An unsettling article by Nick Cumming-Bruce of the New York Times on Nov. 28, 2014
GENEVA — The United States needs to make numerous changes to bring its security policies and domestic law enforcement practices fully into line with an international treaty banning torture and cruel treatment, a United Nations panel said Friday.
Delivering its findings after two days of hearings in Geneva attended by government representatives this month, the panel monitoring compliance with the treaty cited serious concerns. Among those concerns included the rules of interrogation, a failure to fully investigate allegations of torture during the administration of President George W. Bush, police shootings of unarmed African-Americans and the use of solitary confinement in prisons (my emphasis)…
“On the subject of domestic law enforcement, the panel declined to detail its reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Mo. But it expressed its ‘deep concern at the frequent and recurrent police shootings or fatal pursuits of unarmed black individuals’ and the Chicago police force’s violent tactics and harassment of African-American and Latino youths (my emphasis).
“The panel’s comments, along with the outpouring of protest this week, amounted to a ‘wake-up call for police who think they can act with impunity,’ the American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement…”
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