Podcast: Chicago Police & Why the US Needs a Domestic Law Specifically Criminalizing Torture

By: Sunday December 7, 2014 2:05 pm

There currently is no law in the United States, which specifically criminalizes law enforcement who engage in torture. The United Nations Committee Against Torture has protested the fact that there is no law in the United States, however, three times now the US government has maintained that such a law is not required because there [...]

 

UN Committee Against Torture Calls Out Chicago Police for Brutality, ‘Excessive Use of Force’

By: Friday November 28, 2014 2:45 pm

Earlier this month, a US delegation appeared before the committee as all countries that are signatories to the treaty banning torture are supposed to do every four years. Committee members were able to ask officials in the delegation any questions. Delegations from civil society organizations were also able to submit “shadow reports” on the US that committee would use to help them review the country’s record.

The US government’s insistence that a federal law specifically prohibiting torture is unnecessary, holds a “restrictive interpretation” of how the treaty applies to “any territory” under US control, captives remain in indefinite detention without charge or trial at Guantanamo Bay prison and hunger strikers are subject to cruel and inhuman forced-feeding and the failure to appropriately hold officials accountable for torture were each some of the concerns.

Yet, even more remarkable was the fact that an entire section on police brutality and “excessive use of force” in the US solely focused on the Chicago Police Department.

Rahm Emanuel Facing Questions Over Campaign Donations From Pension Fund Managers

By: Friday November 14, 2014 1:30 pm

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is once again facing questions over possibly unethical behavior. This time the controversy is due to executives that manage Chicago’s pension funds giving Mayor Emanuel campaign contributions.

This is arguably not allowed under federal pay to play laws as Emanuel has influence as to who gets to mange the funds. Getting money from people you are giving business to certainly looks like quid pro quo corruption.

Protest at Chicago Police Headquarters: Families of Those Killed by Cops Speak Out for Justice (VIDEO)

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 10:12 am

Family of people shot and killed by Chicago police gathered outside the Chicago Police Department’s headquarters on November 5. Somewhere around fifty to a hundred people, including activists and city residents, participated in an evening demonstration for justice and accountability.

Specifically, the action took place on November 5 because 22-year-old Rekia Boyd would have been celebrating her birthday on November 5 had she not been killed by an off-duty police officer on March 21, 2012.

Boyd was out with her friends in Chicago when an off-duty police officer named Dante Servin stopped her and her friends while they were in North Lawndale’s Douglas Park on the west side. Servin told them to “keep the noise down.” The officer continued to exchange words with Boyd and her friends and then pulled out his gun and fired “at least five rounds at the group,” according to a recent report by a local grassroots group, We Charge Genocide (WCG).

The Stories of Some of the Eighty-Nine People Killed by Chicago Police in the Past Five Years

By: Thursday October 30, 2014 6:45 am

The Chicago Police Department shot over three hundred people in the past five years. In that same time span, 89 people were killed, and a grassroots organization led by youth of color in Chicago is calling attention to the stories of eleven of the individuals who were killed and also one who survived.

The organization, We Charge Genocide (WCG), started in June to document human rights abuses by Chicago police. They prepared a report that would be presented to the UN Committee Against Torture in Geneva as part of a periodic review process of which signatories to the Convention Against Torture (CAT) participate.

The Stories of Some of the Eighty-Nine People Killed by Chicago Police in the Past Five Years

By: Wednesday October 29, 2014 1:20 pm

The Chicago Police Department shot over three hundred people in the past five years. In that same time span, 89 people were killed, and a grassroots organization led by youth of color in Chicago is calling attention to the stories of eleven of the individuals who were killed and also one who survived.

On Day of Action Against Police Brutality, Grassroots Group Presents Report on Chicago Police Violence

By: Thursday October 23, 2014 8:45 am

A grassroots organization set up to bring attention to the “voices and experiences” of young people of color most targeted by police violence in Chicago issued a “shadow report,” which has been submitted to the United Nations Committee Against Torture.

The group, We Charge Genocide (WCG), was formed in June after a young African-American man named Dominique Franklin was killed by Chicago police.

Can the US Seize Would-Be Jihadis’ Passports?

By: Wednesday October 15, 2014 8:15 am

Can the U.S. government seize the passports of American citizens who it believes may travel abroad to join ISIS or other terror groups? Yep. The process is almost no-cost to the government, extra-judicial, can be made secret and requires a lengthy court process to even try to contest. No passport, no international travel, the ultimate no-fly tool against would-be jihadis. So why hasn’t this process been used more often?

US Air Travel Snarled by One Guy Not a Terrorist

By: Monday September 29, 2014 5:15 pm

Luckily ISIS has never thought to employ psychotic contractors in a bid to mess with America. ‘Cause that apparently works.

Rahm Emanuel Calls on State to Decriminalize Marijuana

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 11:11 am

Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff for President Obama, Rahm Emanuel (D) has called on the Illinois state legislature to reform drug laws and decriminalize marijuana.

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