Archive for the ‘Police’ Category

Men Released Without Explanation

8 February 2007

Two of the men arrested in anti-terror raids in London have been released without any explanation for their detainment, according to Aljazeera, and without being charged. Police said that they were suspected of involvement in a plot to kidnap and behead a British Muslim soldier, but their lawyer said that they were not questioned about such a subject. The event has raised concern about British procedures in anti-terror work.

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Convention Material Can be Made Public

23 January 2007

A federal judge ruled recently that the NYCLU can release information regarding the policing of the 2004 Republican National Convention, during which mass arrests occurred, according to the NYCLU. The NYCLU has collected thousands of pages of city documents and testimonies, as well as videotapes.

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Justice in Iraq

26 December 2006

Human Rights Watch estimates that 2,500 people are being held by Kurdish security forces, many of them lost in the legal system, according to the New York Times. Many inmates are held without enough water or medicine, and not allowed a copy of the Koran. They are also sometimes beaten by the Kurdish guards.

Many have not had trials or have been in prison longer than their sentence. Others have disappeared.

The New York Times also reported that hundreds of Iraqi and British soldiers attacked a police station in Basra yesterday, rescuing 127 prisoners. A British military spokesman described the jail’s conditions as “appalling,” and more than 100 men were in a single 30 by 40 feet cell, many showing signs of torture such as cigarette burns, crushed hands and feet, and gunshot wounds.

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Since Cops in LA Are So Honest…

10 December 2006

No one is likely to have any problem with the fact that the videotape from an alleged assault by a police officer in Los Angeles will not be released. The police department says that it is conducting an internal investigation, according to MSNBC, and that the videotape will therefore not be made public. The video shows Sean Joseph Meade, a police officer, assaulting a handcuffed teenager in a holding cell.

Police Chief William J. Bratton has refused to release details of what happened. The officer is scheduled to have a court appearance Monday.

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The Goodbye Weapon

8 December 2006

The Air Force’s Active Denial System has been certified safe, according to Wired News. The system shoots beams which are, if used properly, thought to cause no lasting negative effects. Apparently 83% of the radiation is instantly absorbed by the top layer of skin.

It is sometimes called the “Goodbye Weapon,” because it rapidly results in a flight response; most test subjects reached their pain threshold in three seconds, and none could stand it for more than five seconds.

One of the intended uses is said to be crowd control. Since it could be used to disperse any kind of protest in minutes, the implications of this are concerning.

The ADS has been developed over the past ten years, costing $40 million.

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UCLA Student Tasered

16 November 2006

A student was tasered multiple times at UCLA recently, according to Prison Planet. Campus police were doing a random check and asked for his ID. When he refused they took him from the library, at which point one of the officers put a hand on his arm and he yelled for them to get off of him. One of the officers then tasered him. They told him repeatedly to stand up, though people are rarely able to stand any sooner than a minute after being tasered, and tasered him again for not complying.

The incident was video-recorded.

From an accompanying Prison Planet article:

The officers repeatedly order Tabatabainejad to stand even as they administer further shocks – sending 50,000 volts of current that override the nervous system and temporarily paralyze muscles shooting through his system again and again. He can’t stand and the cops know it… Tabatabainejad is hit again and again despite his screaming and the protests of the onlookers.

The student, Mostafa Tabatabainejad, is Iranian-American

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Brutality Discovered on YouTube

12 November 2006

A video of two police officers beating William Cardenas was recently uploaded to YouTube after being filmed by a local resident, according to BBC News. The video shows the officers punching him multiple times in the face and pinning him to the ground with their knee to his neck. In the video one can hear Mr. Cardenas saying that he cannot breathe.

The statement by the officers said that Mr. Cardenas resisted arrest and that there was concern he would try to grab one of their guns.

YouTube has now flagged the original video and you have to register on YouTube and verify that you’re over 18 to see it. The below video is a copy which is a second shorter but unflagged.

The ACLU of Southern California notes that the incident only came to light when the video was posted on YouTube. No doubt YouTube is an acceptable substitute for police accountability.

The incident occurred last August in Los Angeles.

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