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[翻译]In The News - US Police Officials Examine Use of Force Rules

来源:慢速英语   时间:2014-12-06 08:47:31

From VOA Learning English, this is In The News.


The Obama administration has established a federal task force to examine policing policies. The group will investigate the use of force in detaining suspects. the administration's move follows demonstrations in cities across the United States.


Demonstrators have been protesting two recent grand jury rulings. In Missouri, a grand jury decided last week not to charge a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed African-American teenager. This week, jurors in New York decided not to indict another white officer in the death of an unarmed African-American man.


How a grand jury works is a mystery to most Americans. A grand jury is a group of private citizens. Their job is to decide whether to approve criminal charges.


Unlike trial juries, grand juries only hear evidence presented by a government lawyer. Charges are brought if the jury decides there is "probable cause" that the crime took place, and that a person or persons may have been responsible.


On Wednesday, protesters gathered in the New York City neighborhood where Eric Garner died of a heart attack. He collapsed after police arrested him on suspicion of selling cigarettes illegally.

周三,示威者聚集到纽约市一处街区,埃里克·加纳(Eric Garner)在这里心脏病发而亡。警察怀疑他非法销售香烟逮捕了他,然后他晕倒了。

Police arrests protesters rallying against a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner attempted to block traffic at the intersection of 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue near Times Square, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

A widely seen video of the arrest shows police officer Daniel Pantaleo putting Eric Garner in a chokehold, an action banned by the police department. New York's medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide; in other words, the killing of one person by another.

一则广为流传的逮捕录像显示,警察丹尼尔·潘塔莱奥(Daniel Pantaleo)勒住了加纳的脖子,而警察部门已经禁止了这种动作。纽约验尸官裁定这次死亡是一场凶杀案。换言之就是一人被另一人杀害。

"You've got to be kidding me. They didn't indict him? Why, where's the justice at?


The U.S. Justice Department says it will investigage whether Eric Garner's civil rights were violated when the police officer put him in a chokehold. In Washington, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to reporters.

美国司法部表示,它会调查当警察勒住加纳的脖子时,他的公民权利是否受到了侵犯。美国司法部长埃里克·霍尔德(Eric Holder)在华盛顿发表了讲话。

"Mr. Garner's death is one of several recent incidents across our great country that have tested the sense of trust that must exist between law enforcement and the communities they are charged to serve and to protect."


There have been several cases of deadly incidents involving police and African-Americans this year. The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown last August fueled racial tensions. Police officer Darren Wilson said he feared for his life after Brown attempted to take his gun.

今年已经发生了数起涉及警察和非裔美国人的致命事件案例。今年8月,迈克尔·布朗(Michael Brown)之死助长了种族紧张关系。警察达伦·威尔逊(Darren Wilson)表示,在布朗试图夺他的枪之后,他对自己的生命感到担忧。

Last month, an Ohio police officer shot and killed a 12-year-old African-American boy. The shooting took place less than two seconds after the police car pulled up to the boy. He was carrying an unloaded pellet gun -- a device also known as an air gun. To date, no charges have been brought against the officer.


On Monday, President Barack Obama met with civil rights leaders, law enforcement officials and others. Mr. Obama said he will push for reforms in city police departments because of the high rates of police shootings involving African-Americans.


“The frustrations that we’ve seen are not just about a particular incident. They have deep roots in many communities of color, who have a sense that our laws are not always being enforced uniformly or fairly.”


Civil rights leaders like Al Sharpton have criticized police for having an aggressive way of thinking towards young African-Americans and other minorities.

艾尔·夏普顿(Al Sharpton)等民权领袖批评警方对非洲裔青年和其它少数族裔持激进心态。

“What I’m afraid of is that there will not be indictments of police officers for killing unarmed people. That is what I am afraid of. I think we are so busy promoting the reaction to injustice that we are not reacting to injustice.”


The mayor of New York announced on Thursday that police officers will attend three days of training in an effort to reduce unnecessary use of force. He said the move shows all New Yorkers that they will be treated equally.


And that’s In The News from VOA Learning English. I’m Anne Ball.

Words in This Story

federal- adj.of or having to do with a national or central government

jury- n.a group of people chosen to decide what is true in a trial

criminal– adj.involving illegal activity; n.a person who is responsible for a crime

indict- v.to decide to charge someone with a crime