UN concerns of U.S. police brutality



Ethicalego (Kenneth Brooks) discusses current events from a critical thinking perspective rarely expressed elsewhere


 

 

By Kenneth Brooks

 

The United Nations’ anti-torture panel reported concerns with United States domestic policy with a high incidence of police brutality and shooting—especially against unarmed “African-Americans” and Latinos. Other concerns were growing militarization of policing activities, racial profiling and harsh conditions in many prisons. The panel expressed those concerns during its investigation of U.S. compliance with 1984 Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment.

In perfect timing, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani proved the basis of the panels concerns with remarks that tried to justify the need for brutal domestic policy based on racial profiling.  He said on national television the police killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson was the exception that does not exemplify a larger national problem. He said people should be protesting the bigger problem that “93 percent of blacks are killed by other blacks.” Giuliani and many other Americans ask, “What about the poor black child that is killed by the other black child? Why aren’t you protesting that?” They make this deceitfully indirect appeal to racism believing wrongly that it cancels charges of police brutality based on racial profiling.

The American Declaration of Independence and United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) recognize “the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. In the Constitution, the American people ceded limited authority to government to protect the general welfare. Only someone ignorant of those facts would ask flippantly why the people do not express the same concern for the killing of one child by another they do for police killings.

Americans have special concerns about police fatal shootings of civilians, because police officers kill in the name and authority of the people and not as individuals. To whom would the people protest over the killing of one person by another since they did not grant this power to the killer?
In addition, Giuliani defended police policy during his administration of stopping and frisking people based on skin color and “Latino” ethnicity to “save them from killing one another.”

City of New York’s stop-and-frisk policy under Giuliani was a mugging by police officers of five million people—mostly Black-race-labeled or Latino labeled—with nine out of ten eventually walking away without arrest or a ticket according to official findings. This police policy of treating people as a racial stereotype violated UDHR—Article 6 “Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law. Article 7 All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.  Article 9  No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

The same as other muggings, the frisking by police were armed assaults to advance goals of the mugger. They used force to invade the privacy of victims’ possessions and body with accompanying threat of physical harm to all that resisted. The only difference is that government does not classify those type police muggings as crimes. The victims do not have remedy for the indignity they endured, nor protection from repetition.

The 10-member UN panel recommended that all instances of police brutality and excessive use of force by law enforcement officers are investigated promptly, effectively and impartially by an independent mechanism with no institutional or hierarchical connection between the investigators and the alleged perpetrators.  The fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by a Cleveland, Ohio police officer meets the standard for investigation.

Deputy Chief Edward Tomba explained, this is an obviously tragic event where a young member of our community lost their life. We have got two officers that were out there protecting the public that just had to, you know, do something that nobody wants to do.  This mischaracterization of events is why the people need to conduct an independent investigation of all fatal police shootings. Police reports and video focuses attention on the three to sixty seconds preceding the fatal shooting and the potential threat to officers. However, this event and police responsibility began on the public member’s report to government authority about someone waving a gun in a public park.

Police officers had the duty to conduct a proper investigation that included consideration the report could be false. It may involve a child that viewed the officers as trusted individuals he may approach with a toy. It may involve a non-hearing person unable to hear commands and who may make hand movements in communication. It may involve a mentally ill or intoxicated person that lacked the ability to respond immediately to police commands. Or, it may be someone with criminal intent who may surrender if given time to consider the choices.

Nobody reported anyone in imminent danger. Therefore, responding police officers should have kept a safe distance from the suspect for safety and with backup in place to prevent a potentially dangerous person from escaping. They should have delayed closer contact until they had more information about the suspect, the nature of his weapon and his intentions  The two police officers rejected this cautious and responsible approach that provided the best potential for a fatality-free resolution. Instead, they moved close to the suspect and unnecessarily placed themselves in danger. They created the crisis situation leaving only the option of an immediate compliant response to their verbal commands by the person or a fatal shooting.


'UN concerns of U.S. police brutality' have 5 comments

  1. December 10, 2014 @ 1:07 am rocketman

    And not a peep about these statistics in New York City: under black, liberal Progressive racist NYC mayor David Dinkins murders in that city were running at over 2,200 per year. After the policing practices under Giuliani took hold across the City of New York, the murders in that city dropped to less than 500 per year. The majority of the murders were of black people; the majority of lives that were NOT lost under the Giuliani policies were black lives.

    And the lying, racial hustlers cry out “black lives matter.” Tell that to the liberal Progressive racists who will act to get that murder count back up to historic levels. We are sick of the lies and misdirection.

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  2. December 10, 2014 @ 5:23 am Bong Hit

    The truth is black lives don’t matter that much. Looking at the murder and aggravated assault rates of black on black crime, it’s clear that of all the lives in America black lives matter the least in the minds of blacks. The majority of children’s black lives don’t matter to the 70% of black mothers who give birth to babies without a father in the home. The majority of children’s black lives don’t matter to the 50% of black “parents” that are unable and/or unwilling to ensure their children graduate from high school.

    What we’re looking at is a split in American society and culture between people who value education and value the family unit on one side and on the other side, people who will not be able to participate in the future of the modern world. As more and more highly intelligent, highly trained foreign workers take the premier jobs in this country and as more and more low skilled South American Indians take the low skilled labor jobs, our home grown Americans who traditionally held blue collar jobs will be left behind.

    The American Negro will be once again placed at the bottom of the ladder with social welfare being their only viable means of living. Arrogance, violence and social unrest is only a temporary symptom of a dying culture.

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    • December 10, 2014 @ 8:37 am rocketman

      There is so much wrong, and so much racism, in this piece that it is difficult to know where to begin–pretty much anyplace will do.

      But it is clear that black lives matter LEAST to black people. From the black rappers who glorify and encourage black men to take on armed police as a simple lifestyle choice to the black gang-bangers, punks and thugs who tend to dominate some black communities with intimidation, threats and violence, it is black culture as it has evolved in this country in some quarters that is the true danger to black lives. Whitey doesn’t make ’em do it, and neither did slavery; the disaster that describes some black precincts is mostly a product of the War on Poverty that began in the ’60s as consequence–but NOT an inevitable consequence–of the so-called Civil Rights actions of the early- and mid-1960s. It was the liberal Progressives of the time like the racist Texan Lyndon Johnson who advocated for that ‘war’, and the consequences have been reaped for decades. Billions of dollars thrown at the black communities may have led to some benefits, but by and large the improvement in the participation of black people in the evolving economies of the United States was not as advertised, and the collapse of the black family has been devastating, the wave-off of a variety of black ‘leaders’ about these things notwithstanding; they’re lying and engaged in the worst kind of demagoguery.

      As for the race hustlers like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Eric Holder, when they take real action about, for example, the hundreds of murders of black boys & men in Chicago by other black boys and men, they can talk about how black lives are valued. Until then they are demagoguing and lying, stuck in the distant past and their greed for shakedown money.

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  3. December 10, 2014 @ 11:04 am Publicus

    ABAG/HUD should do a study about how communities like Furgason are created using Vallejo as a study subject since we are in an early stage of this fatal metastasizing cancer even though we are in the center of the most powerful economic region in the world. Midway between Napa Valley’s world class wine region and San Francisco. Maybe we can excuse the St. Louis region for an economic and social failure but not in the San Francisco Bay Region. There is no way that Vallejo should be in this situation. But ABAG/HUD doesn’t want to look in that mirror because what they would find is that their and Federal policies create those conditions as systematically and deliberately as the Pharaohs built the pyramids. The massive housing pyramid with tax write offs for owner occupied housing, tax breaks for rental housing with incentives for Section 8, and all the rest of the shifts of Federal tax money deliberately encourage the physical separation of rich communities and poor communities. We have no friends. The system is cleaning out the prisons to save money by sending thugs who have no other source of income other than crime back to selected cities like Vallejo which has no functional police department. The State legislators are too terrified to touch the power of the public employee unions to buy their own personal City Council so that their obscene compensation packages can’t be touched. This is no accident, it is deliberate and orchestrated. All we hear are those platitudes of “hope” and “be patient”. City Hall is trying to “rebrand” Vallejo to lure innocent people to move here for the fabulous weather, views and beautiful houses without telling them in the small print that it could be “dangerous to your health”.

    Perhaps you don’t all know this but Vallejo is the birthplace of HUD. The mother of HUD was the great housing reformer Katherine Bauer Whurster who was lead architect of the massive wartime housing construction here in Vallejo. 4,000 units of subsidized housing for shipyard workers plus the formation of the Vallejo Housing Authority were created. And guess what, there are currently just over 4,000 units of subsidized housing in Vallejo. HUD owns Vallejo.

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    • December 10, 2014 @ 5:09 pm Salty Dog

      Well said Publicus…..thought provoking.

      And as a critical thinker, I can’t imagine how anyone in 2014 could consider the UN as a credible source to judge what is or is not a human rights issue.

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