Ten Global Travesties

A list that shouldn’t exist in the 21st century:

  1. Worldwide, women and girls ages 15 to 44 are more likely to be maimed or killed by men than by malaria, cancer, war or traffic accidents combined.
  2. One in seven people on earth goes to bed hungry each night while 25 hedge fund managers made a combined $21 billion in a single year, enough to feed every hungry person on earth.
  3. Global military spending exceeds $1.7 trillion per year, 100 times more than annual cancer research spending.
  4. The Forbes 400 billionaires have as much wealth as the entire African-American population of the U.S., nearly 42 million people.
  5. 1.6 billion people face economic water shortage, while 2 to 4 million gallons of water are used to frack a single well, polluting our water supply.
  6. Over a million people around the world lose their lives to violence every year, yet 40% of Americans live in a household with a gun, more than the percentage of young adults enrolled in college.
  7. It costs just 25 cents a day to provide a child with the vitamins and nutrients to grow up healthy, but every hour of every day, 300 children die from malnutrition.
  8. One of the leading causes of death for pregnant women is homicide — and one out of every three women will be a victim of violence in her lifetime.
  9. The world’s nations pumped nearly 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air from the burning of fossil fuels last year.
  10. Cigarettes – often the product of child labor – will kill up to a billion people in the 21st century, yet remain legal and are marketed to teenagers.

What really happened to Danroy Henry? [Updated]

UPDATE: The original October 22 post is below. Here’s the latest from the NYT:

Mr. Cox added that he never saw a police cruiser behind Mr. Henry’s car and did not hear an air horn go off. Mr. Cox said that the officer seemed to be signaling with his hand for them to move forward. Mr. Henry shifted the car into gear and pulled out of the fire lane, moving at “regular parking lot speed,” Mr. Cox said. There were three police cars parked in a row to their left.

“As we come out of the curve and head to the straightaway, an officer came out from in between two cruisers with his gun drawn and pointed at us,” he recalled. Mr. Cox said that as the car slowed slightly, he heard a gunshot and the sound of breaking glass. He said that the officer never signaled for the car to stop before firing. Mr. Cox said he put his head down and leaned into his door to try to avoid being hit.

“After the first shot sounds, I feel the car hit something, but I couldn’t see what it had struck at that moment,” he said. “But then, out of my left eye, I could see him on the hood, and he was firing. I saw the gun up to the windshield.” At one point, Mr. Cox, who is being represented by Charles J. Ogletree Jr., said he felt a bullet strike him in his left arm.

Mr. Hinds, who was in the back seat, said on Friday that from his vantage point, he had seen the officer jump “in front of the car at the last minute.” Once the officer was on the hood, Mr. Hinds recalled, three bullets came through the windshield. George Prepis, 20, a former Pace student who had attended homecoming and said that he had witnessed the shooting, said in an interview that it had appeared Officer Hess already had his gun in hand and then had thrown himself onto the hood.

Mr. Prepis said that as the Nissan moved out of the fire lane, he had seen the officer standing near the middle of the road, to the side of the car’s path, with a gun in his right hand down by his leg. He said that the officer was signaling with his left arm for Mr. Henry to stop.

“He then stepped in front of the car and jumped on the hood and started shooting,” Mr. Prepis said. “It was not like he got hit.” After the Nissan stopped, Mr. Cox remembered, Mr. Henry had said: “They shot me. They shot me. I can’t believe they shot me.”


As soon as I heard this story, something didn’t sound right. I’m not surprised that questions are now being raised:

The New York-based lawyer representing the family of Danroy “D.J.’’ Henry Jr. said he plans to file a request today in State Supreme Court in White Plains, N.Y., to preserve all the evidence relevant to the Easton native’s death, including surveillance tapes from businesses and police vehicles, 911 tapes, and ambulance response times.

Henry, 20, a member of the Pace University football team, was shot and killed early Sunday by police during a disturbance outside Finnegan’s Grill in the Town Center shopping center in Thornwood, an unincorporated hamlet of Mount Pleasant, N.Y.

Police officers said he failed to stop at their request and hit two officers with his vehicle, propelling one onto the hood. The officer on the hood and another one on the ground fired into the car, killing Henry and wounding one of his two passengers.

But witnesses, including Henry’s best friend, who was the passenger in the car that was wounded, said Henry, a junior, was simply trying to move his car from a fire lane after an officer tapped on his window and indicated for him to move.

Here’s a troubling Fox News report on the killing:

Light a candle for Richel Nova

In many traditions, lighting a candle is a gesture of remembrance, of respect, of empathy, a way of keeping someone in our thoughts. Human violence is a monstrosity we live with daily and I believe we honor victims by thinking of them and acknowledging the pain they’ve been through.

Light a candle for Richel Nova:

Boston police have arrested three suspects who they say stabbed a Domino’s pizza delivery man and drove off in his car.

Two teenangers and a 20-year-old are charged with homicide in what investigators described as a brutal crime.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said 58-year-old Richel Nova’s death “was chilling in its callousness and violence.”

CNN affiliate WCVB reported that the three suspects broke into a vacant home Thursday night and then made a call for pizza to be delivered, according to police.

When Nova arrived, he was stabbed multiple times at the kitchen door, police said.

… Friends told WCVB that Nova, a Dominican immigrant who moved to Massachusetts more than 20 years ago, worked three jobs to provide a better life for his son and twin 20-year-old daughters.

“It’s a shame,” friend Rafael Hernandez told WCVB. “You come here to change your life and do better, and that’s what happens to you.”

Michel Andre St. Jean, 20, Alexander Emmanuel Gallett, 18 and Yamiley Mathurin, 17 are accused of homicide, armed robbery and armed breaking and entering of a dwelling.

UPDATE: Cries break out during funeral for Richel Nova:

Mourners wailed and clung to each other for support as the late Richel Nova was honored in a small but intensely emotional funeral in East Boston this morning. Nova’s emotionally distraught twin daughters and their mother clung to each other for support. Hymns sung in Spanish were broken by wails and cries of grief from mourners.

Nova’s friends and family were joined by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Police Commissioner Edward Davis. Police had a heavy presence outside keeping intersections open as the funeral procession arrived and left.