Euro 2016: Far-right Russian fan leader arrested in France two days after being deported

Alexander Shprygin was among 20 Russian fans expelled in connection with violence at the beginning of the Euro 2016 tournament. French police have arrested the leader of Russian football fans who attacked England fans two days after he was deported from France. Alexander Shprygin, who has far-right affiliations and is president of the Russian Supporters Union, was among 20 Russian fans expelled in connection with violence at the beginning of the Euro 2016 tournament. It was not immediately clear how he reentered France. A message on his twitter account said he had taken an unconventional route, and included a photo of a jet belonging to Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling Airlines.

via independet: Euro 2016: Far-right Russian fan leader arrested in France two days after being deported

EU referendum: Top Vote Leave donor revealed to be former BNP member

Gladys Bramall has given £600,000 to Leave in recent weeks. She has reportedly confirmed she was a BNP member under Nick Griffin’s leadership – but says her husband signed her up. One of the Leave campaign’s biggest individual donors is a former member of the far-right BNP, it has been reported. Gladys Bramall, an 88-year-old woman from Birmingham, has made two cash donations to Vote Leave Limited of £500,000 and £100,000, making her the campaign’s third-largest financial backer, Electoral Commission filings show. And Ms Bramall is also named on the database of then-members of the BNP that was published by WikiLeaks in November 2008, when Nick Griffin was still its leader. The link was first reported by BuzzFeed News, and Ms Bramall told the website that she must have been signed up to the far-right group by her husband – who is also named on the leaked list. She nonetheless confirmed her membership, saying: “My husband joined, he obviously enrolled me at the same time. It wasn’t with my knowledge.” The BNP membership database was published three times before the party expelled Mr Griffin in 2014 for “trying to cause disunity by deliberately fabricating a state of crisis”.

via independent: EU referendum: Top Vote Leave donor revealed to be former BNP member

Court upholds 7-year verdict for racially-motivated attack

The High Court in Prague upheld yesterday the almost seven-year prison sentences for two men who committed an arson attack on a Romany dormitory in As, west Bohemia, and were found guilty of a racially motivated attempted murder and endangering of the public’s safety. The lower-level courts sentenced Tomas Kopecky and Michal Polacek each to six years and nine months in prison for their attack from February 2012, when they threw Molotov cocktails to the building where 18 people including eight children were staying. Nobody’s health was harmed as the inhabitants put the fire out. In his appeal, the state attorney demanded a 15-year sentence for the two perpetrators, but the Hight Court did not meet his request and upheld the previous verdict yesterday. It stated that Kopecky and Polacek committed the crime as fans of the neo-Nazi and racist organisation Blood & Honour Division Bohemia and its militant branch Combat 18 Bohemia. Before throwing in the Molotov cocktails, they poured petrol around the entrance to the dormitory in order to thwart the inhabitants’ escape. Apart from Kopecky and Polacek, another seven people were tried for neo-Nazi activities. The court stated that the founder and leader of the neo-Nazi groups was Jan Balik, who did not take part in the arson attack in As. Balik was sentenced to three years and eight months for racist and neo-Nazi activities such as the recruitment of new fans, writing of articles, launching of websites and promoting racism and neo-Nazism. He also sold T-shirts, CDs, DVDs and other items promoting neo-Nazi groups and aims.

via prague monitor: Court upholds 7-year verdict for racially-motivated attack

Transgender person attacked leaving fundraiser for Orlando victims, police say

A person who is transgender was attacked after leaving a fundraiser for victims of the Orlando shooting, and FBI agents and police in Seattle are investigating the incident as a hate crime, authorities said. Police said the victim in the case had just left a fundraiser at the nightclub Neumos and was walking near 11th Avenue and East Pike Street when a man in his 20s approached and said, “Hey, happy Pride.” The man then launched an assault, grabbing the victim by the throat and yelling a transgender slur, Seattle police said. The victim — a 36-year-old who prefers not to be identified by any particular gendered pronoun — lost consciousness, and the suspect fled the scene, police said. In a statement, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole condemned the assault and said no resource would be spared identifying the assailant. Seattle police said they were working with the FBI to investigate the crime. “I’m disgusted by this hateful attack,” O’Toole said in a statement. “I want to assure the victim and the community that the SPD will leverage every resource to identify the suspect and bring him to justice.”

via wshington post: Transgender person attacked leaving fundraiser for Orlando victims, police say

Here’s How Often Cops Are Arrested For Breaking The Laws They’re Paid To Uphold

“Police crimes are not uncommon,” researchers found. A new study finds that hundreds of police officers are arrested each year for the same sorts of crimes they are supposed to be thwarting. The study, believed to be the first of its kind, was conducted by researchers at Bowling Green State University and funded by the National Institute of Justice, which released the report this month. Researchers identified 6,724 cases involving the arrests of 5,545 sworn officers across the nation between 2005 and 2011. That means that on average, police officers are getting arrested around 1,000 times per year. Alarmingly, forty-one percent of the total crimes were committed while on duty. Philip Stinson, lead researcher on the study and BGSU professor, told The Huffington Post that even when off-duty, some of these officers committed crimes using powers endowed to them as sworn members of law enforcement or knowledge gained through their authority as police officers — thereby making the distinction murky in some cases. “Police officers can’t seem to turn it off at night,” Stinson said. The alleged crimes cops were arrested for most frequently were simple assault, driving under the influence and aggravated assault. Altogether, those crimes made up one-third of the total cases. There were also a considerable number of sex crimes cases, including forcible fondling and forcible rape — about 10 percent of all cases — and, disturbingly, the sex crimes cases included some victims under the age of 18. While the victims were mostly female, there were some male victims as well, Stinson said Thursday during a web conference detailing the report.

via huff: Here’s How Often Cops Are Arrested For Breaking The Laws They’re Paid To Uphold

Cornwall votes for Brexit and then pleads to keep EU funding

Cornwall recieves millions of pounds in EU subsidies every year The Cornish council has issued a plea for “protection” following the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union. Cornwall, which has a poor economy and as such has received millions of pounds in subsidies from the EU each year for over a decade, voted decisively to Leave.
But this money is now threatened following the severing of ties with the EU. John Pollard, the leader of Cornwall council said: “Now that we know the UK will be leaving the EU we will be taking urgent steps to ensure that the UK Government protects Cornwall’s position in any negotiations. “We will be insisting that Cornwall receives investment equal to that provided by the EU programme which has averaged £60m per year over the last ten years.” European money has helped develop infrastructure, universities and broadband internet in the county. From 2007 to 2013, €654m was given to pay for these projects, the Financial Times reported. But a statement on the council website posted on Friday said prior to the referendum said the county was reassured by the Leave side that withdrawing from the EU would not affect the funding already allocated by Brussels. Leave campaigners also promised the county would not be worse off in terms of the investment it receives. “We are seeking urgent confirmation from Ministers that this is the case,” the statement added. Cornwall, which has a population of just 530,000 people, voted resoundingly to leave the EU, with 56.52 per cent opting for leave – more than the national average – compared to 43.48 per cent voting to remain.

via independent: Cornwall votes for Brexit and then pleads to keep EU funding

Fast jeder junge Mensch hat Erfahrungen mit Hass im Netz

Hasskommentare im Netz sind keine Seltenheit. Die meisten Menschen wurde schon damit konfrontiert. Hasskommentare bleiben im Internet ein Problem. Eine Umfrage zeigt, dass fast jeder Mensch ab 14 Jahren schon damit konfrontiert war.Zwei Drittel aller Internetnutzer in Deutschland waren einer Umfrage zufolge schon Zeuge von Hassbotschaften im Netz. In der Altersgruppe der 14- bis 24-Jährigen haben sogar 91 Prozent schon sogenannte Hate Speech in sozialen Netzwerken, Internetforen oder Blogs gesehen, wie aus der am Donnerstag in Düsseldorf veröffentlichten Erhebung im Auftrag der Landesanstalt für Medien Nordrhein-Westfalen (LfM) hervorgeht. Hass und Diskriminierung im Netz seien zum gesamtgesellschaftlichen Problem geworden, erklärte die LfM. Deutliche Unterschiede zeigten sich den Angaben zufolge im Umgang mit Hasskommentaren. Rund die Hälfte der befragten Personen gab demnach an, solche Botschaften einfach zu ignorieren. Jeder Dritte befasste sich schon näher mit einem Hasskommentar, etwa indem er sich das Profil des Verfassers ansah oder mit anderen über den Eintrag sprach. Gemeldet haben einen Hasskommentar bei entsprechenden Portalen nach eigener Auskunft 20 Prozent der Befragten. Nur ein Prozent der Befragten gab an, selbst schon hasserfüllte Kommentare im Netz geschrieben zu haben.

via morgenpost: Fast jeder junge Mensch hat Erfahrungen mit Hass im Netz

siehe auch: Der Hass im Netz ist zum gesamtgesellschaftlichen Problem geworden:
91 % der 14- bis 24-Jährigen sahen sich bereits mit Hate Speech konfrontiert. Das Internet ist längst zu einer der wichtigsten Quellen für die Meinungsbildung geworden. Gegenwärtig ist allerdings zu beobachten, dass sich im Netz zunehmend Hetze und Diskriminierung verbreiten. Eine aktuelle Forsa-Umfrage, die von der Landesanstalt für Medien Nordrhein-Westfalen (LfM) in Auftrag gegeben wurde, zeigt nun die große Tragweite, die Hasskommentare im Netz mittlerweile aufweisen.