Thirteen-year-old sensation Mo’ne Davis, who plays for Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons, has become the first Little Leaguer to grace the national cover of Sports Illustrated. The 5-foot-4 inch, 111-pound eighth grader is not only taking the Little League World Series by storm, but also she has captured the nation’s attention.
Amnesty International is calling for an investigation of the police tactics used by police in Ferguson, Missouri, where local law enforcement have clashed with protesters following the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
After sending a 12-person delegation to Ferguson to monitor police activity, meet with officials and work with activists, the human rights organization concluded that the city’s policing standards must be scrutinized to ensure they meet key standards.
“Amnesty International has a long and tested history of monitoring and investigating police conduct, not just in foreign countries, but right here at home in the United States,” executive director Steven W. Hawkins said in a Sunday statement. “Our delegation traveled to Missouri to let the authorities in Ferguson know that the world is watching. We want a thorough investigation into Michael Brown’s death and the series of events that followed.”
In addition to a review of local police training and tactics, the group called on state and federal officials to complete a “prompt, thorough, independent and impartial investigation” into Brown’s death. (Brown was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer.)
“This is a moment for people around the country — and around the world — to join the Ferguson community in raising concerns about race and policing, and about the impact of militarization on our fundamental right to peacefully assemble,” Hawkins said.
The recent protests in Ferguson — where police officers have donned riot gear and used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds — have shined a spotlight on the increasing militarization of local police units.
In a Time op-ed last week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) condemned Ferguson police’s recent conduct, blaming “unprecedented expansion of government power” for the use of military-like tactics by law enforcement.
"There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response," Paul wrote.
On Thursday, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) announced his plan to introduce legislation aimed at scaling back the militarization of police.
"Our main streets should be a place for business, families, and relaxation, not tanks and M16s," Johnson said in a letter to Democratic colleagues. "Our local police are quickly beginning to resemble paramilitary forces. This bill will end the free transfers of certain aggressive military equipment to local law enforcement and ensure that all equipment can be accounted for."
We criticize dictators for quelling dissent and silencing protestors with tactics like curfews, we’ll certainly speak out when it’s happening in our own backyard," he said. "The people of Ferguson have the right to protest peacefully the lack of accountability for Michael Brown’s shooting.
By Amnesty International sending team to Ferguson. First time it’s deployed inside the US. (via soulsinsolidarity)
white people are going to black neighborhoods to loot to make it seem like black people are destroying their own neighborhoods then go back to their white homes and post about how they’ll shoot any black people who loot their homes
I tried to tell y’all who’s behind the fireworks (to cause confusion), molotov cocktails, agitating police, being belligerent and ESPECIALLY the LOOTING. IT’S NOT US. PROTESTS IN #FERGUSON HAVE BEEN INFILTRATED BY HATE GROUPS. They come to stir up shit, then sit back and blame the unruly n****s.