Crowd Mourns Idrissa Camara, Security Guard Shot Dead At …

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) More than 200 people gathered Thursday to honor a security guard who was gunned down at a federal office building in the Hudson Square area by a former government employee who later killed himself.

The Federal Protective Service held a memorial Thursday night in Manhattan to remember Idrissa Camara1, 53.

The officer was working for FJC Security Services at a federal office building at 201 Varick St. this past Friday.

The world lost an incredible human being when Idrissa Camara tragically died in the line of duty, Joshua Primrose, a vice president with FJC Security Services said at the service. His courageous actions saved others and we will never forget.

Police have said the gunman, Kevin Downing, 682, entered the building around 5 p.m.

that day with guns hidden in a bag.

Downing pulled out a gun and shot Camara in the head3 as he approached the metal detector at the security screening area, authorities said. They said Downing then walked through the metal detectors toward the elevator and shot himself in the head.

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Camara was rushed to Lenox Hill HealthPlex, where he was pronounced dead at 5:55 p.m., police said.

Detectives said Downing, a former economist, was fired from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics several years ago. The BLS has an office on the eighth floor of the building on Varick Street.

Lawsuits and other documents show Downing thought he was fired as retaliation for blowing the whistle on alleged corruption and public waste, CBS2 s Ilana Gold reported.

Camara s shift had ended at 4 p.m.

but he had agreed to stay longer.

His co-workers and his community, which he loved and respected, will remember him as the sort of man who would give them the shirt off his back if he was asked, Primrose said.

Carolyn Harley, who worked at the Varick Street building with Camara for three years, said the mood remains somber among fellow security guards.

The guards are very, very hurt, she said as mourners wept beside her. We re all hurting, but nevertheless we made an oath to do our job and even in mourning we re going to do it to the best of our ability.

On Thursday night, Camara was posthumously awarded the director s citation from the Federal Protective Service.

Camara is survived by a wife and three young children.

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Myanmar security forces surround ruling party HQ: sources

By Hnin Yadana Zaw and Aung Hla Tun

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s powerful ruling party chief Shwe Mann has been ousted from his post, party members said on Thursday, apparently after losing a power struggle with President Thein Sein three months before a general election.

Security forces surrounded the headquarters of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in the capital, Naypyitaw, late on Wednesday and prevented members there from leaving.

Shwe Mann’s ouster from the party follows rare discord within the establishment over the role of the military, which handed power to a semi-civilian government in 2011 but retains an effective veto over the political system.

“Shwe Mann isn’t the chairman of the party anymore,” said a USDP member of parliament.

“He’s in good health and at home now.”

Family members said Shwe Mann was at home in Naypyitaw when the soldiers took control of the USDP compound.

Shwe Mann still holds the position of speaker of parliament, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject.

Shwe Mann has been replaced as party chairman by the Htay Oo, who will also retain his position as vice chairman, another senior member of the party said . Htay Oo is an ally of Thein Sein.

One of Thein Sein’s closest aides Tin Naing Thein, resigned from his post of minister at the president’s office on Wednesday and has become the new secretary general of the party, a senior party official said . He replaces Maung Maung Thein, a supporter of Shwe Mann.

Tension has risen between Thein Sein and Shwe Mann, both former top military officers, over the selection of candidates for the November election, party sources said earlier.

The two are old rivals and both have suggested they would accept the job of president after the Nov .

8 parliamentary election.

Shwe Mann has built ties with Nobel laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi1, who has called repeatedly for the military to withdraw from politics, and he supported an attempt in parliament in June to amend the constitution to limit the military’s political role.

Tension rose on Wednesday after the USDP selected only 59 of 159 senior officers who retired from the military to run as candidates for the party in the coming election, the party sources said.


Late on Wednesday, several trucks of soldiers and police officers arrived at the ruling party’s headquarters.

After the security forces took control of the compound, Soe Tha, one of the founders of the USDP, and Htay Oo led a late-night meeting of senior party officials that lasted into the early hours of Thursday, party members said.

Both men are close to the president.

Shwe Mann and high-ranking party members considered to belong to his faction in the USDP were not present at the meeting, the sources said.

The security forces left after the meeting concluded at around 2.30 a.m., sources said.

“What I heard .. .

was that there was a lot of reorganization in the party last night,” said government spokesman Ye Htut, who said he could not give further details as he is not a member of the party.

Shwe Mann was a presidential hopeful when the military handed over power to a semi-civilian government after 49 years of rule in 2011.

Despite the establishment of the new government, the military has resisted recent efforts to introduce constitutional amendments to loosen its grip.

The USDP is comprised largely of former military officers and was created from a social movement set up by the former junta.

It is unclear why the party selected only 59 of 159 senior officers to be candidates in the election but the decision likely angered officers and politicians keen to preserve the military’s sway.

The party is expected to fare poorly against Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy in the election.

The constitution reserves 25 percent of seats in parliament for unelected military officers .

Changes to the constitution require the support of at least 75 percent of lawmakers, giving the military an effective veto over changes.

An amendment that would have seen the threshold of support lowered to 70 percent failed, as expected, to gain enough support with lawmakers in a June vote.

(Additional reporting by Timothy McLaughlin; Writing by Simon Webb; Editing by Robert Birsel and Raju Gopalakrishnan)


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Security guards robbed by three men at Northampton bank while delivering cash

Nationwide on St Leonards Road where the robbery happened

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A building society was robbed by three men during the early hours of Friday morning (July 31).

The robbery happened at Nationwide on St Leonards Road, Northampton, shortly after midnight, when security guards delivering cash to the bank.

The guards were threatened by three men who forced entry to the building, before one of the guards were then assaulted . The cash was stolen afterwards.

The three offenders were all white men, wearing black clothing and black balaclavas . They are described as being of a medium build and between 5ft 10in to 6ft.

The robbery came just 12 hours before another robbery at a Nationwide branch in Northampton2 .

This incident happened at midday on Friday in Moulton Park.

Police believe these incidents are not related .

However, more investigations are yet to take place to be certain of this.

Witnesses, or anyone with information to either of the incidents are asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org3.


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