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…

Flashback: The Militarization of Police Departments

What comes next? (Militarization of Police)

Black Americans need to pay attention, our police departments have become militarized and this all begun in the early 90’s. Turn off your Xbox, PS4, Sport games, etc, for a second and pay attention because this affects you. From SWAT to your local Sheriff department, police in the U.S are being trained to treat the American public as if we are all suspects/criminals(especially Black Americans). The bigger problem that is not being talked about though, are the politicians who we have let these occurrences flourish, created polices/laws that go against our Constitutional rights, (Bill of Rights) eroding amendments and most importantly HUMAN RIGHTS.

“The Fourth Amendment originally enforced the notion that “each man’s home is his castle”, secure from unreasonable searches and seizures of property by the government.  It protects against arbitrary arrests, and is the basis of the law regarding search warrants, stop-and-frisk, safety inspections, wiretaps, and other forms of surveillance, as well as being central to many other criminal law topics and to privacy law.”

Yet SWAT and police are not following with legal searches, but busting down the wrong homes and executing people absent of due process. After 9/11 the cards had finally fallen. Some American citizens were being treated as prisoners of Guantanamo Bay. In Ferguson, MO right now the media is being attacked with tear gas, police dogs, rubber bullets and other intimidation tactics that go against the 1st amendment. If they are doing this to the press in the U.S, imagine what is install for the rest of us.

 

In addition to the police interfering with peaceful protesting. Many have warned that the Patriot Act, and many other polices/laws that passed after 9/11 would lead to this. Yet we coward out and let them pass, and we continue to let the Obama administration do the same. On top of the fact, poor and people of color (Black and Hispanic more likely) are the first to be met with this brutality. After all, for Black Americans/African Americans in the U.S, our rights were never really considered God given. The law hasn’t and still doesn’t treat us as equal Americans who have been an important ingredient in what has made this country great. What further proof do you need before we as Americans of all creed do something about this tyranny?

” The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition.  It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices.  It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.  It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government.”

 Ferguson and the Militarization of Police

“At the root of the problem is a country coming home from war, forced over a decade to design and deploy a literal army of 21st-century weapons to fight insurgent masses during protracted Middle East wars. A program that first took off in the early 1990s allows the Department of Defense, yet again downsizing, to reissue billions of dollars of this equipment to domestic security forces, particularly SWAT and other elite units that have traditionally needed tactical gear for high-risk jobs.”

“Have no doubt, police in the United States are militarizing, and in many communities, particularly those of color, the message is being received loud and clear: ‘You are the enemy,’” writes Tom Nolan, a 27-year veteran of the Boston Police Department and professor at SUNY Plattsburgh, in an op-ed that appeared in DefenseOne in June, more than a month before the Ferguson riots.

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Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/08/14/ferguson-and-the-shocking-nature-of-us-police-militarization

Ferguson Police’s PR Stunt Poisons Independent and Impartial Investigation

“The public and the ACLU of Missouri have called for release of the police incident report on the shooting to resolve the dispute about whether the incident involved the excessive use of lethal force and illegal racial profiling, and to shed light on how many times and where on his body Mr. Brown was shot.”

Article by  Dennis Parker

Another Day, Another 124 Violent SWAT Raids

“It’s 3:00 a.m. Your children are screaming and your dog is lying dead in a pool of blood. Scorch marks and shattered glass cover the floor. You’re being held at gunpoint by towering figures wearing black and holding AK-47s.”

“This isn’t a Hollywood movie set. Odds are this is a predawn SWAT raid targeting a family of color. Mission objective: search the home for a small amount of drugs.”

Article by Kara Dansky

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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

I love these women; Franchesca and LaToya Commentary on Race and Police Brutality

In the wake of protests after decisions by two grand juries not to indict police officers in the deaths of two black men, Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric leads a conversation about the relationship between law enforcement and the African American community.

https://screen.yahoo.com/katiecouric/katie-couric-roundtable-blacklivesmatter-180000175.html

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCMQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Ftheroottv.theroot.com%2Fvideo%2FChescaleigh-on-Yahoo-BlackLives%3Fwpisrc%3Dburger&ei=yUa0VL_WB9PGsQSdrICwBw&usg=AFQjCNEpMxSp926LfYnNNbDSg0tGSEyI_A&sig2=HvkkXQysmbuiCp7h_TAakA&bvm=bv.83339334,d.cWc

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 http://www.upworthy.com/franchesca-ramsey

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Killer Mike’s pre-show Ferguson Grand Jury speech

“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/

NYPD Kills Innocent Man

Hero Cops: Rescue in South Carolina and California

After spending 18 hours trapped in her car at the bottom of a 500-foot deep ravine, a California woman was rescued by officials Tuesday morning — thanks to an ingenious police officer and an app on her iPad.

Melissa Vasquez, 28, lost control of her Chevrolet Cruze around 2 p.m. Monday, driving off the road east of San Jose, California, and tumbling hundreds of feet down a steep slope, ultimately coming to rest in a spot where the OnStar GPS system in her car couldn’t pinpoint her precise location, say police.

At 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Vasquez’s family called the police to report her missing after she failed to return home. Campbell Police Officer Dave Cameron, who responded to the house, asked her family if Vasquez had an iPad with “Find My iPhone” on it — an app that lets a user remotely track down their phone in the event they misplace it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/15/woman-stranded-saved-find-my-iphone-app_n_5990420.html

Amnesty International documents human rights violations by Ferguson police

Fredericklatherman blog

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76 days ago Darren Wilson, a police officer with the Ferguson Police Department, shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown who was running away from him following a tussle with Wilson at Wilson’s police vehicle that ended with Wilson shooting Brown in the arm. Six independent eyewitnesses to the shooting said he had stopped running away from Wilson, turned around and raised his hands in the universally understood signal of surrender. Instead of arresting him, which he has been trained to do, he executed him with his gun.

http://frederickleatherman.com/2014/10/24/amnesty-international-documents-human-rights-violations-by-ferguson-police/

Click to access onthestreetsofamericaamnestyinternational.pdf

Washington Post

Just before midnight on Aug. 19, a longtime local cop named Ray Albers trained his AR-15 semiautomatic rifle on a protester in Ferguson, Mo., and told him he was about to die. “I will f——- kill you!” video shows the cop yelling at the protester, who said he had his hands raised. “Get back! Get back!”

When asked his name, Albers, who was suspended and resigned soon afterward, seethed, “Go f— yourself!”

This altercation was one of many disturbing encounters enumerated in an Amnesty International report released Thursday night that paints a damning portrayal of the Ferguson police force, which it accuses of committing numerous human rights abuses. The report was deeply skeptical of whether Ferguson cop Darren Wilson was justified in the killing of unarmed Michael Brown, criticized Missouri law it said violates international standards and condemned the local police response for shooting tear gas and rubber bullets, intimidating protesters and restricting residents’ right to peaceful assembly.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/10/24/ferguson-police-committed-numerous-human-rights-abuses-amnesty-international-says/

Reuters

Amnesty cited a Missouri statute that says a police officer may use deadly force “in effecting an arrest or in preventing an escape from custody” when that officer “reasonably believes that such use of deadly force is immediately necessary to effect the arrest and also reasonably believes that the person to be arrested … has committed or attempted to commit a felony.”

A grand jury in St. Louis County is weighing whether or not Wilson should be charged in Brown’s death. Wilson has not spoken publicly about the incident.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/24/us-usa-missouri-shooting-report-idUSKCN0ID09720141024

Shout-out: Cornel West

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