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UN Calls Out US Police For Excessive Use Of Force Against Minorities

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  • "The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown. … This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials." --United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • UN Anti-torture Panel Grills US Officials

Ahiza Garcia, Talking Points Memo

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c_fill,fl_keep_iptc,g_faces,h_365,w_652/bhvrageswaujhsjl9wb1.jpgAugust 29, 2014 | A UN committee said Friday that the United States should stop directing the use of excessive police force at American minorities, according to a Reuters report.

The recommendation comes in the wake of the recent fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., which has led to civil unrest and clashes between protestors and police.

The U.N.'s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) reviewed America's treatment of minorities and found that minorities, in particular African Americans, are discriminated against, Reuters reported.

Ahiza Garcia is a newswriter based in New York City. Before joining TPM, Ahiza interned and freelanced for Nightline, Fox Sports, and ESPN the Magazine.

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UN Anti-torture Panel Grills US Officials, John Heilprin, Newsmax

(US officials)  faced a barrage of questions from the 10-member UN Committee on Torture on how the (US) was dealing with rectifying and providing redress for acknowledged abuses during the "war on terror."

 

 

Vermont Kicks the War on Drugs

 

The state is tackling its heroin epidemic through public health efforts instead of a criminal justice crusade.

 

Angie Schmitt, Good Magazine

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In an April exposé, Rolling Stone magazine called “bucolic” Vermont “the new face of heroin,” contrasting its wholesome maple-syrup-and-flannel image with a frightening epidemic afflicting small New England towns and snatching the souls of its young people.

The crisis was so severe that Governor Peter Shumlin made it the focus of his State of the State address in January, rattling off a list of daunting statistics.

Angie Schmitt is a leading Midwestern urbanist blogger who makes her home in Cleveland. She is the founding editor of Rust Wire, a collaborative media project exploring the struggles of cities in the industrial Midwest.

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Al Sharpton: 'Michael Brown has lit a new energy'

  • Brown family representatives holds news conference
  • Calls for police accountability and federal intervention
  • Protesters: ‘Black lives matter’
  • New protests planned after decision not to charge Darren Wilson
  • Read the latest blog summary
  • Ferguson: Justice Is About What Comes After

Tom McCarthy. Guardian

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Tuesday 25 November 2014 | Summary

Here’s a summary of the news conference, which appears really to be over this time:

Brown family representatives called the grand jury process “completely unfair” and urged the federal government to bring a case against officer Darren Wilson.

No one from the Brown family spoke. Michael Brown Sr., the victim’s father, chose not to speak to avoid an expression of raw emotion that could be incendiary, said a family attorney.

The speakers said the state grand jury process turned out to be as flawed as they expected. They said evidence showed a lack of cross-examination and revealed statements by Officer Darren Wilson that conflicted with physical evidence.

The family representatives attacked county prosecutor Bob McCulloch, saying he had acted as a defender of the killer while publicly declaring the guilt of the victim.

Brown family spokesmen condemned the violence in Ferguson overnight “but we also condemn the violence of August 9 that killed Michael Brown.”

The speakers encouraged supporters of the family to rally but not to resort to violence. ““If you burn down buildings, you achieve what?” said Sharpton. “A fire. But you don’t get justice for Michael Brown.”

Sharpton announced a meeting of civil rights activists in Washington next year to carry the movement forward. Michael Brown has lit a new energy for police accountability,” he said.

Tom McCarthy is a live blogger and reporter at the Guardian US.

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Ferguson: Justice Is About What Comes After, Tony Messenger, St Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch  / The Guardian (London) 

Justice has a face. Justice demands it. Illustration: Chloe Cushman for Guardian US Opinion

America is on edge about the Ferguson grand jury decision. But justice is about what comes after that. There will come a day soon when the protests, in whatever shape they take, fall off the front page. No matter what happens, justice will still be possible.

 

In Blistering Dissent, Appeals Court Judge Slams Colleagues Who Upheld Gay Marriage Bans

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"If we in the judiciary do not have the authority, and indeed the responsibility, to right fundamental wrongs left excused by a majority of the electorate, our whole intricate, constitutional system of checks and balances, as well as the oaths to which we swore, prove to be nothing but shams."

Ryan J. Reilly, Huffington Post

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marriage052512.jpg11/06/2014 | A federal appeals court judge on Tuesday issued a scathing dissent to an opinion supported by two of her colleagues who upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky.

In a 2-1 decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the rulings of lower federal courts that found same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional.

But in a blistering dissent, Martha Craig Daughtrey wrote that while her colleagues' opinion would make "an engrossing TED Talk or, possibly, an introductory lecture in Political Philosophy," it "wholly fails" to address the issue of whether a state constitution's ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The majority opinion "treats both the issues and the litigants here as mere abstractions," Daughtrey wrote.

Ryan J. Reilly is a D.C.-based reporter who covers the Justice Department and the Supreme Court for the Huffington Post. He has covered federal law enforcement and legal news since 2009, previously reporting for Talking Points Memo and MainJustice.com.

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