Thursday, August 13, 2009

Minneapolis/St. Paul Twin Cities Area Has a "Communities Against Police Brutality" Group and Website

Communities Against Police Brutality in the Minneapolis/St. Paul twin cities area, a group of that says it is comprised of "survivors of police brutality and members of the community working together to fight for justice," highlights the Maria Inamagua case. According to their report:

Maria Inamagua was an Ecuadoran immigrant living in the United States. She was arrested on an immigration violation and detained at the Ramsey County Jail in St. Paul. While there, she reported severe headaches and dizziness. Over the five weeks she was there, she repeatedly asked for health care. The jail responded by giving her Tylenol. She was never allowed to see a doctor.

On April 13, 2006, jailers found Maria unconscious and severely ill in her cell. Instead of taking her to the hospital just a few blocks away, they watched her health deteriorate for four hours. By the time they finally took her to the hospital, it was too late. Maria Inamagua died of a massive brain infection late that night.

To fight against abuses like this one, they offer a links to many organizations working to stop various forms of police brutality. I haven't personally contacted the groups below, but I would be very interested in comments from readers about their experiences. The list is as follows, with a hat tip to Communities Against Police Brutality, which compiled the list:
Organizations Working on Police Brutality and Accountability
October 22nd National Coalition:
ACLU Police Practices Project:
Idriss Stelley Foundation:
National Coalition on Police Accountability:
National Lawyers Guild, National Police Accountability Project:
Police Complaint Center:
Police Crimes:
Refuse & Resist!:
Stolen Lives Project:
Law Office of Blake Horwitz (attorney specializing in police brutality cases):

Reports on Police Brutality:
Amnesty International's Race, Rights and Police Brutality:
Amnesty International's Report: Police Brutality and Excessive Force:
Amnesty International's Torture Report:
Human Rights Watch's Shielded from Justice--Police Brutality and Accountability in the United States:
Misconduct by Men in Blue (youth police brutality project):
Information on "Less Lethal" Weapons Including Chemical Irritants and Tasers
A Short and Sordid History of Pepper Spray:
An Appraisal of the Technologies of Political Control:
Bibliography of "An Appraisal of the Technologies of Political Control":
Chemical Cops: Tear Gas And Pepper Spray Can Be Deadly:
CPRC Report, Oleoresin Capsicum in Buffalo:
Dugway Report (Great info on chemical composition of Freeze + P):
The Effect of Police Officer Confidence on Officer Injuries and Excessive Force Complaints (includes info on cop killed by bad pepper spray training):
FBI Report, Oleoresin Capsicum Training and Use:
HowStuffWorks: What does tear gas do?:
Inmates Sue Florida Over Pepper Spray, Tear Gas Torture:
Is CS Gas Dangerous?:
Montreal Medical Team Exposes Documents on Tear Gas Danger:
Pepper Spray Gets in Their Eyes, Media Missed Militarization of Police Work in Seattle:
Pepper Spray Madness (deaths from pepper spray):
Personal Defense Sprays: Effects and Management of [Ocular] Exposure:
Police Sprayed Deadly Toxins at WTO; Accused of "Chemical Warfare" by MD:
The Power and Controversy of Pepper Sprays:
Preparing for "Sudden Death!":
Protester First Aid (Black Cross Collective Guide):
Study by a Street Medic Suggests Long-Term Effects of Tear Gas:
Tear Gas and Pepper Spray Reference for Medics:
Treatment of Riot Control Agents: Tear Gas and Pepper Spray:
U.S. Government Use of Chemical Weapons Against U.S. Citizens:
The Use and Abuse of Pepper Spray (Legal article by By Lynne Wilson, Seattle Attorney):
Use of Aerosol Weapons by Law Enforcement:
Use of CS Gas in Gulf is Illegal, says Red Cross:
Virtual Naval Hospital, Textbook of Military Medicine: Medical Aspects of Chemical and Biological Warfare: Chapter 12, Riot Control Agents (Definitive website for detailed info on medical effects of chemical irritants):
Wikipedia Article on Pepper Spray:

Information on Positional Asphyxia and Hogtying
Asphyxial Death During Prone Restraint Revisited: A Report of 21 Cases:
Patient Restraint & Restraint Asphyxia Newz Directory:

Information on Handcuffing and Handcuff Neuropathy
AfterCare: Handcuff Injuries:
Cheiralgia Paresthetica (Handcuff Neuropathy):
Complaints of Pain After Use of Handcuffs Should Not be Dismissed:
Focal Neurological Complications of Handcuff Application:
Handcuff Neuropathy: Two Unusual Cases:
Handcuffing, Advance Stacking Techniques:
Liability Constraints on Human Restraints:
Orthopedic Injuries Experienced by U.S. Prisoners of War During Operation Desert Storm: A Descriptive Analysis:
PC Wins Handcuff Damages:

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We think that your readers will be interested in this article from the “Broward-Palm Beach New Times”, about a man who was left brain damaged from a car collision with a Broward deputy ten years ago, and who still has not received any money from the insurance or BSO.

Here is a link:

Thank you