Torture In Chicago

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Exclusive: Secret interrogation facility reveals aspects of war on terror in US
‘They disappeared us’: protester details 17-hour shackling without basic rights
Accounts describe police brutality, missing 15-year-old and one man’s death
Latest: Follow the Guardian’s investigation into Chicago’s Homan Square

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/20…

One of the people held at the Chicago police’s notorious “black site” at Homan Square claims the officers sexually abused him into agreeing to participate in a drug sting. Security footage from the facility shows the man was indeed held there.

https://www.rt.com/usa/258785-chicago…

The Guardian has uncovered arrest records revealing that 82% of the more than 3,500 Americans detained at a secret police facility in Chicago over the past decade were black.

About 8.5% of those held at the site were white. According to the 2010 census, Chicago’s population is 32% non-Hispanic white, 33% black, and 29% Hispanic (of which 13.5% identify as racially white).

http://www.businessinsider.com/more-t…

The Global African: Ferguson, Iran, & Urban Development Pt. 2

Sergeant Sues Police Department Over Training Video That Depicts a Black Cop as A Monkey

Arthur Scott, a San Diego police sergeant, is suing his police department because he believes that a cartoon that was shown during a training event was “racist” and depicted an African American officer as a “monkey,” KGTV reports.

Scott says that when he tried to communicate his concerns about the video, he “was transferred to a different division,” KGTV explains.

The cartoon at the center of the lawsuit was made in the early 1900s, KGTV reports, and depicted San Diego’s first African American police officer, Officer Frank McCarter, as a monkey. The cartoon reportedly also featured “derogatory comments about Asians.”

http://www.theroot.com/articles/news/2015/01/san_diego_sergeant_arthur_scott_sues_department_because_training_video_depicts.html

Pittsburgh Police Chief Challenge on Racism

Like I’ve stated before, love it when Americans stick up for each other.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh’s new police chief is being criticized by a police union president for being photographed on New Year’s Eve holding a sign that says, “I resolve to challenge racism @ work,” and bearing a Twitter hash tag that says, “# end white silence.”

Fraternal Order of Police president Howard McQuillan says the sign paints city police, especially white officers, as racists, and the chief’s photo violates a policy governing police participation in social media.

Chief Cameron McLay, who was hired in September, defended his holding the sign that someone brought to the city’s annual First Night celebration. In an email to the union, McLay, who is white, apologized if he offended officers but said it is a “statistical fact” that policing efforts have “a disparate impact on communities of color.”

Again mixing it up; Liberal video and Conservative link. 

http://fox23news.com/ap/police-chiefs-anti-racism-sign-criticized/

The Daily Show – Rage Against the Rage Against the Machine

Lack of Humanity Is One of Our Biggest Failures: Self-Reflection

Many of us are attuned to our own problems usually and rarely stop to consider what other people may have to go through on a daily bases. That leads some people to feel more empathy/sympathy for some while showing a careless mentality towards others.

Some will feel sorrow for the innocent slain cops, while making every excuse in the book for the deaths of Tamir Rice and Eric Garner. Some people’s heart will go out to the ranchers in the West Cost losing their land due to government manipulation, but not feel anything about some Native American people’s land being pushed over by corporate interest or the unconstitutional activities against the people of Ferguson.

I try not to be that type of a person; I feel pain/sadness for Wenjian Liu, Rafael Ramos, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Shawn Bell, and anyone else killed or any person who is being taken advantage of by any entity.

The reason why our country is so screwed up (always have been actually) is due to the simple fact/reality that no one stops to consider. Consider why racism, sexism, homophobia, etc are still an issue in our society centuries later. Why one death is more important and heart-wrenching than the other?

Our personal bias, ideology, media outlet we trust and perspective always come into play and it is a type of group or mob mentality. Some people never move passed that, which is why as much progress we have claimed to have made; in reality we really are stagnate. One of the reasons that politics is an extremely easy profession when you think about it. It is really easy to get people to hate each other, really easy. It is simple to play on race in divisive ways (Race itself was partially created for that reason). Many of the isms were created to draw up fear, suspicion, and hatred for others to justify atrocities that would soon take place; still do.

Unless people can grow up and confront these issues head on, it will never change. Some of the seemingly progress we have made, was due to the fact many were brave enough to do this.

I also want to add that we can be a revengeful species; I notice the people who share the brunt of revenge be it on an individual bases or an entire country, innocent people usually suffer the most.

Columbine for example; some kids did horrific things to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, but their reaction was to take innocent lives. 9/11; what those terrorist did was disgusting, but our reaction lead to a lot more innocent deaths. This type of mentality leaves a society (not just ours of course) in a constant state of senseless violence.

Lastly; I want to give my sincere condolences to the families who have fallen victim to police brutality and to the families who have lost such dignified officers, who put their life on the line for others.

Two NYPD cops get killed and ‘wartime’ police blame the protesters. Have we learned nothing?

Is violence threatened still violence?

America’s nightmare of violence and racism got upended in New York City on Saturday with the shooting of a woman in Baltimore, the shooting of two cops in Brooklyn and the suicide of their suspected fleeing killer.

This time, the bloody violence was clear, and the social-media threat appears real, but the racial and power dynamics are as confusing as they are telling: A black man, Ismaiiyl Brinsley, apparently shot his ex-girlfriend (race unknown), then traveled to New York, where he “assassinated” an Asian officer and a Hispanic officer of the New York Police Department (NYPD), in their squad car. In between,an Instagram photo: a gun, revenge and references to the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. You will believe what happened next – white head of the police union declares war on protesters within hours – but it shouldn’t have to be this way.

By Steven W. Thrasher

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/21/two-nypd-cops-killed-wartime-police-protesters

George Stinney, 14: Executed In Vile Act Of Injustice, Exonerated 70s Years Late

An African-American boy, George Stinney Jr., who was executed at age 14 in the killing of two young white girls has been exonerated in South Carolina, 70 years after he became the youngest person executed in the U.S. in the 1900s. A judge ruled he was denied due process.

CJ’s Theater of Mind

Officer who shot Tamir, was deemed unfit to be a cop

The Cleveland police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old holding a replica gun in November was deemed unsuited for police service two years ago, newly released documents show.

Timothy Loehmann, now 26, was employedby the City of Independence Police Department in Independence, Ohio, for six months in 2012, the Guardian reports. In an internal memo from that November, Independence Deputy Chief Jim Polak criticized Loehmann’s behavior during a firearms training.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/03/timothy-loehmann-unfit-for-police-service_n_6264992.html

http://reason.com/blog/2014/12/03/cop-who-killed-tamir-rice-was-previously

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/12/17/371534533/s-c-judge-says-boy-14-shouldn-t-have-been-executed

http://rt.com/usa/215399-george-stinney-exonerated-murder/

Police Officer Buys Eggs for Grandmother Who Stole Them to Feed Hungry Kids

Hero of the week

Helen Johnson was just trying to feed her family, who had gone two days without food when she lifted the eggs and got caught. The officer who responded to the theft call bought her the eggs instead of putting her in handcuffs.

Article by Breanna Edwards

Read more:

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/12/ala_police_officer_buys_eggs_for_grandmother_who_stole_them_to_feed_hungry.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr%3Acontent%26

Read more about the extra step the officer did after that. 

http://www.inquisitr.com/1674696/william-stacy-takes-truckloads-of-food-to-helen-johnson-after-the-egg-stealing-incident/

“Just Mercy”: Bryan Stevenson on Ferguson, Prison Reform & Why the Opposite of Poverty is Justice

The Equal Justice Initiative is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system.

We litigate on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged with violent crimes, poor people denied effective representation, and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct. EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment.

EJI also prepares reports, newsletters and manuals to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of reforming the administration of criminal justice.

The United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other nation in the world. The increase in the jail and prison population from 300,000 to 2.3 million in the past 40 years has lead to unprecedented prison overcrowding and put tremendous strain on state budgets. “Tough on crime” policy has created a growing underclass of ex-prisoners who are barred from productively re-entering society by increasingly numerous and onerous restrictions on things like applying for a driver’s license, adopting a child, voting, and receiving federal aid for education or food in many states.

Alabama’s prisons were built to hold 14,000 prisoners. Today, they hold 28,000. The state faces an overcrowding crisis created by the tremendous increase in the number of people sent to prison in the last 25 years.

Alabama spends only $26 a day per prisoner; the national average is $62. It spends the least of any state in the country on medical care for inmates. Alabama’s prisons have the highest inmate to correctional officer ratio in the country. Many have waiting lists for solitary confinement. Unsafe prison conditions have given rise to lawsuits in which courts have found that crowding in state and local facilities is “barbaric.”

http://www.eji.org/

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