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Police Minister hits out at National’s ‘virtue-signalling on law and order’ in firearms debate



a person in a suit and tie: Watch as Police Minister Poto Williams is questioned in Parliament on the Government's gun law reforms.


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Watch as Police Minister Poto Williams is questioned in Parliament on the Government’s gun law reforms.

Police Minister Poto Williams has hit out at National’s “virtue-signalling” during a debate on gun law reform but she was criticised for saying she doesn’t expect criminals “to do anything lawful”.

Williams defended the Government’s record on firearms law reform in Parliament on Thursday following a recent shooting in Northland and the tragic death of police officer Constable Matthew Hunt in June. 

“Can I say that any incident where the use of weapons is involved is distressing for the police and the community, and police are frontline workers who go above and beyond to keep our community safe. We need to support our officers so we can continue to support our communities.”

Police Minister hits out at National’s ‘virtue-signalling on law and order’ in firearms debate

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Landlord and Tenant Board adjudicator issues interim order that favours landlord despite potential conflict of interest

An adjudicator at the Landlord and Tenant Board who admitted to being in a conflict of interest issued an order advocates say weakened the legal position of a tenant facing eviction after losing his job during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Nov. 25, adjudicator Shannon Kiekens was presiding over a virtual hearing between Pinedale Properties and a member of a largely immigrant, working-class tenants’ union, the East York 50.

The lawyer for Pinedale Properties, Kristin Ley, works for the prominent pro-landlord law firm Cohen Highley, where Kiekens worked as a paralegal for 20 years until earlier this year.

In a video of the hearing shared by People’s Defence Toronto, which describes itself as an organization fighting to build political power for poor and working-class people, Kiekens said she was in a possible conflict of interest and would recuse herself and adjourn the hearing until another adjudicator was

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Law & Order: SVU Season 22 Episode 3 Review: Remember Me in Quarantine


Lots of shows have addressed COVID-19, but few have focused on the way the pandemic has affected people’s mental health.


Law & Order: SVU Season 22 Episode 3 came close to doing that with its quarantine-inspired story.


This didn’t really feel like an SVU case with a few exceptions, but it got the point across effectively.

A Missing College Student/Tall - Law & Order: SVU Season 22 Episode 3


Maria’s death was a tragedy brought on by a ton of impulsive college-kid behavior made worse by the quarantine.


Bedhopping and relationship drama is part and parcel of the college experience for some students. Still, because these kids were all stuck together and had passionate views about proper pandemic behavior, their problems were more likely to end in violence.


And that’s exactly what happened: Perry was not only jealous that Maria got high and slept with someone else but felt betrayed by the only other person in the

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Police Minister Poto Williams hits out at National’s ‘virtue-signalling on law and order’ in firearms debate

Williams said in Parliament the Government is doing all it can. 

“Already we have banned military-style semi-automatic weapons, magazines, and parts; taken 62,000 prohibited firearms out of circulation; and passed the Arms Legislation Bill, which National voted against. There is a great deal more to do and I intend to make further announcements in the New Year. 

“I’m sick of National’s virtue signalling on law and order. Under them, police numbers fell. They are up: 2200 new constables, 1280 new full time-equivalents, 700 alone focused on organised crime. This Government delivers for police.”

The Government banned military-style semi-automatic weapons in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack. The Government also spent $150 million on a gun buyback scheme, which collected 62,000 prohibited firearms as of June. 

Brown said National’s Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPOs) would give police greater powers to take firearms off violent criminals but the Government continues to refuse

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Access to Immigrants’ DMV Records Requires Court Order

On November 30, 2020, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Rochester Judge’s decision to the lawsuit that sought to repeal the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, which allows immigrants without documents to apply and a receive driver’s license. The state of New York, as of December 16, 2020, allowed undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This Act, nicknamed “Green Light law,” prevents federal immigration and customs from having access to any immigrant’s DMV records.

Federal Immigration and Customs Access to Immigrant’s DMV Records

Republican Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns filed a lawsuit against Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Attorney General Letitia James, and New York’s DMV Commissioner Mark Schroeder on grounds that he could be prosecuted under federal immigration law for performing certain duties under the Green Light law, which shields the personal data of applicants from

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Polis order again clarifies scope of state prosecutor’s investigation into Elijah McClain’s death

DENVER – Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued another executive order Wednesday that again amends the scope of Attorney General Phil Weiser’s investigation into the actions surrounding Elijah McClain’s death after an amendment last month caused some people to think Weiser would not be able to prosecute law enforcement officers.

Under the original scope of the investigation, which was ordered in June, Weiser, who was appointed as state prosecutor, could investigate “any potential criminal activity by law enforcement officers or any other individuals that caused the death of Elijah McClain in Aurora Colorado in August 2019.

Polis’ Nov. 10 amended executive order changed the scope of the investigation to say Weiser could investigate “offenses arising from the August 24, 2019 encounter with Elijah McClain and/or his subsequent death, and, if deemed necessary, prosecute any persons for such offenses.”

Some took the change – including the removal of the words “law enforcement

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Gavin Newsom: Most of California near stay-at-home order

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California will likely order most of its businesses to close or limit capacity in the coming days, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday, part of new rules triggered when fewer than 15% of beds are available in intensive care units for regional hospital networks.

Newsom said four of the state’s five regions — excluding the San Francisco Bay Area — will meet that threshold within a day or two.

When they do, the state will order the closure of all hair salons and barbershops, bars, breweries and distilleries, casinos and indoor and outdoor playgrounds.,

Restaurants would be limited to take-out and delivery only, while retailers must limit customers inside their stories to 20% capacity during the busy holiday shopping season.

Once triggered, regions would have 48 hours to implement the rules, which must stay in effect at least three weeks.

“The bottom line is if we don’t act

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Governor makes another amendment to Elijah McClain executive order

DENVER (KDVR) — Gov. Jared Polis made another amendment Wednesday to the executive order that launched a special investigation, spearheaded the state Attorney General Phil Weiser, into the death of Elijah McClain.

“Some technical changes were made to the Executive Order three weeks ago. While those changes broadened the scope of the Attorney General’s authority to prosecute wrongdoing, they were taken by some in the wrong way and were hurtful to others, which was far from the intent. This amendment incorporates language from the original Executive Order and maintains the expansion of prosecutorial authority given to the Attorney General,” a press release from Polis’ office said.

“The intent is and always has been to allow the Attorney General to conduct a complete and impartial investigation of this matter,” said Jacki Cooper Melmed, Chief Legal Counsel to the Governor.

The governor’s amendment includes language clarifying the AG’s ability to prosecute law

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Polis revises Elijah McClain executive order to restore reference to potentially prosecuting police

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Gov. Jared Polis made a second revision Wednesday to his executive order directing Attorney General Phil Weiser to investigate the death of Elijah McClain, acknowledging previous tweaks to the order’s language “were taken by some in the wrong way and were hurtful to others.”

The newly revised order restores language that directly refers to the possibility of prosecuting police officers in connection with McClain’s death.

McClain, 23, died in August 2019 after being placed in a chokehold by Aurora police, then sedated by paramedics. Prosecutor Dave Young declined to criminally charge the officers or paramedics involved in McClain’s death, but on June 25, as pressure mounted and national attention grew, Polis appointed Weiser as a special prosecutor.

The original order gave Weiser the authority to investigate and prosecute “any potential criminal activity by law enforcement officers or any other individuals that caused the death

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Law, order of Mirzapur no different than PoK; Shiv Sena questions UP CM’s Mumbai visit



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The Shiv Sena has questioned the Mumbai visit of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and said the law and order condition of Mirzapur in UP is no different from that in PoK. This is a veiled attack on actress Kangana Ranaut who had compared Mumbai to Pok to attack the Shiv Sena government.

The editorial said, “One actress (Kangana Ranaut) compared Mumbai to POK. Therefore, this actress has become the sister of BJP. Now in same Mumbai, BJP’s CM Yogi Adityanath arrives to develop his state asking for investment, how time changes, it is revenge taken by time. This is the glory of Mumbai. The Law and order condition of POK and Mirzapur is no different. Maintain law and order in UP, it will become Mayanagri.”

The editorial termed UP CM Yogi Adityanath Sadhu Maharaj. The editorial said, “Sadhu Maharaj arrived in Mayanagri Mumbai and stayed at beach view hotel

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