FSRN Weekly Edition – July 29, 2016
- History made: Hillary Clinton is officially Democratic presidential nominee
- Church in France hit by deadly attack; ISIS claims responsibility
- Pentagon opens probe of US-led airstrikes in Syria that killed at least 74 civilians
- Turkey resumes sending aid to Gaza following landmark reconciliation with Israel
- Baltimore State Attorney drops all charges in Freddie Gray homicide
- Ottawa police killing of Somali man fuels lethal force debate
- Black Lives Matter protesters cleared from Minnesota governor’s mansion
- Los Angeles Black Lives Matter activists demand police chief be fired
Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination in Philadelphia Thursday evening becoming the first woman in U.S. history to head a major party’s presidential ticket. FSRN’s Nell Abram has more.
France is again reeling after a deadly attack claimed by the self-styled Islamic State. The target this time was a provincial Catholic church. FSRN’s Khaled Sid Mohand reports.
As ISIS claimed or inspired attacks have spread across Europe, U.S.-led efforts against the group have intensified in Syria’s Aleppo province – and the number of civilians killed – including young children – is growing. FSRN’s Nell Abram reports.
After a landmark reconciliation between Israel and Turkey, residents of the Gaza Strip are once again receiving Turkish humanitarian aid. The second shipment of aid in a month arrived this week, and Hamas officials say they hope to serve more than 30,000 families. Ties between Israel and Turkey were severed over Israel’s deadly attack on a Turkish aid flotilla that had sought to defy Israel’s blockade in 2010. But as FSRN’s Rami Almeghari reports, the people of Gaza say they need more than just humanitarian assistance.
The prosecution into the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody has ground to a halt after the Baltimore State Attorney’s office dropped all criminal charges against officers. State Attorney Marilyn Mosby says that individual members of the Baltimore Police Department obstructed the investigation, and said it was clear the system is inadequate as it relies on police policing themselves. FSRN’s Jacob Resneck has more.
In Canada, the issue of police officers’ use of lethal force in many ways mirrors the debate in the United States. In Ontario alone, police have killed at least 40 people with mental illnesses since 2000. Funeral services were held Friday for a 37-year-old Somali-Canadian man who died this week after he was beaten outside his Ottawa apartment building by city police officers. FSRN’s Nell Abram has more.
Tensions between police and communities across the country remain high. In Minnesota Tuesday, police forcibly broke up a weeks-long occupation in front of the governor’s mansion in St. Paul; officers arrested about 70 people. The sit-in against police brutality began just after the killing of 32-year-old Philando Castile during a routine traffic stop earlier this month. FSRN’s Jared Goyette reports.
Another Black Lives Matter occupation — this one In Los Angeles — is still underway and in its third week. Activists are calling for the police chief’s resignation after the city’s police commission ruled that officers were justified when they killed a woman armed with a knife. FSRN’s Carla Green reports.