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Miami cop to be terminated after video shows him appearing to punch a woman in the face

first_imgMattGush / iStockBy Jon Haworth, ABC News(MIAMI) — At least one Miami-Dade County police officer will be fired after a shocking video posted to Instagram appears to show two officers in a verbal altercation with a woman before one of them punches her in the face in an incident that allegedly took place at Miami International Airport.The video shows two police officers speaking to the woman as she begins to confront one of them before coming face to face with him. It is unclear how the dispute began in the video.The officer can then be seen taking a step back and striking the woman in the face causing her to stumble backwards before she is tackled to the floor and appears to be placed in handcuffs while on the ground.“As a result of an administrative investigation into the officer’s conduct during this incident; it is my intent to proceed with the termination of the involved officer’s employment with the Miami-Dade Police Department,” Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III, director of the Miami-Dade Police Department said in a statement Thursday afternoon. “The administrative process to proceed with termination has been initiated. The MDPD holds itself accountable for its actions, and this is just another example of our commitment to do just that.”The incident sparked a quick reaction and earlier statement from Ramirez Wednesday night, as well as Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez in statements published on Twitter.“I am shocked and angered by a body cam video that i just saw involving one of our officers,” Ramirez said in the social media statement. “I’ve immediately initiated an investigation and ordered that the involved officers be relieved of duty. Actions such as these undermine the hard work that we have invested in our community and causes my heart to break for our community and for the vast majority of our officers who dedicate their lives to serving our County. This will not stand, and I assure our community that any officer acting in this vain will be held to account.”Additionally, Ramirez confirmed that he spoke to State Attorney Kathy Rundle and asked her to immediately get involved with the investigation into the conduct of the officers.Mayor Gimenez also released a statement on Twitter condemning the video saying that the incident was unnecessary and a clear use of excessive force.“This is appalling,” said Gimenez. “It’s excessive use of force and unnecessary. That’s NOT what our [Miami-Dade Police Department] are trained to do. [Director] Ramirez has ordered the officer relieved of duty & investigation is underway. This is why I instituted body cameras & MDPD is reviewing all footage.”The names of the two officers and the woman involved in the altercation have not yet been released and it is not known if the two officers will face any charges from the state attorney’s office.Fort Lauderdale City Manager Chris Lagerbloom released a statement of his own early Thursday morning saying he was troubled but what he saw in the video.“I can understand the intensity of the moment captured on body camera footage as the officers were clearly under attack,” said Lagerbloom. “The exchange recorded by the body cameras paints an unflattering yet truthful depiction of the chaos they were operating in. The language the officers used, and sentiment expressed is not consistent with what the public expects from our police force.”Lagerbloom concluded: “We will learn from this experience and we will be better. This is what the public expects from the City of Fort Lauderdale.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Syracuse improves on power play heading into Cornell game

first_imgWhen Caitlin Roach scored her second goal of the season on a power play against Union on Oct. 26, it gave Syracuse a 2-0 lead en route to a comfortable 5-2 win at Tennity Ice Pavilion.Had it not been for the series of events that occurred afterward, the goal might have easily been forgotten.Ten minutes later, on the next Union penalty, Margot Scharfe connected. Seconds later it was Nicole Ferrara who put one in the back of the net on the power play. Melissa Piacentini connected on the last power-play opportunity to top off the scoring in the third.Five Dutchwomen penalties led to four Syracuse goals. It was tied for the most power-play goals in a game in program history.“You can’t rely on your power play every night like that, and certainly in past years it’s been anemic,” Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said. “It’s nice to see them getting goals, and I think a lot if it is nothing too extravagant. It’s really just getting pucks on net.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat game against Union may have been an anomaly, but the Orange has taken care of business on the power play front all season. It has converted on 18.2 percent of its opportunities. That number is a vast improvement from the 12.7 percent last season, and SU will look to continue that trend Tuesday against Cornell at 7 p.m. at OnCenter Complex.“Our power plays have been working,” sophomore Nicole Renault said. “We work on them all the time in practice. I think with time they’ll get better.”With 16 power-play goals on the season, the Orange is just five from last season’s total of 21. Aside from 19.5 conversion percentage in 2009-10, this season is shaping up to the best season in terms of power plays ever for the Orange.And everyone has gotten in on the action.The 16 goals have been split up among 10 different SU players. Jessica Sibley, who leads the team in goals with six, has scored a team-high three goals on the power play.Syracuse has connected on at least one power play during 12 of its first 13 games on the season, including eight during a five-game winning streak that spanned Oct. 19 to Nov. 10.Even with the ability to convert on opponents’ penalties, Scharfe, whose 10 career power-play goals are the most of anyone on the team, said there was still room for improvement in the area.“Just getting bodies in front and capitalizing on the rebounds is something we need to work on,” Scharfe said.Flanagan doesn’t shy away from discussing the importance of scoring on the power play, noting that one or two plays can change the outcome of a game.“A lot of games in our sport are so close,” Flanagan said, “2-1, 3-2, and the special teams, on the one end if you kill the penalties, you’re going to have a lot of success.“But you’ve got to be able to execute on the power play.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 3, 2013 at 12:34 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Broyld injury: McDonald says Broyld doesn’t think lower-body injury is ‘anything serious’

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 20, 2014 at 5:26 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Ashton Broyld left the game with a lower-right leg injury in the second quarter of Syracuse’s (2-1) 34-20 loss to Maryland (3-1) on Saturday afternoon. Following the game, SU offensive coordinator George McDonald said that Broyld was in good spirits.McDonald said that he saw Broyld after the game and that Broyld “didn’t think it was anything serious.” SU head coach Scott Shafer didn’t offer any update on Broyld in his postgame press conference. “Not yet. We’ll hopefully know in a few hours when we get him checked out, but he’s got a lower leg injury,” Shafer said. “We got a little banged up today.”After going to the ground after colliding with Terrapins linebacker Yannick Ngakoue, Broyld slammed his fist into the Carrier Dome turf while medical staff jogged out to meet him. McDonald attributed that to more frustration than pain, citing Broyld’s competitiveness. As for affecting the Syracuse offense, McDonald didn’t think that Broyld’s absence slowed down the attack too much. Terrel Hunt still threw for 219 yards in the loss. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Hopefully he’ll be back sooner than later,” McDonald said. “But if not we got some guys on the wings to take some of the reps.” Commentslast_img read more

Five selected for England title defence

first_img Five players have been selected for the England team which will defend the Girls’ Home International title at Lanark, Scotland, from 5-7 August. They will be joined by three more players who will be picked at the end of next week’s English girls’ championships at Sheringham and Royal Cromer in Norfolk. The whole team will travel together, flying to Scotland on Sunday, 2 August. They will target England’s eighth consecutive win the championship. The five players already selected are Emma Allen of Hampshire, Annabel Bailey of Leicestershire, Sammy Fuller of Surrey, Hollie Muse of Lancashire and Lizzie Prior of Surrey. All five represented England in the recent European girls’ team championship and Allen, Muse and Prior were in last year’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals. The players: Emma Allen, 18, (Meon Valley) was 14th at the recent English women’s amateur championship and won the girls’ title at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. Annabel Bailey, 16, (Kirby Muxloe) was runner-up at the 2014 English girls’ championship and tied 10th in the 2015 Helen Holm Scottish strokeplay. Sammy Fuller, 16, (Roehampton) tied for the Irish U18 stroke play, but lost a title play-off. She was 16th in the English women’s amateur where she shot 66 in the first round. Hollie Muse, 15, (West Lancashire) helped England beat Spain in the mixed international and has won the Scottish U16 championship and The Leveret and was third in the St Rule Trophy. Lizzie Prior, 17, (Burhill) was joint runner-up in the English women’s amateur and has won the Fairhaven Trophies and the Critchley Salver this season. She also tied second in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. 22 Jul 2015 Five selected for England title defence last_img read more

Top award for volunteer squad manager Wendy Lodder

first_img Tags: Coaching Conference, Volunteer Manager of the Year, Wendy Lodder Volunteer squad manager Wendy Lodder has been honoured with an award at the England Golf coaching conference.Wendy, who suffers from a rare cancer, was hailed as the 2017 Volunteer Manager of the Year, in tribute to her inspirational dedication to her players in the England U18 East region squad.Guests at the awards dinner watched a video of player after player speaking about Wendy’s contribution to their progress. They told of her positive attitude, her encouragement, her welcome, her big smile, her friendship and her belief in them.Squad coach Sarah Bennett said: “Wendy is just incredible. The connection she has with everyone and the respect she has from the players is amazing. She makes everything run so smoothly and has so much desire and commitment for the people who matter, the players.”Wendy, a member at Colchester Golf Club in Essex, was a late starter to golf, achieving a single figure handicap and becoming a Level 1 volunteer coach 10 years ago.She’s been the East Region U18 squad manager for the past two seasons and said of her award: “It’s a great honour to be recognised by England Golf, the East Regional coach Sarah Bennett and my Team East squad.“I love working with the coach and the squad and get a great deal of enjoyment from seeing them grow as players and people. I’m thrilled to use my life skills to help other players strive for their dreams.“I have had great support from England Golf, Sarah and the squad in recent months after I was diagnosed with cancer. This has inspired my fight against the disease and made me even more determined to beat it.”Wendy was recognised alongside two top coaches. Yorkshire’s Steve Robinson, who led the England women’s team to back-to-back European championship wins, was named Coach of the Year 2017 for the second time in succession.  It’s the second year in a row he has received this award.Top putting coach Phil Kenyon received the Award for Excellence in Coaching, in recognition for years of service to the England men and boys’ squads. Kenyon, who is based at Formby Hall in Lancashire, is now concentrating on his professional portfolio, which includes Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick.Image © Leaderboard Photography 22 Nov 2017 Top award for volunteer squad manager Wendy Lodder last_img read more

EU Reaffirms Commitment to Basic Human Rights

first_imgAs Liberia through the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC) celebrates Human Rights Day with other countries of the world, the European Union (EU) has given reassurances of its commitment to uphold all basic human rights.In a statement issued by the European Union Delegation from the High Representative, Federica Mogherin, the EU says it is committed to upholding these rights at all times as indicated in the theme of this year’s celebration.The statement quotes the EU as saying, “The theme for this year’s International Human Rights Day – Human Rights 365 – reflects the aspiration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times, is entitled to the full range of human rights.”It notes with emphasis, “The EU is committed to upholding these rights. Two years ago we adopted the Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy, together with its Action Plan, and we appointed an EU Special Representative for Human Rights. Since then, with the support of EU Member States, we have been advocating human rights in over 40 human rights dialogues with developing countries and we have been engaging with regional and multilateral organizations, including the UN.”The EU’s position on human rights also indicates that EUSR Stavros Lambrinidis has closely and proactively interacted with key partners and supported the role of civil society organizations throughout the world.EU delegations accordingly, have been monitoring, reporting, and acting on human rights issues, sometimes under very difficult circumstances.“We have achieved a lot but much remains to do. One such area of work is torture. The Convention against Torture was adopted by the UN 30 years ago today and yet torture is still widely practiced around the world. This demands our urgent attention,” the EU says.“The renewal in 2015 of our Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy will be the opportunity to renew our commitment and to address new challenges to the universality and indivisibility of human rights, the statement adds.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Insider Trading: Welbeck set for Man United exit, plus Balotelli to Liverpool latest

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.Our man in the know reveals that Louis van Gaal has told Danny Welbeck he is free to leave Manchester United before the transfer window shuts, with the revelation coming as a surprise to the England forward after believing his future was safe at the club.Meanwhile, Houghton shares the latest on Mario Balotelli’s impending move to Liverpool, saying that while the Italian won’t be signed in time to face former side Manchester City on Monday, he expects the striker to be named a Liverpool player over the weekend.There is also the latest news on Tottenham’s move for Sevilla star Federico Fazio plus the continued confusion of Angel di Maria’s future at Real Madrid.Latest transfer news and rumours on talkSPORT.com:Transfer Insider: Liverpool plan second striker swoop and Madrid star to reject Man United moveRodgers insists new signings won’t threaten “fantastic environment” at LiverpoolExclusive: Federico Fazio ‘practically a Tottenham player’Balotelli deal ‘too good for Liverpool to turn down’, claims CampbellTottenham and Chelsea’s £20m transfer target – goals guaranteed?Arsenal transfer boost: Blanc admits PSG starlet could leaveSwansea face fresh competition in fight for FrenchmanEx-Manchester United midfielder set to snub Premier League duoReal Madrid plot shock loan move for Man United defenderWest Ham target set for Swansea switchWest Ham and Sunderland target keen on moveNapoli to land West Ham targetlast_img read more