf course, farm animal wing, the Country Market and interactive children’s play areas are some of the pavilion’s more popular destinations.Pathway to Water Quality: Celebrating its 25th year, Pathway to Water Quality is an excellent watershed demonstration site that shows how proper management practices at home, on the farm and in business can improve soil health and water quality. The exhibit is managed by the Indiana Conservation Partnership in conjunction with ISDA.ISDA State Fair Event Schedule:Friday, Aug. 4What: Pathway to Water Quality 25th Anniversary CelebrationTime: 9:30 a.m.Location: Pathway to Water Quality, east side of fairgrounds next to Boy Scouts Bridge.Details: Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch will join Director McKinney and watery quality leaders at a celebration to mark the exhibit’s 25th year at the Indiana State Fair.Friday, Aug. 4What: Indiana Grown Marketplace Ribbon CuttingTime: 10:30 a.m.Location: Agriculture Horticulture BuildingDetails: Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch will ceremonially open the Indiana Grown Marketplace with a ribbon cutting. This is the first year the store has been entirely managed by ISDA.Friday, Aug. 11What: Hoosier Homestead Award CeremonyTime: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.Location: Indiana Farm Bureau BuildingDetails: Director McKinney will honor longtime Hoosier farm families.Thursday, Aug. 17What: Lt. Governor’s Celebration of AgricultureTime: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Location: Normandy Barn (second floor)Details: The ceremony will include the presentations of the Lt. Governor’s Agrivision Award, the Purdue Women in Agriculture Awards and the winners of the ISDA Photo Contest.Friday, Aug. 18What: Indiana Grown Culinary CompetitionTime: 1 p.m.Location: Indiana Arts buildingDetails: The competitors will come up with delicious dishes using a variety of Indiana Grown products. Judging begins at 1 p.m. and the top three dishes will receive a cash prize.Source: ISDA Facebook Twitter SHARE By Gary Truitt – Aug 1, 2017 Previous articleSouthern Rust Spreading StatewideNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truittlast_img read more

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RSF joins statement calling on US government to insist on accountability for Khashoggi murder

first_imgNews Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 RSF_en Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Notwithstanding public and Congressional outrage and the reported findings of the CIA, the Trump administration appears to be engaged in a cover-up on behalf of the Saudi government.  On October 15, 2018, without offering any evidence, President Trump told reporters “rogue killers” could have been responsible for the murder.  On November 20, 2018, he issued a statement entitled “On Standing with Saudi Arabia,” in which he appeared to accept Saudi leaders’ blanket denials of involvement in the murder.  On November 28, 2018, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters, “I do believe I’ve read every piece of intelligence . . . .  There is no direct reporting connecting the crown prince to the order to murder Jamal Khashoggi.”  The CIA’s assessment and other records relating to responsibility for the murder continue to be withheld from the public. The public also remains in the dark about what the U.S. government knew about the murder or previous threats to Khashoggi’s life and, dependent on that information, whether the U.S. government took any steps to warn him, as required by law.  To date, there is no public indication that the Trump administration intends to respond to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s October 2018 request. Signed,Reporters Without BordersHuman Rights FirstHuman Rights WatchOpen Society Justice InitiativePEN AmericaCommittee to Protect Journalists Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa Related documents joint_khashoggi_statement_english.pdfPDF – 393.33 KB Help by sharing this information Saudi Arabia’s conduct in the Khashoggi case is in keeping with its broader pattern of persecuting dissidents, activists, journalists, and independent clerics.  In May 2018, just weeks before the Saudi authorities lifted the ban on women driving, authorities arrested a number of prominent women’s rights activists and accused several of them of grave crimes, such as treason, that appear to be directly related to their activism.  As of this writing, at least ten women remained detained without charge, though some anticipated charges could carry prison terms of up to 20 years.  Human rights organizations reported in November that Saudi interrogators tortured at least four of the women, including by administering electric shocks, whipping the women on their thighs, and forcible hugging and kissing.  Saudi prosecutors also escalated their longstanding campaign against dissidents by seeking the death penalty against detainees on charges that related to nothing more than peaceful activism and dissent. Moreover, Saudi Arabia has continued to use counterterrorism regulations to suppress political expression and dissent; over a dozen prominent activists who were convicted on charges arising from their peaceful activities are currently serving long prison sentences.  These actions have created an even more repressive climate for journalists in the country.In light of the above, the undersigned organizations call on Congress and the Trump administration to support:Public disclosure of the February 8, 2019, presidential determination required under law concerning responsibility for the Khashoggi murder and what sanctions the President intends to impose on those found culpable.Public disclosure of CIA records relating to Khashoggi’s killing, including the CIA’s assessment of responsibility for his murder as well as records relating to the U.S. government’s duty to warn him of the threat to his life.An effective, independent, international investigation into the circumstances of and responsibility for Khashoggi’s murder.Immediate release of journalists, dissidents, activists, and clerics detained for the peaceful expression of their views in Saudi Arabia. On October 2, 2018, Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a U.S. resident who had been a vocal critic of the Saudi government and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Amidst repeated assertions by Saudi authorities that Mr. Khashoggi had left the Consulate alive, on October 10, 2018, a bipartisan group of 22 senators, including the Chairman and Ranking Member of  the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, invoked a provision of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act requiring that President Donald Trump determine which individuals the U.S. government had found to be responsible for any gross violation of Khashoggi’s internationally recognized human rights  and provide a report on whether he intends to impose sanctions on them. June 9, 2021 Find out more Saudi ArabiaUnited StatesMiddle East – North Africa Americas International bodies center_img February 5, 2019 – Updated on February 7, 2019 RSF joins statement calling on US government to insist on accountability for Khashoggi murder After repeatedly altering its explanation concerning Khashoggi’s disappearance, on October 19, 2018, the Saudi government finally acknowledged that he had been killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.  On November 16, 2018, the Washington Post reported that the CIA had concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, an assessment in which officials are reported to have “high confidence.”  On December 13, 2018, the Senate unanimously approved a resolution holding the Crown Prince responsible for Khashoggi’s murder. The presidential determination and report required under the Global Magnitsky Act is due to be provided no later than February 8, 2019. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) today joined Human Rights First, Open Society Justice Initiative, Human Rights Watch, PEN America, and Committee to Protect Journalists to express deep concern about the lack of transparency and accountability relating to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the persecution of other journalists and dissidents in Saudi Arabia. The organizations are calling on both the United States Congress and the Trump administration to support a number of measures to address these concerns. to go further Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s criminal proceedings against 11 individuals accused of killing Mr. Khashoggi have been a sham.  Significantly, instead of arresting the most senior officials accused of involvement in the plot to target Khashoggi, including the former royal court adviser, Saud al-Qahtani, and the deputy intelligence chief, Ahmed al-Assiri, Saudi authorities have merely announced their resignations.  The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has stated that the trial was “not sufficient” and called for an independent investigation with international involvement, something the special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Agnes Callamard, took it upon herself to organize.  A coalition of human rights and media organizations had previously called on Turkey to urgently request that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launch a UN investigation, though Guterres has been reluctant to get involved.  Moreover, more than one hundred prominent writers co-signed a letter to Guterres calling for an independent UN investigation. 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Reporter beaten up by ruling party activists

first_img RSF_en Guinean journalist finally freed after being held for nearly three months Organisation October 9, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporter beaten up by ruling party activists Guinean journalist’s continuing detention is “incomprehensible,” RSF says Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the severe beating that journalist Thierno Amadou Camara received from members of the ruling RPG Arc-en-ciel party in the eastern city of Siguiri on 5 October, six days before Sunday’s presidential election. News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News April 9, 2021 Find out more May 19, 2021 Find out more GuineaAfrica A reporter for the online daily Guinée Matin (, Thierno Amadou Camara had gone to Siguiri to cover the tension between rival ruling party factions and was interviewing the city’s mayor when he was assaulted and repeatedly hit by party activists armed with stones and clubs, who seized his camera and threatened to kill him.He is still in a state of shock.“We call on the authorities to immediately open an independent and transparent investigation with the aim of identifying those responsible for this attack and bringing them to justice,” Reporters Without Borders editor in chief Virginie Dangles said.“We remind the Guinean authorities that they have a duty to guarantee the safety of journalists, who play a key role in the electoral process by covering what happens and reporting all the different views that are expressed. We therefore ask President Alpha Condé to send his supporters a clear message that violence against journalists will not be tolerated.”Last June, the High Authority for Communication (HAC) issued a directive asking the media “to refrain from using opinion genres such as editorials, commentaries or columns” during the run-up to the presidential election.It triggered such an outcry that the HAC issued an amended version that nonetheless continued to impose disturbing restrictions on freedom of information.Guinea is ranked 102nd out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News Guinea : RSF and AIPS call for release of two imprisoned journalists News to go further April 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Guinea GuineaAfrica last_img read more

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JPL and Chevron Partner to Benefit the Energy Industry

first_imgScience and Technology JPL and Chevron Partner to Benefit the Energy Industry JPL and Chevron Corporation in San Ramon, have announced a partnership to develop a range of advanced technologies that can be used in harsh environments, both on Earth and in space From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 | 9:28 am Community News NASA’s JPL  and Chevron Corporation in San Ramon, have announced a partnership to develop a range of advanced technologies that can be used in harsh environments, both on Earth and in space.We are proud that the same pool of talent that sends rovers to Mars, explores our universe and studies Earth’s environment will help contribute advanced technology towards OUR energy future here on Earth,” said JPL Director Charles Elachi.Elachi and Paul Siegele, president of Chevron Energy Technology Company, met at JPL to kick off a partnership for Advanced Energy Technology Development. Under this partnership, JPL will assist in the demonstration, development and commercial deployment of a range of technologies that benefit from JPL’s unique heritage in space exploration. These technologies include: valves to selectively control oil and gas flow from different geological formations in a well; single-phase pumping motors for continuous operation at the bottom of deep wells; sensors and electronics for downhole deployment; and integrated management systems for monitoring temperature, pressure and flow rates in deep wells and assessing the health of drilling operations.This new collaboration will benefit NASA by further advancing technologies that could one day be used for exploring other planets, and will also promote commercialization of technologies developed for space exploration. The partnership will help Chevron develop its energy resources to enable a better energy future for all of Â us.“NASA and JPL are highly acclaimed national treasures, and Chevron is proud to collaborate with them to unlock new energy potential,” said John McDonald, Chevron’s corporate vice president and chief technology officer. “This alliance is an opportunity to bridge public- and private-sector technology and research to discover oil and natural gas volumes that are found in deep remote reservoirs. In many ways, the research is akin to deep space exploration, making the missions of OUR two organizations highly complementary.”As NASA’s lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system, JPL has a wide-ranging charter that also includes active programs in Earth science, astronomy and physics, and technology development. The demands of space missions provide the impetus to JPL scientists and engineers to push the boundaries of design and technology to achieve smaller size, better performance, and less power consumption in a cost-constrained environment. Many technologies developed at JPL, from hardware and software to materials, have direct applications right here on Earth.The National Space Technology Applications Office (NSTA) has been established to develop a sustaining business base through expanded relations with non-NASA sponsors.  NSTA develops collaborations with elements of the four national space sectors: military, intelligence, civil and commercial. Each of these sectors is responsible for specific development of partnerships that expand and enhance the NASA/JPL-Caltech technology base. Caltech manages JPL for NASA.Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels.Caltech and NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist seek to transfer technology developed for space into the commercial marketplace, yielding economic benefits and quality of life improvements for people here on Earth.More information about NASA is online at . More information about NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist is online at .More information about JPL’s Technology Transfer office is available at: .More information about Chevron is available at . 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22,000 Lawyers Applied For Financial Help, BCI Not Responding On Application Seeking Permission For Disbursing The Amount: WB Bar Council Tells HC

first_imgNews Updates22,000 Lawyers Applied For Financial Help, BCI Not Responding On Application Seeking Permission For Disbursing The Amount: WB Bar Council Tells HC MEHAL JAIN20 May 2020 8:39 AMShare This – xThe Calcutta High Court was informed by the West Bengal Bar Council on Tuesday that amidst the lockdown, about 22000 applications for financial aid have been received from Advocates and the same are being processed.The Chief Justice-led bench was told that the State Bar Council needs to obtain permission from the Bar Council of India before starting disbursement of such financial aid…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Calcutta High Court was informed by the West Bengal Bar Council on Tuesday that amidst the lockdown, about 22000 applications for financial aid have been received from Advocates and the same are being processed.The Chief Justice-led bench was told that the State Bar Council needs to obtain permission from the Bar Council of India before starting disbursement of such financial aid to Advocates. “A letter has been written by the Bar Council of West Bengal to the Bar Council of India seeking such permission, but no response has been received till date to such letter by the State Bar Council”, it was urged on behalf of the WB Bar Council.The High Court on Tuesday also requested the Centre and the state of West Bengal to look into the issue of payment of the outstanding fees of the Government Advocates at the appropriate level.A writ petitioner submitted before the Division Bench that huge amounts on account of lawyers’ fees for rendering professional services are outstanding and payable by the State Government as well as Central Government to Advocates who represent these governments. It was urged that if such dues of the lawyers are cleared, the same shall mitigate the hardship of the Government Advocates to a great extent.”Learned Advocate General representing the State Government and learned Advocate representing the Union of India, at our request, have assured us that they will look into the matter and discuss the issue of payment of the outstanding fees of the Government Advocates at the appropriate level”, recorded the Court.Click Here To Download OrderRead Order Next Storylast_img read more

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Football coach hailed as hero for disarming gunman outside Oregon high school

first_imgKATU-TV(PORTLAND) — An Oregon high school coach is being hailed as a hero after students say he disarmed a man with a gun in the middle of the school day.Portland police have a suspect in custody after the gun scare at Parkrose High School in Northeast Portland on Friday.Authorities said that shortly before noon the suspect brought a gun onto the campus, where  One staffer wrestled the suspect to the ground near the school’s tennis courts and disarmed him, police said.Students told ABC affiliate KATU-TV that the staffer was Keanon Lowe, the school’s football and track and field coach, who was formerly a star wide receiver with the University of Oregon Ducks.“He’s a hero,” one student told KATU.Portland police arrived within minutes of the incident and began a room-by-room search of the school accompanied by a full evacuation.Students were bused from the school to a nearby rendezvous point to be picked up by their parents.In a tweet, Portland Police officials said, “We ask for patience at Parkrose High School. … No injuries found at this time.”“This was a best-case scenario,” said Portland Police Sergeant Brad Yakots. “The staff members from all accounts did an excellent job.”Police said they had recovered the weapon and that the investigation into the suspect’s identity was ongoing.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Many of Derek Chauvin’s law enforcement colleagues disagree with how he restrained George Floyd. Here’s how they have testified.

first_imgDNY59/iStockBy Julia Jacobo, ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) — Law enforcement colleagues of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin largely have disagreed with the actions he took to restrain George Floyd.Several current and former members of law enforcement have testified in the trial of Chauvin, who faces charges of manslaughter, second-degree murder and third-degree murder in Floyd’s death.Here’s what they’ve said so far:Chauvin’s supervisor: Knees can be used as a restraint only until a subject is handcuffed and under controlSgt. David Pleoger, now retired, had been Chauvin’s supervisor since 2008 and was working as his supervisor on the night of May 25, the day Floyd died.Pleoger was first notified of the incident from 911 dispatcher Jena Scurry, who testified on Day 1 of the trial that she called him after sensing that something was wrong while watching the incident unfold on a fixed police camera.After Pleoger spoke to Scurry, he called Chauvin on his cell phone.“I was going to call you and have you come out to our scene here,” Chauvin is heard saying to Pleoger in footage from his body camera played in court. “We just had to hold the guy down. He was going crazy … wouldn’t go in the back of the squad.”Chauvin then turned his body camera off, which Pleoger testified is allowed by department policy at that point because it was a private conversation.When Pleoger arrived on the scene, he is seen in his own body camera footage telling Chauvin to gather the witnesses, to which Chauvin replied that would try but that the witnesses were “hostile.”Pleoger testified that he, Chauvin and former officer Tou Thao, the officer on the scene who monitored the bystanders, went to the hospital.It wasn’t until the former officers were notified that Floyd had died that Pleoger began asking Chauvin more questions and learned that he had restrained Floyd by kneeling on his neck. Chauvin did not say how long he kept Floyd in that position, Pleoger said.Pleoger said that department policy did allow officers to use a knee to restrain a subject but only until that subject is handcuffed and under control.“When Mr. Floyd was no longer offering up any resistance from the officers, they could have ended the restraint,” Pleoger said.Department homicide unit chief: Subjects need to get off their chest ‘as soon as possible’Lt. Richard Zimmerman, head of the homicide department for the Minneapolis Police Department, testified that he has the most seniority of any officer in the department.When Minnesota Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank asked Zimmerman whether he had been trained to kneel on the neck of someone who is handcuffed, Zimmerman responded, “No. If your knee is on a person’s neck, that can kill them.”Zimmerman added, “Once a person is cuffed, the threat level goes down all the way. They’re cuffed. How can they really hurt you?”Frank also asked Zimmerman what Minnesota Police officers are trained to do when they have someone in the prone position, when they are lying on their stomachs.“Once you handcuff someone, you need to get them out of the prone position as soon as possible because it restricts their breathing,” Zimmerman answered. “You need them off their chest.”Zimmerman was among a group of 14 Minneapolis Police officers who signed an open letter to the community in June condemning Chauvin’s actions.Police Chief Medaria Arradondo: Chauvin’s actions ‘certainly not part of our ethics and values’Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified that it was close to midnight on May 25 when one of his deputy chiefs alerted him that Floyd had died.Prosecutor Steve Schleicher pressed Arradondo on whether Chauvin’s actions followed department policies. Arradondo replied that applying “that level of force” administered to a person in the prone position and handcuffed behind their back is “in no way, shape or form” part of department policy.“It is not part of our training, and it is certainly not part of our ethics or values,” Arradondo said.Inspector Katie Blackwell: Chauvin used an ‘improvised position’ on FloydMinneapolis Police Department Inspector Katie Blackwell, who was in charge of training at the time of Floyd’s death, testified that she’s known Chauvin for 20 years and even selected him to be a field training officer at one point.When Schleicher showed Blackwell a still from a video taking by witness Darnella Frazier in which Chauvin is seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck, he asked whether it was a training technique taught by the department when she was overseeing that unit.“It is not,” Blackwell responded.When Schleicher asked, “Why not,” Blackwell noted that it was an “improvised position.”“I don’t know what kind of improvised position that is,” she said. “It’s not what we train.”Department crisis intervention coordinator: ‘Immediate goal’ of officers should be seeking medical attention for persons in crisisMinneapolis Police Department Sgt. Ker Yang, a 24-year veteran of the department who currently serves as its crisis intervention training coordinator, testified that Chauvin participated in a 40-hour crisis intervention course in 2016 in which officers are given opportunities to recognize a person who may be in crisis and how to deal with them.The department’s critical decision-making model includes applications for use of force and crisis training, Yang said.Yang explained that a “crisis” could be a situation “that is beyond a person’s coping mechanism, and beyond that, what is beyond their control.”“Sometimes they don’t know what to do,” Yang said. “And we train them to assist a person to bring them back down to their pre-crisis level.”Yang stated that it’s important for officers to reassess whether circumstances change during a situation, adding that if the person in crisis is in need of medical attention, it should “be the immediate goal” for officers to help provide it.During training, it’s common “to slow things down and re-eval and reassess” going through the model, Yang said.“I provide this training because I believe it does — it works,” Yang said.When a defense attorney emphasized that a crisis includes people other than the suspect, including bystanders who could also present a threat, Yang agreed that the risk to the officer is greater as the intensity of the crisis grows.Yang also said this could mean that there are multiple crises happening simultaneously, as well as the fact that a crisis that may “look bad” to a bystander may still be a lawful necessity.Use-of-force instructor: A knee to the neck is not a trained restraintLt. Johnny Mercil, a use-of-force instructor at the Minneapolis Police Department, developed an annual in-service training program that Chauvin took in 2018.Mercil testified that when trying to control a subject, officers are trained to apply the concept of “proportionality,” which is to “use the lowest level of force possible to meet those objectives” in order to keep all parties safe.As the level of resistance increases, the level of force can subsequently increase, Mercil said.Officers are trained to de-escalate situations as the level of resistance decreases and are trained to know that some parts of the body are more prone to injury, such as the neck and the head, Mercil said.Minneapolis Police Department policy includes two types of neck restraints, which are done by “slowing the blood flow to and from the brain, with the intent to gain control of the subject,” Mercil said.The conscious neck restraint involves wrapping somebody up but leaving the subject conscious, Mercil said, adding that this method often works to gain compliance. The unconscious neck restraint involves applying pressure until the person who is not complying becomes unconscious and “therefore compliant,” Mercil explained.When prosecutors showed Mercil a photo of Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck, Mercil stated that the technique shown is not and has never been an authorized restraint technique taught by the Minneapolis Police Department.Mercil added that while the technique Chauvin used is not technically an unauthorized use of force under the department’s policy, he believes the technique wouldn’t be authorized because Floyd was under control and handcuffed.When questioned by the defense, Mercil said that while department training does teach the use of body weight to control a subject, they also “tell officers to stay away from the neck when possible, and if you’re going to use body weight to pin, to put it on their shoulder and be mindful of position.”When shown images of different angles of Floyd’s arrest, Mercil stated that the image did not appear to show a neck restraint but rather a prone hold that an officer may apply with his knee. Mercil also agreed that the still images at one point appear to show Chauvin’s shin to be across Floyd’s shoulder blade.Mercil later said that he did not believe it would be appropriate to hold a subject in that prone restraint position for an extended period, especially after the subject stopped resisting or didn’t have a pulse.Mercil joined the department in 1996 as a cadet. He is currently on medical leave.Department medical support officer: Officers are trained to begin CPR immediately if they don’t detect a pulseNicole Mackenzie is the department’s medical support officer and worked as an EMT before joining the police force, and she’s involved with the medical training officers receive. She testified that officers are trained to begin CPR immediately if there is no pulse detected on a subject.When Schleicher asked about a phrase officers are heard telling Floyd in the video — “If you can talk, you can breathe,” — Mackenzie replied: “That would be incomplete to say. Someone can be in respiratory distress and still able to vocalize it.”Mackenzie added, “Just because they can talk doesn’t mean they can breathe adequately.”LAPD use-of-force expert: Chauvin’s force ‘excessive’LAPD Sgt. Jody Stiger, a use-of-force expert hired by prosecutors, testified that the force Chauvin used was “excessive.”Stiger said officers initially were justified in using force against Floyd, when he was resisting getting in the back of the squad car, but “once he was placed in the prone position on the ground, he slowly ceased his resistance. At that point, the officers should have slowed down or stopped their force.”Stiger is expected to continue his testimony Wednesday morning.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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