Category Archives: Justice

British Transport Police referred to IPCC

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A video has been doing the rounds which shows an arrest made British Transport Police in St Pancras in March.

On the face of it the video makes uncomfortable viewing. The man being arrested repeatedly asks “why” he is being arrested and gets no response other than to get repeatedly shouted at and hit with a stick by the policeman, who actually sounds a bit out of control and appears to be using riot squad techniques on this single man. The man also is heard to say “I’m not a criminal” which result in him being shouted at and beaten by a stick by the policeman who seems determined to get the man to lie on the floor.

The other police officer in the video appears to be more stand off-ish and not as aggressive and then more officers arrive and take the man to the side – all in full view of the public and, as it happens in St Pancras, foreign visitors to our country.

 

In 2016 I find it incredible that a any man can be hit by a stick by police.  It wouldn’t of made it less painful viewing had he been a white man – but one wonders if this is the treatment that we hear about from the black community who often feel they are unfairly singled out and hit upon (in this case literally) by the police.  No matter what the colour of the person, it cannot be acceptable to be treated like this by the police.

When contacted their press office a spokesman for British Transport Police (BTP) said: “We continue to investigate the incident involving BTP officers detaining a man at St Pancras station on Tuesday, 8 March.

“Our Professional Standards Department (PSD) has been informed and the matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).”

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Former Cop Nigel Boulton discusses Child Protection & Abuse

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Former detective Nigel Boulton is the original designer of the multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH), and now supporting MASH delivery and safeguarding improvements around the UK.

Nigel spoke to Jason McCrossan on his Monday Matters radio show on 106.9 SFM (www.sfmradio.com) about how MASH is used to share information across agencies and identify children and vulnerable adults who are at risk from Female genital mutilation, extremism, radicalisation just to name a few.

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Tareena Shakil fled to the war-torn Syria in October 2014.

Jason spoke to Nigel on the day that 26 year old Tareena Shakil was found guilty of taking her toddler son to Syria to join terror group ISIS.  Tareena had fled to the war-torn region in October 2014 after telling her family she was going on holiday to Turkey.  She was found guilty of being a member of ISIS and encouraging acts of terror, becoming the first British woman to be convicted after return from the terror heartland.

More about MASH information can be found at his website: http://www.nibconsulting.co.uk/mash/

 

 

Police give hate crime the boot

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Merseyside Police at Pride event.

Officers from throughout the force are replacing the standard black laces for multi-coloured ones to mark the start of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender History month.

The unique rainbow laces use the same colour scheme as the rainbow flag, which has been flown by the force for the past nine years to mark International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) in May and will be raised again on February 1st.

Officers of all ranks will be allowed to wear the distinctive laces throughout February as a show of support for our LGBT staff and also for our partner agencies who stand alongside Merseyside Police to end discrimination and to eradicate hate crime.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Cooke, said: “As a force we have already pledged to do everything we can to support members of the LGBT community and tackle homophobic and Transphobic hate crime in Merseyside. The flying of rainbow flag of IDAHO is already a well-established tradition in Merseyside and the introduction of rainbow laces as a show of support for LGBT History month is another great initiative.

Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 21.55.57“We pride ourselves on being a diverse, fair and equal opportunities employer and the networks we have forged with support networks such as Homotopia and our GLSN have helped us improve the service we give to members of the LGBT community.

“Sadly, some people continue to be targeted because they are perceived to be different and it is important that victims feel confident enough in the police to report any hate crime incidents to us.

“We have made significant in-roads into addressing this issue through the establishment of our hate crime investigation ‘Sigma’ units, however there is further work to do to increase hate crime reporting and initiatives like this can only help demonstrate our commitment to this cause.”

Detective Constable Tracy O’Hara, chair of Merseyside Police’s LGBT network, said : “It is important for myself and other LGBT colleagues in Merseyside Police to see visible support from senior managers and those who do not identify as LGBT, wearing the rainbow laces.

merseysidepolice_34042783394.jpg“This is a team game and hopefully this will get people talking.

“LGBT history month is an opportunity to be visible in our stance against homophobia and transphobia. We have an established LGBT network however there are still those who feel unable to be out.

“Rainbow laces enable all staff to show their commitment to eradicating hate and discrimination in all its facets and that is what this is all about.”

During LGBT history month, members of Merseyside Police’s gay lesbian support network (GLSN) and Merseyside Black Police Association will be joining Homotopia and Liverpool’s Unity Theatre in welcoming a contingent of campaigners and academics from Poland.

The group will be looking at how LGBT cultural events such as Pride are organised in the city, how anti-discrimination is discussed in schools and universities, and how the emergency services and local councils work with charities to promote LGBT awareness.

Oscar Pistorius: The Life & Trial of A Murderer

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Oscar Pistorius is a murderer. He brutally shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, most probably after an argument, on the morning of valentines day 2013.  Later that day, Reeva had been due to speak to young girls at Sandton High School in Johannesburg, about respect from men and avoiding bad choices in relationships with partners.  Oscar not only put a stop to her talk – but to the rest of her life.

 

The image that the media proliferated and profiteered from was that Oscar was a wholesome good looking hero, a person who’d battled against the odds, succeeded with a disability and who could inspire a younger generation.  He made and sold column inches.

The truth was to become much murkier and complicated as the interview I did with author and blogger Lisa Wilson shows – Oscar, in my own words was “a nasty piece of work” and Lisa told me how he didn’t just compete his way to the top – he bullied and used his families wealth and influence to secure a place in the olympics and to ultimately pay for top legal representation – following his cold bloodied murder.  And  even now -with his bail set at 10,000 rand (or $700/ £450) – and him able to spend time at home as a convicted murderer – it seems to continue to work.

When Oscar was in the court room giving his evidence – most of it lies – I often wondered what his family heard – and why that differed so much from what I and the rest of the world heard?  (Apart from the odd crackpots who shamelessly spout his innocents)! Did Oscar’s family argue over whether to support what they must have known was the truth (he murdered Teeva) or was the honour of the family name just too important? I guess we’ll never know.

When Pistorius took to the witness stand – all I heard were the whimpering lies of a murderer – desperately trying to save his career – inconvenienced by his current predicament – wanting nothing more than to get away with his murder and get back to his celebrity lifestyle.

I often ask myself why didn’t his family find the humanity to say to him ‘Hey Oscar, quit with the lies – just tell the truth and let be done.  Reeva deserves the truth’.  But they didn’t. They supported his story and continue to push the lie that it was all an accident  – and that Oscar believed he was protecting his girlfriend with the unforgivable sentence ‘When Reeva went to bed that night she felt loved’.  What an abominable insult to Reeva and her family.

And that is one of the things that disturbs me about this family.  There was no humanity shown towards Reeva nor the Steenkamps.  I guess the family that surrounds Pistorius are tied to his success – you can imagine that as Oscar’s stature rose – so did theirs.  His adulation – became theirs- to share with friends and acquaintances, who also wanted a piece of the pie.

When Oscar pulled the trigger and aborted the ‘mission’ – they found themselves shackled to a narrative not of success & heroism – but of a angry, spiteful young man who put himself above others and treated women like  accessories – to own and discard at his whom.

One imagines – after all the highs – they didn’t want to face the lows – even if that meant denying facts, and perpetuating a lie.  They allowed themselves to become victims.

Unfortunately the latter also meant trampling all over the life and memory of someone else.  Oscar’s family couldn’t bring themselves to believe that their status within their social network, South Africa and the world beyond – was as bloodied as the toilet where Oscar ended Reeva’s life.

Oscar and his wealthy family have been pivitol to his success and his failure as a human.  The failure that lead him to become a murderer – who is currently on bail and out of jail – which shows what money and influence can do.  Had he been unknown, without the wealth – or another colour – he’d be banged up right now – contemplating his actions.

Lisa Wilson has co-authored many books about Oscar Pistorius- including her latest booked which she co-wrote with Nick van der Leek called THE APPEAL: Oscar Pistorius – which she wrote with the freelance journalist and author Nick van der Leek.

ON TONIGHT’S MONDAY MATTERS

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This particular Monday Matters marks the last of ‘usual’ programming we will do until 2016!!  Although I WON’T be playing ANY CHRISTMAS MUSIC TONIGHT! (well apart from beds & jingles!) -although the songs I will play ARE linked to Christmas.

Tonight I’m playing – Non-Christmas – Christmas music!!

All the songs I’m going to play were in the UK Top 20 on the 25th of December on their year of release!  So, they may bring back memories of Christmas – but they were not Christmas songs!  There are some crackers as well – who remembers…..The Barron Knights;  Jellybean Ft Elisa Fiorllo; a cracker of a song by Chicken Shed?; Kate Bush’s – Rocket Man?; Godley & Creme?  There are loads of great songs that were in the charts on 25th December – but that YOU WON’T hear on a loop in Asda, Tesco’s or Morrisons!!!

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Also, instead of our featured artist -I bring you: Jason’s Christmas December Disco  – where I play 4 1970s disco songs that were also in the top 20 charts on 25th December – including: Billy Ocean, Rose Royce, Donna Summer & MJ….

AND Let us not forget – The premiere of the latest Star Wars movie The Force Awakens, takes place in Los Angeles later.  There will be a Star Wars – NOT IN THE NEWS…special between 7pm and 8pm.

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After Jason’s Christmas December Disco; Kyra brings us this weeks music news (the last of 2015) and then our Roving Reporter Bonnie Britain files her latest report about a MoleculeArt event in London’s South Bank Oxo Tower – where she drank cocktails and sprayed all different types of paint on to canvas as part of an art exhibition.
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In the final hour it’s my last interview of 2015 – which is with the author, blogger and writer Lisa Wilson (aka Juror13).  Lisa has blogged from various trials and writes her articles from the perspective of a juror.
Tonight we discuss the life and trial of Oscar Pistorius and how he shouldn’t of been at the Olympics at all – but he bullied his way on to the ticket.  Lisa has met the family of Reeva Steenkamp and will discuss the continuation of the work that Reeva was embarking by her mother June.  The foundation seeks to help and protect women from violent men or relationships.  Oscar Pistorius – the man he really is – is after 9pm (GMT).

You can tune in via the Tunein Radio App

Or by visiting the 106.9 SFM Website

The murder of Daniel Morgan with Peter Jukes

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Daniel Morgan was a private investigator who was murdered in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham in March 1987. He was said to have been close to exposing important police corruption. His death was the subject of several failed police inquiries and in 2011 was at the centre of allegations concerning the suspect conduct of News of the World journalists. Was he second alleged victim of the infamous gangster Kenneth Noye?  And what part did his former business partner Jonathan Rees and the last to speak to him have in his murder?  Sid Fillery, who led the initial murder investigation, retired from the Metropolitan Police on medical grounds and took over Daniel Morgan’s position as Jonathan Rees’s partner at Southern Investigations.

In 1998 Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Roy Clark conducted a third, secret, inquiry into the murder during which Southern Investigations’s office was bugged.  In December 2000, Jonathan Rees was found guilty of conspiring to plant cocaine on an innocent woman in order to discredit her in a child custody battle and sentenced to seven years imprisonment for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

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Peter Jukes – writer and adviser to Byline – world’s most visited crowdfunded journalism site

Jason McCrossan spoke to author and journalist Peter Jukes who outlined the history of the case and developments that he himself has discovered that shine a light on links between journalists and met police which strike at the heart of the British justice system.

For more information visit Peter Jukes page:  https://www.byline.com/column/2/article/277

The Life of a Female: Metropolitan Police Officer

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Sophie A. Matthews was an officer in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). She policed the streets of London for a decade, initially as a uniformed police officer on the frontline, and later on as a detective in CID. For five years, she has worked as a homicide detective on the well-respected Homicide and Serious Crime Command in London.

Sophie speaks to Jason McCrossan about her new book: The Thinner Blue Line and shares some of her experiences on the front line.

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The Thinner Blue Line: The Life of a Female: Metropolitan Police Officer – Sophie A. Matthews

For more information about the book: http://tiny.cc/rn5g2x