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Abu Ghraib comes home/update

Posted by Charles II on September 8, 2008

The account by this 19-year old who was jailed at the Republican National Convention alleges that the Ramsey County jail used methods that amount to torture, including beatings, hooding, and neglect of medical conditions brought on by the beating. He claims that there was no basis for his arrest.

Other allegations of abuse of power by the police are detailed here. As much as I sympathize with officers, who have to do a difficult job, there’s enough smoke here to believe that there’s also fire.
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Update: Stormcrow notes that FDL has been on this story. Dr. Murphy’s comments are well worth reading.

Update: Mayor Coleman’s brother has stated in an OpEd that the police overreacted. For his pains, he got a couple of dozen mudballs from the kind of lowlifes that think that the LA riots were caused by the police being too mellow.

4 Responses to “Abu Ghraib comes home/update”

  1. Stormcrow said

    Things like this always come home, one way or another.

    It was all over FDL Saturday: Sadism, Cruelty, Torture In The Twin Cities: Professional Cultural Norms For US “Law” Enforcement.

    If McCain and Palin win in November, which I think is increasingly likely, expect this to become the norm.

  2. Exactly.

    The one thing that might stand in its way: The increasingly-high legal costs to municipalities. The RNC took out a $10 million insurance policy to cover police-brutality suits — the first time this had ever done for a convention — and that might not be enough. I can’t imagine any insurance company wanting to underwrite such a policy, ever again.

  3. Stormcrow said

    It won’t become a problem if the lawsuits never make it through the courts.

  4. Charles said

    I’m sorry I missed the FDL coverage, Stormcrow… I would have just linked it. I hope subsequent readers will click through.

    The stories about the medics are worrying. There are usually boundaries to misbehavior by law enforcement. Skin privilege, as Dr. Murphy calls it, is one. Respect for medical people is another. After all, one day, the life of that policeman might be in the hands of that very same nurse or doctor.

    When those boundaries go down, it is a bad signal for everyone.

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