Amnesty International documents human rights violations by Ferguson police

Fredericklatherman blog

Good morning:

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/

http://www.amnestyusa.org/sites/default/files/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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3 Comments

  1. Melizmatic

     /  October 24, 2014

    But, but, but…

    Those people MUST have had it coming, though!

    Officers of the law are ALWAYS forthright and earnest, and they are sworn to protect and serve; any actions they take are beyond reproach.

    Sarcasm alert

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