#291 by joeshikspack
Wed Dec 03, 2014 7:58 pm
http://www.alternet.org/activism/abusiv ... paging=off¤t_page=1#bookmark

Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey, one of two co-chairs apppointed by President Obama to head a commission on ways to demilitarize local police, is known for leading repeated bloody and abusive crackdowns on protesters when he was Washington, D.C.’s chief a decade ago, according to a civil rights attorney who won millions in damages for 100s of citizens attacked by D.C. police.

“If the president’s idea of reforming policing practices includes mass false arrests, brutality, and the eviscerating of civil rights, then Ramsey’s his man. That’s Charles Ramsey’s legacy in D.C.,” said Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF), speaking of the ex-D.C. chief and current Philadelphia Police Commissioner. “Obama should immediately rescind his appointment of Commissioner Ramsey, who is a mass violator of civil rights and civil liberties.”

On Monday, Obama appointed Ramsey and Laurie Robinson, a George Mason University professor of criminology, law and society, to head a commission that the president said will suggest steps that the executive branch can take to unwind the most visible aspects of America’s militarized police—its domestic use of military gear. ...

More than a decade ago, when Ramsey was the D.C. police chief, he lead numerous crackdowns and mass arrests of protesters—starting in 2000. His most high-profile assault was in September 2002 at Pershing Park, where demonstrators protested World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings. The police locked down the park and arrested everyone there—400 people—including journalists, legal observers and bystanders.

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund sued and won millions for protesters. The April 2000 protest settlements totalled $13.7 million and Pershing Park/2002 settlement was $8.25 million. Verheyden-Hilliard said the settlements highlight a larger and especially bloody pattern of police crackdowns on protesters ordered by Ramsey.
#295 by LadyPnL
Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:56 am
surprise surprise.

"to head a commission that the president said will suggest steps that the executive branch can take to unwind *the most visible* aspects ..."

Its all about the optics, man, same as ever.
#306 by Sharharazade
Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:56 pm
Excuse me but what is this ' This post is waiting for approval' in a red banner doing on this comment? WTF? Is there some kind of technical problem or is this some kind of censorship? Not good at all, i sure hope it's a tech issue. The comment was snark and last I heard Obama is not above getting snarky about.

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