The incident began after police were called to the scene for a noise violation. The victim, 18-year-old Chris Cuneo, was not responsible for the noise and was attempting to walk away from the scene. However, officers Creedon and Svenson, of the West Deptford police department, were having none of that.

It was a party. Everybody started leaving the party and my friend Sebastian told me to stay behind and talk to the police with him. I said, “no problem buddy.”When I open the door, the police walked in they noticed all the open containers and started asking us for ID and our names. I said since we’re not being detained I don’t have to answer any questions. He said, “you do have to give him your name. Give him your name right now.” I said, “why?” He said because it’s an obstruction of the investigation.

New Jersey is not one of the 24 states that have a Stop and Identify law. The only reason these officers had a right to ask Cuneo for his name is if they had reasonable suspicion of him committing a crime. Even if police had reasonable suspicion, Cuneo is under no obligation to identify himself to officers. In the video, police never verbalized their reasonable suspicion. They simply attacked a teenager who did not want to give his name and who had committed no crime. As Cuneo attempted to walk away, one officer held him while another punched him in the face multiple times, according to witnesses.

As Cuneo explains,

I said well I don’t even want to be a part of any of this and then I took two steps towards the door and they bum rushed me. The cop I was talking to got on top of me on the ground and punched me 3 times in the face, knocking me unconscious.

Since Cuneo was knocked unconscious during the attack, he was brought to the Cooper Trauma center. He had to be given stitches on the inside of his mouth and the outside of his face to repair the damage inflicted on him by public servants.The officers’ subsequent reaction to Cuneo’s assertion of his rights is nothing short of criminal assault. However, as is the case most of the time, these officers arrested and charged Cuneo with a crime after they assaulted him. After officer Creedon had bloodied this teen’s face, he and officer Svenson arrested Cuneo and charged him with Hindering, Resisting Arrest, and Obstruction. According to the West Deptford police department, the incident is under investigation.

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Once again humans acting as agents for the fictional “state”, under the control of money and the belief in “authority” commit an unlawful act, and nothing will happen to them.  What would happen if someone did this to an “officer”? It would have been within the victims rights to use force to halt the violence, but WE ALL KNOW that would just be used as a excuse to raise the violence level, and kill the victim. No one is safe from these types of humans, and the “legal system” has no intention of halting this behavior. In fact the legal system requires this level of mental incompetence across the board in order to exist. 

“For better or worse, international law is confronting a period of profound change.”
– American Society of International Law

How can international law be created, adapted, and enforced in a constantly changing world? Saleem H. Ali, Lawrence Susskind, Jennifer Balint, Julie Evans, Andrea Bianchi, Curtis A. Bradley, Gaëlle Carayon, Geoffrey S. Corn, and other scholars weigh in.

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Friendly reminder:

there’s a difference between “unrequited assault by a police officer” and “being put in jail for not cooperating on the most basic level”.

It’s a shame that tons of young people out there are exploiting recent controversies to bend the law and try and make all police officers look like militant goons.

its so fucking childish. the marijuana guy probably pisses me off the most.

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We did it! The lower chamber of the Polish Parliament passed the gender recognition legislation! 


POLAND MAKES TRANS HISTORY!


(Go to Trans-Fuzja’s media statement for details)

Photos by Sławomir Kamiński for Agencja Gazeta

Black Lawyers Group Wants Members to Take On Brutality Cases

Members of the National Bar Association called on black lawyers to advocate for victims and protesters of police brutality by representing them in civil cases and pushing for reforms of the criminal justice system.

At panels on Monday and Tuesday, prominent black leaders in the legal community told hundreds of lawyers at the group’s annual convention in Los Angeles that they should take more civil cases and advocate for both legislation and politicians who support reducing police brutality incidents.

“This is our audience. You are our family,” said Nicole Lee, who started the Black Law Movement Project, which has been training attorneys since the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the police shooting death of Michael Brown. “We think black attorneys can play a unique role in this movement.”

Police brutality dominated the group’s annual convention, which featured prominent Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Milton Grimes, CNN legal analyst Joey Jackson and civil rights advocate Connie Rice.

NBA President Pamela Meanes told The National Law Journal earlier this week that police brutality issues became pivotal to the group’s agenda after the death of Eric Garner in New York a year ago.

On Monday, U.S. Representative Bobby Scott, D-Virginia, urged support for The Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Effective (SAFE) Justice Act, which he introduced in June to enact criminal justice reforms that could reduce the prison population. And supporters of the protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, also asked lawyers for help in representing hundreds of people who have been arrested.

“We have the contacts in the national civil rights world,” Lee said. “We need to be using those contacts for the benefit of this movement.”

On Tuesday, several attorneys who handle police brutality cases talked about the challenges of such cases, both procedurally and in using the media to dispel the images portrayed about their clients.

Milton Grimes, of the Law Offices of Milton C. Grimes, who represented Rodney King in his civil case against the Los Angeles Police Department, said that his client had several prior incidents with law enforcement at the time of his videotaped beating in 1991.

“He looks like Hannibal Lecter to a lot of people,” he said. “The media had made him look that way. I set out on a mission to change his image.”

They also talked about the challenges of getting prosecutors, both state and federal, to pursue criminal actions against officers. John Burris, of the Law Offices of John L. Burris in Oakland, California, who handled the civil suit over the Bay Area Rapid Transit police shooting of Oscar Grant in 2009, said he had referred incidents of police brutality several times to federal and state authorities, who have declined to prosecute.

“Prosecutors are not accustomed to prosecuting police,” he said. “They don’t have experience making that adjustment.”

Many called on reforms of the grand jury system and suggested that special prosecutors, rather than local district attorneys with ties to the police force, should pursue criminal investigations against officers.

Source: National Law Journal

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If you have a disability in the U.S., you’re twice as likely to be poor as someone without a disability. You’re also far more likely to be unemployed. And that gap has widened in the 25 years since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted.

“Every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence and freedom,” President George H.W. Bush said when he signed the bill into law on July 26, 1990.

The ADA banned discrimination based on disability and was intended to ensure equal opportunity in employment — as well as government services and public accommodations, commercial facilities and public transportation.

But it hasn’t always worked that way, especially when it comes to expanding economic opportunity for the 58 million Americans with physical and mental disabilities.

You just have to look at what 27-year-old Emeka Nnaka of Tulsa, Okla., goes through on an average day to understand some of the reasons why.

Six years ago, Nnaka was playing semipro football for the Oklahoma Thunder when he went to make a tackle and broke his neck. He was paralyzed from his chest down. Today, Nnaka gets around in a motorized wheelchair, and has limited use of his hands.

But he still has big dreams. He plans to finish his undergraduate education this summer and start working on a master’s degree in human relations. He wants to become a licensed counselor, and hopes someday to have a home and a family he can support.

Why Disability And Poverty Still Go Hand In Hand 25 Years After Landmark Law

Photos: Kenneth M. Ruggiano for NPR