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Amnesty: US Human Rights Abuses on Display in Ferguson

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Jon Queally writes at Common Dreams:

In a report released on Friday, Amnesty International roundly condemns the excessive force used by local law enforcement agencies in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this year and called for ‘accountability and systemic change’ in order to curb the kinds of human rights abuses increasingly seen in U.S. communities when it comes to regulating street protests and use of force by police.

The report—entitled On the Streets of America: Human Rights Abuses in Ferguson (pdf)—documents the human rights concerns witnessed first-hand by Amnesty investigators dispatched to Ferguson following initial protests in the city spurred by the shooting death of an unarmed African American teenager, Michael Brown, by a police officer Darren Wilson on August 9. The Amnesty team arrived and documented public protest and the behavior of local law enforcement from  August 14 to August 22.

Amnesty’s report makes takes no position or determination on the killing of Brown, but says the shooting and his death “highlighted on a national level the persistent and widespread pattern of racially discriminatory treatment by law enforcement officers across the United States, including unjustified stops and searches, ill treatment and excessive, and sometimes lethal, use of force.”

Focused on both the community response to Brown’s death and the subsequent police reaction to protests, the report’s authors present what they witnessed first-hand in Ferguson in order to highlight some of the national trends of human rights abuses that often, though with less attention, take place in U.S.

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Indiana Police Face Lawsuit After Officers Break Window, Taze Man During Traffic Stop

Aaron Cynic writes at Chicagoist:

A family from Hammond, Indiana is suing the Hammond Police department for excessive force after what should’ve been a routine traffic stop turned violent. Lisa Mahone was driving with her boyfriend Jamal Jones and her two children to Stroger Hospital when Hammond police pulled her over for not wearing a seatbelt. CBS2 reports Mahone admitted to the violation and asked for a ticket so she could continue on her way to the hospital to visit her dying mother.

Though Mahone was the operator of the vehicle and produced valid identification and proof of insurance, police demanded to see identification from Jones as well. Jones informed the officers he didn’t have ID, as he recently received a ticket. After attempting to reach into the backseat and produce the ticket from a backpack, the officers drew their guns.

Mahone’s 14-year-old son then began recording the encounter with his cell phone and Mahone dialed 911.… Read the rest

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Beaten by IDF & Cousin Murdered by Israeli Radicals: American Teen Seeks Justice

Abby Martin reports on the case of Mohammed Abu Kheidr, who was savagely burned alive by a group of Israeli settlers in a revenge killing for the deaths of three Israeli teenagers, speaking with family members of the victim including his 15 year old cousin, Tarek Abu Kheidr, who was arrested and beaten by Israeli police after attending a protest seeking justice for the death of his cousin.

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Ferguson: Era of the Ninja Cop | Interview with Mike Papantonio


Abby Martin speaks with Mike Papantonio, attorney and host of the Ring of Fire radio show, discussing the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, MO, including the militarization of police and the case against Darren Wilson the police officer who shot unarmed 18 year old Michael Brown, which sparked the protests.

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Noise Complaint Make Cops Tase Grandma | Police Beat

Abby Martin goes over a round-up of some of the most outrageous recent police stories, including a noise complaint that turned into a SWAT team style raid and the sentencing of Occupy protestor, Cecily McMillan for assaulting a cop after having her breast grabbed.

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Albuquerque Protest Turns Ugly

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM

The Albuquerque Police Department are being investigated by the FBI after a YouTube video went up last week, showing APD shooting a homeless man who was camping, after what was reported as a standoff that lasted for hours.

This is the 22nd police shooting since 2010, and outrage has poured out over the incident, sparking the interest of the national media and even Anonymous, which led to protests against police violence all over the city Sunday night.

APD has said that the deadly use of force was warranted in this instance, because the suspect, James Boyd, had a history of mental illness and was armed with multiple knives.

I’d barely noticed the story until the protests started, and didn’t really know what to make of it.  Maybe APD did have good reason to shoot Boyd.  I don’t know.

But after witnessing cops in bullet-proof vests and gas masks shooting tear gas into a street filled with peaceful protesters, innocent by-standers, and even children, I’ve decided to err on the side of the people who weren’t being assholes.… Read the rest

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Four Los Angeles Police Tased And Beat A Deaf Man Unconscious For Using Sign Language

police-beat-deaf-manIn which using sign language gestures is considered attempted assault. The New York Daily News reports:

Cops in California tasered a deaf man to the ground and then beat him unconscious because he couldn’t hear their orders, a new lawsuit claims.

Jonathan Meister alleges officers discharged the electric charge into his body after mistaking his attempts to communicate via sign language as aggressive hand signals.

Four cops arrived at his friend’s house in Hawthorne after receiving reports of a burglary [in an area that had experienced a rash of burglaries]. Meister was outside loading boxes into his car when the officers reportedly told him to stop. But because he is deaf, he said he did not hear their commands.

The officers beat Meister until he passed out, before taking him to a hospital where he was charged with assaulting police officers. That charge, however, was dropped and Hawthorne Police Department is now facing a lawsuit for violating Meister’s rights as a disabled person under the American with Disabilities Act.

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