U.S. prisons and police brutality
October 12, 2007, 6:15 am
Filed under: fascism, hypocrisy, news, police brutality, politics


Aging inmates clogging U.S. prison system (AP/Yahoo)



Chicago police in yet another police brutality scandal (AP/Yahoo)



Out of control school security guard assaults camerawoman (PrisonPlanet)



A CBS-TV employee is accused of soliciting sex from an 11-year-old girl in exchange for tickets to a Miami Dolphins football game (Local6 TV, Palm Beach FL) 



Prosecuted for feeding the homeless (WFTV Orlando FL)



Supporters fear Ed Brown being tortured (PrisonPlanet)

EXCERPT: “Brown and his wife Elaine were arrested on Friday after U.S. Marshals posing as supporters gained access to their Plainfield home and apprehended the couple.

“Elaine Brown is serving her 63-month sentence in the Federal Correctional Institute in Danbury, Conn., a minimum prison facility for women, according to Steve Monier, U.S. Marshal for New Hampshire,” reports the Union Leader. But Monier refused to say where Ed Brown was being held, only that he remains “in transit”, and also ignored questions about why there was a delay in transporting him to the prison where he will serve his sentence, the identity of which remains unknown.”


2.2 Million People in Prison: Who’s Going To Do Something About It? (MotherJones blog)

“I don’t have much to add to this article on prison reform by Bradford Plumer at The New Republic. It’s excellent — check it out.  If you’re wondering, the only senators with the guts to do something about America’s prison problem are Jim Webb (D-Va.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and maybe Barack Obama (D-Il.). For more on how we became an incarceration nation — we lock up 750 out of every 100,000 people, murdering the world average of 166 per 100,000 — check out Mother Jones‘ special package “Debt to Society.”


Since 1990, over 10.4 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana possession.  Enough is enough. (Alternet)

Minnesotan awarded $778,000 for police brutality (Oakland Tribune)

EXCERPT: “Sprawled on his stomach outside a gas station in Golden Valley, Minn., Al Hixon had a police officer’s boot planted on his neck and pepper spray shot deep into his nostrils, scorching his lungs. Moments earlier, Hixon had been pouring oil into his blue Jaguar — a quick stop on what was going to be an ordinary Saturday of shuttling his daughters to birthday parties.  “I couldn’t breathe and was vomiting mucus and gasping for air,” he said. “I thought I was going to die, and asked: ‘What did I do? What did I do?'”  Police were responding to a report of a robbery at a bank outlet inside a supermarket near the gas station. And Hixon — civic-minded, well-educated and black — had suddenly become a suspect.

“If this is a black thing, you’ve got the wrong black man,” Hixon remembered telling the officers. He said that one of them told him to shut up, adding: “That’s what you all say.” However, the 9-1-1 dispatcher had told officers repeatedly that the robber, who took $7, was white.”

Another shocking example of police brutality has been caught on camera showing a cop nearly breaking a girl’s arm, punching her and then pepper spraying her in the face as she cries after being arrested for violating a city curfew. With video. (PrisonPlanet)

An Oklahoma City police officer faces assault charges for kicking a handcuffed face in the face (Tulsa World)

A second man dies in Phoenix police custody in a week’s span (AZCentral) 


Science teacher’s brush with police ends in heart attack  (NY Daily News)

EXCERPT: “One officer crushed his knee into Mr. Jacob’s back,” the complaint states. “They then repeatedly slammed his head onto the car and then pressed his head against the car for some time.” Additional officers arrived on the scene with a witness to the earlier accident. The witness told them Jacob was the wrong guy … Jacob told the cops he was experiencing chest pains and began coughing uncontrollably. A female cop said, “Nice acting,” according to Jacob, and then drove off. Jacob said he struggled to drive home, stopping to vomit on the side of the road. His wife rushed him to the hospital, where doctors determined he had suffered a heart attack.”


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