Anti-terror officer removed
London’s top counterterrorism police officer was removed from his post on Friday after he was implicated in a report that concluded that the Metropolitan Police Service spied on the family of a teenager murdered in a notorious killing whose aftermath exposed police racism and incompetence. Police said Met Commander Richard Walton was transferred to a backroom job following the report on the stabbing of Stephen Lawrence in 1993. No one was convicted of the murder for almost 20 years and the botched case is seen as one of the biggest failures in the history of the nation’s policing. The report by senior lawyer Mark Ellison found that an undercover policeman spied on Lawrence’s relatives during a public inquiry into the force’s handing of the case in the late 1990s that concluded that the force was “institutionally racist.” Walton was one of the officers assigned to make submissions to the inquiry and Ellison’s report found he had a “completely improper” meeting with the undercover officer while it was underway. Ellison also found evidence that the original investigation was tainted by corruption sicne one of the investigating officers, John Davidson, was suspected of having links to Clifford Norris, a gangster whose son was one of the suspects.
Aryan leader pleads guilty
The head of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas on Friday pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy that included murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking. Larry Max Bryan pleaded guilty before US District Judge Sim Lake and under federal law, could receive a maximum sentence of life in prison. The plea agreement calls for prosecutors to recommend that the 52-year-old be jailed for no more than 25 years when sentenced on Oct. 7. Bryan was among nearly three dozen people allegedly affiliated with the white supremacist gang who were charged in a sweeping indictment unsealed in 2012. Dozens have been convicted in an ongoing federal probe into the military-style Brotherhood, which was founded in Texas prisons in the 1980s to offer protection to white inmates.
Family eats LSD-laced meat
Authorities say a Florida woman who was nine months pregnant and her family became ill after eating meat tainted with LSD on Monday. Tampa police say doctors induced labor and the woman had a healthy baby boy. The family of four has since been released from the hospital and are in good condition. The Tampa Medical Examiner’s Office reported on Friday that the meat had been contaminated with the hallucinogenic drug and police say the bottom round steak was purchased from a Wal-Mart in Tampa. The store has turned over all its meat to police for testing.
Condom sabotage is assault
Deliberately piercing a condom to cause a partner’s pregnancy against her will constitutes sexual assault, even if the couple is in a consensual relationship, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday. The unanimous ruling by the panel’s seven justices upheld a lower court’s decision in a 2006 case that found Jaret Hutchinson had committed aggravated sexual assault by having sex with his girlfriend without telling her he had sabotaged the condom. Hutchinson later admitted to his girlfriend that he poked holes in the condom because he wanted to consolidate their relationship by getting her pregnant. After becoming pregnant, she decided to have an abortion and took Hutchinson to court.