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U.S. must improve probes of police use of force: Obama
"We're going to have to do more work together in thinking about how we can build confidence that after police officers have used force, particularly deadly force, that there is confidence in how the investigation takes place and that justice is done," Obama said after a meeting with activists, lawmakers and law enforcement leaders.
Obama said there might be a need to develop a set of practices to ensure that investigations are carried out effectively and fairly for all parties involved.
The meeting on Wednesday focused on how to bridge the divide between police officers and the black and Hispanic communities after a series of high-profile police killings of black men in the past two years sparked angry protests throughout the country.
Obama has called for the country to come together and not give in to despair and division after the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas and the police killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
He laid out a series of steps that could help to improve relations between law enforcement and communities, including improving data collection and updating police training practices.
Attendees at the meeting included Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, the president of the National Association of Police Organizations, Michael McHale, and leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement.
A White House task force released a report last year recommending various reforms for local law enforcement in the United States, but Obama said more action is needed.
"What's been apparent is that it's not enough just for us to have a task force, a report and then follow up through our departments, we have to push this out to communities so that they feel ownership for some of the good ideas that have been floating around this table," he said.Read on the original site
Cheap meat imports affecting domestic animal breeders
The average price for imported pork is now $1.2 per kilo, or VND27,000, while the domestic pork price has dropped dramatically to a 30-year low. According to GDC, by mid-March, Vietnam had imported 7,800 tons of pork of different kinds, worth $9.4 million. The figure represented a 16 percent increase in quantity and 21 percent in value compared with the same period last year. As such, one kilo of imports is priced at $1.2. Post-slaughter by-products were imported at $0.88 per kilo (5,400… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
UK lawmakers start debate on bill authorizing Brexit talks
LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers are starting debate on a bill authorizing the start of European Union exit talks, as the government races to meet a self-imposed March 31 deadline to begin the process.The government was forced to introduce legislation after a Supreme Court ruling last week torpedoed Prime Minister Theresa May's effort to start the process of leaving the 28-nation bloc without a parliamentary vote.Ministers hope the bill can be pushed through both houses of Parliament within… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Italian president: We need a new government urgently
ROME (AP) — Italy's president promised Saturday he'll decide "in the next hours" about who to tap as the next premier, saying the country needs a new government as soon as possible to tackle problems, like troubled banks and quake-struck towns needing reconstruction.Matteo Renzi has been staying on as a caretaker premier following his resignation Dec. 7 after voters rejected his government-backed reforms, ending his nearly three-year center-left coalition."Our country needs, in the briefest of… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Philippines won't raise legal victory vs. China at ASEAN
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top diplomat says his country won't raise its recent international arbitration victory against China's territorial claims in the South China Sea during Asian summit talks that Manila will host this year.Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. said Wednesday that pressing last year's arbitration ruling during the annual meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations "is just simply counter-productive for our purposes."Yasay said the Philippines… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Home invasion survivor: I'm not running as a crime victim
PLAINVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Democrats are finding it tricky to run against Dr. William Petit.Petit, a 60-year-old Republican, became a national figure after surviving a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire in which his wife, Jennifer, and two daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela, were murdered.He's now running for Connecticut's state House from his hometown of Plainville, his first time seeking public office. He's a symbol for being tough on crime, is a respected family doctor in the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...