Amnesty International | Police in Ferguson committed human rights abuses

Ferguson citizen engulfed in tea gas.Police in Ferguson, Missouri, committed human rights abuses as they sought to quell mostly peaceful protests that erupted after an officer killed an unarmed black teenager, an international human rights organization said in a report released on Friday.

The Amnesty International report said law enforcement officers should be investigated by U.S. authorities for the abuses, which occurred during weeks of racially charged protests that erupted after white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9.

The use by law enforcement of rubber bullets, tear gas and heavy military equipment and restrictions placed on peaceful protesters all violated international standards, the group said.

Amnesty said it sent a delegation to Ferguson from Aug. 14-22 to monitor the situation.

When asked about the allegations, Brian Schellman, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, which helped oversee law enforcement operations in Ferguson, said police “had one mission, and that was the preservation of life.”

The report also criticizes a Missouri law that the group said may be unconstitutional because it allows police to use deadly force against someone even if there is no imminent threat of harm.

The report calls on state lawmakers to make Missouri law comply with international standards making lethal force by police a last resort, said Rachel Ward, director of research at Amnesty International.

“Lethal force is only to be used to protect life when there is an immediate threat,” Ward said. “The Missouri statute goes far beyond that. It is of grave concern.”

On the Streets of America: Human Rights Abuses in Ferguson

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The Integrity of the Grand Jury Investigation into the Shooting of #MichaelBrown is GONE.

Ferguson-Grand-Jury-picThe integrity of the Grand Jury investigation into the shooting of #MichaelBrown is GONE. This Grand Jury needs to be dismissed. First we had the news of Darren Wilson testifying before the Grand Jury for 4 hours, then a Twitter user claiming a friend on Grand Jury says there is not enough evidence to indict, now we are hearing 7 or 8 black witnesses gave testimony “consistent” with Darren Wilson’s account but don’t want to be identified. The integrity of the Grand Jury proceedings are gone. The Grand Jury proceedings are suppose to be secret. This is a fraud and credibility has been destroyed. Dismiss this Grand Jury and appoint a special prosecutor to restore the integrity of these proceedings.

But who is leaking this information and why?

Leatherman Law Blog: We are witnessing a massive coordinated effort by unnamed officials to unlawfully influence public opinion and the members of a grand jury regarding the Michael Brown shooting by selectively leaking and spinning information in the police investigation file. The purpose of this massive propaganda effort is to discredit eyewitness accounts of the shooting, persuade the public that Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown in self-defense and condition the public to accept a decision by the grand jury next month to not charge the officer with a crime.

This is criminal and someone needs to go to jail. The leaker needs to be identified and prosecuted. It’s a mockery of our Justice System.

The Department of Justice condemned the leaks as “irresponsibly and highly troubling” and says an effort to influence public opinion on Michael Brown’s death.

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Serendipity SOUL | Thursday Open Thread | Kenny G Week

I know it’s early, but here goes… Kenny G. and a few Christamas songs to get ya’ll in the spirit early.

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#MichaelBrown shooting scene: ‘He held that boy and fired out of the car. He held his arm and fired’.

Michael Brown shooting scene. Witnesses describing what they saw.

Michael Brown shooting scene witness ‘The first shot, he fired out of the car’

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Serendipity SOUL | Wednesday Open Thread |Kenny G Week– DUETS!

HAPPY HUMP DAY! Smooth jazzin’ with Mr. Kenny G. Happy Anniversay, Honey. I LOVE YOU!

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Kenny G with Peabo Bryson – By The Time This Night Is Over

Kenny G & Stevie Wonder

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Kenny G and Austin G “Over the Rainbow” at Humphrey’s San Diego

Yolanda Adams & Kenny G – I Believe I Can Fly (LIVE)

Kenny G & Chaka Kahn- Beautiful

Kenny G & Gladys Knight- Misty

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Serendipity SOUL | Tuesday Open Thread | Kenny G Week

More Kenny G!

Kenny-G

Forever in Love

Going Home

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Illinois Folks – Early Voting Begins Today

Chicago Folks….Suburban Cook County…..Illinois Folks…

EARLY VOTING BEGINS TODAY!!

Now, if you missed the deadline for registering to vote, you can go GRACE PERIOD VOTING- which mean you register to vote and vote at the same time. Grace Period is now possible THRU ELECTION DAY!

Here are the Hours for Voting from now until Election Day:


• Mon., Oct. 20 through Sat., Oct. 25: 9 am-5 pm
• Sun., Oct. 26: 10 am-4 pm
• Mon., Oct. 27 through Fri., Oct. 31: 9 am-7 pm
• Sat., Nov. 1: 9 am-5 pm
• Sun., Nov. 2: 10 am-4 pm
• Mon., Nov. 3: 9 am-5 pm
• Election Day, Tues., Nov. 4: 6 am-7 pm

City of Chicago Folks, here’s your information:

ALL 51 City of Chicago Early Voting Sites are now open for Grace Period Voting.

LIST OF ALL 51 CITY OF CHICAGO EARLY VOTING SITES

Suburban Cook County, here’s your information:

ALL Suburban Cook County Early Voting Sites are now open for Grace Period Voting.

LIST OF ALL SUBURBAN COOK COUNTY EARLY VOTING SITES

Now, remember, when you go to Early Vote or Grace Period Voter,you will need ID. Grace Period voters need two pieces of ID. Here is the list of acceptable ID.

Neither needs to be a photo ID, but one must include your current address. Acceptable forms of ID include:

Illinois driver’s license
Illinois state ID
Employee or student ID
Credit card
Social security card
Birth certificate
Utility bill in applicant’s name
Mail postmarked to the applicant
Valid U.S. passport
Public aid ID card
Lease or rental contract

Here is the WILL COUNTY information.

Here is the DUPAGE COUNTY information.

If you have kids or family that might need Mail (Absentee) Ballots, and the person has an Illinois Drivers License/State ID, you can order a mail ballot ONLINE.

COOK COUNTY

DUPAGE COUNTY

WILL COUNTY

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The big election in Illinois is for Governor. You don’t have to like Governor Pat Quinn, but just remember this, almost 700 thousand in Illinois have been helped because of the full implementation of Obamacare in this state. Of that, over 460,000 were helped because of the Medicaid Expansion. Rauner has already said that he would NOT have done that..because THAT is who he is. So, think on THAT. If Rauner had been Governor, nearly a HALF MILLION PEOPLE in this state – the WORKING POOR – would be without access to BASIC healthcare. Rauner also doesn’t believe in the minimum wage. Just thought you should know.

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