Police Brutality Plagues Our World, The Epidemic Has Spread Into Our Communities
Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005 at 3:23 PM
The Indymedia Network has documented cases of police brutality following the
resistance and fight against murderous and criminal police officers. To Serve and
Protect, in 2005 the public can interpret this to mean our tax paid officers are
there to serve and protect their fellow brotherhood of blue. Citizens are being
murdered, beaten, sexually assaulted,
hospitalized, all by the officers we were taught to trust and respect. To say that
all officers of the law are bad is to say all white people are racist. That would
be an unfair and unrealistic statement.
However, if you were to take a few moments
to search "police brutality" on the internet you will come across information
databases that document police brutality, racism, and murder. For example The
BrownWatch has an extensive national archive of cases. The Stolen Lives Project documents victims killed
by law enforcement. Many groups and organizations have formed in past years mainly
due to the continuing rise of reported police misconduct. The October 22
Coalition puts out a call to action yearly on October 22nd known as The National
Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a
The above examples of national
organization for the end to police brutality show the victims, families, and allies,
are joining forces to seek justice. A group known as Copwatch started in one city in 1990 and has
taken hold in many cities across the nation, takes to the street armed with a video
camera to police the police in their community. It's history reveals that
a rise in police harassment, brutality, and corruption began over 15 years ago.
Ohio is not immune. Recently a protest occured in Warren Ohio against police brutality, listen to a few
interviews from the days events voicing the communities concerns.
Cleveland Indymedia Center will continue to document and report on the abuse of authority our community police officers have committed.
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