Community Activists Demand Action vs Controversial Hold

first_img July 30, 2018 Ed Lenderman Community Activists Demand Action vs Controversial Hold Ed Lenderman, Posted: July 30, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – For eight months now, a coalition of community activists have been demanding the San Diego Police Department do away with a controversial restraining hold called, “the carotid restraint.”Today, the coalition presented Mayor Faulconer and the City Council with two boards- saying it represented some 31,500 signatures demanding the same action.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman has the story from City Hall. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Verizon Announces Price Increases For Wilmington Fios Customers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Town Manager Jeff Hull recently notified residents of upcoming Fios TV consumer pricing increases, slated to happen on or after September 1, 2018.These changes include:The Fios Local TV Service package will increase from $12.99 to $25.00 per monthThe Fios Quantum Gateway Router Rate will increase from $10.00 to $12.00 per monthThe monthly rental rates for the Set Top Box (STB) will change based on the number of STBs a subscriber rents. Subscribers will only be charged for up to five STBs. The monthly rental rate for the first two STBs will be $12 each per month, and the monthly rental rate for the third, fourth and fifth STBs will be $6 each per month. There will be no monthly charge for additional STBs.Verizon will notify subscribers of these increases by “bill messages” beginning on or after July 1.New rates may not become effective on certain subscriber accounts until current discounts expire.Selectman Chair Kevin Caira was quick to point out that the Selectmen nor the Town have any say over price or offering changes.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”SELECTMEN NEWS: 5 Things That Happened At This Week’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

Lawsuit Accuses Facebook of Enabling Human Traffickers

first_img Share HOUSTON (AP) — A human trafficking survivor from Texas sued Facebook this week, alleging the social media platform provides human traffickers an unrestricted way to “stalk, exploit, recruit, groom … and extort children into the sex trade.”The lawsuit was filed Monday in Houston against Facebook, the shuttered classifieds site Backpage.com and the owners of two Houston hotels.The suit seeks at least $1 million in damages on behalf of a woman identified as “Jane Doe,” who was 15 years old when she was sexually assaulted in 2012 after being allegedly targeted and recruited by a sex trafficker on Facebook.Facebook did not immediately return an email seeking comment on Tuesday. An attorney for Dallas-based Backpage.com didn’t immediately return a phone call.According to the lawsuit, Facebook should be held liable for the conduct of sex traffickers because the social media site has become the “first point of contact between sex traffickers and these children.Facebook not only provides an unrestricted platform for these sex traffickers to target children, but it also cloaks the traffickers with credibility.”Annie McAdams, an attorney for the woman who filed the suit, said her client was befriended by another Facebook user who gained her trust and promised her a job as a model.But, McAdams said, the other person forced her into sex trafficking within hours of meeting her. She was raped and beaten by people who had paid the trafficker, the attorney said.McAdams alleged Facebook has not done enough to ensure that users aren’t able to hide their identities from unsuspecting minors who may be targets of traffickers or to warn minors of the dangers posed by traffickers and how they can operate online.“It was not just because a pimp did something that Jane Doe was trafficked. That pimp is not able to traffic Jane Doe unless Facebook allowed him access to her,” McAdams said.The lawsuit comes after President Donald Trump in April signed a new law aimed at curbing sex trafficking. The law weakens a legal shield for online services that host abusive content, including sex trafficking.The legislation was focused more on classified-ad sites like Backpage.com, which had claimed they aren’t the publisher of questionable content but are merely transmitting posts by others.Backpage.com was shut down by federal authorities earlier this year after the company’s co-founders and other employees were arrested in what authorities say was a scheme to publish ads for sexual services, some of which involved children.“Facebook has the technology to be able to potentially develop algorithms to look for the indicators and the red flags of potential (trafficking) exploitation and abuse,” said Tony Talbott, director of Abolition Ohio, a University of Dayton group that works to combat human trafficking.Maya Simek, co-director of the Human Trafficking Law Clinic and a lecturer at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law in Cleveland, points to a lack of ID verification and a lack of advertisements or other outreach efforts to offer help for victims as some of the problems social media sites face in combating human trafficking.“I don’t think they’re doing as much as could be done,” Simek said.Talbott said he thinks the Houston lawsuit will have a difficult time proving that Facebook knowingly facilitated sex trafficking, as the company could show that traffickers are simply exploiting the site.”last_img read more