police abuse

A City Near Ferguson Is Still Caging Humans In A 'Grotesque' Debtors' Prison
Lawsuit alleges the city of Florissant was running a "modern debtors' prison scheme" and locking the poor in jail over minor municipal code violations.

“Once locked in the Florissant jail, impoverished people who cannot afford to pay the City endure grotesque treatment. They are kept in overcrowded cells; they are denied toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap; they are subjected to the constant stench of excrement and refuse in their congested cells; they are kept in the same clothes for days and weeks without access to laundry or shoes or underwear; they step on top of other inmates, whose bodies cover nearly the entire uncleaned cell floor, in order to access a single shared toilet that the City does not clean; illnesses and even infected wounds go untreated and uncovered; they endure days and weeks without being allowed to use the moldy shower; they are housed in short-sleeve jump suits; shoes and flip-flops are not permitted, so those who are not arrested in socks go barefoot on the dirty cement floor; they huddle in cells kept intentionally cold in order to quiet detainees, forced to retreat under a single thin blanket as they beg guards for warmer coverings; they are not given adequate hygiene products for menstruation; they are routinely denied vital medical care and prescription medication, even when their families beg to be allowed to bring medication to the jail; they are provided food so insufficient and lacking in nutrition that inmates lose significant amounts of weight; they suffer from dehydration out of fear of drinking foul smelling water dispensed from an apparatus covered in blood and mucus on top of the toilet, without sufficient pressure to drink from without pressing their lips to the contaminated apparatus; and they must listen to the screams of other inmates languishing from unattended medical issues as they sit in their cells without access to books, or legal materials. Perhaps worst of all, they do not know when they will be allowed to leave their disorienting and timeless cage, deprived of windows and perpetually flooded in florescent light.

Jail guards routinely taunt impoverished people when they are unable to pay for their release,” the suit claims. The lawsuit says that the plaintiffs were “held in jail indefinitely without either the legal representation of the inquiry into their ability to pay guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Instead, they were threatened, abused, and left to languish in confinement until their frightened family members produced enough cash to buy their freedom or until City jail officials decided, days or weeks later, to release them free of charge ― after it had become clear the City would not be able to extract any money from them.  

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Another black trans femme youth has been brutally arrested. Her name is Avery Odom, she’s someone close to my heart. Her bail hearing is tomorrow 2:30PM in the King county jail first floor second courtroom.
Please please please come, THIS IS THE time to support trans youth of color.
We’re are also putting together a bail fund, if you are able to contribute please contact OP @206-841-9154 or Oliver Morewell @(206) 939-9435
King county Jail house
500 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
First floor second courtroom
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Chicago Police Department engaged in rampant abuses, DOJ says

  • Officers in the Chicago Police Department routinely used excessive and deadly force that violated subjects’ constitutional rights, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report released Friday.
  • The investigation found that officers engaged in a pattern or practice of abuses that federal officials attributed to “deficiencies” in how the CPD trains, investigates and punishes officers on the use of force.
  • Racist conduct is also prevalent among some CPD officers — behavior that was tolerated because of the deficiencies in the CPD’s systems of training, supervision and accountability, the DOJ said in a statement.
  • The report details alleged racial slurs that officers used against city residents. Read more

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Prison guards who left inmate in shower will not face charges

Darren Rainey was forcefully held in a scalding hot shower for hours after he smeared feces on himself at the Dale Correctional Institution in Miami, Florida, in 2012. Rainey, 50, had refused to stand under the shower but was told by Officer Roland Clarke that he could not leave until he washed.

He was removed from the shower after two hours, but he was found lying face up in about 8 centimeters of water with no pulse and he was not breathing. Miami-Dade’s medical examiner concluded his death was due to a combination of his schizophrenia, heart disease and confinement in the small shower space.

The prosecutors determined that corrections officers did not commit murder or manslaughter in Rainey’s death and that taking him to the shower was appropriate under the circumstances. The conclusion ends a nearly five-year probe into Rainey’s death; he was only serving a two-year sentence on a cocaine charge.

New report finds police abuse databases to look up women, neighbors and celebrities

Police databases are meant to assist in police work, but an unsettling new report from the AP found that officers abuse those databases to learn about and even harass neighbors, journalists, politicians, romantic partners and more. In one case, an Ohio officer used a confidential database to look up information about an ex-girlfriend; the officer later pled guilty to a crime against her.

NYC Censored History: NYPD Officers infamously fired 41 shots at an unarmed Amadou Diallo on this day in 1999, killing him and bringing race relations and police brutality to the national stage once again.

One of four children of Saikou and Kadiatou Diallo, Amadou’s family is part of an old Fulbe trading family in Guinea. He was born in Sinoe County, Liberia, while his father was working there, and grew up following his family to Togo, Bangkok, and Singapore, attending schools in Thailand, and later in Guinea and London, including Microsoft’s Asian Institute.

In the early morning of February 4, 1999, Diallo was standing near his building after returning from a meal. At about 12:40 a.m., police officers Edward McMellon, Sean Carroll, Kenneth Boss and Richard Murphy, who were all in street clothes, passed by in a Ford Taurus. Observing that Diallo matched the description of a since-captured well-armed serial rapist involved in the rape or attempted rape of 29 victims, they approached him.

The officers claimed they loudly identified themselves as NYPD officers and that Diallo ran up the outside steps toward his apartment house doorway at their approach, ignoring their orders to stop and “show his hands”. The porch lightbulb was out and Diallo was backlit by the inside vestibule light, showing only a silhouette. Diallo then reached into his jacket and withdrew his wallet. Seeing the suspect holding a small square object, Carroll yelled “Gun!” to alert his colleagues. Mistakenly believing Diallo had aimed a gun at them at close range, the officers opened fire on Diallo. During the shooting, lead officer McMellon tripped backward off the front stairs, causing the other officers to believe he had been shot. The four officers fired 41 shots, more than half of which went astray as Diallo was hit 19 times.

The post-shooting investigation found no weapons on Diallo’s body; the item he had pulled out of his jacket was not a gun, but a rectangular black wallet. The internal NYPD investigation ruled the officers had acted within policy, based on what a reasonable police officer would have done in the same circumstances with the information they had. The Diallo shooting led to a review of police training policy and the use of full metal jacket (FMJ) bullets. On March 25, 1999, a Bronx grand jury indicted the four officers on charges of second-degree murder and reckless endangerment. All four officers’ bail were set at $100,000. On December 16, an appellate court ordered a change of venue to Albany, New York, stating that pretrial publicity had made a fair trial in New York City impossible. On February 25, 2000, after two days of deliberation, a jury in Albany acquitted the officers of all charges.

In April 2002, as a result of the killing of Diallo and other controversial actions, the Street Crime Unit was disbanded.

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