… Final Comments
- In December 2007, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination published a report titled, “In the Shadows of the War on Terror: Persistent Police Brutality and Abuse of People of Color in the United States,” saying:
- “Since this Committee’s 2001 review of the US, during which it expressed concern regarding incidents of police brutality and deaths in custody at the hands of US law enforcement officers, there have been dramatic increases in law enforcement powers in the name of waging the “war on terror (resulting in) the use of excessive force against people of color….(It’s not only continued post-9/11), but has worsened in both practice and severity” – a NAACP representative saying it’s “the worst I’ve seen in 50 years.”
- On April 4, 2007, Ryan Gallagher, writing for Medill Reports, produced by Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, headlined, “Study: Police abuse goes unpunished,” saying:
- From 2002 – 2004, over “10,000 complaints of police abuse were filed with Chicago police….but only 19 resulted in meaningful disciplinary action, a new study asserts.” According to Gerald Frazier, president of Citizens Alert, it reflects “not only the appearance of influence and cover-up,” but clear evidence that city residents are being abused, not protected, despite the department’s official motto being “We Serve and Protect.”
- Most disturbing is that the Chicago pattern reflects what’s happening across America, people of color like Oscar Grant systematically abused, in his case murdered in cold blood, what no criminal or civil actions can undo.
Links about Oscar Grant:
BART Police shooting of Oscar Grant on wikipedia (last modified on 13 July 2010);