In late April, a wave of protests swept across Colombia, sparked by a proposed tax reform measure that many people worried would have disproportionately affected the country’s already struggling working class. Police soon began rounding up a number of the demonstrators, including one woman in the southwestern city of Cali. Authorities handcuffed her, took her cellphone, and then left her with a group of other detainees.
At some point, a police officer returned and offered to loosen the woman’s handcuffs. As they did so, the protestor realized the officer was pressing her fingertips to her phone in order to open it, she later told Fundación Karisma, a Colombian digital rights organization. When the authorities eventually gave the protester back their device, she noticed it was unlocked.
Posts tagged ‘cops’
Link: “NSW Police pushed for Black Lives Matter mural on private property in Redfern to be removed, recordings reveal”
I watched this item on The 7.30 Report the other night, and it was really tough viewing because it’s just so outrageously unjust how NSW Police responded to this woman’s call. I can only imagine that the responding officers are hardcore MRA types because that’s the only thing that would seem to me to explain their behaviour.
Link: “More than 5,500 people get NSW police record after strip searches which found nothing illegal”
Police in NSW are creating police records for people who have been strip-searched, even in the 61% of instances where the strip search found no evidence of any offence being committed 😠 Then the existence of these records are being used to justify further police harassment, like more strip searches. Just foul.
This is an important article for Australians who are outraged by US police murders of Black Americans, but are either unaware or indifferent to police murders of Black people at home. Since 1991, when the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody made its final report, more than 400 Indigenous people have died in custody and no one has ever been convicted. Many of the royal commission’s recommendations were either never implemented or the implementations are routinely ignored by police, with no consequences for them even when the outcomes are fatal. We should be just as angry about this, and call for change just as adamantly here, as we want to see in the US.
This CHIS bill in the UK, which would allow umpteen government agencies the right to commit any crimes they like (amendments to bar them from raping, torturing and murdering were defeated) with zero risk of being prosecuted, sounds horrendous – and shame on Keir Starmer’s Labour Party for going along with it!
It’s the anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination. This is the deathbed confession that former NYPD undercover Ray Wood passed to the family, now made public
Thread links also to a Guardian article with more context.