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Police brutality reaches record levels in the U.S.



Fears for Americans as police brutality reaches record levels

Frightening statistics reveal nearly one in three people who have been killed by U.S. police officers since 2015 were trying to flee.

This number is rising, with police brutality now reaching record levels.

In the seven years since 2015, 2500 people have lost their lives when authorities fatally shot or use lethal force against them as they tried to get away.

This averages out to around one killing a day of someone running or trying to escape.

In 2022 alone, officers have killed 633 people, including 202 who were fleeing.

“The only person left to tell the story is the cop.”

Adante Pointer, a civil rights lawyer SPEAKING TO THE GUARDIAN

Research shows many of these incidents begin at traffic stops where there was no indication of crimes prompting police contact.

Hunted down and confronted – some people were shot in the back while running and others were just passengers in vehicles.

It’s Black Americans who are disproportionately affected, making up 32 per cent of all individuals killed by police while fleeing.

It’s a concerning trend and one that is growing.

What’s even more worrying is the lack of accountability

But with police brutality reaching record levels, data tells us prosecution remains rare.

Of the 2500 people killed while fleeing, only 50, or 2 per cent, have faced criminal charges.

Experts believe this is a clear indication of how the U.S. justice system favours officers over civilians.

They warn it also exposes fundamental flaws in police departments.

Laws have long protected police officers.

In 1985, the Supreme Court ruled officers can use lethal force against a fleeing person if they reasonably believed the person was an imminent threat.

They later added that an officer’s ‘state of mind’ and ‘fear’ in the moment is also a relevant factor.

The fact is us police officers kill more people in a week than many countries do in years.

These numbers haven’t budged since the start of the Black Lives Matter movement, in fact they’re only rising.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?



Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.

Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.

While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.

Seth Schachner, the Managing Director at StratAmericas and a former Sony Music Executive joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #Spotify #music #Apple #AppleMusic #SpotifyWrapped #streaming #featured #IN AMERICA TODAY

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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry



Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.

The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.

The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.

New Zealand example

Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.

The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.

With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.

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Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’



Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.

The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.

In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.

We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.

Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.

This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.

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