NYPD Officer Fired 5 Years After Killing Eric Garner in a Chokehold + More News

by Debra Brown

 

ATPB News: Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news. 

 

#ICantBreathe: NYPD officer fired five years after killing Eric Garner in a chokehold

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has fired the white police officer who used a fatal chokehold in the 2014 death of Eric Garner, a black man. His death and last words of “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry for protests against police brutality. 

Police commissioner James O’Neill announced that he fired officer Daniel Pantaleo based on a recent recommendation of a department disciplinary judge.

Pantaleo was suspended earlier this month after the recommendation. He had previously been on desk duty since he was seen in widely viewed mobile phone videos using a banned chokehold on Garner on a Staten Island pavement during an attempted arrest.

Mr. Pantaleo’s lawyer said he would appeal against the commissioner’s decision to fire him. 

 

The U.N. Security Council meets to discuss India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir

India’s Hindu nationalist government revoked Article 370 of the Constitution and ended the decades-old autonomy Jammu and Kashmir enjoyed, including powers to pass laws on all matters except defense, communications, and foreign affairs.

Before the move, New Delhi sent thousands of extra troops to the disputed region, imposed a curfew, banned public assembly, shut down phone lines and internet, and arrested political leaders.

The meeting on Friday came as Indian-administered Kashmir remained under military lockdown for a 12th straight day following the highly controversial decision by the Hindu nationalist government in New Delhi to revoke the special status accorded to the Muslim-majority state in India’s constitution.

Council members met for 90 minutes amid heightened tensions in the contested Himalayan region, which has long been a flashpoint between India and Pakistan – the two countries, which both claim Kashmir in full but rule it in part, have fought two of their three wars over the disputed territory. India is also fighting a three-decade rebellion in Jammu and Kashmir that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

Pakistan requested the Security Council meeting in a letter on August 13 and it was subsequently called for by permanent member China.

Following the session, Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN, said the council’s first meeting on Kashmir in more than 50 years was only a “first step” that Islamabad would take in support of the people of Kashmir.

Here’s a thread explaining what’s going on in Kashmir.

 

Suicide bomber kills 63, injures 182 at a wedding reception in Kabul

A suicide bomber killed at least 63 people and wounded 182 in an explosion at a packed wedding hall Saturday night in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to the country’s Interior Ministry.

An Afghan government spokesperson said the bomber detonated inside the hall, where more than 1,000 guests had gathered to celebrate a wedding.

The Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday. The Taliban denied being behind it.

The attack came as the U.S. and the Taliban are said to be nearing a peace deal that would include the Taliban in some sort of power-sharing agreement.

The wedding hall is located in west Kabul in a largely Shiite neighborhood. Shiite Muslims are a minority in largely Sunni Afghanistan. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for previous attacks targeting Shiites in the neighborhood in recent years.

 

July was officially the hottest month on record causing unprecedented effects in Alaska

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has confirmed July was the Earth’s hottest month since record-keeping began 140 years ago. In a statement, the NOAA said, “Much of the planet sweltered in unprecedented heat. The record warmth also shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows.” July was the 415th consecutive month with above-average temperatures.

Alaska has experienced an unprecedented heatwave this summer, and the heat stress is killing salmon in large numbers.

The water temperatures have breaking records at the same time as the air temperatures, according to Sue Mauger, the science director for the Cook Inletkeeper.

The water temperatures have breaking records at the same time as the air temperatures, according to Sue Mauger, the science director for the Cook Inletkeeper.

 

Twitter and Facebook crackdown on accounts linked to the Chinese campaign against Hong Kong

Twitter has removed nearly 1,000 accounts and suspended thousands of others tied to a campaign by the Chinese government against protesters in Hong Kong, the company announced. 

Twitter disclosed a “significant state-backed information operation” originating from within the People’s Republic of China (PRC) targeting the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. It removed 936 accounts and suspended approximately 200,000 accounts its investigation found were illegitimate.

Following Twitter’s disclosure of the Chinese campaign on Monday, Facebook said it had removed seven pages, three groups and five accounts belonging to a small network that originated in China and focused on Hong Kong.

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