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Man Utd chief Ed Woodward ‘prepared to sack’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position is under threat after Manchester United’s poor start (AFP via Getty)

Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is willing to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if results do not improve, according to reports.

United have lost two of their three Premier League games so far and have entered the international break after being hammered 6-1 at home by Tottenham last Sunday.

Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has already been linked with replacing Solskjaer as United boss.

And according to the Sunday Mirror, Woodward has ‘privately insisted’ that he is prepared to remove Solskjaer from his position if United’s form worsens.

The report claims that Woodward uses Liverpool as an example of a club legend being sacked in the right circumstances after they fired Kenny Dalglish in 2012.

Solskjaer faces a tough task in the next few weeks as United face both Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig in the Champions League, while they will host both Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League.

Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward (AFP via Getty Images)

United are reportedly keeping tabs on Pochettino’s situation as the Argentine remains out of work since Spurs sacked him last November.

Speaking after United’s heavy defeat to Spurs, Solskjaer said: ‘It’s nowhere near good enough.

‘And when you have a defeat like this, which has happened at the club before, you’ve just got to look yourself in the mirror.

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They’re lucky now, the boys, or I don’t know if it is lucky, but they’re going away on international duty some of them and for the ones who are staying here, we’ve got a good [amount of] time to work.

‘But we don’t see each other for ten days and that’s hard now because we need to batten down the hatches and get together because that wasn’t anywhere near good enough as a squad or a team.’

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Staying off school would cause more damage to children than Covid-19 itself, English Chief Medical Officer warns – Channel 4 News


It’s all a balance of risks.

The long term risks to children if they miss even more time at school – versus the risks of re-opening classrooms again – and the huge challenge faced by teachers and parents in trying to keep them safe.

A new study by Public Health England has suggested the chances of transmission within schools is low – but teaching unions want the Government to come up with a Plan B if there’s another wave of infections.

 



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At IEA Summit, UN chief urges countries to scrap coal, boost clean energy transition



United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged countries on July 9 to invest in reliable, clean and economically smart renewable energy.

“I am encouraged that some COVID response and recovery plans put the transition from fossil fuels at their core,” he said at the first-ever International Energy Agency (IEA) Clean Energy Transitions Summit.

At a virtual meeting chaired by IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol, ministers representing over 80% of the global economy discussed how to achieve a definitive peak in global carbon dioxide emissions and put the world on course for a sustainable and resilient recovery.

EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson participated as well as ministers from the world’s largest energy users, including, China, United States, India, Japan, United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, Italy, South Africa, Mexico, Indonesia and Spain.

Speakers highlighted that the IEA Summit comes at a pivotal moment when the world faces urgent and shared challenges to build back economies, create jobs and accelerate clean energy transitions, the IEA said in a press release.

Guterres noted that the EU and the Republic of Korea have committed to green recovery plans. Nigeria has reformed its fossil fuel subsidy framework. Canada has placed climate disclosure conditions on its bail-out support.

“And a growing number of coalitions of investors and real economy stakeholders are advocating for a recovery aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement. But many have still not got the message. Some countries have used stimulus plans to prop up oil and gas companies that were already struggling financially. Others have chosen to jumpstart coal-fired power plants that don’t make financial or environmental sense,” Guterres said, citing new research on G20 recovery packages released this week, which shows that twice as much recovery money — taxpayers’ money – has been spent on fossil fuels as clean energy.

“Today I would like to urge all leaders to choose the clean energy route for three vital reasons — health, science and economics,” the UN Secretary General said.

He warned that worldwide, outdoor air pollution is causing close to 9 million early deaths every year and shortening human lifespans by an average of three years.

Moreover, he noted that all around the world, every month, there is new evidence of the increasing toll of climate disruption. “We must limit temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius to avert more and worse disasters. This means net-zero emissions by 2050, and 45 percent cuts by 2030 from 2010 levels. This is still achievable,” Guterres said.

He stressed that clean energy makes economic sense. “Per kilowatt hour, solar energy is now cheaper than coal in most countries. If we had any doubt about the direction the wind is blowing, the real economy is showing us. The business case for renewable energy is now better than coal in virtually every market. Fossil fuels are increasingly risky business with fewer takers,” he said.

The IEA Executive Director issued a first call in March to put clean energy at the heart of the Covid-19 recovery. This early marker was followed by a comprehensive series of ‘damage assessments’ for how the crisis is impacting all fuels and all technologies; actionable recommendations for economic recovery plans; and the full utilisation of the IEA’s ever-growing convening power, the EIA said.

The World Energy Investment report in May warned of a 20% plunge in global energy investment in 2020, with worrying implications for clean energy transitions and security.

The IEA’s Sustainable Recovery Plan sets out 30 actionable, ambitious policy recommendations and targeted investments. The Plan, developed in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund, would boost global economic growth by 1.1% per year, save or create 9 million jobs per year, and avoid a rebound in emissions and put them in structural decline. Achieving these results would require global investment of USD 1 trillion annually over the next three years.

According to the IEA’s Sustainable Recovery Plan, 35% of new jobs could be created through energy efficiency measures and another 25% in power systems, particularly in wind, solar and modernising and strengthening electricity grids. Participants at the IEA summit underlined the particular importance of energy efficiency, and expressed appreciation for the work of the Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency.

In the Summit’s High-Level Panel on Accelerating Clean Energy Technology Innovation, co-chaired by Norway’s Minister of Petroleum Tina Bru and Chile’s Energy Minister Juan Carlos Jobbed participants commended the new Energy Technology Perspectives Special Report on Clean Energy Innovation, which shows the vital importance of innovation for meeting shared energy and climate goals, the IEA said. Participants drew upon the IEA’s five key innovation principles and discussed how to scale up critical emerging technologies like batteries; hydrogen; carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS); and bioenergy.

In the High-Level Panel on an Inclusive and Equitable Recovery, co-chaired by Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan of and Morocco’s Energy, Mining, and Sustainable Development Minister Aziz Rabbah, participants discussed the need to put people at the centre of recovery plans, including the most vulnerable, in order to fully harness diverse talents, backgrounds and perspectives. According to the IEA, they underscored the need to protect workers in the short term and to develop skills necessary for the sustainable, resilient energy systems of the future. Participants reinforced the importance of having a clear understanding for how to advance inclusive growth and to track progress, and held up the Equal by 30 campaign to advance gender equality as a valuable model.

Also, in the the High-Level Panel on a Resilient and Sustainable Electricity Sector co-chaired by Commissioner Simson and Thailand’s Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong, participants recognised how indispensable electricity has been for citizens across the world during the crisis. A number of participants emphasised the transition towards a climate-neutral economy, the IEA said, adding that they noted the crucial role of electricity in clean energy transitions, participants underscored the historic opportunity to modernise and improve the sustainability, reliability and security of electricity systems with a diverse generation mix and higher flexibility to integrate larger shares of variable renewables.



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Congo president’s chief of staff guilty in corruption trial


The charges stem from what the court said was “unequivocal” participation in the embezzlement of money from projects undertaken by the president during his first 100 days in office last year.

Kamerhe also was sentenced to 10 years of ineligibility to be a political candidate or vote.

He was appointed chief of staff as part of a deal made in 2018 with Tshisekedi that was to see Kamerhe run for president in 2023.

He has been a political heavyweight for more than 15 years. He served as president of the National Assembly from 2007 to 2009 after helping lead former President Joseph Kabila’s first election campaign in 2006. He then broke away from Kabila and ran for president in 2011, placing third.

Lebanese contractor Jammal Samih was found guilty of the same charges and sentenced to 20 years of forced labor and expulsion from Congo at the end of his sentence. The third defendant, Jeannot Muhima, was sentenced to two years of forced labor.

Carley Petesch in Dakar, Senegal contributed.

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Trump global media chief faces GOP backlash over firings


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The new chief of U.S.-funded global media is facing a conservative backlash over his decision to fire the heads of two international broadcasters, adding to concerns about the direction of the agency, which oversees the Voice of America and other outlets.

The criticism of Michael Pack, who defended his personnel moves, is unusual because it’s coming from supporters of President Donald Trump who had backed his controversial nomination to run the U.S. Agency for Global Media over staunch Democratic objections.

Trump allies, including former adviser Sebastian Gorka, have offered public support for the ousted head of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Alberto Fernandez, while others have taken issue with the firing of the head of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Jamie Fly.

Pack, a conservative filmmaker and onetime associate of Trump adviser Steve Bannon, sacked both of them late Wednesday in a purge of USAGM’s outlets, which also include Radio Free Asia and the Cuba-focused Radio/TV Marti. Those moves have alarmed Democrats who fear Pack intends to turn the agency into a Trump administration propaganda machine.

“Every action I carried out was — and every action I will carry out will be — geared toward rebuilding the USAGM’s reputation, boosting morale, and improving content,” Pack said in a statement released by the new agency’s new public affairs staff.

The statement called the moves “significant and long-overdue” and said Pack and his team are “committed to eradicating the known mismanagement and scandals that have plagued the agency for decades.”

In addition to the agency chiefs, Pack dismissed veteran broadcast news executive Steve Capus, who had been a senior adviser to the organization and its leadership, according to two congressional aides and an AGM employee, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Capus, who was previously president of NBC News for nearly eight years, did not respond to a query sent to an AGM work email address.

And, he ousted the head of the Open Technology Fund, a non-broadcast arm of the AGM that works to provide secure internet access to people around the world. Last week, Fund chief Libby Liu submitted her resignation, effective in mid-July, but she was removed with the others.

There was no public explanation of why Pack would dismiss any of the officials, let alone those favored by conservatives beyond the general statement of improving the agency.

The firing of Fernandez, in particular, has raised conservative hackles. A former career diplomat fluent in Arabic, Fernandez had been hailed by conservatives for bringing what they saw as balance to the Arabic-language outlets AlHurra television and Radio Sawa.

“Ambassador Fernandez was the greatest asset America had in foreign broadcasting,” Gorka wrote on Twitter shortly after the dismissals became public.

Michael Doran, a former National Security Council and State Department official during President George W. Bush’s administration, called Fernandez’s ouster “asinine” and said that without him, “Pack will be as effective as a drugged bug in a bottle.”

David Reaboi, a noted conservative national security analyst, was even more critical, calling Fernandez’s removal “shameful.” “It was unusual for the pro-American side to get represented, and Alberto always made sure it did,” he told the AP. “It was a model for recapturing territory from the far left and righting the ship.“

“Michael Pack gets confirmed by the Senate and, rather than take stock and talk to people who know what’s happening, he fired everybody,” Reaboi wrote. “Michael Pack destroyed that because he was too dumb to listen — or too dumb to be able to figure out the difference between friends and enemies.”

The dismissal of Fly, a former staffer for Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also attracted criticism, including from Mark Dubowitz, a well-known advocate of the Trump administration’s hawkish policies on Iran. “Poor decision to fire (Fernandez) and (Fly) whose exemplary leadership of MBN and RFE/RL respectively, made America’s public diplomacy more effective, more persuasive and more consistent with American interests and values,” he wrote.

Juan Zarate, a Republican former NSC and Treasury staffer, agreed, calling the two dismissals “incomprehensible.” “I’ve watched both for years work with integrity to promote US interests abroad,” he wrote.

In addition to Fernandez and Fly, Pack also removed the head of Radio Free Asia, Bay Fang, and the acting chief of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting on Wednesday. He replaced each outlet’s corporate board of directors with allies and installed himself as chairman of each.

One of the people added to the board of Radio Free Asia, Jonathan Alexandre, attracted particular concern from Democrats who noted that he is also director of public policy for the conservative Liberty Counsel, a group that the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated a hate group for opposing gay rights.

The director and deputy director of the Voice of America, Amanda Bennett and Sandy Sugawara, resigned from their positions on Monday. Taken together, top House Democrats who oversee AGM funding said Pack’s moves were dangerous.

“That Mr. Pack took this drastic measure in his first week on the job is shocking, and we have deep concerns that he takes the helm of a critical agency with the intent to prioritize the Trump administration’s political whims over protecting and promoting independent reporting, which is a pillar of freedom and democracy,” said Eliot Engel, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Nita Lowey, chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, denounced the firings as an “egregious breach” of the agency’s mission. Menendez had led an unsuccessful fight to block or at least delay Pack’s confirmation.



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In five years as Toronto police chief, what did Mark Saunders accomplish?


It was perhaps the best-kept secret in Toronto police history.

With little fanfare and not a hint of what was coming, Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders announced his resignation at a midday press conference this week, surprise news landing after two weeks of growing calls for police reform in Toronto and across North America.

Saunders, 57, gave little explanation for his departure except to say he wanted more time to be a father and husband.

“Family is the most important thing to me right now,” Saunders told reporters about his departure, eight months before his extended contract was set to expire. “And sorry if anybody is shocked in a bad way.”

Saunders’ rise to top cop is well documented. After an unofficial campaign for the support of the Toronto police board, Saunders — a longtime front-line cop who’d led the homicide squad and had the backing of outgoing chief Bill Blair and the powerful Toronto Police Association — bested a polished and progressive front-runner in Peter Sloly (now chief of police in Ottawa, where he said this week he intends to stay).

Back in April 2015, the hope was that Saunders, Toronto’s first Black police chief, could be a change agent capable of making cost-cutting and trust-building reforms precisely because he was a “cop’s cop” with the backing of the front-line.

More than five years later, did he succeed?

The goal: Cutting costs and “modernizing” the police service

A ballooning budget. An outdated policing model. Low levels of trust.

Saunders’ first year in the job was spent developing a plan to address big problems he inherited as chief. His modernization “action plan” aimed at overhauling police service delivery, decreasing costs and improving declining public trust. The goals and recommendations were drawn up by a task force made up equally of police and community members — including former Toronto budget chief David Soknacki and community advocate Idil Burale.

To Saunders’ credit, Burale told the Star this week, “he chose to include me on the (task force) even though I was publicly critical of him and an avid Sloly-for-chief supporter.”

The task force made 33 recommendations, including changes to training and hiring, greater partnerships with the community, investments in technology and giving more work to non-uniform staff. The overarching aim was to redefine policing and bring about “comprehensive and long-lasting change.”

Saunders cited the task force as a highlight of his term this week, saying it gave “the community equal ownership of what the Toronto Police Service should look like.”

But results have been mixed. And amid calls for reform and an upcoming motion to city council to cut the police budget, Saunders and the board have been criticized for a lack of significant change.

The police budget passed $1 billion in 2019 and 2020; last week, Soknacki said, “there is a sense that a lot of changes that could have been made more quickly and deeper have not been made.”

Some big gains have been made. A freeze on hiring and promotions in part saved about $100 million between 2016 and 2018. And, after decades of failed negotiations with the union, the service rolled out far more efficient shift schedule.

“That’s going to have huge benefits down the road, putting the right number of people at the right places at the right time,” said Toronto police board chair Jim Hart, who stepped into the role last fall.

Andy Pringle, who was chair of the Toronto police board from 2015 until last fall, praised Saunders for having the courage to go ahead with the changes. “Some of these things we put in place, he was going to get criticized internally, for trying to move too far, too quickly,” he said.

Shelley Carroll, the Toronto city councillor who sat on the police board when Saunders was hired, said Saunders “laid the foundation for change” even if “getting it fully implemented has met with frustration.”

Both Hart and Mayor John Tory cited cost savings from civilianizing work previously done by officers, resulting in more cost savings. Saunders has “definitely created a more efficient organization,” Hart said, noting that between 2015 and 2019, the number of calls for service per deployed officer went up by nearly 20 per cent.

Tory also noted the service’s investments in technology, including the “connected officer” program — a “godsend” for freeing officers of paperwork and constant trips back to the police division.

One swift action taken as a result of the task force was ending the controversial Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) unit. The unit had become notorious for its high rate of carding, the practice of stopping and documenting people not suspected of committing a crime, which disproportionately impacted Black and brown men.

Tory acknowledged that when it comes to modernization, “we are nowhere near where we have to be.” But he said Saunders and the board get a “bad rap” when critics don’t recognize how big of a challenge it is to change the course of a ship that’s been steaming ahead in one direction for a long time.

“It’s about the art of the possible, and how fast you can bring these changes in a big, complex organization,” Tory said.

To Burale real meaningful change has not been achieved: “I know there’s been some symbolic efforts to convey ‘change’ but at the end of the day, from an outsider perspective, TPS has not changed towards the spirit of the (task force) report,” she said.

The result: Some gains, both big and bureaucratic, but overall? Not enough.

The goal: Fighting gun violence

Undoubtedly, Toronto’s rising gun violence was the biggest crime-fighting challenge of Saunders’ tenure. The number of people injured or killed by gun violence each year has steadily increased. 2018 saw the most homicides in the city’s history, including 51 gun deaths. Last year saw a record 490 shootings.

At his news conference, Saunders said he wants to keep working to reduce violence by addressing the root causes of crime — “I see a lot of young Black boys being killed by Black boys,” he said.

Waves of crime bring inevitable calls from the police union, and some commentators, that more officers are needed. Saunders resisted coming to council cap in hand — except as staffing fell over a wave of natural retirements, Pringle said.

“I think Mark has been thoughtful and courageous in how he has approached it, he has tried to approach it fairly and proactively targeting it through intelligence, he’s also tried to address it through the court system and making sure things change so the really bad people don’t get right back on the street,” Pringle said.

Some of Saunders’ law-and-order attempts to combat the violence were harshly criticized — and did not prove successful. Last summer, Toronto police launched the $4.5 million Project Community Space to give officers increased visibility in “high-risk areas.” The initiative led to higher solve rates for gun cases, but did not reduce the shootings; Toronto saw the most people killed or injured by guns in 15 years.

Despite Saunders’ talk about the root causes of crime, initiatives like “Project Community Space” undermine that approach, said Sam Tecle, a community leader with the youth organization Success Beyond Limits, based in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood.

“It’s a flawed concept, throwing more policing at these kinds of complex, community-based issues,” he said.

Asked about Saunders’ record on crime, Hart, the current board chair, said Toronto is “one of the safest cities in North America” despite its rapid growth.

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Hart added that Saunders if very interested in targeting the root causes of crime. “I think he’s done the best job he can possibly do on the policing side, I think he would like to do more on the community side.”

Burale said Saunders’ was “very much a cop’s cop” who saw “understood everything first and foremost from a police operations lens.” That meant something like carding could be useful for public safety because it helped solve crime — even though it further alienated people.

“I appreciate that he made progress in evolving his thinking on these topics in the last five years,” she said. “Sadly, to some this coming to terms might have been too slow and late.”

Louis March, founder of Toronto’s Zero Gun Violence Movement, said Saunders put in a “good effort,” but the reality is gun violence went up during his tenure. There’s only so much that can be achieved when investments are not going to the community but rather to policing, March said.

“We can’t arrest ourselves out of this,” he said, noting Saunders was “but one of the players on the bench.”

The result: Despite aims to address “root causes,” too many boots on the ground — to little effect

The goal: Increase public trust and improve race relations

When Saunders stepped into the role of chief, police already had a fractured relationship with Toronto’s Black community.

Just days into his tenure, Saunders expressed support for carding and drew blowback when he referred to the innocent people stopped by police as being “collatoral damage.” He admitted later it was a poor choice of words, saying the better way to put it was “social cost … in which members of the community do not feel that they are being treated with dignity and respect.”

Nonetheless, Saunders’ five years at the helm did little to improve relations with the Black community, former board chair Alok Mukherjee said in a recent interview — “it’s a spotty legacy.”

Saunders did not seize opportunities to connect with the Black community during flashpoint moments, said writer and educator Neil Price, who was previously hired by the police board to study the impact of carding. Key moments included the beating of Black teen Dafonte Miller — off duty Toronto police officer Michael Theriault is charged with aggravated assault, alongside his brother — and the reaction to the fatal shooting of Andrew Loku.

In the days after Loku’s death, members of Black Lives Matter Toronto camped out outside Toronto police headquarters, but Saunders never came down to speak with them — “I don’t think he ever recovered from that,” Price said.

Saunders has also faced criticism for the force’s handling of allegations of sexual harassment on the job; during his time, several female officers have filed complaints to Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal alleging discrimination based on sex, saying the workplace was toxic for women.

Public trust also took a hit following the investigation into Bruce McArthur, the serial killer who preyed on eight men from the city’s Gay Village. Saunders drew criticism for suggesting in an interview with the Globe and Mail that community members failed to come forward to police to help catch the killer.

Saunders’ defenders point to initiatives spearheaded or supported by the chief — including the service’s recent move to begin the collection of race-based statistics.

Following Loku’s death, Saunders and the board established an anti-racism advisory panel; the committee is examining disparities in police service to racialized people and the intersection of race and mental health. Tory has previously pointed to the committee as aiming to restore and rebuild trust.

That’s also the aim of the neighbourhood officer program, rejuvenated under Saunders’ watch. Although some community members have expressed concerns about more officer presence, early research out of Humber’s Criminal Justice Degree Program has shown many others feel safer and more connected to police.

“I’ve seen with my own eyes, the kind of relationship they are building up as part of building trust back up in the police,” Tory said.

Overall, Tory said, trust is not lost overnight and it’s not restored with a new chief or a single policy change. “It takes a long time to earn it back and I think we’re on that track.”

Hart also pointed to Saunders’ renewed commitment to outfitting front-line officers with body cameras, calling it a “huge piece to build public trust and accountability.”

Overall, though, Price said it wasn’t enough. Saunders was “affable, decent and well-intentioned,” but it was a “disappointing tenure… He was not the right guy for the times.”

The result: Some gains, many losses and a “spotty” legacy

Saunders’ last day is July 31.

With files from Jim Rankin and Star staff

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Justin Trudeau ‘shocked’ by video of indigenous chief being punched by police in Canada



Justin Trudeau has called for an independent investigation after a “shocking” video showing the arrest of an indigenous chief by federal police in Canada.

The video, filmed and released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, shows an officer rushing at Chief Allan Adam on March 10 during an encounter over an expired licence plate. The officer tackles Mr Adam and punches him in the face.

“We’ve all now seen the shocking video of Chief Adam’s arrest and we must get to the bottom of this,” the Canadian Prime Minister told a daily briefing.

“Like many people I have serious questions about what happened,” Mr Trudeau said. “The independent investigation must be transparent and be carried out so that we get answers.”

In the dashcam video (below) broadcast by several Canadian media, Mr Adam has a heated exchange with a police officer outside a casino in the province of Alberta.



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LAPD Chief Michel Moore apologizes after equating looters to George Floyd’s death


The L.A. Police Commission held a Zoom meeting with the community.

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore has apologized for “misspeaking” after making controversial remarks about the death of George Floyd at a press conference Monday night. But Moore was confronted by angry callers on a virtual meeting Tuesday meant to address tensions and repeatedly asked to resign.

Moore was addressing the violence and looting at the protests Monday night in Los Angeles when he said, “We didn’t have protests last night, we had criminal acts, we didn’t have people mourning the death of this man, George Floyd, we had people capitalizing it. His death is on their hands as much as it is those officers.'”

The final sentence, seemingly blaming protesters for the death of Floyd, which has sparked nationwide protests against police, generated immediate rebukes online.

Now calling his initial words offensive, Moore said in a statement that while looting is wrong it is a false comparison to murder and he deeply regrets and apologizes for his “characterization.”

“Let me be clear: The police officers involved were responsible for the death of George Floyd,” he added.

There were almost 700 arrests on Monday night, 70 which involved burglary or looting, according to the LAPD.

The comments came at a time when the nation is in anguish, reeling from another death of an unarmed black man in police custody.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti showed support for his police chief on Tuesday.

He responded to the controversy in a short statement on Twitter, writing, “The responsibility for George Floyd’s death rests solely with the police officers involved. Chief Moore regrets the words he chose this evening and has clarified them.”

While some showed support for Moore online, many are calling for Moore’s resignation.

Tuesday morning, after Moore’s apology, the L.A. Police Commission held a Zoom meeting where callers from the community sharply criticized the LAPD’s history of police brutality and called for Moore’s immediate firing.

The meeting hit its 500 people cap within minutes and it has tens of thousands of views online.

A resident of Los Angeles said on the call, “The fact that was your unscripted instinct, we see who you are and if you the members of the police commission refuse to hold him accountable you deserve to be terminated from your positions as well, you need to police the police.”

One caller after another expressed their anger and frustration directly at the chief and the commissioners, questioning the sincerity of their commitment to end racial injustice within the department.

In an impassioned speech, another caller said the department’s responses were “hollow,” adding, “We’re not asking for too much, we simply want police to stop killing us and to be accountable when they do.”

Los Angeles County is under curfew for a third day Tuesday.



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Edmonton announces new fire chief – Edmonton


The City of Edmonton has announced Joe Zatylny as the city’s new fire chief.

Zatylny is currently a deputy chief with the Calgary Fire Department.

“With more than 25 years of emergency service experience, including over 10 years in senior fire leadership roles, we are fortunate and excited to have Joe lead Edmonton Fire Rescue Services and continue its legacy of exceptional work,” interim city manager Adam Laughlin said in a media release Tuesday morning.

Zatylny’s appointment comes after former chief of Edmonton Fire Rescue Services Ken Block announced his resignation in December.


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During his time with the Calgary Fire Department, Zatylny led the fire training academy, critical medical response support, technical teams support, 911 service management and hazardous materials response support.

He also focused much of his work on training sustainability, fostering a culture of empowerment and enhancing firefighter health and wellness, the City of Edmonton’s media release read.

“Building on the strengths of Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, incoming chief Zatylny has been given a clear mandate to evolve and enhance EFRS to meet the demands of a changing, growing and diverse city,” said Rob Smyth, deputy city manager of Citizen Services.

“We expect he will focus his leadership on strengthening our frontline fire rescue services, fire prevention programs and public education to make the city a safer and healthier place.”

Zatylny has a a Bachelor’s Degree from Lakeland College Canada in Applied Business of Emergency Services and an Advanced Certificate in Labour and Industrial Relations from Queen’s University. He also received a Master’s Certificate in Municipal Leadership from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Zatylny will officially take over the role on June 1.




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Beverly Hills police chief retires after lawsuits alleging racism, anti-Semitism, harassment



Beverly Hills Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli announced her retirement Saturday, marking the end of a rocky tenure that saw the city pay out millions to settle lawsuits alleging that she had made racist remarks to subordinate officers and engaged in acts of harassment.

Spagnoli’s last day will be May 15, though she will be taking vacation time between now and that date, according to an internal department e-mail reviewed by The Times.

“During the Chief’s tenure, crime was reduced while the department increased diversity, public outreach, best practices and advancements in technology,” Beverly Hills City Manager George Chavez said in a statement. “We thank Chief Spagnoli for her service to our community and her three decades of public service in law enforcement.”

Spagnoli became the first female police chief in Beverly Hills history in 2016. A board member for the International Assn. of Chiefs of Police who previously led the San Leandro and Benicia police departments in Northern California, she received praise upon her hiring and even drew a glowing write-up in Vogue. The positive press was much needed and came on the heels of the controversial retirement of the city’s former chief, David Snowden, who stepped aside amid questions that he was drawing a second salary from a private-sector job.

But starting in 2018, a torrent of litigation surfaced, accusing Spagnoli of making racist comments, retaliating against officers and showing favoritism toward subordinates she had sexual liaisons with. All told, there were at least two dozen claims lobbed at Spagnoli in the past two years alone, records show. As the lawsuits piled up, the city hired Michael Sitrick, the crisis public relations specialist whose previous clients included Harvey Weinstein.

In late 2018, the city spent $2.3 million to settle a claim from Mark Rosen, a former police captain who was the highest ranking Jewish member of the department, who had accused the chief of denying him promotional opportunities based on his religion and making anti-Semitic remarks.

Other claims against Spagnoli previously reviewed by The Times included allegations she had referred to the yarmulkes worn by observant Jews as “funny little hats,” asked if she had to “dress Mexican” when invited to dinner at a Latino employee’s home and reacted with revulsion when informed that an employee was gay. Some court documents contain allegations that Spagnoli had sex with subordinate officers who were later rewarded with promotions.

Last summer, a jury awarded more than $1 million in damages to a group of lieutenants who had accused Spagnoli of workplace harassment and retaliation for giving depositions that were favorable to Rosen’s lawsuit.

Asked if there was any connection between the mounting litigation — records show another civil claim was filed against Spagnoli on March 30 — and Spagnoli’s decision to step down, city spokesman Keith Sterling said the “Chief notified [the] City Manager of her intention to retire.”

In a 2018 interview with The Times, Spagnoli denied the allegations of improper sexual relationships, but stopped short of denying the allegations about racist remarks. Less than 24 hours after the interview, the city settled Rosen’s lawsuit.





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