Month: July 2019

A new nonpartisan online campaign could have hel

first_imgA new, non-partisan online campaign could have helped bring about an “awakening” among some disabled people that their hard-fought rights are at stake in tomorrow’s general election, according to its founders.#CripTheVoteUK was only launched in late April, but the disabled activists who founded the campaign believe it has made a small but significant contribution towards their aim of enabling disabled people to become a genuine political force.The #CripTheVoteUK hashtag has been widely shared during the general election campaign, and weekly Twitter discussions have also raised its profile.On Sunday, in the last of the discussions before tomorrow’s general election, actor and activist Liz Carr led a debate on the representation of disabled people and hate crime.One of the campaign’s founders, Eleanor Lisney, told Disability News Service that she believed disabled people would have an impact on tomorrow’s election.And she said she believed there had been more of a focus on disability than in previous election campaigns.She said: “When you read the news, even people who are not disabled still mention us, they still mention how the cuts have affected us. We get mentioned. More than previous elections, even 2015.”She said this had been particularly noticeable in the television debates.Another of the campaign’s founders, Rick Burgess, said it was difficult to judge the impact of the #CripTheVoteUK campaign on the election but from the media coverage he had seen “we’ve done well, given the snap election time frame”.The “proof of the pudding” was whether this helped to drive voter turnout among disabled people, he said.He added: “The main thing is I hope it lays the groundwork for a proper permanent lobbying effort, because governments of any hue always need pressure to keep them to their promises once in power.”Burgess said that continuing efforts to organise disabled people “into an informed and active political lobby will be essential to protecting our rights and lives.“What the last seven years have proved is we cannot rely on charities, the medical community or society at large to respect our rights; we have to fight for ourselves.“It’s a lesson from the past we have to relearn.”And he said the stakes were high in tomorrow’s election.He said: “This election can see the end of the abusive work capability assessment and personal independence payment regime, or we can see another five years of increasing death toll, cuts, and hate crime.”Although #CripTheVoteUK has only had a few weeks to make an impact, Lisney said she hoped its influence would grow.She said: “I am hoping that #CripTheVoteUK is waking people up to the fact that there is a power, a voice, that you can have.“If you don’t fight, you can lose the rights that you are taking for granted.“I hope they are awakening to the fact that you can lose what you are complaining about, the rights we have fought for.”One of the challenges, she said, had been to maintain the principle that the campaign was non-partisan, and did not support one party over another.She said: “What I tend to say is, ‘Look at the figures, decide for yourself, vote for yourself and your family and your community.’“I think what we need to do is tell people what is happening. I make sure that what I send out [on Twitter] is from a reputable source.”Lisney said she had been pleased that her local Labour candidate mentioned the campaign when he knocked on her door to discuss the election, after she had referred to it in social media messages she sent him.But Lisney said she had been “a little surprised and frustrated” by the attitude of some of the disability charities, who have refused to support the campaign, and had told her that “our trustees won’t like it” if they support #CripTheVoteUK on social media.last_img read more

Woman Struck with Skateboard Robbed

first_imgAt about 1:15 a.m. this morning, an unidentified suspect hit a 40-year-old woman from behind using a skateboard. The incident occurred at 18th and Mission streets, and the woman suffered lacerations to the head and was treated at St. Luke’s hospital for her injuries. The suspect stole the woman’s smartphone and some cash before fleeing in an unknown direction.A woman walking on 23rd and Harrison streets was punched in the face and robbed at 8:15 p.m. earlier in the night. The suspect, a male 30 to 35 years old, took the victim’s cell phone, but she was able to recover it from him. The suspect then fled the scene.Crime is trauma and the county offers different services. Here is a link to a page of services.Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF. 0% Tags: crimes Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Shuttered 24th St Mexican eatery will reopen as Peruvian restaurant

first_img 0% About a month ago, the just over a year-old Mexican restaurant Quereme quietly shut its doors and has been revamping its interior in its 2801 Folsom St. location to reopen in June as Alma, a Peruvian-influenced restaurant.Alma’s owners are Juan Rosas Lopez, who also owns Taqueria Vallarta at 3033 24th St. and associate Jose Ruffrage.  They will be renting the space from Mission oral surgeon Dr. Juan Luque, who purchased the two-story building in 2015.Alma will operate as a full-service restaurant downstairs, but its new proprietors also plan to open a lounge area in the space above the restaurant, according to Ruffrage. The ground-floor space is permitted for full-restaurant use and was approved on May 23 for a Type 41 license, allowing them to serve beer and wine on site. A permit for interior renovations to the existing restaurant – for a new bar, counter and signage – in the amount of some $15,000 was approved by the Planning Department in April.Before the short-lived Quereme, the space served for some two decades as the home for the chicken grill La Parrilla. The building was slated for demolition in 2014 to make room for a 20-unit condo building, but was taken off the market following opposition from the local merchant’s association. center_img Tags: food Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SFPD useofforce training emphasizes deescalation

first_img Juvenile Beyond Parental Control 281 0% Mentally Disturbed Person in Crisis 199 Suicidal subjects2,901 Well-being checks17,705 Mental health detentions2,955 Mentally disturbed persons11,082 The 911 call: a “transient” loitering in Golden Gate Park, where neighbors have been complaining about narcotics use and noise. I arrive with a baton, some pepper spray and a firearm. But mostly, I’m supposed to use my words. I do. “Sir, you can’t be loitering here,” I say. Although I pepper-sprayed the man loitering in Golden Gate Park, Commander Peter Walsh said I handled the situation well.“If we can talk him down, we’re not going to cite him for drinking in the park — we’re working on our procedural justice,” Walsh said. “But when he starts getting aggressive … you have to think: did de-escalation just fail?” Pomatto said that the academy does not pay special attention on how to engage with the homeless population. “It’s the amount of resistance you’re getting and how to react to it reasonably,” Pomatto said. Pomatto noted that each officer’s reaction to a given scenario might be different, depending on their experience and expertise. “I’m more of a time-and-distance guy,” he said. It’s an attitude the new training is trying to instill in all officers. De-escalation training was being introduced when former Chief Greg Suhr was still head of the department, and so far there have been some lapses, as well as some wins. In the case of Luis Gongora Pat, a homeless immigrant living in the Mission who police shot and killed in April 2016 within 30 seconds of officers exiting their vehicles, officers failed to use the time and distance training — and it is possible they had not yet been trained in the tactics.  That incident was widely seen as a failure of the department’s use-of-force training. Or as David Elliott Lewis, who has worked with officers extensively on de-escalation training and rolling back use of force, said shortly after the Gongora Pat’s shooting: “No, that’s not what we train, and as a trainer I’m disheartened and depressed and dispirited that this happened. I’d like to believe that this is a rare exception.”  Yet Pomatto said the training is increasingly being integrated on the street. He gave an example of an incident in which an officer in Potrero Hill de-escalated a situation by talking to a suspect for about 40 minutes before eventually arresting him. In recent weeks, the Mission District has seen a couple of instances in which police used de-escalation tactics to handle individuals in crisis. “If the training tool is not used correctly, officers get conditioned to use force — whether it’s deadly or not,” Officer Reich said. “As opposed to saying ‘You don’t have to use force all the time — in fact we prefer you don’t use force at all.’”    Suicidal Subject in Crisis 32 So far, some 850 officers — 40 percent of the force of 2,301 officers — have been trained on the new policy. The 10 or so videos offering simulated scenarios that Pomatto used on reporters are much the same as earlier training. The difference is in the execution of how officers are trained to handle the scenarios. “We’ve always used these scenarios, but we’re really emphasizing [de-escalation] now,” said Officer Oliver Reich, who that day was in charge of selecting the scenarios to which reporters had to respond. “I would say it’s heavy on that end.” Reich said the department has been using these simulations for the 22 years he’s been with the department. Although most of the simulations ended with reporters having to use force, Reich said he pays attention to the language a police officer uses to select a more violent or peaceful outcome. He said recently he’s been choosing de-escalated scenarios more often. “When I start to hear an officer engage a scenario [using rapport], that tells me that officer hears what’s going on,” Reich said, explaining how to choose outcomes in the simulator. The scenarios include bar fights, domestic disputes and suicidal subjects. The sequence of events changes, depending on the trainee’s use of de-escalation tactics or force. The scenarios given to officers are guided situations they’ll likely encounter in one of their police calls. Top Police Calls for Service for the First 8 Months of 2017 “I didn’t do anything — I live here,” he shouts. “I didn’t do anything, just leave me alone.”  “Let’s sit down and talk about this,” I say. This goes on for a minute. He then throws his beer bottle to the ground and begins swinging his arms aggressively as if to fight. I use pepper spray, and he falls on the ground. This enactment was one of 10 or so situations the San Francisco Police Department offered reporters to try earlier this week — part of an effort to give the media a sense of the department’s new use-of-force training put into place in December of last year. The two biggest changes? One, police officers can no longer shoot a moving vehicle – unless that vehicle is being used as a weapon. Two, the “carotid restraint,” a chokehold that is considered harmful if executed incorrectly, has been restricted.Now the emphasis is on de-escalation. Officers are trained to establish “rapport,” create “time and distance” and use “active listening” techniques before using force options such as pepper spray, batons or their firearms. Sergeant Steven T. Pomatto, who teaches use-of-force policy at the San Francisco Police Academy, told an audience of some ten reporters visiting the academy that, in the past, officers used an approach that escalated urgency and sometimes ended with the officer using force.  “But now it’s more about … talking to that individual and coming to a resolution where we don’t have to use any kind of force,” Pomatto says.However, he gave a demonstration of a simulation in which he had to use deadly force. Tags: police Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Gang injunctions grilled by Board of Supervisors panel

first_imgThey, along with Public Defender Jeff Adachi and the ACLU of Northern California, want San Francisco to follow the lead of other cities in California, including Oakland, which have eliminated the the use of gang injunctions.In March, a federal judge barred the city of Los Angeles from enforcing nearly all of its remaining gang injunctions, ruling that they violated people’s right to due process by not giving them the chance to challenge the designation.Mere said people in this city can petition to opt out of the injunctions, but only nine men have tried to since 2007. Two of them were released from the injunction through this process. Gang injunctions are civil restraining orders applied in designated areas — so-called “safety zones.” Those named in the injunction are prohibited from wearing or flashing gang symbols or associating with alleged gang members in those areas.“By using civil law, law enforcement circumvents a lot of protections that people suspected of criminal activity have: They can’t be searched without probable cause, [and they have] the right to a jury trial and public defender,” says Alan Schlosser, senior counsel with the ACLU of Northern California. “All those rights don’t exist for all those people swept up by a gang injunction.”  At 60 blocks, the injunction in the Mission targeting the Norteño gang is the largest safety zone in the city.The “safety zone” in the Mission is the largest in the city. Image from the City Attorney’s officeAdachi told the supervisors that he could name “half a dozen motorcycle gangs” that he has represented, and members of Chinese gangs that he knows, and none of them have been subjected to a gang injunction. “These were used as a tool of racial profiling,” says Adachi. Fewer said she did not wish to debate whether the city attorney should have implemented the program in 2007, but said she struggled to see why injunctions were necessary today. The city’s first gang injunctions were granted in 2007, the year homicides in the city peaked at 100. That number dramatically dropped two years later by more than half, and has remained at steady since. The City Attorney office credits the gang injunctions with the precipitous drop, but critics of the program assail that correlation (the murder rate is down, nationally, in the last decade). As evidence gang injunctions help reduce violence, Mere noted that the roughly 150 people on the list were convicted of 104 felonies before the gang injunctions and only 58 after. But Ronen countered that seven of the 22 people removed from injunction had died, including Mario Woods, who was fatally shot by police in 2015. Adachi scoffed at that figure. “In the last 10 years, we have had 40 percent reduction in crime in all of San Francisco,” he said.  “That’s all the evidence they have?” There are 53 people still covered by San Francisco’s four gang injunctions — down from 139 when the City Attorney began reviewing the program this year in response to mounting pressure. But, in an appearance yesterday before skeptical members of a Board of Supervisors committee, Deputy City Attorney Yvonne Mere firmly opposed scrapping the program altogether. She said the controversial injunctions have brought the city out of a time when gang violence ravaged neighborhoods, families didn’t feel safe, stray bullets whizzed about the streets, and people didn’t leave their homes out of fear. “We used this as a tool to reduce crime,” Mere told Supervisors Sandra Fewer, Hillary Ronen and Aaron Peskin of the Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhood Services. But as Ronen and Fewer, cosponsors of the hearing, pressed Mere to provide evidence that the controversial measure was still justified, she struggled to deliver clear answers.The room at City Hall was packed with critics of the measure, who had held a rally outside prior to the hearing. As the supervisors raised concern after concern about the gang injunctions, the audience raised their hands, shaking them in the air in agreement (a noiseless version of clapping, encouraged at public meetings). 0% Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Email Address Tags: Board of Supervisors • City Attorney • Hillary Ronen • jeff adachi Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Sexcrime prosecution emerges as major focus of SF District Attorney race

first_imgThe DA prosecuted 38.9 percent of the cases it reviewed in 2017, according to the office, which it claims is twice the national average.  Boudin said he’d be willing to take more rape cases to trial, even at the risk of losing those cases more frequently. “Sometimes that’s what justice requires,” he said. “Sometimes that’s what the evidence shows.”  He pledged a number of improvements to the current system. He spoke of establishing a “specially trained” team responsible for working with police and survivors to build cases; implementing trauma-informed and gender-based training; assigning his best prosecutors to the cases; establishing a task force composed of victim advocates; and more aggressively charging sex crimes against underserved communities.  In addition, Boudin pledged to test every rape kit and share the results with testees. He added that his office would use investigators called “Drug Recognition Evaluators” to immediately test whether survivors may have been drugged, which could provide evidence of a drug-facilitated assault. But Boudin is not the only candidate promising change. Suzy Loftus, a former Police Commission president who currently works with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, said she’s committed to reviewing previously declined sexual assault cases within her first 100 days in office, so long as the cases fall within the statute of limitations. She said she would bring her experience as both a former San Francisco and California prosecutor to “take a hard look at the evidence and pursue every avenue to get them justice.”“Survivors deserve nothing less,” she said.Nancy Tung, formerly a prosecutor for the San Francisco DA’s office and now for Alameda County, said she wanted to “streamline” the process for survivors, “so that sexual assault survivors do not fend for themselves.” In response to the DA’s current charge rate, Tung said, “I think it can be improved.” She spoke of her experience prosecuting domestic violence cases and a need for coordination between the police department and prosecutors. “It’s a matter of having the right resources and experienced prosecutors to do the job,” she said. DA candidate Leif Dautch, currently a prosecutor with the California Department of Justice, pledged yesterday to establish an anonymous rape kit tracking system. Survivors are often left in the dark about these results, he asserted. “With members of the Idaho Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (ISAKI) offering the tracking software to San Francisco free of charge, we have both the means and the responsibility to survivors to implement this tracking system in our city,” Dautch said in a statement. The issue boiled over last April when survivors testified to the Board of Supervisors that the city — especially the SFPD and the DA’s office — were mishandling their cases. In response, Supervisor Hillary Ronen established the Sexual Harassment Assault and Response and Prevention (SHARP) office, which would take complaints from survivors regarding how city departments handle their cases. The office is slated to be open by the end of the year.  In the interim, survivors and advocates have argued that nothing has changed in law enforcement response a year later, despite their pledges to make things better. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter San Francisco District Attorney candidate Chesa Boudin took to the steps of City Hall Tuesday and pledged to improve how city prosecutors respond to sexual assault cases — cases survivors and advocates have long accused the DA’s office of being too gun-shy to prosecute consistently. “We know that sex crimes are one of the most common but least prosecuted serious crimes — that must end,” said Boudin, currently a deputy public defender. He was surrounded by his supporters as well as victim advocates and politicians. Rape survivors and advocates have become increasingly vocal about how police and prosecutors handle their cases — commonly alleging that police treat them like criminals, blame them for their rape incidents, and fail to collect evidence. Advocates further argue that prosecutors are too reluctant to bring cases to trial, resulting in low prosecution rates. Of the 694 reported sexual assaults reported to police in 2016, the DA’s office reviewed roughly 104 cases and prosecuted 49 of them, according to SFPD and DA data. Of the 864 in 2017, prosecutors reviewed 88 cases and prosecuted 35. center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

JAMES Roby has been shortlisted for the prestigiou

first_imgJAMES Roby has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2011 Engage Super League Man of Steel award.He is joined by Castleford Tigers stand-off Rangi Chase and Sam Tomkins, the Wigan Warriors full-back.The Man of Steel is the player who is deemed by his peers to have made the biggest impact on the season and has been the sport’s most coveted individual award since its inception in 1977.The 2011 Engage Super League Man of Steel will be crowned at a gala dinner in Manchester on Monday October 3 when a number of other prestigious awards, including Coach of the Year and Young Player of the Year, will be presented.The winner of the Man of Steel award is decided by a secret ballot of every player in Engage Super League, who each cast three votes on a 5pts, 3pts and 1pt basis.last_img read more

SAINTS Jake Campbell scored in the dying stages t

first_imgSAINTS’ Jake Campbell scored in the dying stages to hand England Youth a narrow 22-18 victory against Wales at The Gnoll in Wrexham on Saturday.England wasted no time in laying down a marker in the match and opened up an early 16-0 lead courtesy of tries from Aaron Smith, Jordan Lane and James Brown.Smith’s score, the first of the game, came after centre Kameron Pearce Paul forced the defence into an error from a cross field kick and Smith darted over from the next play-the-ball.Lane added his name to the scoring charts just two minutes later, when Wales again struggled to deal with an attacking kick and with the ball played wide Lane was on hand to finish in the corner.Half-back Brown extended the lead when he showed good supporting awareness to latch on to a break down the middle which put him through one-on-one with the Welsh full-back who he rounded easily to touch down.With the scoreboard reading 16-0 England looked to be in a commanding position with Wales rarely threating the defensive line but with just five minutes left on the clock Wales scored a quick-fire double.First winger Reece Grace burst through the English defence on the half way line before drawing the defence to put Saints’ half-back Morgan Knowles clean through.Then on the stroke of half-time Wales reduced the deficit to just six points when Alex King dived over from short range to make it 16-10 on the whistle.Wales continued to dominate possession early in the second half as both sides cancelled each other before Welsh wing Zac Williams got the crowd on their feet with a brilliant solo effort seven minutes into the half.Williams collected a stray pass inside his own 20 meter line before stepping past the first defender and then showing his pace and acceleration to go the length of the field and touch down under heavy pressure from England’s Jack Etchells who never gave up his determined pursuit.For the next 15 minutes Wales, buoyed by the vocal support of the several hundred fans in attendance, battered the English line and went close to scoring on several occasions.The eventual breakthrough came with just 10 minutes remaining on the clock when full-back Ben Jones took advantage of some lapse defence to get over the line just in from the right hand touch line with half-back Knowles failing to add the extras.At 16-18 down, England looked to be heading to their first ever defeat against Wales at Youth level but prop Daniel Douglas forced the defence into conceding a penalty with under five minutes left.England threw everything they had at the Welsh line and after Pearce Paul sucked in the defence, Jake Campbell crashed over the line to score what proved to be the decisive score.Saints’ Lewis Fairhurst scored his third goal of the day to make it 22-18 and bring to an end an enthralling game.“We started very well today,” said England Youth coach Stuart Barrow. “We were going well and looking strong but then I think the lads went away from the structures a little and we got hurt.“Wales got a sniff and scored two quick tries and they looked the more likely team to go into the half with a lead but thankfully our lads held on.“We came out in the second half and our completion rate was low and it was a real test of our character but that’s why these games are called Test matches – they challenge you.“We got a back-to-back set at the end which was really the first time we got into the attacking zone in the second half and we showed a lot of character to score in that situation and get the win.“Wales should be very proud of their effort today, they ran us very close and they could have easily won.“The last few weeks have been about putting the best junior elite players up against each other which they don’t get week in week out. It’s been a real learning experience for our boys – some of them have never had to chase a game before and they have learned a lot and there are lots of positives to take away from the experience.”Match Summary:England: Tries: Smith, Lane, Brown, CampbellGoals: Fairhurst 3Wales:Tries: Knowles, King, Williams, JonesGoals: KnowlesHalf-time: 16-10Full-time: 22-18England Youth:1. Charlie Pythian (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Albion)2. Roshane Johnson (London Broncos, Medway Dragons)3. Kameron Pearce Paul (London Broncos, Croydon Hurricanes)4. Isaac Noi (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge)5. Jack Etchells (Wigan Warriors, Oldham St Annes)6. James Brown (Castleford Tigers, Castleford Lock Lane)7. Lewis Fairhurst (St Helens, Hindley)8. Daniel Douglas (Leeds Rhinos, Drighlington)9. Aaron Smith (C) (St Helens, Blackbrook)10. Jake Campbell (St Helens, Blackbrook)11. Jordan Lane (Hull FC, West Hull)12. Will Gledhill (Huddersfield Giants, Wakefield Westgate)13. Brad Harrison (Hull FC, Skirlaugh Bulls)Subs: 14. Ryan Houghton (Wigan Warriors, Blackbrook)15. Jack Wells (Wigan Warriors, Folly Lane)16. Jacob Ware (Leeds Rhinos, Westgate Wolves)17. Reece Brunt (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Albion)18. Jack Rush (Wigan Warriors, Rochdale Mayfield)Wales Schoolboys:1. Ben Jones2. Zac Williams3. Luke Williams4. Matthew Owen5. Regan Grace6. Morgan Knowles7. Curtis Davies8. Kieran Hughes9. Lewis Alexander10. Rhys Brownsell11. Morgan Nicholas12. Morgan Jefferies13. Connor Davies (C)Subs:14. Alex King15. Lloyd Bodman16. Jordan Liney17. Jake Carrolllast_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham said he was pleased with the imp

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham said he was pleased with the improvement in his side as they beat Wigan 28-12.Saints ran in five tries – and could have had a lot more – as they comprehensively turned over the Warriors in a pre-season friendly that at times was anything but.“It was good,” Keiron said, “but it is the same as last week, I wasn’t concerned with the result, I just wanted to see improvement. It was a good first half for me and I like the way the boys hung on in there in the second half when the possession was at around 25:75.“They tested us defensively; we leaked one from a kick and then got one good ball set and scored. They were good signs for me.“The halves were brilliant, the forwards were good and Roby played well too. I got the improvement I was looking for. Wigan are a great side and probably one of the best attacking sides in the comp. I thought we hung on in there well and put into practice the work we had done defensively this week. I’m pleased with the boys and they responded.”Keiron also paid tribute to Travis Burns and – once again – Joe Greenwood.“Travis was outstanding,” he added, “and typified why we brought him into the club. He showed his intent and what he brings to the team. Like him, I saw the team’s intent in the dressing room and they went out and did what we wanted them to do.“Joe Greenwood was outstanding and to be honest he has surprised me. I knew he would be a good player but I thought he would be 12 months away. He has done well against one of the best teams in the comp and there are some tough decisions ahead of the Catalan game now.“Andre Savelio showed he could do that Alex Walmsley, Mose Masoe role and I thought Atelea Vea was brilliant too.”He also spoke about the continued questions from the Grand Final:“Regardless of the history, it has gone now and we won a trophy regardless of what happened. This wasn’t about getting one over anyone; it was a good competitive game.“Me and Shaun (Wane) are big fans of this game – we know it isn’t really a friendly – it is just about getting a performance on the field ready for Super League. And we got that.”Keiron confirmed that Jonny Lomax took a knock in the back that isn’t a worry whilst Jordan Turner came off the field as part of a planned substitution.last_img read more

JOIN us at Langtree Park on Wednesday February 18

first_imgJOIN us at Langtree Park on Wednesday February 18 for a special Wedding Open Evening showcasing the stadium.Come down and speak to our planner for your special day, view the venue and suites and meet a host of suppliers to discuss your requirements.The event is free and there’s no need to register! Just come to the main reception at Langtree Park between 4pm and 8pm to get involved!If you have any queries or would like further information either call 01744 455 086 or email enquiries@langtreeparkstadium.comYou can view some of our wedding packages by clicking herelast_img read more