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U.N. ‘Torture Watchdog’ Group Says U.S. Police Brutality Must Be Stopped

Sunday, December 7, 2014

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Posted December 2, 2014 by CounterCurrent News

(Article by Zeidy David and Jackson Marciana)

Citizens demanding police accountability held hands as part of a silent protest during a hearing of the United States at the Committee against Torture at the United Nations in Geneva on November 13th.

The U.N. Committee against Torture urged the United States concluded that the international body should fully investigate and prosecute police brutality in the United States, including but not limited to shootings of unarmed African American youth, who are statistically more likely to come under police fire, even while unarmed.

The panel’s decision is the very first review of the U.S. use of torture against American citizens since 2006. The committee said that U.S. cops cause “excruciating pain and prolonged suffering” for prisoners and suspects, and engaged in what they termed “botched executions.”

The international body also noted frequent rapes of inmates, shackling of pregnant women and the extensive use of solitary confinement in violation of international law.

They continued that there are “frequent and recurrent police shootings or fatal pursuits of unarmed black individuals.”

“We recommend that all instances of police brutality and excessive use of force by law enforcement officers are investigated promptly, effectively and impartially by an independent mechanism,” panel member Alessio Bruni explained, commenting further that “reported current police violence in Chicago especially against African-Americans and Latino young people”.

Committee member Jens Modvig added that, “we have certain concerns about whether investigations are thoroughly completed and whether punishment of law enforcement (officers) when they have crossed the line are effectively put in place.”The watchdog panel also called for ending “prison-like detention facilities” for undocumented immigrant children, as well as “a draconian system of secrecy surrounding high-value detainees that keeps their torture claims out of the public domain”.

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