Showing posts with label Police Abuse. Show all posts
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May 30, 2020

Different Video Angles on The Death (killing) of George Floyd by Cops in Minneapolis


This story is getting a lot of coverage from the main media but not all angles have been shown. George was not an angel and neither was the excop killing him,  Derek Chauvin charged with Murder.Police officer charged over George Floyd's death | Seniors NewsPolice officer charged over George Floyd's death | Seniors News

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This was reported today on VICE
by Emma Ockerman

Videos taken by bystanders show the moments leading up to the deadly arrest of George Floyd — and appear to undermine Minneapolis police’s account that he was uncooperative. 
Minneapolis cops said they were responding to reports of a man suspected of forgery on Monday evening and encountered 46-year-old Floyd, who appeared “to be under the influence” sitting on top of his car. 
“He was ordered to step from his car,” the Minneapolis Police Department said in a statement. “After he got out, he physically resisted officers.”  But newlysurfaced videos do not appear to support that account. The first video, taken by a bystander through his windshield, shows several officers apprehending Floyd. But he doesn’t appear to be resisting — just standing next to his car. 
The second video was from surveillance cameras belonging to a restaurant owner, who watched the arrest and contends that Floyd was not, as the police claimed, resisting arrest. It shows Floyd sitting on the ground, handcuffed. Then a police officer brings him up to standing and walks him over to the wall. 
The officer and Floyd appear to exchange words (there’s no sound), and Floyd appears to be anguished. Another officer comes over, and all three walk off camera. 
Floyd died soon after having his face pressed against the sidewalk, his nose bleeding, his hands cuffed behind his back, and a police officer’s knee on his neck. 
Some of his final words were, “I can’t breathe,” and “please, I can’t breathe.” His death was captured on cellphone video by a bystander, and sparked angry protests in the last two days in Minneapolis. 
His final moments were eerily reminiscent of those of Eric Garner, who was killed by police in a chokehold in Staten Island, New York, in 2014. 
The Minneapolis Police Department has fired all four of the officers involved, but Floyd’s family says that’s not enough: they want criminal charges. 
Minneapolis’ mayor Jacob Frey has vowed to be “absolutely as transparent as possible” with regards to the investigation into Floyd’s death.  
Protests over Floyd’s death continued into Wednesday evening. As of 5 p.m. central time, hundreds of protesters were already gathered in the vicinity of the Minneapolis 3rd Precinct. 

March 22, 2019

30 Yr VICE Veteran Arrested For Kidnapping His Victims and Forcing Sex

 A Note on Vice: This guy down there is the exception but imagine younger sexy good looking guys trying to pick up straight men in bathrooms or parks. That is what they do as members of Vice in most cities. Under every mayor in NYC, you had this thing happened. Why? Who cares if someone who lives as straight wants to give or receive sex somewhere in private or semi-private. No, they don't have sex in the streets or the middle of the park like some cops suggest. Family men living as straight being bisexual and they are thrown into a crisis with their families. In most cases, the wives even suspect, But it should never be the business of the state like it never was if someone was gay. You had heroes in the military thrown in the brick because someone who didn't like them accused them of being gay. Those days are over in the US but the money spent by the city governments on Vice is money thrown away. To go after illegal prostitution they don't need cops in front of urinals and hiding in the bushes in some park.
Andrew Mitchell mugshot was taken at Correction Center of Northwest Ohio on March 11, 2019. (Courtesy: Correction Center of Northwest Ohio)
 Arrested on multiple federal charges that he deprived victims of constitutional rights by forcing them to engage in sex in exchange for their freedom, has turned in his retirement letter to the Columbus Police. 
[by WSYX/WTTE, Associated Press]
Police confirmed he submitted a retirement letter on March 20th, nine days after he was arrested on seven federal charges. A spokeswoman says his personnel file will say retired in bad standing. The 30-year veteran is behind bars awaiting trial after a federal judge ruled he should not be released. 
Mitchell is accused of kidnapping three different victims under the guise of an arrest, then taking them to another location and forcing them to engage in sexual acts in order to be released. According to the indictment, he did it to one victim at least twice. Federal investigators say they are still investigating, and they are asking anyone who may have been a victim or have any information about Officer Mitchell or possibly any other officers to come forward. He is also facing two counts of witness tampering, and one count of making false statements.
Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein also said Wednesday he's dismissed 18 pending cases from arrests by Mitchell. Klein's office is also reviewing convictions of cases involving Mitchell dating back through is a three-decade career.
Interim Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan announced Tuesday night that the city vice unit is being disbanded with its duties handled differently in the future.
Mitchell is also under investigation for the shooting death of Donna Castleberry (also known as Donna Dalton) on August 23, 2018, during an alleged prostitution sting.
Columbus Police say because it's retirement in bad standing, the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Board will determine whether or not Mitchell gets to keep his.

September 8, 2018

Young Man is Black and His Grandma is White, Police in Wisconsin Put him in Handcuffs, Assumed It Was A Robbery





Police stopped, drew guns and handcuffed a black teenager on suspicion that he was robbing two white women he was in a car with, before it emerged that one of them was his grandmother and the other was giving them both a ride home from church.
The incident took place in Wauwatosa, in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, on Sunday, after a bystander told police that he had witnessed what looked like a robbery of two white women in a blue Lexus vehicle. Police officers stopped the car and told the 18-year-old man, whose name was not given, to step out with his hands up, go on his knees and enter the police vehicle, before one of the officers approached the Lexus and soon realized the mistake.
“This is my grandson,” one of the women is heard telling the officer who asked her if she was OK, according to dashcam footage of the incident, broadcast by local NBC-affiliate TMJ4. “We’re on our way home from church to my house.”
The officer can be heard apologizing for “that guy not knowing what he was talking about,” referring to the man who had driven by the police vehicle to alert officers that the young man in the women’s car was “robbing them right now.”
 I’m sure he saw two old white ladies in a car with a black kid and he made some assumptions,” the woman can be heard saying, before the officer informed her that the man in question was black himself. “Oh my God. Then it’s even worse,” the woman exclaimed. The woman assured the officer that the teenager was no threat to either of them, telling the officer that her friend had known him since he was very young.
“It’s all good, he’s her grandson,” one officer is heard shouting to the squad car, before the young man was released.
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The police officers said they could not locate the bystander who had alerted them to question him formally on what led him to suspect the young man was robbing the two women. Attorney Joy Bertrand told USA Today that she had requested Wauwatosa Police Department’s files on the case to investigate whether there was any legitimate basis for police intervention.

"After we take a look at whatever basis they have for stopping and harassing this family, we will be able to comment further," Bertrand said. 
Police said that although they drew their handguns, they pointed them in a safe direction during the stop. 

August 19, 2017

Police in Some Localities Want to Fill Their Sex Offender Registries with Cruising Men










Intro:  I believe that every gay man should come out and get their sex through a relationship or downloading a computer application that allows them that. I also believe this nation was founded in secular believes (constitution does not even mention god) not on religion but freedom of and from religion, So I wish religions would stop telling lies about history and gays and churches wont discriminate against gays if they wanted to worship. Those are wishes that are just that, wishes or pipe dreams. Reality tells me these things are not going to happen on my lifetime therefore I want protection from anyone who is gay and for whatever reasons cannot come out or wont come out.  

Gays already deserve not to be chased by cops paid to keep gays and straights alike safe. Keeping straights from seeing gays or gays cruising does them no harm and it by itself does not attract crime. To have the cops chasing gay men which usually are closetted, bi sexual men living a straight life, do not deserve to be put in a sexual abuser registry for life because they cruised for sex. The registry was put in place to protect children, mainly from straight parents, relatives, friends and neighbors from sexually abusing them. Men cruising for men has nothing to do with children's safety or abuse. Jail was one way to pusnish gays for something they are by nature and some wether gay themselves or straights looking to pusnish gays would love to bring back and if not that any other tool they can use to punish this segment o society. Some even believe to control them, like if making people suffer control their births. Others think keeping gay men afraid keeps them from coming out are well aware that there is where their polical power is based, in their coming out.   [Adam]
Now to our news story:
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Police set up hidden cameras in two known cruising areas for two months. The cameras also caught license plate numbers so the police could start making arrests. 
Sheriff William Snyder says police had to set up this sting because there are children at these locations, and of course every space needs to be set aside for children.
“My first concern when I heard about this behavior was for the safety of the families using that area,” Snyder said. His worries were confirmed by one close call recorded by the cameras.
“Right after one or two of these sexual encounters, a family uninvolved in any behavior happened to just walk by,” Snyder said.
I’m sure it isn’t agreeable for someone with kids to walk in on public sex, but that doesn’t make it a “safety” issue. Unless a gay guy stabbed one of the families, then we’re talking about unseemly behavior.
But when we’re talking about gay people having sex, straight people’s heads explode. Snyder didn’t even notice that there’s no direct connection between safety and accidentally seeing gay sex, it’s just that gay sex is terrible and disgusting so clearly people will be scarred for life if they see it.
The article also notes that this has been a cruising area for years now. If the worst “safety” issue is someone accidentally walking in, then maybe the issue isn’t really safety?
Moreover, if someone went there to beat up the queers, would those cruising feel comfortable calling police? If a group of people decided to mug the men, then would the police have been concerned about their safety? The adversarial approach to men who are looking for a little loving in all the wrong places only makes people less safe, but then it appears like only some people’s safety matters.
And if anyone was concerned with safety here, then maybe the local news wouldn’t have run the mugshots of those arrested as if this were 1976. The harassment that will generate alone is probably far more than anything these folks did to others. 
Safety issues aside, there is a real issue when it comes to sharing public space. Considering how public cruising areas have been set up in so many cities, and in so many countries, and for so long, it shows that there’s a real need for this sort of space and there are ways to manage the issues that brings up. If these specific areas were actually a problem because of the children (and not just in the “children could be anywhere” sense), then a uniformed officer could have been sent in.
The problem with that idea, though, is that it’s really too effective.
“The problem we have is because it’s so open, the people that are engaged in this behavior see us coming, so traditional law enforcement methods didn’t work.”
So the people cruising would leave if the police were there? How in the world is instantly stopping the targetted behavior proof that these methods don’t work? They could have sent uniformed officers in regularly for a few months instead of using spy equipment, and word would have spread to stop going to these specific areas. 
But then the goal is to arrest gay men and put fill up sex offender registries (because men who have sex with adults and go to secluded areas to do it clearly should not be allowed to live near schools or hold jobs). In that sense, Snyder has a point – hidden cameras result in more arrests.
And Snyder said here that the police are going to put cameras up in more areas to arrest more people as new cruising areas pop up.
I’m willing to buy that children might walk in on one specific cruising area if it’s poorly placed. But it strains credulity to hear that there is no area in the entire county that isn’t crawling with teeny-boppers. 
Public cruising generates some real problems that need to be addressed, but making arrests isn’t the answer. Set up a real alternative and most of the problem will be solved. The folks who go to cruising sites aren’t trying to cause problems.

May 6, 2017

Indonesian Police Threatening LGBT Civil Rights with Arrests Targeting Gays






An Indonesian police raid targeting gay men in Surabaya, Indonesia, on April 30, 2017, threatens the rights of the country’s already beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, Human Rights Watch said today. The police ordered 14 men to undergo HIV tests and arrested eight of those men on charges of violating the country’s draconian and discriminatory anti-pornography law.

The police, acting on tip-offs from neighbors, carried out a midnight raid on the 14 men, who had gathered in two rooms of a hotel in central Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city, according to local activists and media reports. Police detained the group while confiscating condoms, mobile phones, and a flash drive that allegedly contained pornographic videos, among other items.

On May 1, police informed the media that all 14 men underwent tests for sexually transmitted infection, including a rapid test for HIV, and that five had tested HIV positive. The police indicated that eight of the men were detained on Law on Pornography charges, and that two of them would be charged with organizing the event and providing pornography – offenses carrying prison terms of up to 15 years.

“Indonesian police are again violating the basic rights of LGBT people by invading their privacy,” said Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The Surabaya raid subjected these gay men to traumatic humiliation, puts two at risk of long prison terms, and threatens the privacy rights of all Indonesians.”

Mandatory HIV testing is contrary to the ethical and human rights principles of privacy, autonomy, and informed consent. Under the World Health Organization’s 2015 Guidelines on HIV Testing and Counseling, “Mandatory, compulsory or coercive HIV testing is never appropriate.”

The two men who allegedly organized the party face charges of violating the Law on Pornography, which prohibits sex parties and the use of pornography, and the Electronics Information and Transaction Law, which prohibits making accessible electronic content that contains “indecent” material. Indonesia’s Law on Pornography defines “deviant sexual acts” to include: sex with corpses, sex with animals, oral sex, anal sex, lesbian sex, and male homosexual sex.

The arrests in Surabaya follow an unprecedented anti-LGBT campaign in 2016 that featured a series of biased and false statements about LGBT people from government officials and politicians. The anti-LGBT onslaught led to harassment and violence against LGBT Indonesians and death threats by militant Islamists. Government institutions, including the National Broadcasting Commission and the National Child Protection Commission, issued censorship directives banning information and broadcasts that portrayed the lives of LGBT people as “normal,” as well as so-called “propaganda” about LGBT lives.

Despite President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s rhetorical support for the basic human rights of Indonesia’s LGBT community, the authorities target the vulnerable minority with impunity, Human Rights Watch said. In April, authorities in Aceh province arrested two men for allegedly having consensual sex in the privacy of their home. The men face a public flogging sentence – which violates international legal prohibitions against torture – under the province’s Sharia (Islamic law) ordinances.

Privacy rights are a fundamental protection that underlie everyone’s physical autonomy and identity, Human Rights Watch said. The United Nations Human Rights Committee, the independent body of experts that interprets the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Indonesia is party, has stated: “it is undisputed that adult consensual sexual activity in private is covered by the concept of ‘privacy.’”

In 2013 Indonesia co-sponsored a UN Human Rights Council resolution on the right to privacy. In the report on that resolution, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reminded governments that privacy rights (enshrined in ICCPR article 17) should be upheld jointly with the right to nondiscrimination (ICCPR article 26).

“So long as the government permits police raids on private gatherings under a discriminatory law, it will fail to curb anti-LGBT harassment and intimidation.” Kine said. “President Jokowi should make good on his commitments to protect privacy rights and put an end to state-sanctioned discrimination.”


November 3, 2016

Ugandans Emphasize Police Use Torture to Proof Homosexuality









It was early in the morning when Jackson Mukasa was awakened by the chants outside his Kampala home. 
"The homos are in there!" the crowd yelled, banging spoons on metal cooking pots. 
Mukasa, a 21-year-old gay man living in the Ugandan capital, was terrified. 
"We opened the door, and there were police and people everywhere. The local councilman was there, yelling 'Out with the homos! You are scaring people in the area.' I still have scars from the beatings that followed," Mukasa said. 
It was January 2014. After being beaten by the mob, the police took Mukasa and a male friend staying with him in for questioning, he said. 
They were both subjected to forced anal examinations, said Mukasa. 
"We were questioned, beaten again, forced to admit to homosexuality. They took us to … (a) clinic in Kampala where we were examined," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. 
"It is so painful. The doctor puts a machine up your rectum. It hurts so much, and there is blood," he said in a phone interview.  

Photo taken on February 14, 2010 shows Ugandans taking part in an anti-gay demonstration at Jinja, Kampala. Trevor Snapp / AFP/Getty Images

ILLEGAL
Uganda is one of 36 countries in Africa where homosexuality is illegal, and one of eight countries globally where Human Rights Watch has compiled evidence of the use of forced anal examinations to "prove" homosexuality. 
Emilian Kayima, a Kampala police spokesman, denied that forced examinations took place. 
"We do not need anal examination to prove a person is gay. When we arrest gay people, we take them to the courts of law because what they are engaging in is illegal under the laws of Uganda," Kayima told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. 
"If any gay person claims they have been tortured or forced to undergo anal examination, they need to come forward with evidence stating when and where it happened instead of running to the press to make baseless claims," Kayima added. 
The Ugandan health ministry declined to answer questions from the Thomson Reuters Foundation. 
However, local rights campaigners and Human Rights Watch say Mukasa is one of several victims of forced anal examinations in the east African country. They say while the practice is used ostensibly to prevent the transmission of HIV, it is merely a form of discrimination and abuse. 
Uganda lawyer Nicholas Opiyo is preparing a constitutional case to ban forced anal examinations. He believes the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act is used illegally, as an excuse to "prove" homosexuality. 
"They are using the law as an excuse to carry out the examinations. We want them banned," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from Kampala in a phone interview. 
"In all the cases we have dealt with, people are arrested and taken to certain clinics," he said, describing how Mukasa's case was typical. 
DEHUMANIZE
Like most of sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda is highly religious and socially conservative. Violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is common and politicians have long tried to pass legislation that denies basic rights to the LGBT community. 
A law passed more than two years ago, punishing gay sex with long prison terms, provoked an international storm of protest and led some donor countries to withhold aid. 
The constitutional court overturned the law - formerly known as the "Kill the Gays" bill because a first draft included the death penalty for gay sex - on a technicality in August 2014. 
Cases like Mukasa's are not designed to get LGBT people convicted in court, according to Opiyo. "The examinations aren't used as evidence, they are used as a tool to dehumanize and stigmatize," he said. 
Mukasa, who used to work in a restaurant, said police and authorities made no attempt to hide his identity. "I cannot walk the street, I cannot get medicine, I do not have any money and cannot claim benefits because I am a homosexual," he said. 
According to experts such examinations have no validity, either legally or medically. 
"There is absolutely no value in such examinations for this purpose," Vincent Iacopino, medical director at Physicians for Human Rights, said by phone from the United States. 
He said the examinations were unethical, harmful, and in some cases, torture. 
Asger Kjaerum, advocacy director at the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, agreed. "These practices lack both scientific value and violate international standards on the ban of torture and ill-treatment," he said in an email from Copenhagen. 
SURGE OF EXAMINATIONS
Homosexuality was banned in Uganda in 1952. In recent years, assaults against LGBT people have been on the rise, according to Human Rights Watch, fueled by the anti-gay policies of President Yoweri Museveni's government. 
"Heated discourse around the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act and its draconian provisions appears to have led to an increase in harassment of persons perceived to be LGBT by civilians and the police alike," Neela Ghoshal, senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, said in a report this year. 
Human rights lawyer Opiyo is currently preparing his case, and expects to file it within the coming months. "Anal examinations are a form of torture, a violation of the Ugandan Constitution, the African Charter, and international human rights. We want them banned," he said. 
"If the court declares the practice unconstitutional, the examinations will be unlawful, meaning anyone engaged in performing the examinations could be sued," he said. 
Mukasa's case was eventually dismissed due to lack of evidence, but he says he feels convicted, and is serving a sentence - albeit out of jail. 
He has changed his identity since the case, and is now living in a shelter, isolated from family and friends. 
"I have lost my job because of the case," he said. "People know who I am, I can't leave my house. I cannot get a taxi, I cannot get a job, all because of the case.”

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