Motorist recorded Mexico cop pressing his foot over handcuffed man’s neck before he died


A video from Mexico has surfaced showing a man dying when a cop pressed his foot on his neck for 90 seconds.

The clip from Tijuana shows Oliver López lying face down with the officer standing over him during his arrest on March 27 – two months before George Floyd was killed in a similar hold in Minneapolis.

They swarmed on López after people reported that he was throwing rocks at customers at a gas station. 

The video has been shared on social media as outrage and unrest continues to spread across the United States following Floyd’s slaying at the hands of law enforcement.  

Another officer is seen lying on López’s legs while adding pressure to his restrained hands.   

The cops eventually removed themselves from López when he fell unconscious, but couldn’t revive him.

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A police officer (left) in Tijuana, Mexico, was captured on video March 27 stepping on the neck of Oliver López (pictured lying down) while he was handcuffed for reportedly throwing rocks at gas station customers. He died on the scene despite police efforts to revive him

Tijuana police officers attempt to lift an unconscious Oliver López after one cop kept his foot over López's neck while another officer kneeled over his legs and presses his  handcuffed hands down

Tijuana police officers attempt to lift an unconscious Oliver López after one cop kept his foot over López’s neck while another officer kneeled over his legs and presses his  handcuffed hands down  

A man in a nearby car is heard saying, ‘he is pale, he is dead,’ while a second male interjected, ‘he killed him, he killed him already.’

A couple of minutes would pass before López’s body was turned around as a police officer attempted to revive him by giving him chest compressions. However, he was declared dead on the scene.   

The latest police excessive show of force unfurled after López had been apprehended for hurling rocks at gas station customers, according to the Tijuana Secretariat of Security and Civilian Protection.

The law enforcement agency said López ‘had seizures at the time of arrest.’

Both police officers were suspended March 31. The Baja California State Attorney General’s office is has taken over the investigation.  

A police officer attempts to revive Oliver López by performing chest compressions before he was declared dead. The Baja California

A police officer attempts to revive Oliver López by performing chest compressions before he was declared dead. The Baja California 

A motorist in Tijuana recorded the moment a cop pressured Oliver López's neck by placing his foot over it while another police officer pinned the handcuffed man down on the ground

A motorist in Tijuana recorded the moment a cop pressured Oliver López’s neck by placing his foot over it while another police officer pinned the handcuffed man down on the ground

‘It was initially thought that he had precisely died as a result of an overdose. Once the information was obtained, it was established that the cause of death was suffocation,’ said Baja California lead prosecutor, Hiram Sánchez Zamora. 

On Tuesday evening, Baja California governor Jaime Bonilla Valdez went on Twitter, calling for a full investigation of the two cops.

‘In Baja California there will be no cases of impunity, before any act that breaks our laws, at any level, ‘ Valdez tweeted. ‘The Baja California State Attorney General will determine the legal situation of the two police officers involved in the act.’

Floyd (pictured), 46, died shortly after Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes

Floyd (pictured), 46, died shortly after Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes

News of López death broke on the eighth day of nationwide protests across the United States after Floyd was killed in Minnesota after Derek Chauvin, a police officer, placed his knee over the side of Floyd’s neck while he was handcuffed and lying face down on May 25.

Video of the incident also showed two other cops kneeling over Floyd’s body as he said ‘I can’t breathe’ and called for his mother after the police had arrested him for allegedly using a fake $20 bill at a deli.

Chauvin and the three other officers – Tou Thao, Thomas K. Lane and J. Alexander Kueng – who were at the scene were fired. Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 

Multiple footage of the incident has motivated peaceful demonstrations across the world. However, some of the protests have been marred by acts of looting caused by groups that have infiltrated the mass gatherings. 

Derek Chauvin, a 44-year-old white cop who has since been arrested, was seen in footage kneeling on Floyd's neck for eight minutes as the victim repeatedly said he could not breathe (incident pictured)

Chauvin was taken into custody on Friday after protesters called for him to be arrested. He has been charged with third-degree murder

Derek Chauvin, a 44-year-old white cop who has since been arrested, was seen in footage kneeling on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes as the victim repeatedly said he could not breathe (incident pictured)

A family attorney has blasted a medical examiner’s findings that Floyd had fentanyl in his system as a ‘red herring’ meant to distract attention away from a Minneapolis police officer’s responsibility for his death. 

During a news conference Tuesday, attorney Ben Crump also disputed the findings released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner that the cause of death was cardiac arrest, which happened as police restrained Floyd and compressed his neck in a widely seen video that has sparked worldwide protests. 

The medical examiner also listed fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use, but not as the cause of death.

An autopsy commissioned by the family, which Crump released Monday, concluded that Floyd died of a lack of oxygen caused by the officers’ knees on his neck and back.

Three-toed dinosaur footprints discovered in China were left by a 17-foot cousin of T. rex


Three-toed dinosaur footprints discovered by rock climbers in China were made 190 million years ago by a 17-foot cousin of T. rex, a study found. 

The prints — of which there are 46 — were found in march this year in the Geleshan National Forest Park in Chongqing, south-west China, in the March of this year.

Chinese palaeontologists examined the tracks — which lie in two quartz sandstone surfaces and are among the best-preserved of their kind to be discovered in Asia.

The team identified the Early Jurassic-period prints as ‘Kayentapus’ — the name given to the fossilised tracks left behind by three-toed bipedal theropods.

Theropods — a group which includes the notorious Tyrannosaurus rex — are dinosaurs characterised by their hollow bones and three-toed limbs.

This is the first reported finding of Kayentapus trace fossils from Asia.

According to a report from the Chongqing Bureau of Planning and Natural Resources, the ‘chicken feet’ tracks were likely made by a Sinosaurus.

Three-toed dinosaur footprints discovered by rock climbers in China were made 190 million years ago by a 17-foot cousin of T. rex, a study found. Pictured, one of the three-toed prints

According to a report from the Chongqing Bureau of Planning and Natural Resources, the 'chicken feet' tracks were likely made by a Sinosaurus, pictured here in artist's impression. Sinosaurus was a meat-eating dinosaur thought capable of growing to a maximum height of 18 feet (5.6 metres) — with adult likely weighing in at around half a tonne

According to a report from the Chongqing Bureau of Planning and Natural Resources, the ‘chicken feet’ tracks were likely made by a Sinosaurus, pictured here in artist’s impression. Sinosaurus was a meat-eating dinosaur thought capable of growing to a maximum height of 18 feet (5.6 metres) — with adult likely weighing in at around half a tonne

Sinosaurus was a meat-eating dinosaur thought capable of growing to a maximum height of 18 feet (5.6 metres) — with adult likely weighing in at around half a tonne. 

According to the researchers, the specimen which left its tracks at the Geleshan site was likely at least 17 feet (5.4 metres) tall.

‘When we arrived at the fossil site last year, we determined through stratigraphy that the tracks were from 190 to 200 million years ago,’ said paper author Dai Hui of the Chongqing Laboratory of Geological Heritage Protection and Research.

Stratigraphy is the study of how rocks are layered in the geological record.

‘At the same time, our team discovered that these were the most well-preserved Kayentapus in Asia,’ the palaeontologist added.

‘The dinosaur tracks at Geleshan National Forest Park are significant because they are from the early Jurassic period,’ added paper author and palaeontologist Lida Xing of the the China University of Geosciences, in Beijing.

‘We can also determine that it belonged to a large carnivore at the very top of the food chain.’

‘We very rarely find tracks like this in China, so it will aid in research and public education.’

Professor Xing added that he hoped the national park would consider sealing off the area, as to prevent further rock climbing and better preserve the fossil trackway.

Chinese palaeontologists examined the tracks — which lie in two quartz sandstone surfaces and are among the best-preserved of their kind to be discovered in Asia

Chinese palaeontologists examined the tracks — which lie in two quartz sandstone surfaces and are among the best-preserved of their kind to be discovered in Asia

The team identified the Early Jurassic-period prints as 'Kayentapus' — the name given to the fossilised tracks left behind by three-toed bipedal theropods

The team identified the Early Jurassic-period prints as ‘Kayentapus’ — the name given to the fossilised tracks left behind by three-toed bipedal theropods

The team identified the Early Jurassic-period prints as 'Kayentapus' — the name given to the fossilised tracks left behind by three-toed bipedal theropods

The team identified the Early Jurassic-period prints as ‘Kayentapus’ — the name given to the fossilised tracks left behind by three-toed bipedal theropods

‘The newly reported Kayentapus occurrences reported here from the Lower Jurassic Geleshan site in Chongqing, China, provide some of the best-preserved examples in Asia,’ the research team concluded in their paper.

‘The assemblage is further evidence that the dinosaur track sites of the Lower Jurassic were dominated by theropods in Asia and globally.’

The full findings of the study were published in the journal Historical Biology.

Palaeontologist Lida Xing of the the China University of Geosciences, who studied the trace fossils, added that he hoped the national park would consider sealing off the area, as to prevent further rock climbing and better preserve the fossil trackway

 Palaeontologist Lida Xing of the the China University of Geosciences, who studied the trace fossils, added that he hoped the national park would consider sealing off the area, as to prevent further rock climbing and better preserve the fossil trackway

'When we arrived at the fossil site last year, we determined through stratigraphy that the tracks were from 190 to 200 million years ago,' said paper author Dai Hui of the Chongqing Laboratory of Geological Heritage Protection and Research

‘When we arrived at the fossil site last year, we determined through stratigraphy that the tracks were from 190 to 200 million years ago,’ said paper author Dai Hui of the Chongqing Laboratory of Geological Heritage Protection and Research

The prints — of which there are 46 — were found in march this year in the Geleshan National Forest Park in Chongqing, south-west China, in the March of this year

The prints — of which there are 46 — were found in march this year in the Geleshan National Forest Park in Chongqing, south-west China, in the March of this year

Joan Collins BLASTS ‘ridiculous’ quarantine rules and says restrictions are ‘punishing’ families


Dame Joan Collins has hit out at the government’s  proposed plans to quarantine anyone arriving into the UK, branding the rules ‘unworkable, unfair and unenforceable’.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, the actress, 87, hit out at the ‘ridiculous’ restrictions in a scathing rant, where she said the move was ‘punishing’ families who had been isolating for months.

Her fury comes as it emerged that from Monday, Home Secretary Priti Patel said anyone arriving in Britain from abroad, including Britons, will have to self-isolate for a fortnight. 

Fuming: Dame Joan Collins has hit out at the government’s proposed plans to quarantine anyone arriving into the UK, branding the rules ‘unworkable, unfair and unenforceable’

The Dynasty star was clearly frustrated by the new rules and made her feelings very clear on social media.

In an impassioned post, she accused the government on ‘punishing’ families who had ‘blindly obeyed’ lockdown laws and urged Priti Patel to reconsider.

She wrote: ‘This #quarantine rule at airports preventing people wanting to get away for the summer is ridiculous and unfair. 

‘Millions of families have blindly obeyed instructions to isolate for months and are now being punished. #pritiplease #PRITIPATEL.’

Unimpressed: Her fury comes as it emerged that from Monday, Home Secretary Priti Patel said anyone arriving in Britain from abroad, including Britons, will have to self-isolate for a fortnight

Unimpressed: Her fury comes as it emerged that from Monday, Home Secretary Priti Patel said anyone arriving in Britain from abroad, including Britons, will have to self-isolate for a fortnight

She then wrote another tweet in which she said it was ‘impossible’ for people to plan their getaways this Summer, suggesting that it was like a betrayal to the hospitality industry.

She fumed: ‘It’s impossible to plan a family summer holiday at the end of June. It’s unworkable, unfair and unenforceable and it’s stabbing the airline and hospitality industry to death. You must reconsider #pritiplease #PRITIPATEL.’

The TV star divided fans with her opinion, with some seeing her point, while others remarked that there’s more important things to worry about than a holiday.

Enraged: Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, the actress, 87, hit out at the 'ridiculous' restrictions in a scathing rant, where she said the move was 'punishing' families who had been isolating for months

Enraged: Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, the actress, 87, hit out at the ‘ridiculous’ restrictions in a scathing rant, where she said the move was ‘punishing’ families who had been isolating for months

Scathing: She then wrote another tweet in which she said it was 'impossible' for people to plan their getaways this Summer, suggesting that it was like a betrayal to the hospitality industry

Scathing: She then wrote another tweet in which she said it was ‘impossible’ for people to plan their getaways this Summer, suggesting that it was like a betrayal to the hospitality industry

It’s been reported that Priti Patel insisted 14-day quarantine for UK arrivals is ‘essential to save lives’ today but admitted it will hit businesses hard – and confirmed ‘travel corridors’ are being considered to low-infection countries.

The Home Secretary defied a huge Tory revolt to tell MPs the blanket rule will come into force from Monday, with the next review new due to happen until the end of the month.

With only very limited exceptions for lorry drivers and NHS workers, everyone coming to the country by plane, rail or sea will be ordered to give an address and self-isolate for two weeks, with spot checks from officials.

Comments: 'It¿s unworkable, unfair and unenforceable and it¿s stabbing the airline and hospitality industry to death.'

Comments: ‘It’s unworkable, unfair and unenforceable and it’s stabbing the airline and hospitality industry to death.’

While she was adamant the clampdown was ‘proportionate’ to ensure coronavirus did not spike again, Ms Patel did raise hopes by saying the government is looking at ‘international travel corridors’ to low infection countries in the future.

This isn’t the only time the thespian has shared her strong opinion on the decisions imposed by the UK government amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Last month she criticised the government for being ‘ageist’ to those over the age of 70 amid the ongoing crisis.

In her column for The Spectator, the actress claimed government advice saying elderly people needed to stay indoors during the global pandemic was ‘utter discrimination’. 

'Essential': It's been reported that Priti Patel insisted 14-day quarantine for UK arrivals is 'essential to save lives' today but admitted it will hit businesses hard - and confirmed 'travel corridors' are being considered to low-infection countries

‘Essential’: It’s been reported that Priti Patel insisted 14-day quarantine for UK arrivals is ‘essential to save lives’ today but admitted it will hit businesses hard – and confirmed ‘travel corridors’ are being considered to low-infection countries

Calling it out: Last month Dame Joan criticised the UK government for being 'ageist' to those over the age of 70 amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis

Calling it out: Last month Dame Joan criticised the UK government for being ‘ageist’ to those over the age of 70 amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis

Holding nothing back, she said: ‘I’ve always thought Western society was terribly ageist, and I don’t just mean showbiz folk but across the board. 

‘Then the UK government insisted the over-70s, horrible expression, were part of the vulnerables, an even more horrible expression, and should remain in lockdown, the most horrible expression of all, until a vaccine is found. 

‘That was utter discrimination against the hardy individuals who have no health issues. But more harmful was bolstering the existing belief among the general public that the old should keep out of everyone’s way.’

The Royals star added that she was declared ‘stunningly healthy’ by her GP on her most recent visit, and has never limited herself by her age, which was true of others too.

Holding nothing back: Joan claimed the government telling those over 70 to stay inside was 'discrimination' and 'harmful' because of how it allowed the public to treat older people

 Holding nothing back: Joan claimed the government telling those over 70 to stay inside was ‘discrimination’ and ‘harmful’ because of how it allowed the public to treat older people

John Boyega delivers passionate speech at Hyde Park protest over the killing of George Floyd


John Boyega delivered an impassioned speech at the Black Lives Matter demonstration in London’s Hyde Park as he joined a group of celebrity supporters at the 15,000 person-strong protest on Wednesday afternoon.

The Star Wars actor, 28, spoke out against the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25, and said he ‘doesn’t know’ if he’ll still have a career after making his views known and ‘speaking from the heart’.

A number of famous faces gathered in solidarity with similar protests and marches taking place across the U.S., including singer Dua Lipa and her model boyfriend Anwar Hadid, as well as musician Liam Payne and actress Billie Piper.

Speech: John Boyega, 28, delivered an impassioned speech at the Hyde Park protest over the killing of George Floyd, admitting he ‘doesn’t know’ if he’ll have a career after it 

Protest: Dua Lipa, 24, and boyfriend Anwar Hadid, 20, were among the 15,000 strong crowd, which was in solidarity with similar protests and marches taking place across the US

Protest: Dua Lipa, 24, and boyfriend Anwar Hadid, 20, were among the 15,000 strong crowd, which was in solidarity with similar protests and marches taking place across the US

Dua, 24, who wore a studded face mask to protect herself amid the coronavirus pandemic, held up a sign saying ‘Who’s policing the police?’ as she and boyfriend Anwar, 20, joined the 15,000 strong crowd. 

John said during his emotive speech: ‘We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd. We are a physical representation of our support for Sandra Bland. We are a physical representation of our support for Trayvon Martin. We are a physical representation of our support for Stephen Lawrence.

‘I’m speaking to you from my heart. Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but f*** that.’  

Support: Liam Payne, 26, also attended the protest alongside his girlfriend Maya Henry, 19

Support: Liam Payne, 26, also attended the protest alongside his girlfriend Maya Henry, 19

Family: Billie Piper attended the Black Lives Matter protest alongside her son Eugene, eight

Family: Billie Piper attended the Black Lives Matter protest alongside her son Eugene, eight

Making a stand: Dua held up a huge sign which read: 'Who's policing the police?'

Making a stand: Dua held up a huge sign which read: ‘Who’s policing the police?’

He went on: ‘Today is about innocent people who were halfway through their process, we don’t know what George Floyd could have achieved, we don’t know what Sandra Bland could have achieved, but today we’re going to make sure that won’t be an alien thought to our young ones.

‘I need you to understand how painful this s**t is. I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing and that isn’t the case any more, that was never the case any more.’ 

He urged protesters to remain peaceful as they demonstrated over the death of Mr Floyd.

‘It is very, very important that we keep control of this moment. That we make this as peaceful and as organised as possible,’ he said.

United: The singer walked as the 15,000 strong crowd made their way through Hyde Park

United: The singer walked as the 15,000 strong crowd made their way through Hyde Park

Overwhelming: At one point, Dua rested her head on Anwar's shoulder as the couple looked around at the thousands of protestors

Overwhelming: At one point, Dua rested her head on Anwar’s shoulder as the couple looked around at the thousands of protestors 

Showing her support: Dua was helped over a fence by a pal during the protest

Showing her support: Dua was helped over a fence by a pal during the protest 

Merging into the crowd: The singer cut a low-key figure in all black and donned a studded face mask to protect herself during the coronavirus pandemic

Merging into the crowd: The singer cut a low-key figure in all black and donned a studded face mask to protect herself during the coronavirus pandemic

In the capital: Anwar and Dua have been staying in London during lockdown

In the capital: Anwar and Dua have been staying in London during lockdown 

‘Because they want us to mess up, they want us to be disorganised, but not today.

‘This message is specifically for black men, black men we need to take care of our black women. They’re ours. They are our future. 

‘We cannot demonise our own. We are the pillars of the family. 

Laid back: Liam kept a low profile, donning a large pair of sunglasses

Laid back: Liam kept a low profile, donning a large pair of sunglasses

Showing support: The former Doctor Who star was also joined by two other friends as she attended the protest

Showing support: The former Doctor Who star was also joined by two other friends as she attended the protest

Love: Billie wrapped an arm around her son Eugene as she made her way to the park

Love: Billie wrapped an arm around her son Eugene as she made her way to the park

Group: The actress stood next to another group of protesters who were all carrying signs

Group: The actress stood next to another group of protesters who were all carrying signs

Powerful: In his speech John referenced the killings of unarmed black people in America as well as the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence in London in 1993

Powerful: In his speech John referenced the killings of unarmed black people in America as well as the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence in London in 1993

Emotive: He said: 'I'm speaking to you from my heart. Look, I don't know if I'm going to have a career after this, but f*** that'

Emotive: He said: ‘I’m speaking to you from my heart. Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but f*** that’

‘Imagine this, a nation that is set up with individual families that are thriving, that are healthy, that communicate, that raise their children in love have a better rate of becoming better human beings.’ 

‘Black men, it starts with you. It’s done man, we can’t be trash no more. We have to be better. 

‘You lot came today, you left your kids, and when you see your kids they’re aimlessly playing, they don’t understand what’s going on. 

‘Today’s the day that we remind them that we are dedicated and this is a lifelong dedication. 

Emotion: During his speech, John said: 'Black men, we need to take care of our black women. We need to take care of them. They're ours. They are our future'

Emotion: During his speech, John said: ‘Black men, we need to take care of our black women. We need to take care of them. They’re ours. They are our future’

He also said: 'Imagine this, a nation that is set up with individual families that are thriving, that are healthy, that communicate, that raise their children in love have a better rate of becoming better human beings'

He also said: ‘Imagine this, a nation that is set up with individual families that are thriving, that are healthy, that communicate, that raise their children in love have a better rate of becoming better human beings’

‘Some of you are artists, some of you are bankers, some of you are lawyers, some of you own shop stores.

‘You are important, your individual power, your individual right is very, very important, we can all join together to make this a better world.’

Crowds gathered in central London at 1pm for the protest with many carrying signs and chanting: ‘no justice, no peace’. 

Most of the protesters wore gloves and masks and also chanted ‘black lives matter’ and ‘we will not be silent’.

A further demonstration by Black Lives Matter is scheduled for 1pm on Saturday in Parliament Square.  

John said: 'I need you to understand how painful this s**t is. I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing and that isn't the case any more, that was never the case any more'

John said: ‘I need you to understand how painful this s**t is. I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing and that isn’t the case any more, that was never the case any more’

Important: In his speech, John said: 'Some of you are artists, some of you are bankers, some of you are lawyers, some of you own shop stores'

Important: In his speech, John said: 'Some of you are artists, some of you are bankers, some of you are lawyers, some of you own shop stores'

Important: In his speech, John said: ‘Some of you are artists, some of you are bankers, some of you are lawyers, some of you own shop stores’

He added: 'You are important, your individual power, your individual right is very, very important, we can all join together to make this a better world'

He added: ‘You are important, your individual power, your individual right is very, very important, we can all join together to make this a better world’

George Floyd, 46, an African-American man, died on May 25 after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

His death has sparked days of demonstrations across the nation over police brutality against African-Americans. 

The Minneapolis policeman accused of killing Floyd, Derek Chauvin, was taken into custody Friday and charged with third-degree murder, officials said. 

While he attended the protest, Liam Payne, 26, also took to social media to make his voice heard.

The singer used his platform to tell his followers: ‘It’s not enough to just say that Black Lives Matter: all of us can and must do more in order to make that statement a reality as soon as possible.

‘Let’s make this ‘new normal’ after Coronavirus one in which Black people are not persecuted for living their daily lives in the same way everyone else is privileged to do so.’ 

Crowds: Most of the protesters wore gloves and masks and also chanted 'black lives matter' and 'we will not be silent'

Crowds: Most of the protesters wore gloves and masks and also chanted ‘black lives matter’ and ‘we will not be silent’

Friend: John looked emotional as he spoke to another protester at the demonstration

Friend: John looked emotional as he spoke to another protester at the demonstration

Demonstration: Crowds gathered in central London at 1pm for the protest with many carrying signs and chanting: 'no justice, no peace'

Demonstration: Crowds gathered in central London at 1pm for the protest with many carrying signs and chanting: ‘no justice, no peace’

After suggesting ways for people to make a difference, he added: ‘Let me be very clear, injustice comes in many forms around the world: nobody because of race, gender, sexuality, religion or belief, should suffer discrimination.

‘This gives us pause for thought to be better people, and to treat everyone with the respect that they deserve.

‘My condolences to George Floyd’s family and to the many others who have lost loved ones in these tragic circumstance. Again Black Lives Matter. Stay safe and take care.’

Along with John, Liam and Billie, other stars who attended the protest included singer Jessie Ware and Made In Chelsea’s Lucy Watson.  

The demonstration in Hyde Park comes after John took to his Twitter last Wednesday to post, ‘I f**king hate racists,’ to his account – which is followed by 1.6 million users. 

‘This just burns,’ he tweeted. ‘Seems to be a never ending cycle. The murderers need to be charged severely. Even in the face of death this man was given zero empathy.’ 

Couple: Liam held hands with his girlfriend Maya as the pair made their way towards the protest

Couple: Liam held hands with his girlfriend Maya as the pair made their way towards the protest

Couple: Liam held hands with his girlfriend Maya as the pair made their way towards the protest

Post: Liam shared a clip from where he stood at the protest and captioned it: 'BLACK LIVES MATTER'

Post: Liam shared a clip from where he stood at the protest and captioned it: ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’

Out and about: Liam and Maya were both dressed in all black for the demonstration

Out and about: Liam and Maya were both dressed in all black for the demonstration

Out and about: Liam and Maya were both dressed in all black for the demonstration

Getting political: Liam used his platform to speak out and condemn racism and injustice in all forms, and urge his followers to 'be better people'

Getting political: Liam used his platform to speak out and condemn racism and injustice in all forms, and urge his followers to ‘be better people’

He also posted to Instagram – on which he is followed by a further 1.8 million – captioning it: ‘George Floyd. So heartbreaking to hear about the continuous cycle of violence aimed at black people by racist cops. 

‘Murder charges only. First post where I’ve had to turn off comments. Ain’t none of you getting the last word today. That’s that.’

He then took to Instagram Live to stand by his views.

Speaking to the 2200 people tuned in, he said: ‘So I’ll say it again – f**k you racist white people. I said what I said. And if you don’t like it, go suck a d**k, seriously!

‘Any racist s**t – that’s a straight up block, that’s fine, ready, I don’t need you on my page!

‘If you are a fan of me and support my work and are racist, and arguing with what I was saying, f**k off, you f**king dickheads. Straight up like that, that’s how it’s gonna go!’

Outfit: The actress wore a printed top with light blue jeans and a large scarf for the day

Outfit: The actress wore a printed top with light blue jeans and a large scarf for the day

Outfit: The actress wore a printed top with light blue jeans and a large scarf for the day

Peaceful: Singer Jessie Ware revealed she also attended the protest as she shared a snap from Hyde Park

Good cause: Made In Chelsea star Lucy Watson attended the demonstration holding a sign that read: 'Silence is compliance'

Good cause: Made In Chelsea star Lucy Watson attended the demonstration holding a sign that read: ‘Silence is compliance’

He added: ‘Throughout my whole career as an actor, I want to let you guys know this: I am not the guy, I am not Hollywood, I never ever left the UK to go and live in LA. 

‘I am from London, I am from here, we have different f**king rules! We are real, we speak truth. I am also African, so stop taking the p**s!’

Despite turning off the comments on Instagram, his tweets garnered an unfavourable reaction from many, claiming he is an icon to many young fans, and that his use of language wasn’t necessary.

Others questioned his use of the term ‘hate’, while some challenged him about the term ‘racist’.

Furious: John previously took to his various social media platforms to express his thoughts about the troubling death of George Floyd

Furious: John previously took to his various social media platforms to express his thoughts about the troubling death of George Floyd

One follower from Nigeria informed him that he had split up with his girlfriend for saying that she ‘hates whites’, to which John replied: ‘I am talking about WHITE on BLACK racism. The kind that has ruined the world not caused a lil break up with your girlfriend.’

Another posted, ‘Ouch man, racism can come from anyone’, to which John bit back with: ‘I don’t care. That’s not what I’m talking about.’

He went on: ‘Are you guys on twitter dedicated to seeing what’s in your head and not what I wrote? Take a break because you’re one of them. As I said you can’t force me to talk about what I’m not talking about. Shut up.’

Troubling: A number of celebs were outraged over the death of George Floyd (pictured) after a police officer drove his knee into the back of his neck, rendering him unable to breathe

Troubling: A number of celebs were outraged over the death of George Floyd (pictured) after a police officer drove his knee into the back of his neck, rendering him unable to breathe

He added: ‘I am being specific to a topic. I am not talking about any other way. Given what is happening right now. So the wise thing for you to do is defo shut up. Do it well too my G.’

When another commented about impressionable followers he might have, he said, ‘I am not here for the kids’, before adding, ‘I said what I said. Speak for yourself at all times x’.

The next day, John shared with his Twitter followers that those who reported his remarks had not had their complaints upheld. 

Turned off: Despite turning off the comments on Instagram, his tweets garnered an unfavourable reaction from many, claiming he is an icon to many young fans, and that his use of language wasn't necessary

Turned off: Despite turning off the comments on Instagram, his tweets garnered an unfavourable reaction from many, claiming he is an icon to many young fans, and that his use of language wasn’t necessary

Hitting back: Others questioned his use of the term 'hate', while some challenged him about the term 'racist'

Hitting back: Others questioned his use of the term ‘hate’, while some challenged him about the term ‘racist’

He triumphantly posted the response from Twitter, which said they ‘did not find any violations’ with his tweets and ‘will not be taking further action’.

Posting this, John proudly captioned this: ‘Off to the shops. Does anyone want anything?’

Black Lives Matter, which was first founded in 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman and was nationally recognized for its involvement in the Ferguson protests in 2014 has been galvanized once more following the death of Floyd. 

Plans: A further demonstration by Black Lives Matter is scheduled for 1pm on Saturday in Parliament Square

Plans: A further demonstration by Black Lives Matter is scheduled for 1pm on Saturday in Parliament Square

Downing Street is forced to deny bizarre claim Boris Johnson was wearing an EARPIECE at PMQs


He has struggled in recent Prime Ministers Questions against a resurgent Labour under Sir Keir Starmer.

But Downing Street was forced to deny a  bizarre claim that Boris Johnson received help at the Despatch Box this afternoon via an earpiece.

Labour MPs were among those who suggested he was receiving help in his confrontation the Leader of the Opposition after a shadowy image of his head circulated online.

Social media wags suggested the image showed a communications device in his ear, nestled below his increasingly unkempt lockdown mop.

It was picked up by MPs including Labour’s Bill Esterson, who said: ‘If he was receiving help, it didn’t show. 

‘He was as useless as ever in response to calm, sensible scrutiny from Keir Starmer.’

But the Prime Minister’s official spokesman this afternoon said: ‘It is fair to say the Prime Minister was not wearing an earpiece.’ 

Online wags suggested the image showed a communications device in his ear, nestled below his increasingly unkept lockdown mop

Labour MPs were among those who suggested he was receiving help in his confrontation the Leader of the Opposition after a shadowy image of his head circulated online

Labour MPs were among those who suggested he was receiving help in his confrontation the Leader of the Opposition after a shadowy image of his head circulated online

The Rachel Swindon account, which was closely linked to Jeremy Corbyn's Labour leadership, was among those who shared the claim this afternoon

The Rachel Swindon account, which was closely linked to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership, was among those who shared the claim this afternoon

SO WHY DOES IT LOOK LIKE BORIS JOHNSON IS WEARING AN EARPIECE? 

The Prime Minister was also forced to deny he was wearing an earpiece back in November, after eagle-eyed viewers noticed a dark patch in his ear when he took part in a BBC debate ahead of the General Election.

He dismissed the claims, saying that he had a ‘weird flap of skin in his right ear that sometimes gets picked up by lights and camera flashes’.

It is not clear what flap of skin he was referring to – but other pictures taken of the PM show he has a prominent crus helix, a thin chunk of cartilage that tends to stretch halfway across the concha, the hollow part next to the ear canal. 

Mr Johnson was dear until the age of eight because of ‘glue ear’, a condition where the ear canal fills with fluid that can cause temporary hearing loss.  

It is not the first time Mr Johnson has been accused of wearing an earpiece at an important event.

Allegations swept Twitter in November when he took part in a BBC Question Time leaders’ debate ahead of the General Election.

But that was dismissed after it was revealed that he has ‘a weird flap of skin in his right ear that sometimes gets picked up by lights and camera flashes’.    

Today’s claim came as Sir Keir today took the gloves off in his battle against Mr Johnson as he battered the Prime Minister over the Government’s test and trace programme, decision to reopen schools and transparency.

Sir Keir tried to use PMQs this lunchtime to score body blows on the PM over key parts of the Government’s coronavirus response.

But a furious Mr Johnson hit back and accused the Labour leader of delivering ‘endless attacks on public trust and confidence’.

Labour had adopted a largely constructive approach to the crisis to date, with the shadow cabinet seemingly reluctant to blast the Government in public.

Today marked a dramatic shift in approach as Sir Keir told Mr Johnson: ‘The Prime Minister is confusing scrutiny for attacks.’

Sir Keir also looked to capitalise on reports that the PM has now decided to take more control of the Government’s coronavirus strategy.

In an apparent reference to Mr Johnson’s top aide Dominic Cummings, the Labour leader said: ‘The Telegraph is reporting this morning that the Prime Minister has decided to take direct control of the Government’s response to the virus.

It follows a similar claim that was made after his performance in a leadership debate last November that was widely discredited

It follows a similar claim that was made after his performance in a leadership debate last November that was widely discredited

Dragons' Den star Deborah Meaden was among those who took up the meme this afternoon. She later accepted it was not true

Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden was among those who took up the meme this afternoon. She later accepted it was not true

Other Twitter users who believed the claim demanded a parliamentary investigation and suggested he was receiving information from Dominic Cummings

Other Twitter users who believed the claim demanded a parliamentary investigation and suggested he was receiving information from Dominic Cummings

Others compared the apparent 'object' to a scene from a film where a cockroach enters the ear

Others compared the apparent ‘object’ to a scene from a film where a cockroach enters the ear

Another compared the 'ear piece' to a Jack Douglas comedy routine, advising Johnson to improve his commons performance

Another compared the ‘ear piece’ to a Jack Douglas comedy routine, advising Johnson to improve his commons performance

Another claimed he knew who had been giving Boris Johnson instructions, TV hosts Ant and Dec

Another claimed he knew who had been giving Boris Johnson instructions, TV hosts Ant and Dec 

Others joked that Jeremy Corbyn had been feeding Boris Johnson lines via the 'earpiece'

Others joked that Jeremy Corbyn had been feeding Boris Johnson lines via the ‘earpiece’

‘So an obvious question for the Prime Minister, who’s been in direct control up until now?’

Mr Johnson replied: ‘I take full responsibility for everything this Government has been doing in tackling coronavirus and I’m very proud of our record’.

Despite the bruising exchanges, Tory spirits were likely to have been lifted by Mr Johnson’s robust responses after a number of performances in recent weeks in which pundits suggested Sir Keir had got the better of the PM.

The clashes at PMQs came as the Government faced growing pressure over the roll out of the NHS Test and Trace programme.

Reports suggest that the system is failing to trace the contacts of approximately 60 per cent of people who have tested positive for the disease.

Another joker set up a Twitter for 'Boris's earpiece' with the bio reading 'Definitely not Dom'

Another joker set up a Twitter for ‘Boris’s earpiece’ with the bio reading ‘Definitely not Dom’

One Twitter user by the name of Twr1 shared a picture of a large historic listening device

One Twitter user by the name of Twr1 shared a picture of a large historic listening device

Another user joked that he could jump into Boris's 'cavernous' ear space

Another user joked that he could jump into Boris’s ‘cavernous’ ear space

What are the rules on electronic devices in the Commons? 

Using an earpiece to take instructions from outside the Commons would break rules on the use of electronics in the chamber.

Under guidelines introduced in 2011, MPs are allowed to use handheld devices like phones and tablets –  but not laptops – ‘provided that they are silent and used in a way which does not impair decorum’

They can be used during speeches in place of paper notes.

But they must be set to silent, and an earpiece that transmits vocal instructions would appear to fall foul of this restriction.

The official guide to Parliamentary rules and etiquette, Erskine May, notes:  ‘The Speaker has regularly deprecated the failure of Members to turn off mobile phones or other devices which may give rise to disturbance, and listening to a message is unacceptable.’ 

Leaked letter reveals SMMT and government discussions for scrappage scheme


The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has been in confidential talks with the government over a possible £1.5 billion scrappage scheme to kick-start the new car market, a leaked letter sent to ministers has revealed.

The trade body said a ‘market stimulus package’ would need to encourage the purchase of diesel and petrol cars on an equal footing with cleaner vehicles – despite the government’s push for drivers to switch to electric cars.

In his letter to Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, SMMT boss Mike Hawes said a subsidy of £2,500 off the price of a car when motorists scrapped their older vehicles – a £500 increase on the scheme introduced in 2009 to help boost the sector – could see a further 600,000 new motors enter the road.

Could a scrappage scheme help the UK new market recover from Covid-19: The SMMT has outlined the impact an incentive could have on the economy in a confidential letter leaked by The Guardian today

The combined impact of Brexit and the fall in demand for diesel cars following the dieselgate scandal had already seen UK vehicles registrations slip back in recent years.

However, the blow caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with car dealerships forced to shut for 10 weeks during lockdown, sparked sales to grind almost to a halt in April with just 4,321 registrations, which is the lowest monthly figure on record since 1946.

New car sales figures for May, due to be released tomorrow, are expected to tell a similar story as showrooms remained shut throughout the month – though have since been allowed to open, with social-distancing measured in place, as of June 1. 

The SMMT has already downgraded its new car sales forecast to just 1.68million registrations in 2020 – the lowest figure in three decades.

This puts the sector on course to record its worst performance since 1992’s 1.59million registrations and a year-on-year decline of more than a quarter.

And it could be recalculated even lower following tomorrow’s latest sales update. 

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT, said last month that a ‘strong new car market supports a healthy economy’ and called for ‘car retail to be in the vanguard’.

He added: ‘Safely restarting this most critical sector and revitalising what will, inevitably, be subdued demand will be key to unlocking manufacturing and accelerating the UK’s economic regeneration.’

According to the the leaked letter sent to The Guardian, Mr Hawes said a scrappage scheme for petrol, diesel and electrified vehicles could kick-start the sector, despite campaigners and business leaders calling for any post-pandemic industry bailouts be linked to environmental goals and the shift to greener cars.

In a letter seen by the paper that was sent to the chancellor and the business secretary, Alok Sharma, the SMMT boss said a scheme would need to ‘support the entire market, not just disproportionately favouring specific segments or technologies, recognising the diverse nature of UK automotive manufacturing’. 

An SMMT spokesman has confirmed to This is Money that the leaked letter was not sent as a means of lobbying the government to introduce a scrappage scheme but to ‘outline the potential benefits’ and the ‘impact it could have’ if plans were put in place. 

The trade body estimates that a favourable incentive would help to jump-start the economy with 600,000 new motors purchased in the country while also supporting the ‘wider government ambitions in terms of climate change and improved air quality’ due to newer, cleaners, vehicles replacing older polluting models.

The government faced pressure to introduce a scrappage scheme in 2017 to help the industry recover from a demand double-blow caused by Brexit and Dieselgate - though it never materialised. Instead, manufacturers launched their own in-house schemes, with little impact

The government faced pressure to introduce a scrappage scheme in 2017 to help the industry recover from a demand double-blow caused by Brexit and Dieselgate – though it never materialised. Instead, manufacturers launched their own in-house schemes, with little impact

However, many will question an incentive for the purchase of new petrol and diesel cars with the government looking to ban the sale of these motors from 2035 and eradicate them from the road entirely by 2050 as part of efforts to become carbon neutral. 

A scrappage scheme incentive of £2,500 toward the purchase of a new petrol or diesel car would also be just £1,000 less than the Plug-in Car Grant scheme in place that’s designed to encourage motorists to switch to pure electric vehicles.

Buyers of electric vehicles are subsidised £3,500 under the current scheme, which was reduced from £4,500 over a year ago.

The grant was previously also available to plug-in hybrid cars, though these models were removed from the scheme in October 2018 when the value of the incentive was reduced – a move that garnered plenty of criticism at a time when the government wants to reduce the polluting impact of traffic.

Drivers who scrap older cars in favour of a new electric vehicle would – in theory – be able to combine the two government incentives, reducing the price of a zero-emissions motor by £6,000.

When the car scrappage scheme was introduced in 2009 to rekindle demand for new models following the financial crisis, it resulted in some 400,000 new motors coming onto the road. 

Pressure had been put on the ministers to replicate such a scheme in 2017 due to the slowdown in car sales caused by the dieselgate scandal, though a government-backed deal never materialised.

Manufacturers took it upon themselves to launch their own schemes in September 2017, with many running until the middle of the next year, though they aultimately failed to rekindle demand.

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Coronation Street’s Katie McGlynn reacts to BAFTA nomination


Coronation Street ex-star Katie McGlynn has gushed she’s ‘thrilled beyond belief’ to be nominated for a Must See Moment at the 2020 British Academy Television Awards.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline the actress, 26, said she feels even more honoured as the only soap star recognised in the category, which is the only award voted for by the general public.

Katie received the nod for heartbreaking final scenes as cancer-stricken Sinead Tinker, which earned universal praise from viewers when aired back in October. 

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EXCLUSIVE: Coronation Street ex-star Katie McGlynn has gushed she’s ‘thrilled beyond belief’ to be nominated for a Must See Moment at the 2020 British Academy Television Awards

Speaking about the honour Katie said: ‘It feels absolutely amazing, I’m thrilled beyond belief I couldn’t believe it when they gave me the phone call, because I kind of thought that the aftermath would be done after the NTAs especially because of the pandemic and everything…

‘So I was just pretty shell shocked when they rang me about it, I’m so happy, I’m so please, because everyone worked so hard it was a team effort, and it’s paid off that we’ve been nominated so everyone’s just really happy.’

The star added that she understands the honour of being nominated even more as Corrie is the only soap recognised in the category.

Moving: The actress has been recognised for heartbreaking final scenes as cancer-stricken Sinead Tinker passed away, which earned unanimous praise from viewers

Moving: The actress has been recognised for heartbreaking final scenes as cancer-stricken Sinead Tinker passed away, which earned unanimous praise from viewers

‘I think you’ve got to be pretty lucky as a soap to get in the categories and everything so to be the only soap in this category is just amazing, we’re all very proud of the story and proud of us all as a team so it does make it extra special,’ she said.

‘Even though it’s a shame we’re not going to get to go the actual ceremony, it’s still just incredible that we’re being nominated up against all these contenders ans everybody’s safety is most important with COVID-19 so it’s just brilliant, everybody’s so happy.’

Katie will go head-to-head with four other TV moments for fans’ votes, with the Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special, which saw Nessa propose to her on-off flame Smith, leading the pack.

Important: Looking back on her exit, Katie said she doesn't regret leaving the soap, and she's glad bosses gave her such a memorable exit (pictured as Sinead)

Important: Looking back on her exit, Katie said she doesn’t regret leaving the soap, and she’s glad bosses gave her such a memorable exit (pictured as Sinead)

Line Of Duty’s shock killing of undercover police officer John Corbett, played by Stephen Graham, is up for the award, while the scene where Arya Stark kills the Night King in the final season of Game Of Thrones also got a nod.  

Michael Griffiths’ post-Casa Amor recoupling on last summer’s edition of the ITV2 reality show Love Island has also been shortlisted, and is the only reality show to have been selected in the category.

Katie also told MailOnline that despite being unable to attend the ceremony, she and her former co-stars are still planning to get dressed up to watch the awards from home, ready to accept the prize via. Zoom if she wins.  

Screen star: The star added that she understands the honour of being nominated even more as Corrie is the only soap recognised in the category

Screen star: The star added that she understands the honour of being nominated even more as Corrie is the only soap recognised in the category

She told MailOnline: ‘We’ve all said that we’re gonna get all dolled up, but we was joking around saying it’ll only be our top halves and just our trackie bottoms on the bottom, but then if we won and jumped up and everybody’s gonna see!’

Viewers across the nation were moved to tears when Sinead passed away from cervical cancer, leaving behind her baby son Bertie and devastated husband Daniel (played by Rob Mallard).

After seven years on the soap, Katie said her final scenes are the ones she’s most proud of, adding: ‘I think as well it ties into it just the character, she grew so much over the years into such a beautiful person inside and out, and for it to end as it did I’m just super proud to be part of that big storyline and it’s just an absolute honour.’ 

Looking back on her exit, Katie said she doesn’t regret leaving the soap, and she’s glad bosses gave her such a memorable exit, though admitted it was a ‘bizarre and eerie’ experience filming her final scenes.

The star had previously admitted she had to ‘grieve’ for her character after leaving the soap, and took time to adjust to the prospect of never playing Sinead again. 

Moving: The star had previously admitted she had to 'grieve' for her character after leaving the soap, and took time to adjust to the prospect of never playing Sinead again

Moving: The star had previously admitted she had to ‘grieve’ for her character after leaving the soap, and took time to adjust to the prospect of never playing Sinead again

She said: ‘I was super proud of that because you can’t always say… I wouldn’t have wanted to have left in a taxi!

‘It was just such a weird feeling it felt so real, as soon as you step on set you had that eerie feeling as if someone was actually dying, but because we’re so close knit in between crying we tried to make each other laugh which we did quite well really. 

‘I guess it’s only of them things when you’re doing something so sombre you need to make light of it, otherwise you go a bit crackers filming a storyline like that. 

‘There was a lot of laughs and a lot of tears it was so bizarre, it’s definitely an experience I’ll never forget.’

The British Academy Television Awards will take place on 31 July. 

Living room ready: She added that despite being unable to attend the ceremony, she and her former co-stars are still planning to get dressed up (pictured in January at the NTAs)

Living room ready: She added that despite being unable to attend the ceremony, she and her former co-stars are still planning to get dressed up (pictured in January at the NTAs)

Overuse of antibiotics to prevent or treat coronavirus will lead to more deaths, WHO warns 


Overuse of antibiotics to prevent or treat coronavirus despite NO evidence they block the infection will lead to more deaths ‘during the pandemic and beyond,’ WHO warns

  • The World Health Organization said on Monday a ‘worrying number’ of bacterial infections are becoming resistant to antibiotics
  • They said using antibiotics to treat coronavirus will lead to higher bacterial resistance rates and, in turn, more deaths
  • New guidelines were issued asking doctors not to provide antibiotics as a treatment or a prophylactic for patients with mild to moderate illnesses
  • A 2019 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that superbugs cause 2.8 million infections and 35,000 deaths in the US annually
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Overuse of antibiotics to treat patients infected with the novel coronavirus will lead to more deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday.

Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said a ‘worrying number’ of bacterial infections are becoming resistant to the medications commonly used to treat them.

He said that he and his colleagues were concerned that inappropriately using antibiotics during the pandemic would only worsen the threat of resistance. 

‘The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased use of antibiotics, which ultimately will lead to higher bacterial resistance rates that will impact the burden of disease and deaths during the pandemic and beyond,’ Tedros said during a press conference. 

The World Health Organization warned on Monday that using antibiotics to treat coronavirus will lead to higher bacterial resistance rates and, in turn, more deaths. Pictured: WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a press conference, February 28

New guidelines were issued asking doctors not to provide antibiotics as a treatment or a prophylactic for patients with mild to moderate illnesses if a bacterial infection is not suspected. Pictured: Nurse Paula Johnson administers a deep suction tube into the lungs of a COVID-19 patient, in the ICU of Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, April 22

New guidelines were issued asking doctors not to provide antibiotics as a treatment or a prophylactic for patients with mild to moderate illnesses if a bacterial infection is not suspected. Pictured: Nurse Paula Johnson administers a deep suction tube into the lungs of a COVID-19 patient, in the ICU of Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, April 22

 Antibiotics have been doled out unnecessarily by physicians and hospital staff for decades, turning once harmless bacteria into superbugs.

Bacteria can become drug resistant when people take incorrect doses of antibiotics or if they are given out unnecessarily. 

Superbugs cause 2.8 million infections and 35,000 deaths in the US every year, according to a 2019 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Estimates show that superbugs will kill 10 million people each year by 2050, with most succumbing to bugs that were previously deemed insignificant.

The WHO has previously warned that  if nothing is done, the world is heading for a ‘post-antibiotic’ era.

‘It’s clear that the world is losing its ability to use critically important antimicrobial medicines,’ Tedros said on Monday. 

‘The threat of antimicrobial resistance is one of the most urgent challenges of our time.’ 

The WHO said only a small number of patients with COVID-19 need antibiotics to treat secondary bacterial infections.

Because of this, the UN health agency is issuing new guidelines, recommending that doctors not provide antibiotics as a treatment or a prophylactic for patients with mild to moderate illnesses without suspicion of a bacterial infection. 

Tedros said new models are need to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance.

‘On the supply side, there is essentially very little market incentive to developing new antibiotics and antimicrobial agents, which has led to multiple market failures of very promising tools in the past few years,’ he said. 

The WHO also released the results of a survey, which found that the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases had been disrupted since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in December.

Approximately 53 percent of countries said treatment services for hypertension had been partially or completely disrupted.

About 49 percent reported disruption for diabetes treatment and related complications, 42 percent  for cancer treatment, and 31 percent for cardiovascular emergencies.

Some of the most common reasons for little to no services included canceled planned treatment sessions and staff being reassigned to treat coronavirus patients. 

Met Police accused of racial profiling after shock video emerges


Shocking video shows a police officer punching a suspect on the ground while another officer tells him ‘stop f****** moving or I’m going to hurt you’.

The incident, which took place in Ilford, London, saw a total of three officers trying to restrain the suspect. 

At one point another officer appears to stamp on him.

The footage appeared on social media posted by a local woman, who was apparently an eyewitness, on 18 April.

The Met police told MailOnline it was aware of the images and said, ‘it is important not to pre-judge what has happened.’ 

‘Police officers work in difficult conditions, and on occasion, have to use force to achieve their lawful objectives.

‘The footage on social media may capture only a small part or only one view of the incident, the MPS will always endeavour to establish the full circumstances.’  

A series of clips show the struggle between the officers and the individual as filmed from a distance.

As the first video begins, two officers are seen restraining the suspect who is partially obscured by a fence.

A female officer holds one arm while another policeman helps, suddenly the male police officer draws back his arm and lands a forceful punch onto the suspect.

A loud groan is heard as the blow connects and the police officer shouts:

 Shocking video shows a police officer punching a suspect on the ground in Ilford, London

‘Get your arm down.’ At this point a third officer approaches and appears to stamp on the suspect before using his foot to hold him in place.

A second video shows the third police officer shouting at the man saying: ‘Stop f****** moving or I’m going to hurt you.’

The suspect then replies: ‘Okay okay I’m sorry man.’

The female officer appears to struggle to get him to keep still and so the third officer responds by forcefully stamping on him again.

The incident, which took place in Ilford, London, saw three officers trying to restrain the suspect, with one officer appearing to stamp on him

More police arrive on the scene and as the final clip ends, the man can be heard shouting: ‘Get off my head.’

The videos were uploaded to Twitter by user @MiaFBabyx who shared them captioned: ‘Are the Police allowed to do this? I’m shocked by what I’ve witnessed.

‘Suspect may be resisting arrest but this is too much!

‘Stop f****** moving or I’m going to hurt you’ Wrong on so many levels.’  

‘I heard a very loud thud which I’m assuming they run him over and then jumped on him he can be heard wheezing deeply. Then I began filming,’ @MiaFBabyx told MailOnline.  

She then tagged several law enforcement accounts asking them to look into the incident. 

The Met Contact Centre responded to the video asking her to message them with further detail.   

The Met Police told MailOnline it has requested more information but haven’t to date received information that would allow it to obtain more details about the incident or police action. 

The videos were uploaded to Twitter by user @MiaFBabyx who shared them captioned: ‘Are the Police allowed to do this? I’m shocked by what I’ve witnessed.  The Met Contact Centre responded to the video asking her to message them with further detail

The video also shocked social media users @CoffeeAfrique wrote: ‘Vile!’

@andreix04 said: ‘3 officers kicking down one man, is he the hulk?’

@Ghanian-Queen added: ‘You better find, fire and persecute those officers.’

And @Twiceursize replied: ‘What the f***?’

It’s not the first time the Metropolitan Police have been accused of heavy handedness.

Last week, officers in Lewisham, south-east London were criticised for handcuffing a black man who was complying with a stop and search.

Since the video was shared on social media, the Metropolitan Police have been accused of racial profiling.  

Reacting to the incident in Lewisham, the Met Police issued a statement:

‘Officers on a proactive operation to tackle crime in Lewisham on May 21, detained a number of individuals in the area of Gilbert Road, SE8.

‘Acting on intelligence received regarding drugs activity in the area, a male was detained for the purpose of a search under s23 Misuse of Drugs Act at approximately 4.57pm.

‘Nothing was found and the man was not arrested.

‘The man was provided with details of the officer who conducted the search, and informed of his entitlement to gain a copy of the search record and how to progress this in line with standard protocol.’

K-pop fans drown out hashtags supporting Trump and police


Protesters are leveraging avid fans of Korean pop music to drown out hashtags supporting Donald Trump and pro-police movements on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

  • K-pop fans have been enlisted to drown out right-wing hashtags
  • Fans of flooded #MAGA and #BlueLivesMatter with K-pop content
  • Earlier this week, K-pop fans inundated an app promoted by Dallas police 

Political and social activists are flooding right-wing hashtags with posts about Korean pop music as a means of drowning out dissenting voices.

As noted by The Verge, hashtags for MAGA and Blue Lives Matter on Twitter and Instagram have both been co-opted by fans of Korean pop music, typically abbreviated to K-pop, at the behest of activists championing police reform, racial equality, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

As a result of the effort, hashtags designed to promote conservative and sometimes outright racist content have been almost entirely populated with memes and ‘fancams’ that depict K-pop groups and their members singing and performing.  

As The Verge notes, In addition to MAGA and Blue Lives Matter, the efforts by K-pop fans have also been focused on more specific purposes like hashtags created by police, specifically #calminkirkland which is meant to draw attention to rioting and lotting in Kirkland, Washington.

Similarly, a search of the hashtag shows a stream of K-pop memes, pictures, and videos.

The tactic has shown similar success earlier this week when K-pop fans swarmed an app being pushed by the Dallas police that was designed to collect people’s videos of ‘llegal activity from the protests.’

Instead, the app was inundated with K-pop videos and was eventually taken down as a result.

K-pop group, BTS (pictured) is among the most popular bands in the genre and has a particularly avid fanbase (stock)

K-pop group, BTS (pictured) is among the most popular bands in the genre and has a particularly avid fanbase (stock)

A similar movement this week that attempted to capitalize on hashtags in an effort to promote racial equality and police reform has mixed results, however.

The Black Out Tuesday initiative in which users on instagram and Twitter posted and tagged black squares onto their profiles and other users’ feeds inadvertently buried critical information being sent out by people representing Black Lives Matter.