Sandra Bland, other African American women, and Texas police


This 25 July 2015 video from the USA is called Sandra Bland March & Vigil in Houston, Texas.

From the Voice of America:

Anger About Black Texas Woman’s Death in Jail Still Strong

Greg Flakus

August 07, 2015 8:20 PM

PRAIRIE VIEW, TEXAS— A makeshift memorial marks the spot where Sandra Bland was arrested after a traffic stop on July 10.

On July 13, she was found dead in her jail cell. Officials say it was suicide.

Bland’s college classmate Alex McGrew doubts that story.

“She was fun to be around,” he said. “She was a cool person and definitely not a sad, suicidal person at all.”

In video recordings she posted on Facebook, her lively, warm personality is evident. But she also spoke about struggling with depression.

“Do not let the depression hold you down; do not let it keep you in the spot where you are, because depression is nothing but the devil,” Bland says in one of the videos.

Those who believe she did take her life blame the Waller County Jail for being negligent and the state trooper who arrested her for being far too aggressive.

“She should not have died in that jail because, if at all, she should have been given a ticket and she should have been on her way,” U.S. Representative Al Green said at one community gathering.

The charge against Bland, 28, was assault on a police officer, which former Waller County Justice of the Peace Dewayne Charleston says set her up for poor treatment in jail.

“They would have denied her phone privileges; they would have delivered her meals late; they would have made her life miserable,” he said.

Waller County officials have denied any improper treatment of Bland in jail.

Some black people in Texas are willing to give officials the benefit of the doubt and await the result of investigations. But many others see the Bland case in the light of past discrimination.

The student population at nearby Prairie View A&M University, where Bland had gone to school, will swell to 9,000 by the end of the month, and Charleston plans to seek their support.

“When the 9,000 students come back, and all the faculty members come back from vacation, it is going to be a whole different ball game,” he said.

If there has not been a satisfactory resolution of the Bland case in the next few weeks, when students start arriving for the fall semester, activists say there will be many more, and much larger, protests.

Charnesia Corley (photo: Screenshot/ABC13)

From Raw Story in the USA:

Texas cops accused of threatening to break woman’s legs during public strip search

Bethania Palma Markus

07 Aug 2015 at 16:36 ET

A Texas woman says she suffered a nightmare scenario in which Harris County sheriff’s deputies sexually assaulted her in public during a traffic stop last month.

Charnesia Corley, 21, said officers with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department made her pull her pants down and did a body cavity search without her consent while she was lying in a gas station parking lot, according to ABC13.

Corley was driving to a nearby market when she was stopped by deputies. The department told the station she was pulled over for running a stop sign. After stopping her, the deputy ordered Corley out of her car because he said he smelled weed. He cuffed her and placed her in his patrol vehicle parked at a gas station.

After searching Corley’s car and finding nothing, the deputy returned to his car and said he smelled pot there. He called for a female deputy to search Corley, who ordered Corley out of the car and onto the ground.

“Then she tells me to pull my pants down,” Corley told ABC13. “I told her, I said, ‘well ma’am, I don’t have any underwear on.’ She says, ‘well that doesn’t matter. Pull your pants down.’”

While Corley was lying on the ground by her car in the parking lot, the deputy told her, “open your legs.” Corley said she responded that she didn’t want to.

“So she says, ‘well if you don’t open them, I’m going to break them,’” Corley said. “All I could do was just lay there. I felt helpless.”

Corley was charged with resisting arrest and possession of marijuana after deputies allegedly found .02 ounces of marijuana.

However, the department also argued that Corley consented to the search, which seemingly contradicts the allegation that she resisted.

Corley’s attorney, Sam Cammack, said a search in a public place like that is a violation of her civil rights.

“It’s undeniable that the search is unconstitutional,” he told ABC13.

As of now, Corley plans to file an internal affairs complaint.

Corley isn’t the only African-American Texas woman whose treatment by law enforcement has raised concern. Last month, Sandra Bland, 28, was arrested and and found dead in her Waller County jail cell, all because a Texas trooper pulled her over for failing to use her turn signal.

19-Year-Old Unarmed College Student Fatally Shot by Texas Police. Christian Taylor was all set to start his sophomore year at Angelo State University when he was shot dead by police, who claim that he was attempting to rob a car dealership, a claim his family finds hard to believe: here. And here.

British Prime Minister Heath, more child abuse accusations


This video from Britain says about itself:

Edward Heath abuse claims: the investigations

4 August 2015

Three police forces are now investigating historic child sex abuse claims against former Conservative Prime Minister Edward Heath.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Four forces and IPCC now looking at Heath abuse allegations

Wednesday 5th August 2015

FOUR police forces and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) are now investigating allegations that Tory prime minister Edward Heath abused children.

The Star reported yesterday that Heath was at the heart of an IPCC corruption probe into Wiltshire Police, which allegedly dropped the trial of a person arrested on an unrelated charge in the 1990s after they threatened to expose the then-backbench MP who died in 2005.

The probe is being backed up by Wiltshire Police’s own investigation — and now the States of Jersey Police’s Operation Whistle, Kent Police and the Metropolitan Police are also reportedly involved.

Sir Edward Heath does feature as part of Operation Whistle, currently investigating historical allegations of abuse in Jersey,” a spokeswoman for the island’s force confirmed.

Wiltshire Police said that it and children’s charity NSPCC had received “a number of calls” after appealing on Monday for victims and witnesses to come forward.

One man has claimed that the former PM raped him in 1961 when he was just 12 years old, but that when he spoke up about the Conservative MP’s assault he was branded “a liar and a fantasist.”

Whistle was started following revelations about serious abuse at a Jersey care home and now notorious paedophile Jimmy Savile. Detectives on the island said in June that they were looking at 45 suspects, 13 of whom were “of public prominence.”

She said that Jersey officers were working with Operation Hydrant, a Britain-wide scheme that co-ordinates sex abuse probes.

The sprawling web of investigations is yet another indication of a potential cover-up of sex attacks on children by Establishment figures.

The cascade of revelations followed the IPCC’s announcement of its corruption probe into Wiltshire Police.

The force reportedly shelved the trial of a woman who was in charge of a brothel after she threatened to expose Mr Heath.

The Met refused to confirm whether it was looking into Mr Heath. Kent police has confirmed it is investigating a report of a sexual assault committed in East Kent in the 1960s, linked to Mr Heath by the alleged victim.

See also here.

Jersey: Among those who regularly visited the Haut de la Garenne home was the now-disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile. “Jimmy Savile often stayed in the same hotel as Ted Heath,” McGrath Goodman told the dpa news agency, adding that both men were alleged to have taken children from Haut de la Garenne: here.

Gloucestershire Police has said it has received an allegation involving the sexual abuse of a child against the former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath. It becomes the sixth police force looking into claims against the former Tory leader, after The Met, Wiltshire, Kent, Jersey and Hampshire services: here.

British Conservative politician boasted about child abuse cover-ups


This video from Britain says about itself:

Tim Fortescue from ‘Westminster’s Secret Service’ BBC 1995

A short extract from the Michael Cockerell documentary ‘Westminster’s Secret Service’ broadcast by the BBC in 1995.

Tim Fortescue was a Whip under Edward Heath between 1970 and 1973. In the documentary it was revealed that the Chief Whip kept a little black ‘dirt book‘ which contained information about MPs, and this was used as a method of political control.

According to this list of British Conservative party chief whips, during the early part of Heath’s time as Prime Minister, 1970-1973, the Chief Whip was Francis Pym. From 1973 on, it was Humphrey Edward Gregory Atkins, Baron Colnbrook.

“Anyone with any sense who was in trouble would come to the Whips and tell them the truth, and say now, “I’m in a jam, can you help?” It might be debt, it might be a scandal involving small boys, or any kind of scandal which a member seemed likely to be mixed up in, they’d come and ask if we could help. And if we could, we did. We would do everything we can because we would store up brownie points. That sounds a pretty nasty reason but one of the reasons is, if we can get a chap out of trouble, he’ll do as we ask forever more.”

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Ted Heath child sex abuse claims: Footage shows Tory whip saying government could cover up scandals involving MPs and ‘small boys’

Tim Fortescue said in 1995: ‘We would do anything we could to help – for brownie points’

by Adam Withnall

Tuesday 04 August 2015

A senior whip in the government of the former Tory Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath boasted that he helped Westminster politicians at the time avoid being exposed for “scandals involving small boys”.

Tim Fortescue, a whip under Heath between 1970 and 1973, spoke to the BBC for a documentary entitled “Westminster’s Secret Service”, in which he said the Prime Minister’s Chief Whip kept a little black “dirt book” of MPs’ secrets to maintain political control.

Heath has this week been named as the subject of claims of child sex abuse, made in the 1990s, and the independent police watchdog has launched a probe in to Wiltshire Police’s handling of the accusations.

Fortescue, who died in 2008 aged 92, was a Tory MP for eight years until 1974. The footage of him speaking to the BBC in 1995 emerged last year as the Westminster child abuse scandal came to light.

Then, Fortescue said problems involving members “might be debt, or it might be a scandal involving small boys”.

“They would come and ask if we could help,” Fortescue said. “And if we could we did, and we would do everything we could, because we could store up brownie points.

“That’s one of the reasons we would get a chap out of trouble – because he’d then be ours forever-more.”

Heath, who died 10 years ago, has been accused of raping a 12-year-old boy in his Mayfair flat in 1961. In an interview with The Mirror, the alleged victim, now in his 60s, claimed he was picked up while hitchhiking.

Wiltshire Police has appealed for potential victims of Sir Edward to come forward, after launching an inquiry on the back of allegations made by a retired senior officer.

Labour MP Tom Watson, who used parliamentary privilege to raise claims of a paedophile ring linked to Downing Street, told The Independent: “I received information in 2012 concerning allegations of child abuse carried out by Edward Heath and a separate claim concerning Heath was made to me subsequently.

“I passed them both to the police, who have confirmed to me that at least one of those allegations is being investigated and taken seriously.

“I continue to call for a central police investigation unit for the country . Maybe this investigation would have moved faster had there been one.”

An IPCC spokesman has said it will investigate allegations concerning the force’s handling of an “alleged claim of child sexual abuse made in the 1990s”.

He added: “It is alleged that a criminal prosecution was not pursued when a person threatened to expose that Sir Edward Heath may have been involved in offences concerning children“.

Edward Heath child sex abuse claims: Convicted brothel keeper Myra Ling-Ling Forde threatened to expose former Tory Prime Minister: here.

British Prime Minister Heath, child abuser?


This video from England says about itself:

Sir Edward Heath named in child sex abuse investigation

3 August 2015

Wiltshire Police appeals for anyone who believes they may have been victim of former Prime Minister as IPCC announces inquiry into handling of claims.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Edward Heath ‘child sex abuse‘ allegation: Investigation to be held into Wiltshire police handling of alleged claim in the 1990s

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will be conducting the investigation

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

Monday 03 August 2015

The police watchdog is to investigate Wiltshire police’s handling of a child sex abuse claim allegedly made against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath in the 1990s.

The force is to be probed after allegations made by a retired senior officer were referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

An IPCC spokesman said it is to investigate “allegations concerning Wiltshire Police’s handling of an alleged claim of child sexual abuse made in the 1990s”.

He added: “It is alleged that a criminal prosecution was not pursued, when a person threatened to expose that Sir Edward Heath may have been involved in offences concerning children.

“In addition to this allegation, the IPCC will examine whether Wiltshire Police subsequently took any steps to investigate these claims.”

Heath, a Conservative, was prime minister between 1970 and 1974 and had a home in Wiltshire county. He died in 2005.

Read more:

Edward Heath ‘child sex abuse claims’: Full statement by the IPCC
Edward Health ‘child sex claims’: Wiltshire Police statement in full

Wiltshire Police said it is carrying out enquiries to identify if there are any witnesses or victims who support the allegations of child sex abuse.

A police spokesperson said: “On becoming aware of the information, Wiltshire Police informed the IPCC and later made a mandatory referral. The IPCC investigation will specifically consider how the force responded to allegations when they were received in the 1990s.

“Sir Edward Heath has been named in relation to offences concerning children. He lived in Salisbury for many y[e]ars and we would like to hear from anyone who has any relevant information that may assist us in our enquiries or anyone who believes they may have been a victim.”

“We take all reports of child abuse, either current or that occurred in the past very seriously. Victims will receive support throughout any investigation and associated judicial process.

“If there is evidence of offences having been committed we will ensure that, if possible, those responsible are held to account through a thorough and detailed investigation. This includes any other parties who are identified as having been involved in child sex abuse.”

Wiltshire Police stressed that it is working with the NSPCC to ensure that any victims are appropriately supported and urged people to contact the force and not to suffer in silence.

Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson said his office has monitored the process of the investigation “at every stage,” adding that he will be “watching closely to see if any evidence of corruption or poor practice is uncovered”.

“My priority as Commissioner is to put the interests of victims at the heart of everything we do, as well as holding the Force to account for its performance,” he said.

Read more:

Lord Janner allegations to be investigated by child sex abuse inquiry
6 things you need to know about the historic child sex abuse inquiry
Child sex abuse inquiry: The five areas to be investigated

“We have often seen from high profile national cases that victims, who have not spoken of their abuse for many years, find their voice and speak out. I want any victims of child sex abuse, whether current or historic, to know they can have confidence in the service they will receive from Wiltshire Police.”

NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said it is important that those who believe they may have been the victims of abuse have the confidence to speak up.

“Whether abuse happened in the past, or is occurring today, whether those being accused are authority figures or not, allegations of crimes against children must be investigated thoroughly.

“While some people wait years before speaking out we would urge them to act quickly so they can get help as soon as possible. Our trained helpline counsellors are always on duty round the clock to listen and provide assistance.”

Ted Heath: police appeal for victims to come forward over child abuse claims. Metropolitan police detectives have spoken to a man who came forward more than two years ago and claims he was a victim of Heath when he was a teenager: here.

See also here.

British MI5, Margaret Thatcher, child abuse cover-up document


This 22 January 2015 video from Britain says about itself:

Leon Brittan: will new answers emerge on abuse claims? | Channel 4 News

Leon Brittan’s final years were dogged by controversy over those historic sexual abuse allegations – so will his death bring any new information into the public domain?

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Ministers told to reveal all on abuse cover-up

Friday 24th July 2015

Shock files reveal MI5 and Thatcher collusion on top Tory paedophile

THE government was urged to hand over all relevant papers to the child abuse inquiry yesterday after a damning leaked document revealed MI5 and Margaret Thatcher’s administration colluded in a cover-up.

The files show that former MI5 director-general Sir Antony Duff wrote to the then cabinet secretary Sir Robert Armstrong in 1986 over allegations made by two sources regarding an MP “who had a penchant for little boys.”

But Mr Duff warned that “the risks of political embarrassment to the government is rather greater than the security danger,” discounting the child abuse risk.

Napac chief executive Gabrielle Shaw, whose organisation supports survivors of child abuse, told the Star that the fact the documents had only just come to light was “shocking.”

She said: “It is ineptitude at best, and far more suspicious at worst.

“It does not do any favours for survivors when there are whispers of a cover-up and this just adds more fuel to the fire.

“It is good that it has come out now, but you can understand why some people might well be asking: ‘What else has not been handed over?’”

She added that the documents gave “a very disturbing insight into the culture of the times.”

Peter Wanless, head of child protection charity NSPCC, and Richard Whittam QC, who together carried out an inquiry into the handling of historical Westminster abuse allegations, said the documents had reinforced their view that allegations of crimes against children, particularly the rights of the complainant, were given considerably less serious consideration than would be expected today.

The Home Office confirmed that a fresh search of the archives had been carried out after a file emerged earlier this year that should have been submitted to the Wanless and Whittam inquiry.

Former Cabinet minister Leon Brittan, one-time Thatcher aide Peter Morrison, ex-diplomat Sir Peter Hayman and former minister William van Straubenzee were named in other top secret files uncovered following the review.

One of the files relating to Sir Hayman was held by the Cabinet Office but had been “overlooked” during a previous search.

Documents that refer to Mr Straubenzee had been earmarked for destruction, but National Archives officials flagged them up to the government.

Dutch conservative bishop’s paedophile sex scandal


Bishop Gijsen

In the late twentieth century, Bishop Jo Gijsen, since becoming a bishop in 1971, was the poster boy and spearhead in the Netherlands of the Vatican conservative counter-offensive against “too liberal” tendencies in the Dutch Roman Catholic church.

On 7 December 2011, Dutch news agency ANP reported:

Former bishop Gijsen acted improperly

In the late 1950s, former Bishop Jo Gijsen at the seminary in Rolduc, has ‘acted indecently’ and has ‘grossly violated’ the privacy of a former student there.

This is shown by a verdict of the complaints committee of the Roman Catholic Church on a complaint lodged against Gijsen.

The committee confirmed on Wednesday a report on this in daily NRC Handelsblad. According to the indictment he is said to have been Peeping Tom while a former student masturbated in bed.

NRC Handelsblad reports another boy accuses Gijsen of having abused him sexually.

Neither Gijsen nor his lawyer showed up at the complaints committee’s session.

See also here.

British nazi paedophile guilty of murdering schoolgirl


Paige Chiver, left, Robert Ewing, right

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Paige Chivers murder: Neo-nazi paedophile Robert Ewing found guilty of murdering school girl

15-year-old Paige Chivers vanished eight years ago

Siobhan Fenton

Saturday 11 July 2015

A neo-Nazi paedophile has been found guilty of murdering a school girl who vanished eight years ago.

Paige Chivers, 15, disappeared in Blackpool in 2007 following a row with her father. Her body has never been discovered.

Robert Ewing, 60, murdered the schoolgirl after developing an “inappropriate sexual interest” in her, Preston Court heard.

Ewing was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice by intimidating witnesses and providing false information to the police.

Fellow defendant Gareth Dewhurst, 46, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice and helping Ewing dispose of Paige’s body. He was cleared of the charge that he had had sex with her dead body after Ewing killed her.

Paige, who was described as “very troubled and vulnerable” packed two carrier bags with clothes and set off from the family home following the fight with her father. Later that day she was seen at a bus stop talking to an older man, believed to be Ewing.

Forensics found bloodstains containing blood from Ewing and Paige inside Ewing’s flat in 2007. However, he was not charged until last year.

The jury heard that Dewhurst had confessed to a 16-year-old boy whilst he was “heavily stoned” his involvement in the girl’s disappearance. He told the boy that Ewing had killed Paige and then made him have sex with her dead body before forcing him to use his car to dispose of her remains.

The court heard that a fortnight before Paige went missing, Ewing contacted the police with an anonymous tip that a “problem child” had turned up on his doorstep after being evicted by her father. Prosecutors said this was a calculated move to “test the water” and gauge police response. There had been “very little reaction” by officials.

In recordings made by the police, Ewing described himself as a “neo-Nazi”.

Det Supt Andy Webster, who led the investigation, told the Blackpool Gazette: “Paige Chivers was a vulnerable 15-year-old child who disappeared in August 2007.

“The court heard how Robert Ewing carefully groomed Paige before murdering her at his flat in Bispham, Blackpool.

“The prosecution case has been largely circumstantial as Paige’s body has never been recovered. A fundamental part of the prosecution case was that Paige was last seen alive with Robert Ewing, alone in his flat at teatime on Friday August 24, 2007.

“After this point there were no other corroborated sightings of her. Her blood was later found in his flat.

“When she was reported missing he failed to assist the police and then repeatedly lied to them. He has repeatedly sought to implicate other vulnerable people in her murder.

“The jury accepted that his co-accused, Gareth Dewhurst, disposed of Paige’s body and then sought to intimidate and harass witnesses. This included a family to whom he had confessed and who he subsequently sought to terrify.”

Speaking after the sentencing, Paige’s brother-in-law Robert McClelland said that “not a day goes past” when the family does not think about her.

He described Paige as a “bright and funny” girl, adding: “We all have holes in our hearts that can never be replaced.”

The court heard that a police error was made when Paige was reported missing by her father on 26 August, three days after her disappearance. He clearly stated that his daughter was a fifteen year old girl, but her date of birth was wrongly entered as 1962 instead of 1992. This meant that police thought they were investigating the disappearance of a 45 year old woman who had moved away voluntarily, rather than a child missing from home. The error was not corrected until 7 September.

The handling of the case is now being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Ewing and Dewhurst will both be sentenced on 28 July.

From EDL News in Britain:

EDL/BNP paedophile, Robert Ewing, found guilty of the murder of Paige Chivers

10th July 2015

Over the last three years, the British National Party and the English Defence League have held demonstrations in Blackpool over the murders or missing teenagers Paige Chivers and Charlene Downes, blaming members of the local Muslim population.

Today, BNP/EDL member Robert Ewing has been found guilty of the murder of Paige at Preston Crown Court.

Ewing groomed the vulnerable schoolgirl and then murdered her in August 2007. Paige’s body has never been found.

Among known associates of Ewing were:

Andrew Edge – former EDL Stockport organiser, currently in prison.
Jeffaz Carr – EDL Yorkshire.
Mark Hogg – EDL Peterborough.
Tony Davis aka Arthur Disbury – former Devon EDL activist.
Darren Bird – EDL Wolverhampton supporter who once threatened to kill Muslims in a bid to start a race war.
James Devine – Leader of the self-styled and largely defunct paramilitary group, Combined Ex Forces.
Bob Greensmith – Former Stoke-on-Trent BNP activist.
Rob Brammer – EDL Southampton
Paul Scully Sloane aka Paul Prrk Chops Scully – EDL Telford activist.

None of the above protested the trial of Ewing.