Surveillance camera footage of Cleveland police shooting dead 12-year-old Tamir Rice has been released by police. The video of the shooting shows the African-American boy being shot seconds after police arrive on the scene. The footage of the incident contradicts police claims that they warned the young boy three times before firing. According to audio released to the media, a 9-11 caller had told police the boy was carrying a gun but he thought it was probably “a fake”. That fact that was not relayed by the dispatcher to the police.
Mexican president promises crime reforms
President Enrique Peña Nieto has proposed reforms in response the Iguala student incident in which 43 Mexican students were abducted and murdered while en route to Iguala by bus to protest against inadequate education funding. The reforms proposed will create a 9-11 hotline for the entire country, give state governments constitutional power over local police and create three special economic zones in the nation’s poor south to boost economic growth. “After Iguala, Mexico must change,” he said.
Oil prices plummet after OPEC meeting
The price of crude oil fell dramatically after the Organisation Of Oil Exporting Countries – which provides 40 per cent of global oil production – decided to maintain output. Saudi Arabia’s oil minister Ali Al-Naimi made the announcement after a five hour meeting of the cartel’s leaders. This decision angered Venezuela, whose minister, Rafael Ramirez, angrily stormed out of the meeting. Venezuela’s budget is reliant on oil revenues; a price fall will harm the government.
Suicide bomber kills five in Kabul
Five people died, including British embassy workers, when a suicide bomber blew up a car in the Afghan capital, Kabul. At least 33 people were injured. Police believe the attack was aimed at embassy workers. A British security team has confirmed that two of the dead worked for the UK embassy. The Taliban has acknowledged responsibility for the attack.
Bomb kills more than at Nigerian bus station
A bomb has exploded in a village near Mubi killing more than 40 people. Mubi has seen fierce clashes between islamic separatists Boko Haram and Nigerian forces. Mubi is the second largest city in the state of Adamawa, close to Boko Haram’s Borno state stronghold, making it of strategic value to the group. – Compiled from agency and web sources by Brian Ennew and Daniel Stringer
Screenshot from surveillance film released by Cleveland police.