American Policing Fails International Standards for Use of Deadly Force

2015/06/22

WASHINGTON, DC — An alarming report by Amnesty International has found that the use of deadly force by police in America has failed to meet basic international standards.

Not just in one state, or even two or three states — but in all 50 states, indicating a nationwide epidemic.

The 41-page report (PDF) states that there is a glaring lack of statutes that would require cops to use deadly force only as a last resort to save lives.

In 13 states, there are “laws” which don’t even meet the basic requirements of the United States Constitution.

The report was released just a short time after a police officer was caught on video shooting an unarmed teenager to death.

The teen simply tried to warn the cop that his bright lights were causing a safety hazard — and the cop indeed admitted that other drivers were telling him the same thing.

Moments later, the teen was forced out of his car, onto the ground, and ultimately shot to death.

The cop claimed that the boy attacked him, but the video does not show any attack.

Matthew Cooke recently released a short documentary including the raw footage of the boy’s death and the report from Amnesty International.

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  • Le_Grand_Schtroumpf

    Its actually easy to understand. The feds have taken over the training. For a police dept. to be “accredited” they have to adopt federally supplied policies and training standards, and as we know, the feds don’t want a police force, they want an army of occupation.

    • Gary Williams Jr.

      actually the douche baggary with badges is coming from our enemy. ISRAEL via the fed

      • connie lingus

        Moron!

        • Gary Williams Jr.

          douche bag

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  • ryan miller

    More whites are killed by PIGS get your FACTS STRAIGHT

    • Brendan Bowen

      white black brown purple. Its about police killing Civilians at a alarming rate. When will our stupid barbaric racial attitude change to realize we are humans. The color of a persons skin is partially due to climate of the country their ancestry originates from.

      • connie lingus

        Well, aren’t you just a fucking idiot!

    • Curious. Who are you responding to?

      • Gary Williams Jr.

        “the country is mostly white???” what country are you living in? when I go somewhere I see more Mexicans then whites OR blacks

        • Well you could put your whole head into a barrel of beer but that wouldn’t mean the country is mostly made of beer would it? 🙂 Although that might be fun… The country is 60% white by latest census.

    • Sieben Stern

      correct, but this is only because there are more whites than minorities (hence the term)
      minorities are targeted at a greater rate to spite their lower percent of the overall population.

      • Thanks for stating it so much succinctly than I am ever able to. 🙂

    • connie lingus

      Fucking loser!

    • ThaddeusMaximus

      I think he said that. He said it was disproportionate for minorities.

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  • Marc_German

    The German Police have to train for 3 years to become a Cop. There also allways two Cops each Patrol Car. Most used weapons are words and hands.
    Till i found your page i wanted to immigrate into the states. But now i stay better in germany…

    • Georgene Palka

      I think you would be safer in Germany than here in these times.

    • Chester McFurley

      im down to go to Germany

    • Gary Williams Jr.

      I’m American, and if I had the money I’d leave this country…whatever it is. it sure as hell isn’t the America I was born in. I’ve heard that Iceland is the free-est country on earth. that’s where I’d go

      • connie lingus

        Please leave, we do not need your ignorance!

        • Gary Williams Jr.

          eat shit douche bag. it’s not my fault you are too blind, and/or stupid to see what the rest of us see. I see NOTHING to be proud of anymore, and I’m not alone. former Sen. GARY HART says it perfectly

          • connie lingus

            Did you finish third grade?

          • Gary Williams Jr.

            did you ever lose your virginity to a man? or do you still prefer a latex man

          • Gary Williams Jr.

            funny thing is I scored nearly 100 on an iq test when I was…shall we say less then sober. let’s see you get fvcked up, take the test (without cheating) and see what your score is. btw, I find it amusing that you think our modern “education system” is a measure of intelligence…..priceless

          • connie lingus

            The education certainly failed you. You cannot spell or compose a sentence. You have the IQ of a moron. Your mother must be a real winner!

          • Gary Williams Jr.

            ooh that hurt. ya, I don’t really remember seeing a lot of “morons” with that kind of iq. and btw dipshit, grammar is not a measure of iq.

          • connie lingus

            Just in case no one ever told you, asshat, grammar is a measure of IQ. Yours is obviously at the bottom!

          • Gary Williams Jr.

            no moron, grammar is a measure of education. and those two are not the same thing. well it’s been amusing watching you prove your stupidity, but I’ve grown bored with it, and you. enjoy your ignorance. don’t forget, it’s left, right, left right. if you get confused just start at the beginning, and repeat it.

          • connie lingus

            You truly are an ignorant asshole!

          • Gary Williams Jr.

            again thank you for proving to the world what a dumb shit you are….hillarious

          • connie lingus

            I am happy you think it is hilarious, only an asshole would. Good luck with that asshole!

          • Gary Williams Jr.

            I’ll just keep feeding you rope, and watch you hang yourself…..hahaha

          • connie lingus

            I am not hanging myself, jerkoff!

          • Gary Williams Jr.

            you already did. you’ve shown what a dumb fuck you are. I’ve kicked your ass and you are too stupid to even know it

          • connie lingus

            The only ass you kicked was yours, with that giant dildo! You really are an illiterate fucking retard. Good luck with that….

          • Gary Williams Jr.

            here’s some more rope. enjoy yourself. by the genius, if I was an “illiterate fucking retard” as you say, we wouldn’t be able to have this stimulating conversation. since you apparently don’t know what that big ol’ word means, I’ll just help you out. illiterate// the inability to read or write. btw English major, you don’t end a sentence, even a fragmented sentence with “that”

          • connie lingus

            Like I said, you are an illiterate fucking retard. Go back to third grade. Pay close attention this time to the grammar lessons, dipshit. I suspect you will continue to text talk, as you do not know the difference.

          • Gary Williams Jr.

            man you really are stupid! even after I gave you the precise definition of “illiterate” and you still can’t grasp it. and the way you talk, just proves WHAT you are. you are just a nasty, low iq, lesbian whore who hates everyone and everything. btw, here’s some more rope

          • connie lingus

            Like I said, you are an illiterate fucking retard. Go back to third grade. Pay close attention this time to the grammar lessons, dipshit. I suspect you will continue to text talk, as you do not know the difference.

          • Gary Williams Jr.

            ooh that hurt. I like your robot repeating text though….here’s some more rope. I have to really thank you. I haven’t laughed this hard at someone in a long time. I’ve truly enjoyed it

          • connie lingus

            Like I said, you are an illiterate fucking retard. Go back to third grade. Pay close attention this time to the grammar lessons, dipshit. I suspect you will continue to text talk, as you do not know the difference.

          • Gary Williams Jr.

            hahaha. here’s some more rope. see, I can repeat the same thing too

          • connie lingus

            Like I said, you are an illiterate fucking retard. Go back to third grade. Pay close attention this time to the grammar lessons, dipshit. I suspect you will continue to text talk, as you do not know the difference.

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  • Bill Smith

    You people are amusing. If we remove people doing STUPID things like:
    1) fighting the cops
    2) trying to hurt someone else
    3) running from police

    cops have hurt or killed who…. maybe a few of people this year? Yes, the system will generally deal with them when caught. But to act like there is some mass conspiracy against the American people is simply silliness. I have not nor has anyone I’m associated with ever been mistreated by cops. Why? Most of us don’t break the law. Until you meatheads figure out the secret…. keep blaming the wrong people. LOL

    • Ron Ankney

      Bill Smith – regardless, you of course are entitled to your opinion – however please spend some time researching this problem – and then re-post with your INFORMED opinion.
      I believe you will find that Amnesty International is not off the mark.
      Here are two (of many) sources of information you may want to take a look at:
      http://www.killedbypolice.net
      and
      http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the-counted-police-killings-us-database

    • As of a month ago, according to the Washington Post it was already 400 people killed by police.

      As for the rest, the Innocence Project (an incredible organization doing such good work) estimates there are conservatively 40,000 Americans sitting in prison (could be over 100,000) who were wrongfully arrested, wrongfully convicted and totally innocent of the crime they were charged.

      An Ohio University study estimates 10,000 completely innocent Americans are wrongfully arrested and imprisoned every year.

      The US has the largest prison population on the planet. Numerically AND proportionally. 2.2 Million people. That’s not because something is wrong with our citizens.

      Finally, someone simply expressing a voice for their rights does not deserve to be killed. One wouldn’t treat our children like that. Or a family member. Let’s treat each other with the same compassion.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/fatal-police-shootings-in-2015-approaching-400-nationwide/2015/05/30/d322256a-058e-11e5-a428-c984eb077d4e_story.html

    • phranker

      Look, bub, I don’t know if you’re just being a troll, or if you exercise zero situational awareness, but, here’s the score: As of this moment (1:15 p.m. on 06/15) the “few” people (killed, not “hurt”) number at five-hundred and forty. So, if you consider that a “few” and/or of no consequence, then you, sir, can go to hell. As for “… the system will generally deal with them when caught.” Well, here’s the score: Police departments conduct investigations into their own officers’ deeds of misconduct. Coincidentally, these investigative forums very rarely to never find any wrongdoing from their dept (and when they do, it’s often because some meddlesome camera captured said misdeed).
      While I don’t believe there’s a “conspiracy”, there is a tremendous amount of statistical, empirical evidence indicating the decline of our American freedoms and a disregard of Constitutionally guaranteed rights. Lastly, the “…don’t break the law and you have nothing to fear” argument is a lie, at this point. Every SINGLE day (no hyperbole is being utilized here), more reports emerge of police killing and maiming unarmed and innocent people (often children, even).
      I’m so happy you’ve never had a bad go ’round with the fuzz, but just because it hasn’t hit home (for you) yet doesn’t mean it’s not occuring. I assure you it’s merely a matter of time before you have to take your head out of the sand and see the state of our once-proud nation. I bid you good day, and beg you (and every American) to pay attention!
      And, one quick edit: Running from the police is NOT a “justifiable cause” to fire on a suspect (so ruled S.C.O.T.U.S.)…

      • connie lingus

        Sorry moron, but you are dead wrong. Do you work at McDonalds or Burger King? Anyone who runs from Law Enforcement deserves a cap in the head!

        • phranker

          Awww, what a cute little fucktard you are… Just a quick point of fact for you: S.C.O.T.U.S. (that’s the Supreme Court of the United States) has ruled that (and stood by) police shooting fleeing suspects is illegal. The exceptions being officers in pursuit of a suspect of violent felonies, or a suspect posing an imminent threat to other citizens or officers (i.e.- armed suspects). Regardless of how you feel about the subject, laws are law and facts are facts. Acting like a petulant child, name calling, and/or yelling the loudest certainly doesn’t indicate intelligence or knowledge of the topic. Honestly, acting out, like an unsupervised tweenie, achieves the opposite of backing up, much less proving, your point.
          Now, I checked out the threads you responded to on Disqus, and you are clearly a troll. Over and over you spew hatred, profanity, and small-mindedness. In absolutely zero of your posts did you offer anything like a fact, statistic, or even an argument. Just insults, followed by your (incorrect [factually speaking]) opinions. Even your pseudonym lacks creativity or wit… You are nothing like American, kiddo. Our founding fathers set up our Constitution to safeguard against the beliefs you hold. Do this country a favor and go find a home full of people who think like you. I hear North Korea fits your philosophy, or maybe communist China..?
          In closing, shoo, troll. Shoo! You’re a detriment to mankind, and the world wouldn’t mourn your passing for a moment. Feel free to prove me wrong on that point, though… lol

          • connie lingus

            Save your rhetoric idiot. I know the law, more than you. All of you cop hating pieces of shit are what is wrong with this country. You morons base nothing on facts, just edited video and Faux News. Good luck with your disrespect for this country and your third grade education. Can I get fries with that order, you fucking communist!

          • phranker

            Um, yeah, pretty sure everything I mentioned was, in fact, based in fact, you butt-hurt little crybaby troll. You clearly do not know the law “…more than you”. Nothing you’ve posted was actually correct. So, settle the confusion your post endowed: Are you saying/maintaining that police are (legally) allowed to fire on fleeing suspects (as you indicated in your first response to me)? Or (as you indicated by stating “I know the law”), do you acknowledge that it is illegal? Now, I can see you’re a man/woman of opinions, so I won’t argue about how you feel, per se, but I’ll call you out for moronic, inane, trollish, and, especially, just plain wrong posts.
            Now, having said that and moving on… I would counter that the real problem in the ‘States isn’t “cop hating pieces of shit”, but, rather, programmed, obedient, unthinking husks who forget the past (i.e.- Nazi Germany/ Francoist Spain). I suspect you know better than what you’re posting, and that you’re just trying to get someone’s goat. Maybe you’re a law enforcement plant, stirring the pot to elicit threats, so you can report the page and report about the “domestic terrorists” (green ink and quotations indicate the absurdity…). Or, maybe (more probably), you are a little wanna-be copper, too out of shape and/or stupid to actually be involved in law enforcement (which would really be telling, as eighty percent of active law enforcement is obese, and they hire low i.q. candidates, as they’re easier to control). I must admit that I am curious as to your profession..? I was very impressed that you could tell what I do for a living. Was it the way I spelled everything correctly, or used perfect punctuation, or knew the laws I was listing, or the way I schooled you with kiddie-gloves, yet left you so butt-hurt? lol Sorry, douche-canoe, no fries for you. I do have some cheese to go with your whine, though! LOL You’re fucking clown shoes, you filthy fuckin’ fruity milky licking sack of self-regurgitated dog jizz! Now, shoo, troll. Shoo!

          • connie lingus

            Your mommie must be so proud of your sorry, piece of dog shit, ass.

          • phranker

            Really, guy? That’s your come-back? Awww, you don’t even make it fun to browbeat you, buddy. It feels like stealing candy from babes at this point, freind. sadface

    • Gary Williams Jr.

      your a moron. and you probably drive a Lexus, or bmw, new corvette….gee, I wonder why you don’t get harassed by pigs….er, I mean occifer

    • Totally agree. I think SO stupid to stand up for basic human rights if its against the law like this boy did peacefully and calmly until he was attacked.

      George Washington, Jesus, MLK, Ghandi, the woman’s suffrage and abolitionist movements, being Jewish in the 30s in Germany, the very idea of democracy and all people being equal — all this radical fringe human rights activism that’s been going that’s against the “law” should stop.

      Violent people in costumes must be obeyed without question. Nobody should ever question or defend themselves against that out of self respect or dignity. Only then, would the world would be a nice peaceful place to live.

    • connie lingus

      Finally, someone with sense in this thread. Bill, all there are here are fucking bottom feeders! It’s simple, obey the Law Enforcement Officer and you will not have a problem!

      • phranker

        Then please explain Tamir Rice and/or perhaps John Crawford… I have plenty of names demanding an explanation, but just those two will do. And, slightly off-topic, but why did you utilize capitols for law enforcement officers? They’re no proper noun (or adjective). Do you worship them as gods, or something? lol Get that cops’ (indicates plural) cock out your gob, you silly and sad fuckin’ troll.

        • connie lingus

          It seems you are the only one with all the answers, supporting all scum of the earth. Law Enforcement Officers are the only thing close to keeping this country safe from bottom feeding maggots, like you. Now run along, but make sure someone ties your shoes for you.

          • phranker

            Those innocent victims (one a child) are “…scum of the earth”? Everyone take note, this douche-yacht (connie lingus) is clearly the best moral compass going. Everyone throw him a big ‘ol “Heil Hitler” salute and follow his very sage and compassionate edicts… LOL
            What a joke you prove to be, every time you share a thought (or vapid lack thereof). Eat poo, clown shoes!

          • connie lingus

            Innocent victims? Child? You are a fucking idiot. All Law Enforcement Officers want to go home to their families at the end of their shifts, not die dealing with pond scum that you so admire. Ridding this country of cock roaches is the only way. All of these ‘innocent victims’ deserve a cap! Now, run along to your dishwashing job, little short bus boy!

  • Ron Ankney

    To all those who think this is a crock – regardless, you of course are entitled to your opinion.
    However please spend some time researching this problem – and then re-post with your INFORMED opinion.
    I believe you will find that Amnesty International is not off the mark.
    Here are two (of many) sources of information you may want to take a look at:
    http://www.killedbypolice.net
    and
    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/01/the-counted-police-killings-us-database

    • Gary Williams Jr.

      and also be aware this is PLANNED! they WANT these punks killing as many American citizens as possible! that way they can send in the tanks, and blue helmets of the u.n. to “save us”

  • Anon

    Because a 17 year old is so threatening to an adult Trained officer that he needs to reach for his gun (like a little bitch) and kill him? Really? That’s pathetic.

    • Chester McFurley

      i agree. if cops are SO afraid of, kids, mentally ill, dogs, etc, maybe they should rethink their career choices. we dont need pussies with guns, we need people who are psychologically stronger than those they are hired to subdue.

      • connie lingus

        Coming from a moron who writes in like a third grader!

    • Gary Williams Jr.

      that’s standard operating procedure of the blue gang

    • connie lingus

      You are pathetic and a fucking loser!

  • Gary Williams Jr.

    I WOULD HAVE shared this but I’m not going to for one simple reason…..just like clock work, some douche bag, self loathing, white liberal ALWAYS has to put in their old stand by…..the race card!! even though the kid being murdered by the pig. or should I say the LATEST KID BEING MURDERED BY PIGS WAS FUCKING WHITE!!!! but no, they ALWAYS have to make this about race!! white pig, white victim, more whites killed by pigs then blacks, but by all means lets make it about the “evil white devil killing blacks” even when there’s not a black in sight.

    • Theres a big text card right at that point in the video where it says MORE WHITES ARE KILLED THAN ANYONE ELSE. This video was about a white victim. Of course I don’t hate white people. I love all people. It’s true there are things I loath about myself sometimes but that’s not what this video is about! 😉

      Anyway, it’s a fact that IF you are black you are way more likely to get arrested, prosecuted, beaten killed etc. Even though black only make up like 13% of the population. That’s why they’re called a minority and so we should all band together stick up for them AND everyone who is targeted unjustly.

      I feel a lot of self love and love for you and everyone when I say its important to know that we have a racist criminal justice system that ALSO affects everyone. So we can all unite against oppression, brutality, hate, authoritarianism and racism. Not sure how else to explain it so that it doesn’t upset you.

      • Gary Williams Jr.

        I have stuck up for the blacks in the past, and every single time I do, it bites me in the ass. either some white liberal puts slavery, or racism. or any other injustice and put it on white people. or the blacks will say something stupid like calling me a “white devil”. and I never could figure out how I’m responsible for slavery, when it ended 150 years before I was even born. and since the blacks attend the same schools as us “privileged whites”, come out just as illiterate as when they started. and that is also somehow my fault! is it my fault they use school as a place to sell dope, or do their gang shit instead of…oh I don’t know….maybe…..LEARNING. I mean seriously, how many generations of them have to go to school before they figure out it’s “can I ASK you a question”….not “axe”

        • Don’t take someone saying there’s racism in the country personally. You’re not responsible for police brutality either. But you’re doing something about it. By talking about it. It’s just about being compassionate. Not saying its your fault. But racism and the lack of opportunities afforded to minorities is VERY real. Doesn’t mean whites don’t have it bad too in a lot of cases. Not at all. But if we’re compassionate we can fight it all together. What I;m suggesting is you should have their backs. Doesnt matter what they say about you.

          Read this awesome article and your compassion will increase times a million. Its long but so worth it. And don’t take it personally. Read it like an alien observer. You’re a compassionate guy underneath this talk I can tell:
          http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

  • timothyl turner

    ya they shoot unarmed citizens dogs in there own back yards and kids its out of control and get away with it everyday

    • connie lingus

      Did you finish second grade? Idiot!

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  • bj_chuang

    wow well I never yet again !! the world topping things that America does just keeps on making me go WTF !!. Not really surprised, especially when you’re a bunch of gun totting religious fanatics. Ban guns, enforce true democracy and stop being brainwashed by the corporate media and you might stand a chance of possibly not imploding.
    Can’t wait to see how Bill O’Reilly reacts to these anti american terrorist left wing statistics, maybe he will declare another Jihad.

  • connie lingus

    International Standards do not apply due to the disrespect in this country towards Law Enforcement Officers. No other country in the world has the number of low life scumbag maggots that we have. Give Law Enforcement more power to rid this country of the pieces of shit living on EBT cards and habitual thug life.

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