Browsing: The Police State


‘Nigerian police have reportedly used live bullets to disperse protesters demanding the release of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the revered leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

Local media in Kaduna state said a peaceful protest held on Tuesday for the release of Zakzaky turned violent after police and accomplices fired live bullets at the demonstrators.

The protest came as people in northern Nigeria, where the IMN is based, continue to hold marches to demand the release of Zakzaky based on a court order.

Reports said hundreds of thousands of IMN supporters attended peaceful rallies in cities such as Katsina, Bauchi, Gombe, Minna and other places on Tuesday to urge Zakzaky’s immediate release.’

Read more: Police fire ‘live bullets’ at Nigerians urging Zakzaky’s release


‘Thousands of police officers supported by military units will be deployed across France as the country prepares to go to the polls this week to elect its next president.

France has remained on high security alert since a terrorist attack in November 2015 killed 130 people and left hundreds injured. And last year 86 people celebrating Bastille Day were killed when a truck was deliberately driven into the crowd in Nice.

Interior Minister Matthias Fekl announced that 50,000 officers will be mobilised across the 67,000 polling stations, where voters will cast their vote this weekend.’

Read more: 50,000 police officers mobilised to protect polling stations over fear of terror attack during French election


‘Bryant Rylee lives a seemingly simple life. Before the state intervened in his life, his Facebook page—which has a modest 591 friends—was relatively quiet. However, that was before a sandcastle built by his son caused the city of Panama, Florida, to threaten him with a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail, a threat that caused his Facebook page to get its “fifteen minutes of fame.”

Sandcastles are the epitome of childhood innocence and the manifestation of youthful creativity and wonder. As adults embarking on a day at the beach, we see only grains of sand that serve as nothing more but an uneven cushion beneath our feet. For children, the sand is a blank slate upon which they can build anything they want—kingdoms included.

Most Panama City residents are unaware that these strange laws exist.’

Read more: Build A Sandcastle, Get Fined $500, And Maybe Go To Jail


‘Israeli security forces have developed techniques that allow them to nip potential attacks, such as stabbings and car-rammings, in the bud and identify suspects by monitoring social media accounts, Haaretz reports.

Shin Bet, Israel’s security agency, along with Israeli military intelligence, have reportedly stopped 2,200 Palestinians from carrying out a range of attacks, mostly stabbings and car-rammings, which have been occurring frequently amidst tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

Some 400 suspects have been preemptively arrested and some have been prosecuted. The Palestinian Authority has arrested roughly the same number of suspects and warned them “against planning attacks on Israel.” Another 1,600 have been called in to Shin Bet and the IDF for warnings.’

Read more: Israeli security thwarts 2,200 attacks, arrests 400 after monitoring social media


‘German police used pepper spray to disperse a crowd that took part in an Antifascist Action (Antifa) protest, while a simultaneous Neo-Nazi demonstration reportedly passed through Cologne.

Two rival protests took place in Cologne on Saturday, April, 15. One was organized by the right movement Cologne for German Socialism and the other by the Antifa union Cologne North, the German RP-Online news outlet reported.

Antifa is a is a far-left, anti-fascist network operating in a number of European countries, including Germany. It stands on a platform against sexism, racism, and classism and aims to “smash fascism in all its forms.”‘

Read more: Riot police pepper spray Antifa demonstration in Cologne, brawls erupt 


‘A shooting at a crowded Arizona restaurant left two men dead in an altercation Friday night involving three people who knew one another, authorities said.

The shooting was contained to the Firebirds Wood Fired Grill restaurant in the La Encantada mall in Tucson, said Pima County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Cody Gress.

When Pima County sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found two men dead from apparent shotgun wounds and a woman who was injured with an apparent gunshot.

Gress said that the woman was shot in the leg and her injuries are not life-threatening.’

Read more: Two US men killed in Arizona mall shooting


‘Israel is holding a total of 6,500 Palestinians, including women, children and lawmakers, in prisons and detention facilities across the occupied territories, three Palestinian non-governmental organizations say.

In a joint press released on Saturday, the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs (CDA), the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society and the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said 57 women and 300 children were among the detainees.

The statement noted that 500 inmates were being incarcerated under the practice of administrative detention, which is a policy under which Palestinian inmates are kept in Israeli detention facilities without trial or charge.

Some Palestinian prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years.’

Read more: Over 6,000 Palestinians currently held in Israeli prisons: NGOs


‘Connor Deleire was sitting alone in a friend’s car in Manchester, New Hampshire, one late October afternoon in 2015 when the police zeroed in on him. The 18-year-old waited near the intersection of Union and Merrimack Streets as the friend left to pick up his niece a block away. What Deleire didn’t know was that the vehicle was parked in a “predictive hot spot,” an area determined by a computer algorithm used by the Manchester Police Department to be the likely scene of a crime.

Just being in the area was enough to arouse suspicion, officials at the time said. Then, according to police, Deleire failed to give a “legitimate” reason for being there and grew increasingly agitated with officers. The result of that confrontation: Deleire had his head bashed into a cop cruiser, his body zapped with a stun gun, and his face blasted with pepper spray. The beatdown landed him in the hospital with a concussion, his father John Deleire told Vocativ in a recent interview.

In the end, the only crime his son was charged with was resisting arrest.’

Read more: This Teen’s Story Is Your Worst ‘Predictive Policing’ Nightmare