A growing number of Capitol Police officers are considering retirement or quitting the force in response to the deadly rioting on Jan. 6, the head of the union representing officers said. "Many officers that are retirement eligible are seriously looking at turning in their retirement papers. Since January 6th, several Officers have retired as a result," Gus Papathanasiou, chairman of the United States Capitol Police Labor Committee, said in a statement released on Friday. "I cannot tell you the number of younger officers who have confided in me since the insurrection who are actively looking at other police agencies or even new careers," Papathanasiou said. ADVERTISEMENT The union boss cited "a lack of trust in our leadership who clearly failed us on January 6th" and said other agencies "offer better working conditions and better retirement benefits" than the U.S. Capitol Police force. "If Congress wants to recruit and retain officers to meet the heightened security … [Read more...] about Union chief: ‘Many’ Capitol police officers want to retire, quit
The British government is reportedly seeking to extend powers granted to police to crack down on protests even after lockdown restrictions are lifted, raising concerns about the state of freedom of speech in the country. A freedom of information request has revealed that Home Secretary Priti Patel wrote to the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), questioning how the government could continue to limit protests. In the September letter, reported by The Observer on Sunday, Patel said that while protesting is “a cornerstone of our democracy”, she inquired as to how the Home Office could prevent protests from impacting upon “the rights of others to go about their daily business”. “I would like to know… what steps the government could take to ensure the police have the right powers and capabilities to respond to protests,” she wrote to the head of HMICFRS, Sir Thomas Winsor. The letter prompted an inspectorate review into how police should … [Read more...] about ‘Cornerstone of Our Democracy’? UK Govt Plots to Extend Protest Restrictions After the Lockdown
Kiz: As the Nuggets scuffle toward the NBA all-star break with a record barely above .500, point guard Jamal Murray tells us he’s not stressing. But is it OK if I’m a little jittery? Yes, Denver has dealt with more than its share of injuries, making it difficult to establish chemistry. But is there something more amiss with the Nuggets than bad luck? And shouldn’t a team that regards itself as a championship contender now be worried about being relegated to the crap shoot of a 7-10 play-in tourney? Singer: They should be anxious sitting in seventh place, though with nearly 40 games to go, you’ll get absolutely no one to admit that. What’s become apparent to me, is given the compressed nature of the schedule, each team is simply trying to keep its head above water. Any reflection or self-assessment is going to have to wait until the break. The schedule is just too insane, with maybe one practice allotted per month. What would bother me the most if I was coach Michael Malone would … [Read more...] about Kiszla vs. Singer: Are the Nuggets in danger of falling into the NBA’s play-in tournament?
The NBA fast break died Thursday night at Ball Arena. It was 74. Long regarded as one of basketball’s most beloved plays, it died quietly, if not unremarkably, in the final moments of a Nuggets’ game played before zero fans and broadcast to a limited audience due to an ongoing dispute between billionaires. Shrieks could be heard emanating from the Grading the Week offices in the wake of the its tragic passing — moans so loud Ms. Grading the Week was stirred from her evening slumber. Fast break basketball — F Some might say the fast break was a victim of the times, done in by math and an over-emphasis on 3-pointers. This, of course, would be ignoring the fact that even the Nuggets coach who presided over its death was himself pleading for his charges to revive the simple play following Denver’s 112-110 loss to Washington. “We had a layup,” a somber Michael Malone lamented late Thursday night. Indeed, the Nuggets were surging up court, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. … [Read more...] about Grading the Week: Pour one out for the NBA fast break, which died Thursday inside Ball Arena
Jamal Murray only deserved partial blame for the broken play that cost the Nuggets, at minimum, an overtime session against the Washington Wizards on Thursday night. Down 112-110 with six seconds remaining, Nikola Jokic tapped a defensive rebound into the eager hands of Murray. Of the first five players to cross halfcourt, four were Nuggets. The lone Wizard, Bradley Beal, pulled up near the 3-point line and committed to Murray, leaving both Michael Porter Jr. and Facu Campazzo unattended. Murray said he expected Porter to cut to the hoop for what would’ve been an uncontested layup sending the game into overtime. But when he didn’t, and instead sunk to the far corner despite no one being in the paint, that removed Denver’s easiest path to a bucket. “There should’ve definitely been a cut to the rim,” Porter said. “At the beginning, we all just were thinking, get behind the 3-point line. Let’s win it and go home.” Though Porter conceded that, with the benefit of hindsight, he’d … [Read more...] about “The layup was there”: Inside the Nuggets’ late-game disaster vs. the Wizards