We will join Black Lives Matter Charleston on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5:00PM at North Charleston City Hall for a People’s Assembly to End Police Brutality. The meeting addresses one of the issues this group chose as important to work on. Please help – read their press release, below, and come join us.
We still need your letters for this year’s Write for Rights campaign, which is drawing to a close. In the top right corner of this website, you will find links to all of the information you need to write, even including sample letters. Note that three of the people on whose behalf we wrote last year are now free, and please write!
. . . In some instances, police have responded to protesters with pepper spray and bean bags, and in one instance, private security staff used guard dogs. Those recently arrested have reported being strip searched and forced to pay bail for minor offenses. Members of the media and legal observers have also been arrested or charged with minor offenses.
. . . Under International law and standards, arrests should not be used to intimidate or prevent people from participating in peaceful assembly.
The FBI will launch a pilot project early next year to begin collecting use-of-force statistics nationwide and create the first online national database on both deadly and nonfatal interactions the public has with law enforcement.
. . . But although Lynch can impose financial penalties on law enforcement agencies that fail to report data about “civilians” who died during interactions with authorities or in their custody, the Justice Department cannot require state and local agencies to report the far larger number of such situations that are not fatal. Participation in the new use-of-force program by those agencies is voluntary.
All people have the right to due process, to equality before the law, and to peaceful protest. When communities raise concerns about abuses of these and other rights, they should not be treated as the enemy. Amnesty International calls on authorities to foster representative, accountable policing, and guarantee that people can exercise their right to peaceful assembly without fear of discrimination or other abuses. Click here to find Amnesty International’s policy and lots of links and info.