Monthly Archives: July 2017

New WRC leader Neuville defends 'clever' drive to sixth in Finland

New World Rally Championship leader Thierry Neuville has defended his low-key sixth place in Finland as a “clever” drive

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Williams stand-in di Resta: Feet were killing me during F1 comeback

Paul di Resta has revealed his feet were “killing me” during his Formula 1 comeback with Williams in the Hungarian Grand Prix

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Vettel/Raikkonen's 2018 Ferrari F1 deals set for Monza announcement

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has dropped the firmest hint yet that Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will be retained for the 2018 Formula 1 season

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Pocono NASCAR Cup: Kyle Busch finally gets first 2017 win

Kyle Busch took a long-awaited NASCAR Cup Series victory of at Pocono, pulling clear to secure his first win of the 2017 season and effectively secure his playoff place

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Mercedes F1 team reveals cause of Hungarian GP radio meltdown

Mercedes has revealed that a cracked fibre optic cable was the cause of the Formula 1 radio problems it suffered during the Hungarian Grand Prix

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Ricciardo: Red Bull F1 team-mate Verstappen 'amateur' in collision

Daniel Ricciardo labelled Red Bull Formula 1 team-mate Max Verstappen’s driving as “amateur” after their first-lap collision in the Hungarian Grand Prix

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McLaren eyes September deadline for 2018 F1 engine decision

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has indicated the team needs to decide on which engine it will run during the 2018 Formula 1 season by September

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'Irresponsible, unprofessional': NYPD slams Trump comments urging police not to be 'too nice' to suspects

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One day after President Donald Trump drew cheers and applause from a crowd of police officers by urging them not to be “too nice” to suspected criminals, the commissioner of the New York Police Department denounced Trump’s comments as sending “the wrong message.”

“The NYPD’s training and policies relating to the use of force only allow for measures that are reasonable and necessary under any circumstances, including the arrest and transportation of prisoners,” commissioner James O’Neill said in a statement.

“To suggest that police officers apply any standard in the use of force other than what is reasonable and necessary is irresponsible, unprofessional and sends the wrong message to law enforcement as well as the public.”

Trump had been addressing law enforcement officials in Brentwood, New York, on Friday when he departed from remarks on his administration’s efforts to dismantle the street gang MS-13, and began discussing the way officers lead suspects into police vehicles.

“When you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough,” Trump said. “I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.'”

He continued: “Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over. Like, ‘Don’t hit their head’ and they’ve just killed somebody.

“‘Don’t hit their head.’ I said, ‘You can take the hand away.’ OK?”

Trump’s comments come at a significant moment in police-community relations, particularly in New York City. The NYPD is among many departments across the country that has attracted national scrutiny over its use of force against civilians, particularly African-Americans.

One of the most prominent instances was the death of Eric Garner in 2014, who died after being placed in a banned chokehold by officer Daniel Pantaleo. A grand jury in Staten Island later declined to indict Pantaleo.

O’Neill had declined to send NYPD officials to Trump’s Long Island speech, telling reporters that the department was too busy with promotion ceremonies.

The department has had a rocky relationship with the Trump administration, particularly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April called New York City “soft on crime,” prompting O’Neill and Mayor Bill de Blasio to publicly rebuke the comment.

But the NYPD was not the only police department to speak out against Trump’s Friday remarks encouraging violence against suspects. The Suffolk County Police Department, which sent officers to the speech, tweeted afterwards that it maintains strict regulations around the handling of prisoners.

“Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously,” the department wrote. “As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners.”

A spokesman for the Gainesville Police Department in Florida also drew widespread praise for his tweet condemning Trump’s remarks:

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SEE ALSO: Trump slams China via Twitter: ‘They do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk’

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NOW WATCH: ‘What you feel isn’t relevant’: Sen. Angus King grills intel leaders on whether Trump tried to influence them

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Sebastien Buemi disqualified from Formula E Montreal race one

Formula E title contender Sebastien Buemi has been thrown out of the results of the first Montreal ePrix after his car was found to be underweight

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Formula E Montreal: Di Grassi takes points lead with race win

Lucas di Grassi will take a six-point advantage into Sunday’s Formula E finale in Montreal after Sebastien Buemi lost the championship lead despite a charging drive in Saturday’s race

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