LAPD report attributes May Day incident to lack of leadership, training

first_imgA police investigation released today blamed problems in leadership and training for a May Day melee in which officers in riot gear pummeled news media and demonstrators at an immigration rally. The 90-page report to the civilian Los Angeles Police Commission echoed previous conclusions by Police Chief William Bratton and made a host of recommendations for changes in the way the Los Angeles Police Department handles confrontations. Police had several chances to stop the violence during the confrontation, the report said. “Instead, the failing leadership, breakdown in supervision and breakdown in personal discipline caused those without full situational awareness to take action without understanding how their decisions might affect the final outcome,” the report concluded. “The larger issue was the fact that not a single supervisor or member of the command staff involved attempted to intervene,” the report said. Deputy Chief Caylor “Lee” Carter underestimated the size and significance of the rally, and verbally reprimanded an LAPD captain who had suggested additional planning, the report said. The report cited confusion among officers about who was in charge and tension between Carter and two other commanding officers. “As a result, subordinate officers witnessed conflicting direction,” the report said, adding that officers in the field made requests over the radio that went unacknowledged. The report to the commission recommended that the LAPD improve communication between commanders and officers during public events. It also recommended putting officers’ names or serial numbers on their helmets and vests to make them more easily identifiable. Police also should annually review crowd control policies “including use of force,” the report said. “It appeared that some of the officers and supervisors in MacArthur Park believed that, contrary to department policy, baton strikes could be used to compel a person to disperse, even if they were merely standing in front of the officers, failing to respond to direction,” the report said. All of the recommendations will be implemented by the department within a year, the report said. Tim Sands, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents officers, said the report revealed the downside of a department decision in recent years to not train all officers for large tactical situations. “We are pleased that one of the outcomes of the incident is that the department has agreed to stop sacrificing training,” Sands said in a prepared statement. The report did not address the issue of how officers involved in the melee should be disciplined. That is being handled in a separate LAPD process. Since the May 1 melee, there has been a staff shakeup at the department. Lawsuits have been filed. Several investigations were launched. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has said he was “deeply, personally troubled” by the violence. The clash in MacArthur Park broke out after officers reported being targeted by as many as 50 “agitators” throwing rocks and bottles. Bratton has said a breakdown in police command led officers to respond with force, swing batons and fire dozens of bean bags, sponges and other nonlethal projectiles to disperse a crowd of demonstrators and journalists in the park. He also faulted poor communication and planning. “It all broke down,” Bratton has said. No one was seriously hurt, but images of baton-wielding officers knocking people to the ground played repeatedly on newscasts. The city is facing hundreds of lawsuits stemming from the melee. Last month, a claim was filed against the city on behalf of 164 people who say they were injured by officers. Since then 10 lawsuits and 94 other claims have been filed.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, May 26

first_imgThe Jose Mourinho saga continues as image rights negotiations are delaying his appointment as Manchester United manager, Andy Murray battled his way into the third round of the French Open and Sunrisers Hyderabad have made it through IPL’s eliminator.Guests on the show included tennis commentator Chris Bowers and Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane.last_img


first_imgThe Glenview Retail Park in Letterkenny.A retail park in Letterkenny has sold for just €360,000 at an Allsop auction.The Glenview Retail Park at Mountaintop includes a number of well-known businesses including Pello Haircare and Optimal Fitness.The premises, which has a reserve price of €250,000, offers 6 retails units, office space and a large gymnasium. 12 Manorview Park which was sold for €50,000.It was one of three Donegal properties to go under the hammer.The other two properties were two residential properties which also sold above their reserve asking prices.They were 13 Westside Apartments, Letterkenny, which had a reserve price of €15,000 but which sold for €30,000.A four bedroom house at 12 Manorview Park, Letterkenny sold for €50,000, again above its reserve price.  DONEGAL RETAIL PARK SELLS FOR JUST €360K was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Allsop AuctionsauctiondonegalGlenview retail Parklast_img read more


first_imgThe Micheal O’Cleirigh Summer School committee has expressed unanimous disappointment at the loss of badly-needed funding.In its inaugural year in 2014 the school, centred at Creevy and Rossnowlagh, outside Ballyshannon, received €2,000 from Donegal County Council strategic development fund which is allocated by councillors to local deserving organisations.The committee has just learned that the school will get none of the local allocation this year. Most of the money allocated in the Ballyshannon area is going instead to the Rory Gallagher festival and the Aodh Rua GAA club. Public records show the council agreed to give €10,000 to the Rory Gallagher festival and €9,000 to Aodh Rua for park development and conversion.The Micheal O’Cleirigh School runs for three days from May 15 to 17, after a decision to extend it following the success of last year’s one-day event.Committee members were told at a recent meeting that they are now struggling to fund the school.They were told by Failte Ireland that the school is still too small to receive funding from its grant aid sources. Failte recommended that the school seek continued funding from the council’s strategic development fund. Brian McAuley, chairman of Scoil Micheal O’ Clerigh said: “We are gravely disappointed that we have been ignored by our local councillors.“The Rory Gallagher festival is receiving €10,000 and the Aodh Rua Club is receiving €9,000.“Both also received funding from other grant-aiding sources while we have none.“The council’s strategic development fund was established to give aid to small events like ours to develop and grow.“I cannot understand why the GAA, a national organisation with so many million euro, is getting extra funding from a local source when a school to honour the head of the Four Masters who did such great work on the annals of the Kingdom of Ireland is left struggling. “It also appears a blues guitarist who left Ballyshannon at a few weeks of age is more important to our councillors than the scholar who led a team to produce the ancient annals of Ireland.“Surely, the council could have given a little less to the Rory Gallagher festival and the Aodh Rua club and make a small fund available for the Micheal O’ Cleirigh school”Information about the School can be found on or by linking to Micheal O’Cleirigh on Facebook or on 087 444 5848.DISAPPOINTMENT AFTER FUNDING PULLED ON DONEGAL SUMMER SCHOOL was last modified: April 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gardaí issue warning over iTunes scam

first_imgGardaí have issued a public warning, in particular vulnerable older people, about a scam tricking them into purchasing iTunes gift cards.In recent weeks, a number of people have fallen victim to this scam. In two cases individuals fell victim to the scam and purchased in excess of €1,000 of vouchers.In another case the victim was scammed out of €2,200. In Dublin, one person attempted to purchase €1,000 in iTunes gift cards at a supermarket, before a member of staff became suspicious and contacted Gardaí. The scam works as follows: The victim will receive a phone call or voicemail from the scammer, claiming to be a representative of an organisation which they claim the victim owes money. Upon contact with the victim, the scammers will insist immediate payment is required, suggesting the payment needs to be made by purchasing iTunes gift cards from a retailer.In some of these cases, victims are told they are facing criminal charges. Once the victim has purchased these cards, the scammers will ask the victim to share the 16-digit code on the back of the card over the phone. The scammers will then use this code to purchase goods online.Gardaí are advising people to be vigilant and suspicious of any calls or voicemails from people claiming to represent a company or organisation you may be a customer of. The caller may have some information about you, so don’t trust them just because they use your name or other personal information.No company will request payment via iTunes or any other online vouchers. If you receive a call like this, end the call and contact Gardaí. DD Crime Prevention AdviceAlways say “NO” to unsolicited callers or texters seeking private information about you. Private information includes your name, address, date of birth, family details, bank account numbers, PIN, Passwords.Independently verify any requests for information and never use the contact details supplied to you by the caller or texter. Independent means independent of the caller or texter.The caller may already have some information about you so don’t trust them because they use your name or other personal information.If you are NOT purchasing an item from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or an Apple Music membership, do NOT make a payment with iTunes Gift Cards. There’s no other instance in which you’ll be asked to make a payment with an iTunes Gift Card. An Garda Síochána or your bank will never look for your Banking PIN number or Password or ask you to transfer money, or come to your home to collect your payment card, cheque book or cash.Gardaí issue warning over iTunes scam was last modified: February 20th, 2018 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:crooksdonegalGardaiItunesscamWarninglast_img read more

Mother and son devastated after losing dog during charity walk

first_imgA family have launched an appeal to find their treasured family dog who went missing in Donegal last week. Gael Bradbury, her son Rafe (12) and Oscar the dog were climbing Errigal on Thursday evening when Oscar broke loose from his lead.Gael says the Golden Retriever / Red Setter X chased after a crow on Errigal and down the mountain out of sight. He was last seen in Falcarragh and it is hoped that locals may have spotted him in recent days. The family, who are living in Westmeath, had been undertaking a walk of all the 32 highest peaks in Ireland for several charities when Oscar went missing.“This was our 4th last and we are devasted to think of having to finish without him,” said Gael.Oscar is microchipped and wearing a black studded collar with his name and number. A red lead was attached to him when he ran away. He is described as a friendly dog.Gael and Rafe are hopeful that their beloved companion can be brought home safely. If you have any information, please contact Gael on 0868257484. Gael and Rafe Bradbury with their Golden Retriever / Red Setter X OscarMother and son devastated after losing dog during charity walk was last modified: July 4th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Spooktacular! Visit Letterkenny this Halloween for their annual festival!

first_imgThe annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest returns this October 31st with a spooktacular day of events, games, competitions and treats!Each year, ShopLK and Letterkenny CDP join forces to create a fantastic festival filled with amazing costumes, scary creatures, storytelling, prizes and more! The festival attracts a huge number of children and their families each year from Letterkenny and beyond. The Letterkenny Halloween Fest will kick off on Halloween Day from 12.30pm at the Market Centre. At the Halloween Fest hub, young ghouls, goblins, witches and other scary creatures, can sign up for fancy-dress competitions, get their Trick or Treat Trail list and hear about all the other exciting events taking place during the day.This year, the festival will include new events, such as the Scary Trail of Tales by Elusive, alongside annual favourites such as the storytelling sessions, Halloween Fest parade and the Trick or Treat Trail. Lots of shops will take part in the Trick or Treat Trail with treats for everyone.The President of Letterkenny Chamber, Leonard Watson, said: “We’re very excited to be working with Letterkenny CDP this year in organising this fantastic annual festival. We saw huge crowds travel from near and far last year to attend the Halloween Fest so we would love to see everyone return and bring their friends and families.“We are very grateful to all the businesses that are taking part in our trick or treat trail and that are donating prizes for the festival. This year we have added some new exciting activities to the festival. We’re looking forward to seeing all the fabulous costumes on the day and we’ll be here to join in the fun.” Children and their families can also register (for a small fee) to take part in the Fancy Dress Competitions. From 1.00pm to 3.30pm the judges will be out and about to pick out the best costumes for all age groups.To round off the afternoon before the prizes are announced, everyone is invited to take part in the Halloween Parade at 4pm from McGettigan’s Hotel. Dancers from Pinehill Studios will lead the parade again this year and everyone is invited to join in and showcase their scary costumes.We are running our ghost story competition again this year and are inviting children to write a story (max 150 words) starting off with “It was Halloween night…”. Entries can be emailed to or they can be put into the competition box on the day.Check out the ShopLK Facebook page for more updates on the fest.ShopLK is funded by Donegal County Council and Halloween Fest 2019 is being delivered in partnership with Letterkenny CDP.For more information contact or phone 0749124866 or 0872130495 Spooktacular! Visit Letterkenny this Halloween for their annual festival! was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:HalloweenShopLKlast_img read more

Bournemouth v Chelsea: Moses returns

first_imgVictor Moses and Nemanja Matic return to the Chelsea starting line-up.Moses has been passed fit after missing the Blues’ last two matches because of a toe injury, while Matic has been restored in midfield.Kurt Zouma drops out of the side and is on the bench, where he is joined by Cesc Fabregas.Bournemouth are without midfielder Dan Gosling, who has been unable to shake off a knee problem in time, while Tyrone Mings is suspended.Tottenham’s 4-0 win against Watford earlier in the day cut Chelsea’s lead at the top of the Premier League to four points. Bournemouth: Boruc; Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels; Fraser, Arter, Wilshere, Pugh; King, Afobe. Subs: Allsop, Cargill, Ibe, Mousett, Gradel, Smith, Cook.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard. Subs: Begovic, Terry, Zouma, Chalobah, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

“Kilimanjaro Lava Tower” GC25W5D GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – July 18th, 2010

first_imgKilimanjaro Lava Tower (GC25W5D) is an EarthCache three million years in the making.  KDubs created this EarthCache and two others on the mountain.    Kilimanjaro Lava Tower (GC25W5D), Kilimanjaro Climate Zones (GC1X8Ao) and Kilimanjaro Glacial Sublimation (GC29PKY) all wait for visitors to answer their EartheCache questions.Lava TowerKilimanjaro’s summit reaches 19,342 feet (5895 meters) into the clouds.  The Eastern African mountain rose about three million years ago during the formation of the Great Right Valley. Kilimanjaro Lava Tower (GC25W5D) requires you to answer two questions about this rock tower, from one of the three volcanoes which comprise the mountain.Kilimanjaro Climate Zones (GC1X8A0) asks you to take a photo in each of the five climate zone on the mountain.Kilimanjaro Glacial Sublimation (GC29PKY) challenges you to explore the fading glaciers of the mountain.  You need to answer three questions and provide a photo.Geocachers at the summit of KilimanjaroGlacier on KilimanjaroToday, adventures hike up the mountain in the thousands.  Geocachers stop along the way to claim EarthCaches, learn about the mountain, the forces that formed it and the glaciers that still crown Kilimanjaro.Explore other Geocaches of the Week here.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGo Play in the Mud at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (GC1KKQC) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEKFebruary 13, 2013In “Community”An Easter (Island) Geocache – Rano Kau – Rapa Nui (GC22ZGB) – Geocache of the WeekMarch 27, 2013In “Community”Karst Mountain Topography — Yangshuo – GE9 — Geocache of the WeekNovember 5, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

ScienceShot: Don’t Panic. And Don’t Always Follow the Crowd

first_imgSuddenly, the fire alarm goes off. Everyone is rushing for a door, but the exit sign glows at the other side of the room. Do you head toward it on your own or follow the crowd? More than 500 people were faced with this and other scenarios in an online simulation. The game was created to study people’s decision-making in an evacuation. Most of the insights into how people behave during an evacuation have come from interviews with survivors of real evacuations or from computer simulations, and even a few experiments with people (pictured above). By including players, the new game makes the computer modeling more realistic. One surprising result: People tend to follow the herd, even when others seem to be heading the wrong way. (Sometimes “wisdom of the crowds” is a misnomer.) The hope is that the game, described today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, will reveal safer ways to design buildings and evacuation procedures. Want to make it out alive? Play the game yourself.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more