Nigeria to End Sars Police Unit for Police Brutality & Global News

by Debra Brown

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Nigeria to End Sars Police Unit for Police Brutality

Nigeria’s government has dissolved an infamous police unit plagued with allegations of extrajudicial killings and abuse after days of protests against police brutality.

A wave of outrage had been fuelled over the last week by the emergence online of graphic footage and shared experiences of abuses by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, commonly called Sars.

The protests began following reports that a young man in the Delta State of southern Nigeria had been killed during a stop-and-search operation. Police in Nigeria denied SARS involvement in the man’s death.

“EndSars” began as a largely online movement, trending internationally on social media and gaining the support of figures including the footballer Marcus Rashford and the actor John Boyega. Many of those marching in Lagos and cities across Nigeria have been in their 20s and 30s, protesting for the first time and spurred by personal experiences of or connections with abuses by the security forces.

Amnesty International’s director in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, said. “The announcement falls short of demands for accountability and justice for abuses committed by the unit and police in general.

Sars was set up in 1992 to address rising violent crime, but many have accused the unit of gradually mirroring the groups they were set up to stop. Armed police in the capital, Abuja, used force against protesters who were marching as the decision to dissolve it was announced.

 

Covid-19 Updates from Around the World 

Global coronavirus cases have surpassed 38 million, with the United States, India, and Brazil accounting for more than half of the world’s recorded infections.

Schools in India are set to reopen after being closed for months, with new government regulations in place, according to a news release from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs. This comes as India has seen a decrease in daily new cases reported this week.

An elderly Dutch woman has become the first known person to die from catching Covid-19 twice, according to experts, raising serious questions about how long immunity and antibodies can last.

The city of Qingdao in eastern China has tested more than 7.5 million people for coronavirus amid a citywide testing program. More than 4 million of the tests had returned negative and no new cases had been found.

Drugmaker Pfizer has plans to start testing its experimental coronavirus vaccine in children as young as 12, and parents have already expressed interest in enrolling their kids, the researcher leading the trial told CNN. 

 

Amy Coney Barrett SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings

 Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett declined to preview how she would rule on potential cases as she faced questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Barrett, who would replace the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, said Tuesday that she shared the same judicial philosophy as the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who she clerked for in the 1990s and pioneered the practice of adhering to legal text and the original intentions of those who drafted the Constitution. But she made clear to distinguish herself from her mentor.

Barrett did not commit to recusing herself from a potential Trump v. Biden case, after the election. 

 

Court Allows Texas Governor’s Limited Drop Box Locations to Continue

A federal appeals court, a three-judge panel, all Trump appointees, granted a temporary administrative stay, allowing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s directive for one location per county for ballot drop boxes to remain in place for now.

The grant from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit means the directive from Abbott, a Republican, will stand until the court has considered the state’s motion for a stay on its merits.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had filed an emergency motion for a stay pending appeal to block a district court order that would have allowed county officials to accept hand delivery of mail-in ballots at any county annex or satellite office.

The motion seeks to require eligible voters to hand-deliver their ballots to a single early voting clerk’s office to ensure ballot security, his office said in a release.

Lawsuits were filed last week by several groups seeking to block the directive, alleging the move would suppress voters.

 

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