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Let’s not kid ourselves: Most Americans are fine with torture, even when you call it “torture”

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 Did whites ever give Native Americans blankets infected with smallpox?
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s five-year investigation into the CIA’s torture of suspected terrorists just came out. There’s plenty in there to shock — for starters, just go to the document and search for “rectal feeding.” The Post has compiled a list of 20 key takeaways from the report, which detail a regime of brutality, incompetence and deceit that have been damaging to the U.S.’s standing abroad.Good luck trying to convince many Americans of that, though. Polls have shown a public generally supportive of the use of torture to gain information from terrorist suspects, at least in some circumstances, and even when you flat out call it “torture.”

In 2009, the Pew Research Center found that 49 percent of the public said that ”the use of torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain important information” can “often” or “sometimes” be justified. This belief was held by 64 percent of Republicans, 54 percent of Independents and 36 percent of Democrats.

Including the number who say that torture can rarely be justified, 71 percent of Americans accept torture under some circumstances.

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Overall 25 percent of respondents said torture could “never” be justified. Fourteen percent of Republicans said the same, compared to 38 percent of Democrats.

While these figures are from 2009, a more recent YouGov poll from 2012 showed similar levels of support for torture among the public overall. A 2014 report by the advocacy group Amnesty International found that U.S. respondents were more supportive of torture than people in other wealthy Western countries.

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Torture Report Delights Joe Walsh: Rectal Feeding Is ‘Job Description’ Of An ‘American Hero’

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By David
Radio host and former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh suggested on Wednesday that anyone who participated in torture techniques like rectal forced feedings or chaining prisoners naked to the floor were “American heroes.”

Radio host and former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh suggested on Wednesday that anyone who participated in torture techniques like rectal forced feedings or chaining prisoners naked to the floor were “American heroes.”

After Sen. Dianne Feinstein released the Senate Intelligence Committee’s long-delayed report on the CIA’s use of torture on Tuesday, Walsh had tweeted, “Good. Big deal. Now go focus on defeating the Islamic enemy.”

“I’m glad they put the report out,” he explained to CNN host Carol Costello on Wednesday. “I’m glad though because I don’t think we should be ashamed of what we put out. Again, we’re fighting an evil enemy. There are times when we need to get our hands dirty when we fight that enemy.”

“Is an American hero someone who is instructed by our government to conduct rectal forced feedings on a prisoner?” Costello wondered. “Or chain someone naked to a concrete floor until he dies? Or nearly drown them two to three times a day? Is that the definition of an American hero?”

“It may, Carol, be part of the job description,” Walsh insisted.

“Really?” Costello gasped.

“Absolutely!” the former Illinois congressman replied. “We forget as Americans who we are dealing with. Got to be frank, we’re dealing with animals. We’re dealing with groups of people who behead, blow up, exterminate people.”

“So we should be animals?” the CNN host pressed.

“The way you defeat an animal, Carol, oftentimes is to act like one,” Walsh opined.

Costello pointed out that the U.S. had acted like “animals” during Abu Ghraib and the incidents of torture, “and it didn’t stop anything.”

“We have to do what we have to do to defeat this evil enemy,” Walsh concluded.

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After 42 years in solitary, Albert Woodfox’s conviction overturned

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By John McDevitt

Albert Woodfox (left) wishes he could tell his longtime friend, comrade and fellow Angola 3 member, Herman Wallace (right), of the news of his long overdue impending release.

On Dec. 4, while shackled and chained, needing assistance to turn the pages of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, revolutionary Albert Woodfox received the news that his sentenced has finally been overturned. His release date has not been set. Woodfox is the only remaining incarcerated member of the Angola 3.

Albert Woodfox, 67, is the longest held prisoner in solitary confinement in
U.S. history—held in an 8×6 cell for 23 hours a day for 42 years.

Judges of the 5th circuit court upheld a lower court’s decision that his 1972 conviction was attained by racially discriminatory means. In 1993, Woodfox’s sentence was overturned after it was shown that the selection of a white foreperson of the jury presented a racist pattern on the part of the state. Woodfox was soon after re-indicted by the racist Louisiana courts for the 1971 murder of a prison guard during a rebellion—a crime that the three revolutionaries did not commit.

The struggle of the Angola 3 has highlighted the torture of solitary confinement used against prisoners in the US. They exemplified the fight against the racist prison industrial complex and mass incarceration that has grown exponentially over the decades they have been locked up in solitary confinement. The conditions and history of Angola Prison could provide no better example as it was built on the grounds of a former slave plantation.

The crime of solitary confinement in the U.S.

The Angola 3 have endured unimaginable torture being confined to a cell for most of their lives without any human contact. As a result, Albert Woodfox developed chronic claustrophobia.

“I feel like I am being smothered, it is very difficult to breathe, and I sweat profusely. It seems like the cell walls close in and are just inches from my face. I try to cope by pacing, or by closing my eyes and rocking myself,” he described in a 2008 document of the anguish of being locked in such a small space day after day to silence him as a member of the Black Panther Party and leader among the inmates at Angola.

The three members of the Angola 3 were sent to prison for armed robbery in 1971. Woodfox escaped from a courtroom and joined the Black Panther Party. Later while incarcerated in Angola State Penitentiary, the three worked to improve conditions for inmates. They organized petitions and hunger strikes to condemn segregation in the prison along with other demands to end violence and systemic rape.

The plight of the Angola 3 became known when former Black Panther, Malik Rahim, of New Orleans discovered the three men were still in prison. The case of the Angola 3 has garnered support from all corners of the globe pointing out the racism and horrendous conditions that prisoners in the U.S. endure, especially those in solitary confinement.

Herman Wallace died after just three days of freedom on Oct. 4, 2013. Robert King Wilkerson was released in 2001 after pleading to conspiracy to commit murder; he was in solitary for 29 years.

Free the Angola 3! Tear down the prison walls! End solitary confinement!

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Congress is expected to release its much-anticipated report on CIA torture after 9/11

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The “torture report,” which took years to produce, charts the history of the CIA’s “Rendition, Detention and Interrogation” program, which President George W. Bush authorized after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

It’s going to be a doozy. Reuters reports that “graphic details about sexual threats and other harsh interrogation techniques the CIA meted out to captured militants will be detailed by a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the spy agency’s anti-terror tactics.”

+ “The report … describes how senior al-Qaida operative Abdel Rahman al Nashiri, suspected mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, was threatened by his interrogators with a buzzing power drill.”

+ The White House has beefed up security at U.S. installations in preparation for backlash against Americans around the world.

+ The report hasn’t even been released yet, but former Bush and CIA officials are already pushing back against it.

+ This fantastic 2007 New Yorker story lifted the curtain on the U.S. torture regime.

+ Should the U.S. ever consider providing torture reparations

Protests continue across America in response to the Eric Garner grand jury decision
MicAlmost a week after a New York grand jury decided not to indict a police officer for the death of Eric Garner, nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustices show no signs of slowing.

+ Demonstrations continued in full force over the weekend in New YorkBerkeley and Oakland, California, ChicagoBostonMiamiLas VegasLos AngelesWashington, D.C.New Orleans and other cities.

+ The U.S. should take a cue from the rest of the world and get rid of the grand jury system.

+ Most white Americans want Eric Garner’s killer indicted — but not Michael Brown’s.

+ Unarmed people of color killed by police, 1999-2014.

+ If you haven’t already, watch the hilariously awkward Ferguson sketch that Saturday Night Live didn’t air this weekend.

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Required Reading: Prequels to the Torture Report

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Despite attempts to keep the White House-approved and CIA-executed torture program secret, details of it came out, bit by bit, in documents released over the years. (Image: ACLU)

As early as tomorrow, the long-awaited Senate torture report will finally see the light of day. If all goes as planned, the Senate Intelligence Committee will release the roughly 500-page executive summary of its 6,000-page report concerning the CIA’s “rendition, detention, and interrogation” program. The report is said to be highly critical of the program.

Former President Bush came out over the weekend to defend the CIA against the report’s conclusions. That’s not surprising, considering his own responsibility for the CIA’s brutal policies.

Related: The Torture Architects [Interactive Infographic]

Despite attempts to keep the program secret, details of it came out, bit by bit, in documents released over the years. Some, but not all, of the most shocking documents – including the memos comprising the legal infrastructure of the program – are listed below. Hopefully by tomorrow, the story they tell will be more complete.

The memos

In 2002 and 2003, Justice Department lawyers issued a series of legal memos that laid the foundation for the Bush administration’s torture program. Two of the most famous are the twin August 2002 memos authored by Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo and signed by Assistant Attorney General Jay S. Bybee.

One of those memos twisted the definition of torture, concluding that in order to violate the law prohibiting torture, the resulting pain “must be equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death.” It also concluded that prosecution under the law might be barred as an infringement on the president’s war authority.

The other memo approved the CIA’s use of torture techniques including waterboarding, cramped confinement, and sleep deprivation on Abu Zubaydah who was being held at a secret prison in Thailand. He would eventually be waterboarded 83 times.

Revelations of torture at Guantanamo Bay

In 2005, TIME magazine published a previously secret interrogation log describing brutal 20-hour interrogation sessions of Mohammed al-Qahtani at Guantánamo from November 23, 2002, to January 11, 2003. On December 2, 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld approved the application of harsher interrogation techniques on Mr. al-Qahtani. Among other things, the log describes sleep deprivation, forced shaving, use of the “Invasion of Space by a Female” technique, and in one incident, interrogators forcing Mr. al-Qahtani to bark like a dog.

Rumsfeld okays the use of torture at Guantanamo

In this memo from 2002, Rumsfeld authorized the military to use harsh interrogation techniques including stress positions, nudity, forced grooming, use of phobias, pushing, and grabbing. He famously added a note next to his signature:

I stand for 8-10 hours a day. Why is standing limited to 4 hours?

At the time, Navy General Counsel Alberto Mora raised concerns that some of the methods authorized in the memo could rise to the level of torture. Mora later documented his persistent attempts to get the Defense Department to change course in a 22-page memo written in July 2004.

Yoo backs use of torture by military interrogators

A 2003 memo, written by Justice Department attorney John Yoo, gave the Defense Department expansive authority to torture and abuse detainees. It was premised on the same flawed analysis that Yoo had adopted in the 2002 memos provided to the CIA.

The CIA’s inspector general launches an investigation

In May 2004, CIA Inspector General John Helgerson issued a report of his internal investigation of possible illegal conduct in the CIA’s secret prisons. The report detailed the use of torture techniques that were never authorized by the Justice Department, including mock executions, “racking” a gun near a detainee’s head, revving a power drill while a detainee stood naked and hooded, and forcing detainees to inhale smoke until they vomited. The report also revealed that the CIA waterboarded Abu Zubaydah 83 times and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed 183 times. The report was released to the public in redacted form in 2009 as a result of the ACLU’s FOIA lawsuit.

Torture Excerpt: "In Kabul, the treatment got worse. I was punched and slapped in the face and on the back to the extent that I was bleeding. While having a rope tied round my neck and being tied to a pillar my head was banged against the pillar repeatedly."

FBI agents report abuses

In a series of emails released in an ACLU FOIA, FBI agents detailed the abuses they witnessed at Guantanamo Bay. In the most notorious of these, from August 2004, an FBI agent described detainees chained to the floor and left without water or food for 24 hours or more, who had urinated or defecated on themselves. One detainee was described as:

…almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his own hair out throughout the night.

Torture in aggregate

In December 2004, the CIA provided a backgrounder to the Justice Department to use in drafting more legal memos authorizing torture. It describes step-by-step how the CIA carried out unlawful extraordinary renditions and interrogations. It also demonstrates that the CIA routinely applied a rapidly accelerating set of harsh interrogation techniques, including nudity, sleep deprivation, dietary manipulation, slaps, facial holds, and attention grasps to nearly every “high-value” detainees. Finally, it details other interrogations techniques in their arsenal including walling, water dousing, the use of stress positions, wall standing and cramped confinement. The “day-to-day look” at a sample interrogation starting on page 9 is particularly chilling.

“No torture here”

On May 10, 2005, Justice Department attorney Steven Bradbury concluded in a pair of memos that the use of each of the methods described in the CIA’s backgrounder – including waterboarding– did not violate the law against torture when used individually orin combination. He followed that up on May 30, 2005, with a legal opinion concluding that the CIA’s program also did not violate the prohibition on cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

The ICRC obtains access to detainees

On September 6, 2006, the Bush administration announced that 14 so-called “high-value” detainees had been transferred from CIA detention to Guantánamo Bay. That was the first public acknowledgment that the CIA’s secret detention program existed.

In October 2006, the International Committee of the Red Cross obtained access to the men for the first time. The ICRC’s confidential report to the CIA was leaked and published by the New York Review of Books in 2009. The report contains detailed descriptions of abuses meted out by the CIA and concludes that the interrogation techniques and treatment the men were subjected to “singly or in combination . . . amounted to torture and/or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.”

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Nazi Occupation Authorities re-impose female detainee’s previous sentence

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Nazi Occupation  re-imposed the previous sentence of the re-jailed female ex-detainee Bushra al-Tawil after being released in the Wafa al-Ahrar swap deal in 2011, human rights sources said.

Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies recalled that al-Tawil was released in 2011, after spending five months of her 16-month sentence, in the swap deal. However, she was re-arrested following the kidnapping and killing of three Nazi soldiers in June.

Al-Tawil is a university student at Ramallah Media College and an activist in prisoners’ issue. Her parents were also arrested by the Nazi occupation forces more than once.

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Gaza: 1,500 new orphans as a result of Nazi Holocaust

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An injured Palestinian child squatting in the corridors of Al-Shifa Hospital, after he was rescued from the debris of a UN shelter shelled by Nazi forces

In the aftermath of Israel’s latest military offensive in the Gaza Strip, dubbed Nazi “Operation Protective Edge,” the process of evaluating the true extent of the damage has begun. The Gaza Strip, already battered by an eight- year old siege, has emerged from the assault shattered.Passing through Gaza, you will meet Amir Hamad, 11, and his four siblings living in a rented house with their grandmother. They were orphaned during the Holocaust after Nazi warplanes attacked their home in Beit Hanoun, north of the Strip. The attack killed their parents and turned their house to rubble.

Amir, the oldest among them, hoped that he had been killed along with his parents in the same attack. While speaking, he burst into tears and said: “They [his parents] were drinking coffee after breakfast, when a rocket hit the house. I knew that they had died.”

Looking at his younger brother Nour, 6, he went on: “I saw him swimming in a pool of blood. He was pulled out and rushed to hospital by the ambulance.”

Amir and the other three siblings miraculously were not hurt. But four other relatives in the same house were killed in the attack. “I will take care with my brothers and sisters,” he said. “But I am afraid that my father and mother will not return home again.”

The five orphans are now living with their 60-year-old grandmother, who was forced to leave her house in the same area after it had been attacked by the Nazi military. “I will never leave them,” she said “but I am sure, they will face many difficulties as their grandfather is over 70 and he is jobless.”

Official statistics showed that the latest offensive has taken the lives of 2,160 Palestinian citizens and wounded more than 11,000 others. Around half a million Gazans have been displaced as a result of the war, while thousands of houses, mosques, hospitals and cemeteries have been either partially or fully destroyed.

According to statistics from the United Nations (UN), there are now 1,500 new orphans in the Gaza Strip as a result of “Operation Protective Edge.”

Despite his plight, Amir was luckier than Bisan Daher, 8, who has lost both her parents and four of her siblings in the Nazi attack on Sheja’ia neighbourhood in the east of Gaza City. While a bandage is still wrapped around her head, she says: “We were sitting in the house, but they attacked us, we had no rockets. My mum, dad and all my brothers and sisters went to Paradise.”

She spent six hours under the rubble of her house before she was pulled out by the paramedics and taken to hospital in a critical condition. “I was aware of everything, but there was sand in my eyes. I wanted to see my mum then,” she said.

Bisan is now living with her married sister Noha, 28, and she shows clear signs of severe trauma in her face, her speech and the movements of her body.

UN statistics showed that at least 373,000 children suffered psychological strain after the latest Israeli attack on Gaza. In the past six years there has been three major attacks on the Strip.

There is only one leading orphanage in Gaza, which takes care of around 120 orphans. Al-Amal Orphanage said that it is preparing to receive more orphans. Director of Al-Amal Iyad al-Masri said: “We exceptionally opened the door for new orphans. We expect to receive from 250 to 300 new orphans.”

Al-Masri mentioned the sad story of the two orphan brothers from Beit Hanoun. Relatives of orphans Ali and Ibrahim al-Shimbar, 10 and 11, asked to take them to one of the UN schools used to shelter displaced Gazans.

When the Israeli military targeted the school, Ali was killed and Ibrahim was wounded.

In order to be able to receive more orphans, Al-Amal is urgently needing to finish one of its new buildings. “But this is connected to the situation of the Israeli siege on the Strip,” said Al-Masri.

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Nazi Navy Escalates Attacks Against Gaza Fishermen

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by PCHR-Gaza – IMEMC News & Agencies

12 fishermen arrested, 5 boats confiscated

Israeli gunboats stationed in the Gaza Sea have again chased down and opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the officially allotted fishing zone.

photo: Palestinian News Network (PNN)
photo: Palestinian News Network (PNN)

According to the PNN, forces arrested 12 fishermen, confiscated 5 boats, and damaged fishing equipment.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemned the continued attacks expressed great concern over the repeateded targeting of fishermen and their livelihoods.

An investigation revealed that, at approximately 18:30 on Saturday, 06 December 2014, Israeli gunboats stationed off northwest of al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia town, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 2-3 miles and, then, surrounded 5 fishing boats boarded by 12 Palestinian fishermen.

All the fishermen were abducted and taken to an unknown destination, their boats and fishing nets confiscated, equipment damaged.

The fishermen were identified as:

· Safwat ‘Abdel Malek Hasan al-Sultan (30) and Sa’ed Ziyad Mahmoud Zayed (32); both from al-Salatin neighborhood, who were on a boat belonging to Fahmi Mahmoud Mohammed Zayed. Israeli forces confiscated their boat and fishing nets.

· Mahmoud Mohammed Mohammed Zayed (29) and his brother Ahmed (30), from al-Salatin neighborhood, who were both on a boat belonging to their father. The boat was confiscated and fishing nets were cut and confiscated.

· Mohammed Amin Rushdi Abu Wardeh (22) and his brother Yousif (19); from al-Salatin neighborhood, who were both on the board of a boat belonging to their father. The boat was confiscated and fishing nets were cut and confiscated.

· Belal Abu ‘Odah (23), Mahmoud Naser Mahfouz (23), Sofian Mahfouz (25), Yaser ‘Othman Meqdad (26), his brother Adham (27), and Bahaa’ al-Deen al-Najjar (22); all of them from al-Shati’ refugee camo, west of Gaza City. They were on the board of two boats that were confiscated with fishing nets.

PCHR condemns the continued Israeli attacks against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip, and:

1. Calls for immediately stopping the policy of chasing and arresting Palestinian fishermen, and allowing them to sail and fish freely;

2. Calls upon Israeli forces to release the detained fishermen and compensate them for the material damage that might have incurred to them; and

3. Calls upon the international community, including the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, to immediately intervene to stop the Israeli violations against the Palestinian fishermen and allow them to sail and fish freely in the Gaza Sea.

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RACIST COP ARRESTED MUSICIAN FOR SINIGING IN SUBWAY ”VIDEO”

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Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

One of RACIST NYPD’s finest arrests a man for playing in the subway after he recites the law word for word that allows him to perform for donations.

 

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Outrage, Demand to Be Heard, Calls for Change Fuel Protests in Cities Nationwide

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From coast to coast, communities are revolting against a pattern of police abuse and unifying under a demand that underlying racial tensions be placed squarely in the debate over the U.S. justice system

Diamond Nimene, left, and Samaria Muhammad, right, chant with fellow protesters in Atlanta on Thursday during a demonstration against the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo: AP/David Goldman)

In cities and communities across the United States on Thursday night people came out into the street in solidarity protests galvanized by a grand jury decision not to indict the police officers involved in the choking death of Eric Garner in New York City and the larger issue of racial discrimination and police brutality that has come to the fore in recent months.

Following a previous night of spontaneous protests in some cities,a larger number of organized protests and rallies (in pictures) took place in New York City, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Buffalo, and dozens of other big cities. Similar demonstrations took place in mid-sized cities and smaller communities as well.

In Manhattan, several large contingents of protesters roamed through the streets, chanting slogans and carrying signs. As the New York Times reports:

several groups of protesters roamed through Manhattan. They caused lanes to be closed on the Brooklyn Bridge, on the West Side Highway and at the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels. The protesters also targeted the Staten Island ferry terminal. Dozens of demonstrators were arrested, but officials did not provide further details.

About 300 people moving north on Broadway toward Times Square lay down at 34th Street for 11 minutes of silence to commemorate the number of times Mr. Garner was heard in a video of his fatal encounter saying he could not breathe. The protesters then moved north and onto Seventh Avenue, where they were involved in a skirmish with police officers blocking the intersection of 42nd Street.

According to the Guardian:

In New York the largest group of protesters, somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000, was far more organized than the previous night. On Wednesday demonstrators had seemed to roam the streets, intermittently splitting apart and converging to shut down traffic on several important highways and bridges around the traffic-heavy island of Manhattan.

In contrast, on Thursday night a coalition of groups led demonstrators. On the Brooklyn Bridge some organizers wore headsets and stopped marchers for photographers. Police had already closed the Brooklyn-bound side of the bridge when protesters crossed and marchers only appeared to break police lines once.

Scenes of protest in cities across the country:

New York City:

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Washington D.C.:

Atlanta:

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Boston:

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Cleveland:

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Chicago:

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Los Angeles:

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San Francisco:

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Detroit:

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Pittsburgh:

Minneapolis:

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Buffalo:

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The protests in other cities proved, as the Associated Press noted in its coverage, that the decision in the Garner case has converged with other cases of police brutality and misconduct to spawn a national debate about race and institutional injustice, issues critics say have largely been ignored despite the historic and pervasive impact they have on community members. AP reports:

Even before the decision in the Eric Garner case came down, racial tensions were running high because of last week’s grand jury decision not to charge a white officer in the shooting death of black 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Other cases were added to the mix on Thursday:

— In the tiny South Carolina town of Eutawville, a white former police chief was charged with murder in the 2011 shooting of an unarmed black man. Richards Combs’ lawyer accused prosecutors of taking advantage of national outrage toward police to obtain the indictment more than three years after the killing.

— In Cleveland, the U.S. Justice Department and the city reached an agreement to overhaul the police department after federal investigators found that officers use excessive force far too often, causing deep mistrust, especially among blacks. The investigation was prompted chiefly by a 2012 police ar chase that ended in the deaths of two unarmed people in a hail of 137 bullets.

Just last week, protesters took to the streets of Cleveland after a white police officer shot and killed a black 12-year-old boy carrying what turned out to be pellet gun.

On Twitter, the actions were being tracked with the hashtag #ThisStopsToday:

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