(Richmond, VA) You will be charged with a 6-month mandatory minimum sentence in addition to a felony if you assault a police officer. Advocates for people with psychiatrics disabilities argue that assault can be easily misinterpreted. For example, James is a 27-year old with with autism. Due to his autism, he spits subconsciously which can be considered assault under the wrong circumstances. Sen. Scott Surovell made a bill that would limit the felony charge to a misdemeanor for assault of a police officer. The original bill died under a Democrat-led House Courts of Justice Committee. A revised bill is being worked on that according to Surovell “would protect people with autism from excessive punishment, as well as those who resist police during a mental health crisis.” More of this story here.
Peaceful Saba Saba protests begun July 7th in Kenya. Following the nationwide protests across the country, Kenyan police has been caught lobbing tear gas, arbitrarily