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Last month, while conservatives went into panic mode over those eight Syrians who crossed the US-Mexico border shortly after the Paris attacks, the feds were scrambling to keep up with a more familiar sight in South Texas: the arrival of unaccompanied children and families from Central America.

In October and November, nearly 10,600 kids traveling by themselves were apprehended at the border, more than twice as many as during the same period in 2014—and roughly the same number apprehended at the height of last year’s surge, in June 2014. Another 12,500 people traveling as families were caught, a 176 percent jump from October-November 2014. The vast majority came from Central America’s so-called Northern Triangle—El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—which continues to be the site of extreme violence, poverty, and, lately, drought.

The spike in apprehensions was surprising for a couple of reasons: First, the numbers of both unaccompanied children and family unit apprehensions have dropped steadily over the past year, and second, the fall and winter months are often quiet ones at the border.

To get a better sense of what’s going on right now, I spoke with Jennifer Podkul, a senior program officer at the Women’s Refugee Commission who has been tracking the issue since 2011. Here’s are five takeaways from our interview:

1. Things haven’t changed much in Central America, but they have in Mexico. “All of our partners in Central America said the same number of kids and families are leaving—it’s just who’s getting to the border,” Podkul says. “I think that’s a result of Mexico really clamping down on enforcement and stopping La Bestia, and then the smugglers figuring out how to get around that and continuing the flow of people…I think that when there was an immediate clampdown on the Mexican side, it slowed the numbers of who was coming to our border. Or it’s taking people a lot longer than it used to, so you may have somebody who has been en route for a very long time because they’ve been deported once or twice from Mexico already.”

2. The number of unaccompanied Honduran kids at the US border has dropped—and that’s troubling. “Anything you read or see or talk to anyone about Honduras, it’s only getting worse there. It’s not getting better. But the numbers are going down. Honduras has spent a lot of time and money monitoring their own border and stopping kids from leaving Honduras, and I think we’re seeing that now with the lower number of Honduran kids coming here. They’re saying a child can’t leave the country without permission from both parents—that’s a child-protection mechanism. You don’t want children leaving on their own, or without their parents knowing about it…They’re stopping kids from leaving, but there’s no plan for what to do with them. They stop them and say, ‘You don’t have the necessary documents to leave the country. Turn around.’ Well, turn around into what? There’s no child-protection system that’s working that’s really going to work for these kids.”

3. Families are getting split up when they’re picked up. “You have siblings who are getting separated, married couples that are getting separated, and that can be because just the mechanics of what happened during detention—one Border Patrol agent maybe got one person, one got another; they were separated by gender in the holding cells; they may have been separated by the coyotes and they crossed five minutes apart; one got apprehended and one didn’t. What we’re worried about is when they’re coming into the system and they’re getting maliciously separated or no one ever realizes that these people are together. And it’s very important, because it might be that one person may be carrying all of the documents or all of the evidence for their legal case. Or one person’s legal case really hinges on being the family member of somebody else, so they need to join the cases together.”

4. The feds are opening more temporary facilities for kids. They’re also letting them out quicker. “The Department of Health and Human Services wants to shelter up to 9,800 kids right now. They’re at 8,400 since November. They have two camps that they’ve contracted with in Texas right now for up to 1,000 kids. And they have an agreement with the Department of Defense that they would put them on notice, so every 30 days they can request to have beds online in case they need them. But they haven’t had to use any yet.

“What they also do simultaneously when they up their capacity is speed the process in which they reunify children—so they get children out of their custody more quickly, so they have more beds available for more kids who are coming. Initially, that looks really good, right? We don’t want kids in detention; we think it’s good to get them out. But with kids you have to be very careful, because there’s a delicate balance between detaining them unnecessarily and turning them out to any adult who comes forward, saying, ‘Yeah, I’ll take that kid.'”

5. We can learn from what’s been going on in Europe. “There’s nothing about the Swedish asylum process that is causing a surge of Syrians to flee Syria. You have to look at what’s happening in the home country and why people are leaving, and it has nothing to do with whether or not Sweden has a functioning asylum system that they can properly adjudicate cases. And even though we now have thousands of beds in family detention facilities, where somebody knows they’re going to get locked in jail with their baby, they’re still coming. That hasn’t worked as a deterrent…

“Framing it in this comparison to the European context is generally helpful in that people will really start to see this as a true refugee situation. Because I feel like they don’t. It’s like, ‘Migrants from Central America are economic migrants coming here to steal jobs, but Syrians are real refugees and Europe should take them.’ Breaking down those barriers is helpful.”

Source: Mother Jones

The number of police officers charged with murder or manslaughter for on-duty shootings has more than tripled in 2015.

In April, the Washington Post reported that of the thousands of police shootings that have occurred since 2005, just 54 officers were charged—an average of about five officers a year. In the final weeks of 2015, that number has reached 17.

Philip Stinson, the Bowling Green State University criminologist who worked with the Post on its analysis, attributes the increase in murder and manslaughter charges to more video evidence. Ten officers were charged this year based on video of the incidents. Stinson told the Associated Press, “If you take the cases with the video away, you are left with what we would expect to see over the past 10 years—about five cases.” He made the comments in an article published December 4—since then, two more officers have been charged. “You have to wonder if there would have been charges if there wasn’t video evidence,” Stinson, added.

This year, several police shooting incidents have received national media attention. Most recently, the video of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer last October sparked mass protests in the city and calls for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s resignation. Other videos that received national attention include those that captured the shootings by police of Walter Scott in South Carolina, Eric Harris in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Samuel DuBose in Ohio.

Here is a list of all the police officers charged with murder or manslaughter this year in on-duty shootings. The list is in chronological order, according to when the shootings occurred, and includes videos of incidents that were publicly available. (WARNING: The videos are graphic.) The list does not include the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray because he died from a spinal chord injury in a police vehicle.

Sheriff’s Deputy Walter Grant, Bolivar County Sheriff’s Office

State: Mississippi

Victim: Willie Lee Bingham, 20

What happened: Grant shot Bingham during a foot chase on March 13, 2013. Bingham and several other men were suspected of breaking into cars in an automobile equipment plant, the police say. They fled in a car, and when it stalled, Bingham ran away from the car. Grant shot Bingham once in the back of the head. Grants has said he thought Bingham had a gun.

Status: Grant was fired and indicted on manslaughter charges in March. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Sheriff’s Deputy Peter Peraza, Broward County Sheriff’s Office

State: Florida

Victim: Jermaine McBean, 33

What happened: Peraza shot McBean, a computer systems engineer, on July 31, 2013. McBean was carrying a newly purchased, unloaded pellet gun on the grounds of his apartment complex. Peraza said he ordered McBean several times to drop the gun, and that McBean turned and pointed it at him. A picture of McBean after the shooting showed he had earplugs in when he was shot and may have been unable to hear Pereza.

Status: Peraza was suspended without pay and indicted on a first-degree manslaughter charge in December. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

 

Officer Adam Torres Associated Press

Officer Adam Torres, Fairfax County Police Department

State: Virginia

Victim: John Geer, 46

What happened: Torres shot Geer, a father of two, once in the chest during a standoff at Geer’s house in August 2013. Geer’s longtime girlfriend had called the police and said Geer was throwing her belongings out of the house during an argument, and that he had guns in the house. When Torres and another officer arrived, Geer was standing in the doorway with a gun holstered at his side, police say. The officers called for backup. Geer put his gun on the ground, as other officers at the scene had asked. Then, Torres shot Geer. According to Torres, “He brought his hands down really quick near his waist.” Witnesses say Geer had his hands up.

Status: Torres was fired and indicted on second-degree murder charges in August. He’s currently being held without bond until his trial begins in April.

 

Officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez, Albuquerque Police Department

State: New Mexico

Victim: James Boyd, 38

What happened: Sandy and Perez shot Boyd, who was homeless and schizophrenic, during a confrontation in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains in March 2014. Police said Boyd was camping there illegally. Boyd brandished two small knives, and the officers unleashed a dog on him and used a flash-bang grenade. They shot him three times each after he reached into his pocket. Boyd died at a hospital after his arm was amputated.

Status: A judge ruled in August that Sandy and Perez would stand trial on second-degree murder charges, but the jury may consider the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. Both have been fired and face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Officer James Ashby, Rocky Ford Police Department

State: Colorado

Victim: Jack Jacquez, 27

What happened: Ashby shot Jacquez in Jacquez’s kitchen on October 12, 2014. Ashby said he saw Jacquez go to the back entrance of a house—what turned out to be Jacquez’s residence—and thought Jacquez was burglarizing it. Ashby followed Jacquez into the house, where he says Jacquez attempted to swing a baseball bat at him. The coroner said Jacquez was shot in the back—not a position he would have been in if he were winding up for a swing. Jacquez’s mother, who let her son in the house, witnessed the shooting.

Status: Ashby was fired and charged with second-degree murder in February. His trial is set to begin in January.

 

Officer Jason Van Dyke, Chicago Police Department

State: Illinois

Victim: Laquan McDonald, 17

What happened: Van Dyke shot McDonald in October 2014 after responding to a call that McDonald was trying to break into cars. He shot the high school senior 16 times just six seconds after exiting his squad car. Several shots were fired after McDonald was wounded and had already fallen to the ground. Van Dyke said McDonald lunged at him with a knife. Dash-cam footage showed McDonald was turned away from Van Dyke when he was shot. The prosecutor called the shooting “chilling” and “deeply disturbing.”

Status: Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder on November 24. He is being held without bail and faces 20 years to life in prison if convicted.

NYPD Officer Peter Liang Associated Press

Officer Peter Liang, New York City Police Department

State: New York

Victim: Akai Gurley, 28

What happened: Liang shot Akai Gurley, father to a then-two-year-old daughter, in a public housing complex in Brooklyn on November 20, 2014. Liang and his partner entering a building stairwell when Gurley and his girlfriend were going up the same stairwell from the floor below. Liang opened the door to the stairwell with his gun in his hand and it accidentally discharged, striking Gurley. Phone records show Liang, a rookie officer, texted his union representative to say he had shot someone and did not immediately call for medical help.

Status: Liang was indicted on second-degree manslaughter and other charges in February and released without bail. He faces a minimum sentence of 1 to 3 years in prison and a maximum of 5 to 15 years if convicted. His trial is scheduled to begin on January 7.

Lieutenant Terry Beadles, Pike County Sheriff’s Office

State: Mississippi

Victim: Troy Boyd, 35

What happened: Beadles shot Boyd on March 15, after responding to a call about a man on a four-wheeler “acting bizarre.” After deputies made contact with Boyd, police say, he tried to run over Beadles. Beadles fired one shot, which caused Boyd to veer down the road and crash. Boyd had several knives and a gun on his person when he was shot.

Status: Beadles was charged with first-degree manslaughter in September and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. He is free on bond and was placed on unpaid leave.

Sheriff’s Deputy Joel Jenkins, Pike County Sheriff’s Office

State: Mississippi

Victim: Robert Rooker, 26

What happened: Jenkins shot Rooker after a car chase on March 28. Jenkins’ partner pursued Rooker after he took off during a traffic stop, police say. The chase ended when Rooker veered off the road into a ravine, and Rooker fired his gun.

Status: Jenkins was indicted on first-degree murder and third-degree reckless homicide charges in December.

Officer Michael Slager, North Charleston Police Department

State: South Carolina

Vicitm: Walter Scott, 50

What happened: Slager shot Scott several times in the back as Scott ran from Slager after a traffic stop on April 4. On video, Slager appears to plant a Taser on Scott’s body as he lies bleeding on the ground. A bystander shot video of the the incident on his cell phone.

Status: Slager was charged with first-degree murder in June and faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted. He is being held without bond.

Officer Lisa Mearkle, Hummelstown Police Department

State: Pennsylvania

Victim: David Kassick, 59

What happened: Mearkle shot Kassick twice in the back as he lay face down in the snow in February. Kassick ran away during a traffic stop and fell to the ground after Mearkle tased him. Mearkle said Kassick, who was unarmed, reached into his jacket pocket.

Status: Mearkle was acquitted of third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, and involuntary manslaughter charges in November. She says she was “charged for political reasons.”

Deputy Sheriff Robert Bates, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office

State: Oklahoma

Victim: Eric Harris, 44

What happened: Bates shot Harris after a foot chase. Harris arranged to sell a gun to undercover officers in a sting operation on April 2, police say. Bates—a volunteer sheriff who prosecutors say did not have the proper training—said he mistook his gun for his Taser and shot Harris accidentally. In the video, Bates can be heard saying “Taser! Taser!” before shooting Harris. Then, “I shot him. I’m sorry.” Another officer can be heard saying, “F–k your breath,” as Harris lay struggling to breathe on the ground.

Status: Bates was charged with second-degree manslaughter in April and released after posting bail. His trial is set for February.

Officer Stephen Rankin, Portsmouth Police Department

State: Virginia

Victim: William Chapman, 18

What happened: Rankin shot Chapman in a Walmart parking lot after responding to a shoplifting call on April 22. Rankin said Chapman struggled with him after he approached the teen. An attorney for Chapman’s family said Chapman did not struggle. Rankin shot Chapman in the face and chest.

Status: Rankin was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in September and faces life in prison if convicted. His trial is slated to begin in February.

Officer Ray Tensing, University of Cincinnati Campus Police

State: Ohio

Victim: Samuel DuBose, 43

What happened: Tensing shot Samuel DuBose, who has 13 children, in the head during a traffic stop July 19. Tensing says DuBose had a missing license tag. Tensing said he shot DuBose because he attempted to run him over. A video appears to shows that Tensing shot DuBose while the officer was talking to the man, apparently unprompted. The prosecutor has said, “This is the most asinine act I’ve ever seen a police officer make—totally unwarranted.”

Status: Tensing was charged with first-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter in July. He faces a minimum sentence of 3 to 11 years and a maximum of 15 years to life in prison if convicted.

Marshals Derrick Stafford (left) and Norris Greenhouse (right) Associated Press

Officers Norris Greenhouse and Derrick Stafford, Louisiana State Police

State: Louisiana

Victim: Jeremy Mardis, 6

What happened: Greenhouse and Stafford shot Mardis after firing at least 18 rounds into the car his father was driving after a chase on November 3. They pursued Chris Few, Jeremy’s father, after witnessing an argument he had with his girlfriend in front of a local bar. No gun was found in Few’s car, and video appears to show he had his hands up when officers fired their guns. Jeremy was autistic and in first grade.

Status: Greenhouse and Stafford were indicted on second-degree murder and other charges in December and are being held on a $1 million bond. If convicted, they face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

Source: Mother Jones

On Wednesday, Judge Barry G. Williams declared a mistrial in the trial of William Porter, the first of six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Gray died in April from injuries suffered after Baltimore police left him unbuckled but shackled in the back of a police van during a ride to a booking station, sparking turbulent protests throughout the city.

Jurors said on Wednesday that they were deadlocked on all counts. Porter had pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office. After deliberating for about a day, jurors had told the court that they were deadlocked; the judge instructed them to continue to try to reach a unanimous verdict. It didn’t happen.

Prosecutors argued that Porter criminally neglected his duties by failing to buckle Gray into a seat, or to get him medical attention when it was clear that he needed it. But Porter’s lawyers said it was the driver’s responsibility to make sure Gray was buckled in, and that Porter fulfilled his responsibility to Gray’s safety when he told his supervisor that Gray needed to go to the hospital.

City officials were again on edge as Baltimore awaited a verdict. Last April, Mayor Stephanie Rawlins-Blake declared a weeklong curfew and called in the National Guard after riots broke out around the city. Rawlins-Blake issued a statement following the judge’s decision on Wednesday calling on protesters to show “respect for our neighborhoods” and saying that the city was “prepared to respond” to any unrest. 

The Harford and Howard county school districts canceled all field trips to Baltimore this week in anticipation of possible protests. The CEO of Baltimore schools also sent a letter to parents Monday saying he was “very concerned” about how students might respond. The letter drew criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, which said it was wrong to equate students’ desire to demonstrate with potential violence.

Judge Williams is expected to set a date for Porter’s new trial on Thursday. Trials for the other five officers charged in Gray’s death are also expected to begin soon.

Source: Mother Jones

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its benchmark interest rate for the first time in nearly a decade. Citing rising employment and economic activity, the central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee voted to raise its target for the federal funds rate (the rate that banks pay to loan each other money overnight) to between 0.25 and 0.5 percent. Interest rates across the economy are expected to climb along with it.

This may not sound significant, but the Fed’s interest rate decisions have a huge impact on the American and global economies. The rate is one of the main mechanisms that the Federal Reserve uses to cool the economy and quell inflation. The last time the Fed raised it was in 2006. Then came the housing market crash, the Great Recession, and the Fed’s unprecedented response: nine years of near-zero rates aimed at spurring economic growth. 

A growing contingent of influential economists believe that it is too soon to take moves that will slow economic growth, arguing that raising rates now will do the most damage to those who can least afford it: the poor and minorities. They say the Fed should only step in when there are clear signs of rising inflation, the traditional trigger for tightening monetary policy, which hasn’t happened yet.

The decade of near-zero interest rates have brought the economy into such unfamiliar territory, however, that other economists say we can’t predict the consequences of this move by the Fed. “The environment we’re in is just so out of the range of our models that we are a bit in the dark,” says Mark Calabria, director of financial regulation studies at the libertarian Cato Institute

The one point everybody agrees on is that while the impact of this first hike may be minor, Yellen has indicated that more may follow and those will shift gears in the American economy. Everyone will be affected, with some clear winners and losers.

The big winners are likely to include:

The financial sector: Big banks and financial institutions have already seen a bump from the anticipated rate hike. Banks typically benefit from rising rates, because that means they are able to lend at higher long-term interest rates while borrowing at lower short-term ones. The financial sector also benefits from hard-on-inflation policies, since high inflation erodes the value of their investments. “Unexpected increases in inflation are wealth transfers from creditors to debtors,” explains Josh Bivens, research and policy director at the progressive Economic Policy Institute. “The finance sector really, really dislikes unexpected inflation.”

People with savings in the bank: Ralph Nader recently published a condescending letter that he wrote Yellen, urging her to raise rates for the sake of “the savers of America.” (Yellen responded with her own letter defending the Fed’s policies). Nader was onto something though: An extended period of low rates hits hardest ordinary people who keep their savings in bank accounts. With interest rates near zero, their savings stagnate. But there’s a twist. The very poor are generally unable to save much, which means that they don’t have much to lose. People with significant savings tend to put their money in the stock market, which has soared over the past few years.

“If you’re talking about people that have any significant savings at all—more than $5,000 or $10,000—they’re not keeping it in a checking account, they’re doing things like putting it in stock and bonds. And the price of stocks and bonds have actually been driven higher by the Fed’s policies,” says Bivens.

Small businesses (maybe): This seems counterintuitive. After all, “cheap money,” or low interest rates, are supposed to benefit borrowers. But since the financial crisis, big banks have all but cut off lending to small businesses. The lack of bank loans has pushed small business owners into the open arms of non-bank lenders, who charge far higher rates. (The Wall Street Journal cites a lender that charges 39 percent, as opposed to the 5 percent to 6 percent a bank would charge.) Some commentators have pointed out that higher rates could encourage banks to loosen their purse strings.

But at the same time, small businesses will be among the first to suffer if domestic demand drops—and some are worried that this could happen with higher interest rates. The Fed is betting that the economy is strong enough, but only time will tell.

The economy as a whole (maybe): The big question mark is whether so-called bubbles are already forming in some areas of the economy. There is no agreement on this point, but cheap debt historically encourages a rapid rise in prices in certain sectors followed by a sudden drop, which is what happened when the bubble “burst” in the housing market during the Great Recession. Some economists are worried that we could make the same mistake again. Calabria from the Cato Institute, explains that even though he has been arguing in favor of a rate hike for several years, he is concerned about this rate hike and the implications for “financial stability.” The discussions about it remind him of those from 2003 and 2004, before the last crisis. Some economists see a bubble growing in the housing market, while others, including former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, have sounded alarms about a potential bubble in the bond market.

The losers include:

Low-wage workers and the unemployed: Many pro-rate hike economists point to the unemployment rate as a reason to support the Fed’s move. The economy has been steadily adding jobs in recent months—including 211,000 in November—and unemployment, now at 5 percent, has returned to pre-recession levels. The point of low rates is to create jobs, so with unemployment down, some say the Fed has already done its job.

But although unemployment has dropped, underemployment—or the rate of people working in jobs that don’t match their skill level or working part time when they would prefer to work full time—is still high at 9.9 percent, according to Jared Bernstein, former chief economist to Vice President Joe Biden. What’s more, wages are rising well below target levels.

Some economists argue that it’s worth keeping rates low until their benefits spread to a greater number of low-income workers. “If [this hike] sets off a too-steep series of interest rate increases, I think the big losers are the literally couple of a million Americans who would not have jobs 12 to 18 months from now…and really tens of millions of Americans who will have slower wage growth over that time if we restrict economic growth too much,” says Bivens. Another argument for keeping rates low is that high employment disproportionately benefits black workers, who have been hit the hardest by the past two recessions.

Emerging markets: Developing economies such as Russia, Turkey, and Brazil may also take a hit from the rate hike. By attracting investors to the United States with higher returns, the Fed’s rate hike is expected to strengthen the dollar relative to other world currencies. For the many companies in emerging markets who have taken out dollar-denominated debt, this could be a major problem; they will have to pay more on their loans even as their own countries’ currencies remain weak. International investors are already expected to pull more than $500 billion out of emerging markets  this year, making 2015 the first year in nearly three decades that more money has left emerging markets than entered them.

Exporters: The United States is tightening monetary policy just as the European Union, Japan and China move in the opposite direction, which will make the dollar even more attractive to foreign investors. A stronger dollar would push up the price of US exports, leaving some American companies at a competitive disadvantage.

Taxpayers: Finally, raising rates will push up one cost we all share—the cost of servicing government debt. Borrowing costs will rise along with interest rates, which will make it just that much harder for the government to close its deficit.

Source: Mother Jones

Fans dressed as stormtroopers and Darth Vader queued for hours as Star Wars, The Force Awakens, opened in Paris and several other European cities.

The much hyped and hugely anticipated film in the sci-fi franchise received rave reviews from viewers.

“The film is excellent, I didn’t expect that,” one viewer said. “I didn’t think that Disney was going to make a film as wonderful, I’m amazed.”

Another said: “It was enormously different from what we had already seen, it really respected the old trilogy. We, fans in our (thirties), we’ve really enjoyed it. We’re looking forward for the next one.”

Preparations are well underway as London prepares to feel the force of the premier of seventh installment in the series.

American fans travelled +10hrs to watch #StarWarsForceAwakens premiere in #Paris, 2 days before it comes out in US pic.twitter.com/N4guVt0szZ- aurore clo’e dupuis (@aurorecloe) December 16, 2015
Source: Live Leak

Abdeslam traced to Brussels flat two days after
Paris attacks
Belgian law forbids raids between 2100 and 0500
except in particular circumstances
Conditions did not apply so Abdeslam not
arrested
“Europe’s most wanted man” still on the run

Belgian police may have missed Salah Abdeslam because of legal ban on overnight raids,prosecutor tells valentinapop https://t.co/Cb8gl33tw6- Gabriele Steinhauser (gksteinhauser) 16 D’ecembre 2015

It is claimed a legal loophole allowed Salah Abdeslam to escape arrest in Belgium just two days after the Paris attacks.

Belgium’s Justice Minister says Abdeslam – dubbed “Europe’s most wanted man” – was traced to a flat in Brussels 48 hours after the attacks in November.

However, police were unable to arrest him as Belgian law currently forbids overnight raids except in specific circumstances.

– Koen Geens : “La Belgique ne doit pas se sentir coupable” https://t.co/xcZwrVzxEO via VRT_Flandreinfo pic.twitter.com/60NP2MbRGN- Veille #begov (PolBegov) 16 Novembre 2015

Koen Geens insists there was no failure on the part of the police:

“Intelligence indicated that it was not out of the question that Abdeslam could be in the flat. We are not allowed to carry out raids between 2100 and 0500 so the law was no help in trying to arrest him.”

“”There was no failure. The only thing I will say is the legislation could be more helpful in helping the security services be more efficient in cases like this.”

Salah Abdeslam

Attentats : le myst`ere Salah Abdeslam https://t.co/Y86EGFgWe3 pic.twitter.com/w9Z0r0YZJV- Le Parisien (@le_Parisien) 14 D’ecembre 2015

Salah Abdeslam is known to have been in Paris at the time of the November the 13th attacks that claimed the lives of 130 people.

He was identified during a routine road check as he returned to Belgium the next day but was allowed to pass through.

The Latest: Lawyer: Paris attack suspect may have worn bomb belt when he returned to Belgium https://t.co/jbBoMzPNtk pic.twitter.com/M6DQ7BLEZA- The Belgium Hub (@TheBelgiumHub) 25 Novembre 2015

‘Imminent threat of attack’: Brussels closes metro as capital on high alert – RT News https://t.co/aIwYSYIgoJ- Arid Acres Homestead (@AridAcresHomest) 7 D’ecembre 2015

Believing Abdeslam was in Brussels and in possession of explosives, the Belgian capital was put on the highest level of alert.

Bomb belt found in Paris belonged to Salah Abdeslam, police say https://t.co/ZRxw24wuDw pic.twitter.com/sk3ZCSp0mh- The Times of London (@thetimes) 24 Novembre 2015

A bomb belt believed to have belonged to Abdeslam was found in a litter bin in Paris.

He has evaded capture since the attacks.
Source: Live Leak