By Clay Nikiforuk - April 1, 2013
What do you do when you're detained by powerful officials, everything you say is presumed deceptive, arbitrary "evidence" is held against you, and you're treated like a moral deviant? And what if its 2013, you're a woman, and the "evidence" is that you possess condoms?...It happened three times in two weeks -- being detained by U.S. border officials on my way to or through the States.
March 29, 2013 - Halifax Media Co-op
The tank-like vehicle is called a cougar, and was recently acquired by the New Glasgow police through a department of defence program that gives away old military equipment to police. One article said the RCMP refer to it as "cougars for cops". There is a very similar program in the US that is much larger and has gotten more attention...
CBC News - March 27, 2013
Police in Vancouver are investigating one of their own after a video was posted to Facebook that appears to show a plainclothes officer punching a cyclist in the head during an arrest Tuesday night.
By Niles Williamson - 27 March 2013
The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), in gross violation of democratic and human rights, routinely subjects a significant number of detainees to conditions that meet the United Nations definition of torture...Immigrants held in ICE detention facilities are being subjected to indefinite detention and prolonged solitary confinement.
27 March 2013 - WSWS
On March 13, the mayor’s office of Albuquerque, New Mexico announced that Chief of Police Ray Schultz would retire later this year from the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). Recent years in Albuquerque have been marked by a spike in police violence, and earlier this month a fleeing man was killed when police shot him seven times.
Gitmo symbolizes injustice. Bush administration crimes continue under Obama. Nothing ahead suggests change.
By Sandy English - WSWS
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has stationed hundreds of police officers in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East Flatbush since protests erupted after the shooting of 16-year-old Kimani Gray on March 9...Mobile command centers with sophisticated surveillance equipment were stationed in the area, and convoys of squad cars and vans filled with police could be seen speeding along the streets. Groups of officers congregated in the side streets, and in adjoining neighborhoods metal police barricades were stacked on sidewalks.
By Ethan Cox - March 23, 2013
For the first time in my life I am afraid of what can happen to me, and to my friends and neighbors and strangers, if we exercise inalienable rights that we cannot, must not, forfeit. This is not hyperbole, it is fact, and the fact is that the world looks a great deal darker today...How else to process the preventative arrest of 294 law abiding citizens for the sole crime of attempting to express their political views in a constitutionally guaranteed fashion?
Robert H. King: End 41 Years of Cruel and Inhuman Solitary Confinement for Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3
Below is a new statement, just released by Robert H. King urging people to support Amnesty International's newly-launched campaign supporting Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3.
Post-9/11, America declared war on Islam. Muslims became public enemy number one. They're stereotypically portrayed as culturally inferior, dirty, lecherous, untrustworthy, religiously fanatical and violent.
By Andrea Bauer - March 23, 2013
Radical attorney Lynne Stewart has many friends and fans. But the U.S. government is not one of them, and now it seems ready to turn the 73-year-old’s prison sentence into a death sentence, by denying her the medical care she needs to defeat a spreading cancer.
James “Buddy” Caldwell, attorney general of the state of Louisiana, has released a statement saying unequivocally that Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, the two still-imprisoned members of the Angola 3, “have never been held in solitary confinement while in the Louisiana penal system.” In fact, Wallace, now 71, and Woodfox, 66, have been in solitary for nearly 41 years.
By Ron Jacobs - March 17th, 2013
...[O]ver 80,000 prisoners are currently locked away in control unit prisons in the United States...Living in cells smaller than many suburban bathrooms, the walls are painted white, lights are on most of the day, no windows or even bars, hardly any exercise, no reading materials and no visitors...These units are constantly watched by prison video feeds and prisoners are often beaten at will by the guards.
By Alyssa Figueroa - March 18, 2013
...[I]n April, 2011, Chicago police appeared at Rita King’s door after a domestic disturbance complaint. King was approached by a police officer with a taser, arrested and then taken to the police station. She remained handcuffed to a table while she was questioned. Then, allegedly, she refused to be fingerprinted until someone explained why she was under arrest. A police officer responded: “We know somebody who can get your fingerprints.”
By Alex Hundert - March 15, 2013
While I have been imprisoned at the CNCC, every attempt that I have made to act against the deteriorating conditions in the prison, though mostly in accordance with authorized structural mechanisms, has not only been negated or dismissed but also at times criminalized. This very much parallels some of my pre-imprisonment organizing experiences as well, where sometimes those efforts most in accordance with so-called “proper channels” were often those most targeted by authorities for criminalization.