In the Shadows of the War on Terror - Persistent Police Brutality and Abuse in the US, Ritchie Mogul, 2006
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'lHE SHADOWS OF THE WAR 7ERROR: I'ERSISIENTPOLICE BRUTALllYAND ABUSE UNllED STATES A report prepared for the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the occasion of its review of the The States of s Second and Third Periodic Report to the Rights Committee May 2006 Executive Sununary in response to the USA's Second and This report was prepared by U.S. non-governmental to the Human Rights Committee (the Third Periodic with the its and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (the "ICCPR" or police brutality and abuse in communities of color across the U.S. despite this Committee's previous expression of concern about this issue, continues to take place, in violation of Articles 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, IO, 17, 20, 25, and 26 of the Covenant. the violations This report focuses exclusively on issues relating to policing in order to of human rights guaranteed by the Covenant which take place outside of com1s and prisons, on the streets, cars, and in police precincts across the U.S. Additionally, we how the and police abuse and misconduct in the U.S. interferes with the enjoyment of other guaranteed by the Covenant. We refer the Committee to reports submitted on "Domestic Criminal Justice Issues and the ICCPR" and the administration of the death penalty for more information on criminal issues and violations arising in courts and prisons. The organizations participating in the preparation of this report are deeply concerned about the torture and inhuman, and degrading treatment perpetrated and condoned by the U.S. government overseas in the as context of the "war on terror" and U.S. occupations oflraq Afghanistan, and Guantanamo in weU as the lack of effective remedies for such abuses. and we wish to specifically call the Committee's attention to Covenant which continue to take place on U.S. soil, in the shadows of the U.S. extraterritorial state, and federal law enforcement at the hands of We urge the Committee to focus attention on abuses of human rights on U.S. soil during its review of the U.S. targets, and rationales We believe that there are significant similarities - in between the U.S. government's human rights abuses overseas and at home. The U.S. government's recent from whole cloth, but rather are rooted in overseas did not and of human rights abuses in the U.S. The overall climate of the U.S. government's "war on terror" has led to considerable of civil liberties in the us.1 It has fostered torture and abuse of :individuals detained local and federal law in the wake of the events of September l as well as ongoing of Arab and enforcement Muslim populations in the U.S.3 lt has also created a generalized climate of impunity for law enforcement officers, and contributed to the erosion of what few accountability mechanisms exist for civilian control over As a result, police brutality and abuse unabated and undleterred across the law enforcement country. The U.S. government refers this Committee the two reports it has submitted to the UN Committee for information concerning its compliance with Article 7 of the 1CCPR5. In :its report to the Torture but CAT, the U.S. government concedes that complaints of police violence and abuse continue to be states In a country of some 280 million people with a prison population of over 2 million perhaps unavoidable, albeit unfortunate, that there are cases of abuse.6 In The Shadows \.Var On Terror Page 2of58 it