THE LYNCHINGS CONTINUE:
Police Brutality in America
"The actions of the Police in Oakland tonight (including dozens of arrests) show their disrespect for justice in General. Their heavy handed violence towards protestors just reinforces their total disconnect with the people of Oakland." It's as true everywhere across America, police acting like Gestapo, usually unaccountably.
"The system is rarely fair when a police officer shoots an African-American male." Police brutality against them and other minorites is systemic, including beatings, torture, and cold-blooded murder, usually with impunity, justice nearly always denied.
"The Justice Department has been closely monitoring the state's investigation and prosecution. The Civil Rights Division, the US Attorney's Office, and the FBI have an open investigation into the fatal shooting and, at the conclusion of the state prosecution, will conduct an independent review of the facts and circumstances to determine whether the evidence warrants federal prosecution."
- a man victimized by police violence;
- a former sheriff's deputy acquitted of voluntary manslaughter for shooting an unarmed man;
- police repeatedly beating an old man on the head, "for the crime of intoxication;"
- officers violently using assault rifles, tear gas, dogs, and at least one helicopter in an alleged narcotics sweep;
- a woman tasered to death by police; and
- a man in shock, bleeding and burned over much of his body, ordered to lie on the pavement, then tasered and shot to death while he sat dazed, the Report highlighting systemic police violence "repeated almost every day in (America), the police (getting) away with murder," beatings, and other lawless acts - poor Blacks, Latinos, and Muslims for their faith and ethnicity their usual victims.
"Police shooting(s) resulting in death or injury are routinely reviewed (internally or) by local prosecutors....to see whether criminal laws (were) violated. However, few officers are criminally charged and little public information is given out if a case does not go to trial." As a result, systemic abuse stays hidden, police brutality allowed to persist with impunity.
A "major impediment to (prohibiting it) remains the continued unwillingness or inability of the US government to pass federal legislation (banning the practice) with binding effect on federal, state or local law enforcement."
"by utilizing news media reports of police misconduct to generate statistical information (to) approximate how prevalent (it) may be in the United States."
- 3,445 police misconduct reports;
- 4,012 officers charged;
- 261 law enforcement officials (police chiefs or sheriffs) cited;
- 4,778 alleged victims;
- 258 fatalities reported;
- an average of 15.05 daily incidents or one every 96 minutes;
- nearly $200 million in related civil litigation expense, excluding legal fees and court costs;
- 980.64 per 100,000 officers charged;
- one of every 266 officers accused of a violent crime;
- one of every 1,875 charged with homocide;
- one of every 947 accused of sexual assault;
- 33% of police officers charged were convicted, not necessarily justly for the offense committed;
- 64% of officers convicted were imprisoned, not necessarily as long as justified;
- those sentenced served an average 14 months, far less than citizens for the same crime;
- misconduct by category included 18.1% for non-firearm related excessive force; 11.9% for sexual misconduct; and 8.9% for fraud or theft;
- analyzing reports by last reported status showed 45.9% affected officers adversely, including 14% internally disciplined and 31.9% criminally charged; of the latter, 32.5% were convicted "for a 10.4% total criminal conviction rate for alleged misconduct incidents; and
- 27% resulted in civil lawsuits, 34.3% favoring victims.
- accountability: evidence of coverups, lax discipline, and other failures to adhere to official policies or processes;
- animal cruelty, harming them by unnecessary shooting, inappropriate KP unit training, or other mistreatment;
- assault: "unwarranted violence" off-duty, excluding murder;
- auto incidents involving recklessness, negligence, and other violations of official policies;
- brutality, involving excessive physical force on-duty, excluding firearms or tasers;
- civil rights, including unconstitutional civil liberties violations such as lawless peaceful protest disruptions;
- sexual misconduct, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, wrongfully eliciting sex, harassment, coercion, prostitution, sex on duty, incest, and molestation;
- theft or fraud, including robbery, shoplifting, extortion or bribery;
- shooting: gun-related incidents both on and off-duty, including self-harm;
- taser: excessive force, including usage not according to guidelines, resulting in excessive injury or death; also, improper taser use may be recorded as "brutality;"
- color of law, including incidents involving misuse of authority such as bribery, soliciting favors, extortion by threat of arrest, or using badges to avoid arrest;
- perjury, including false testimony, dishonesty during investigations, and falsifying charging papers or warrants; and
- raids, including misconduct during warranted or warrantless operations or searches, wrong address raids, mistaken ones, use of no-knock ones when warrants require notification, or mistreatment during executions.
"should only be used (as) a very basic and general view of the extent of police misconduct. It is by no means an accurate gauge that truly represents the exact extent (of its extensiveness) since it relies on the information voluntarily gathered and/or released to the media, not (first-hand) by independent monitors who investigate complaints.....because no such agency exists for any law enforcement agency...."
"Since this Committee's 2001 review of the US, during which it expressed concern regarding incidents of police brutality and deaths in custody at the hands of US law enforcement officers, there have been dramatic increases in law enforcement powers in the name of waging the "war on terror (resulting in) the use of excessive force against people of color....(It's not only continued post-9/11), but has worsened in both practice and severity" - a NAACP representative saying it's "the worst I've seen in 50 years."
From 2002 - 2004, over "10,000 complaints of police abuse were filed with Chicago police....but only 19 resulted in meaningful disciplinary action, a new study asserts." According to Gerald Frazier, president of Citizens Alert, it reflects "not only the appearance of influence and cover-up," but clear evidence that city residents are being abused, not protected, despite the department's official motto being "We Serve and Protect."