Convicted murderer attacks 7 French prison guards amid protests for extra security

The inmate, whose name hasn’t been released, attacked seven prison guards in Mont-de-Marsan prison in the southwest department of Landes on Monday afternoon, France Info radio network reported, citing local SNP-FO prison union. At least five guards received various injuries, including broken bones, the union added. A female guard was among those injured. It’s not yet clear if the convict used a weapon to attack the guards.

The attack took place when prisoners were doing sports, Fabrice Cologni, a local secretary of the union, said. A search of the convict’s bag provoked the incident, the prison administration said, adding that the prisoner was transferred to the disciplinary section of the facility.

The incident comes days after a former senior Al-Qaeda member, 51-year-old Christian Ganczarski, attacked and injured guards with scissors and a razor blade at the high-security prison in Vendin-le-Vieil. Ganczarski allegedly learnt that he might face extradition to the US in connection with investigations into the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Following the incident, hundreds of prison officers protested across France to demand tighter security around dangerous inmates. “We have between 4,000 and 5,000 assaults of staff per year, about 20 episodes of hostage-taking of staff. When will it stop? When someone is killed?” the secretary-general of UFAP-UNSA prison union, Jean-François Forget, told Europe 1 on Sunday.

The intense protests resulted in the resignation of the head of the Vendin-le-Vieil prison. The Ufap-Unsa, CGT-Penitentiary and FO-Penitentiary unions called for more protests on Tuesday.

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Two dead because trucks don’t have side guards and cyclists apparently can’t stay upright

In Brooklyn and Toronto, the same story: “accidents” where cyclists somehow lose control, fall under rear wheels.

Such an unusual coincidence. In Brooklyn, police say that a bicyclist “lost control and fell under the wheels of a tractor-trailer”.

In Toronto, a cyclist was killed and may have similarly lost control.

It’s possible the man fell off his bike before being struck around noon near College St. and Ossington Ave., Const. Clint Stibbe of Toronto Police Services said. There was a car that was parked in a parking spot on the roadway, by a streetcar track, so the cyclist had to go around it, said Stibbe.

It is a sad coincidence, two cyclists just losing control like that. Bikes are pretty stable and safe. People who ride in December are usually the type of cyclists who ride all year and don’t just fall off their bikes. One Torontonian had a thought:

Another experienced cyclist noted:

Admittedly, the Toronto accident happened in a difficult spot; there is a lovely bike lane that just stops a few blocks to the east, so cyclists suddenly have little choice but to be squeezed between parked cars and trucks and the streetcar tracks. If you are going to have trouble, it is going to be here; it is a design problem but hey, choices have to be made, even in a Vision Zero city like Toronto. Clearly, there can’t be a bike lane here because cars have to have a place to park, and cyclists don’t ride in December anyway.

And then, there are the trucks themselves. In both cases, the cyclists went under the rear wheels of trucks that did not have side guards, which are required in most of the world but not in North America, where the industry fights them as being heavy and expensive. In Canada, the Minister of Transport just introduced new rules to make trucking safer, mandating stability control systems and logging devices, but not a peep about side guards.

sideguards© Boston Cyclists Union

In New York City the need for them is recognized; Mayor de Blasio made them mandatory on all trucks — by 2024. (In the UK, cyclist deaths dropped 61 percent and pedestrian deaths 20 percent when they became mandatory.) They should be mandatory everywhere, and a lot sooner than 2024.

In Brooklyn and Toronto, there are shocking similarities:

  • Police immediately blame the victims for losing control, which actually doesn’t happen that often.
  • Vision Zero is too high a price to pay when trucks have to get off highways or cars have to park.
  • Mandatory side guards might have saved both cyclists from being crushed but hey, they are expensive and accidents happen.
  • And don’t forget, we don’t need bike lanes because nobody cycles in winter.

One can hope that maybe this coincidence might spur the authorities to start taking these deaths seriously, but they never do. They don’t even understand what Vision Zero means: People make mistakes so the infrastructure has to protect them.

vision zero people are part of the equationVision Zero/Screen capture

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WATCH: Three Bridgewater Guards to Stand Trial 8 Years After Patient’s Death

A screen grab from video shot during Joshua K. Messier’s encounter with guards at Bridgewater State Hospital.

Eight years after the tragic death of a 23-year-old patient with schizophrenia at Bridgewater State Hospital, three prison guards are slated to stand trial Tuesday on charges they killed Joshua K. Messier while forcefully strapping him to a bed in a brutal scene captured on prison video.

The trial, scheduled to unfold in Plymouth Superior Court, once seemed highly unlikely even though the medical examiner ruled that the guards caused Messier’s death. Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz in 2010 determined there was insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges, and none of the guards was charged or even disciplined.

But four years later, after The Boston Globe reported on the guards’ rough treatment of Messier on the night he died, Attorney General Martha Coakley appointed a special prosecutor to investigate.

Source: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/12/03/guards-will-soon-stand-trial-years-after-death-patient-bridgewater-state-hospital/Rf8TA61y7CJrscVWSnE50K/story.html

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DISTURBING: Prison guards torture, use stun guns on inmates in Brazil



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Iran guards vow to boost missile program in defiance of US pressure

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[WATCH] Man Arrested for “Sagging Pants” Dies in Jail Cell After Several Guards Pile on Top of Him


Louisiana police first confronted Ervin Edwards because they were responding to a call that he had been arguing with his girlfriend at a gas station.

But the argument was over by the time they had arrived.

So Port Allen police began hassling him about his sagging pants, which is illegal in that city thanks to a clearly unconstitutional 2007 city ordinance.

But when they moved in to arrest him, he pulled away, thinking the Constitution applied to him.

“Why am I going to jail? I didn’t do anything,” he asked.

Not only did he end up in jail, he ended up dead. Lying facedown on a cold cell floor after several guards piled on top of him in that typical smothering “safety restraint” style that leaves so many people suffocated.

The West Baton Rouge Jail guards then left the 38-year-old man laying on his stomach in his underwear, his pants strewn outside the cell, for it was never about the pants, but about the power.

Then more than ten minutes went by before they entered the cell and pretended to care about his life with one guard kicking at his feet as it to tell him to snap out of the beating.

It was November 26, 2013 and an autopsy later classified as “undetermined,” a result of “acute cocaine and phencyclidine (PCP) intoxication in association with restraint by law enforcement” – a common diagnostic for similar deaths around the country, allowing law enforcement officers to not accept liability for needlessly taking somebody’s life.

Edwards’ family has filed a lawsuit and the U.S. Department of Justice may now be investigating. Or may be not, depending on whom you believe.

According to The Advocate:

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