Across America rough justice continues unabated, to a world seemingly unmoved by American hypocrisy what is new? Today's headlines are all about Baltimore and riots vaguely referenced to police brutality, racial prejudice, and to police forces out of control who continue to kill people, mainly black, simply because?
There is no doubt in a city, a town, a ghetto near you this is a contentious issue, one that continues to fester through minority communities as further cases across the US emerge on an almost daily basis; 458 police shootings this year thus far, many not even making so much as a ripple in the media.
American police have killed more civilians in March than the UK police have killed since 1900
To many people viewing the US from afar, the concept of a police force acting as judge, jury and executioner is not surprising, after all does not the US government sanction, has it not legalized targeted killing itself by drone. When a government shows a similar mindset, police brutality is but a small step in the same direction, one that leads directly towards a sense of total impunity for people wearing the badge of authority.
It is an emotive, if nor explosive subject. One that points a finger that goes to the very core of racial intolerance and of the true meaning of freedom in the US; one that exposes racial disparity, police brutality and injustice across the length and breadth of the “Land of the Free”. The hyperspace of the US is not a parallel universe, therefore one would think that the infamous US mouthpieces on matters of injustice and the abusive infringement of Rights, the Human Rights lobby, would be at the forefront of those influencing media exposure of this indefensible situation. Yet take a closer look, where are the big three; Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Human Rights First, where do they stand, what is their impact. Freddie Gray was not the first black man killed in dubious circumstances and certainly wont be the last. A summary of their input is equivalent to a damp squib; just sufficient for them to say we have done our bit. One step up from silence if you ask me, particularly when you compare their whimpering’s on this subject to the volume of garbage they normally produce covering alleged transgressions supposedly committed by all other nations. Take a look at their current twitter feeds - dismal coverage of events in the USA https://twitter.com/AmnestyOnline- https://twitter.com/hrw- and - https://twitter.com/humanrights1st one has to search to find commentary and then only to find disappointment!
Human Rights Watch issued a statement in the manor of a breaking news channel, I find it rather biased, objectivity most certainly Hollywood style, Gone with the Wind - " don't give a damn.” - Call for calm as riots rock Baltimore,
- “A state of emergency has been declared in the US city of Baltimore amid violent protests around the death of a black man in police custody. Violence erupted just hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray, 25, who died after sustaining spinal injuries while in police custody.”
Amnesty International took an alternative, less governmental Obama-esque view but where was their outrage, their indignation at the continuing police brutality and injustice in the courts thereafter. Given their penchant for writing reports why no current document covering the historic context relating to police involved deaths and to the questionable decisions verging on miscarriages of justice, in consequential judicial reviews and hearings. -- Baltimore Police Must Exercise Restraint During Protests,
- "The right to protest and peacefully assemble must be protected by law enforcement, not inhibited by intimidation and excessive force. The police-related death of another young unarmed black man has understandably sparked anguish and protests in the streets of Baltimore this week. While we await the findings of a prompt, impartial and independent investigation into the death of Freddie Grey, we call on the Baltimore Police to exercise restraint during the protests, to prioritize non-violent means and only use force when absolutely unavoidable, in a manner designed to minimize injury”.
As to Human Rights First I could not find any defining statement, it would seem the death of yet another unarmed Black man in the name of Law and Order is acceptable, not worthy of consideration. They prefer to continue to procrastinate, to campaign for the release of people who they claim to be Human Rights defenders. Commenting on abuses at home, in the USA is beneath them; they see no kudos in sticking the knife into the US government.
The protests in Baltimore were largely peacefully contrary to most media reports yet in front of the international media we have seen a state of emergency declared, armed troopers put on the streets, all in the face of what can only be described in global terms, as a minor breakdown of law and order. This was not an attempted coup, or a revolution, it was but a few hundred rampaging criminal thugs taking advantage. I sympathize with any good cop for me, that's the blue majority – who have to face such a situations, they surely must realize, know they are there indirectly as a consequence of the brutal actions of a few of their own rogue colleges.
The media has been split in reporting events in Baltimore, often the underlying cause of events was passed over, forgotten. The point of focus was either the criminality of the thugs who looted and burned in their own city or of the expressed “frustration” felt by the majority on the basis of color, manipulated as justification or an excuse for the actions of the violent few. Whichever side of the fence or point of view one has, you have to admit something is radically wrong in paradise, in the Land of the Free.
A country and its Rights organizations that condemn police actions around the world yet turn a blind eye to the worst infringements, brutality and abuses in plain site on their own door step, that allow judicial reviews of its crimes, be they state sanctioned or individual, to be “white” washed or brushed aside is not a country or organization that should ever consider itself to be the independent world arbiter of abuse elsewhere.
If true justice is to prevail, the US government must stop hiding behind its own camouflage, sanctioning these Human Rights Organizations by staffing them with ex-State Department employees, using them as synonymous entities, to act as their mouthpiece, their diplomatic whipping boys. I am sure I am not alone in believing it should be the job of these organizations to be the first to critique the US government, to them and to the US government I say this hypocrisy, this year alone there are 458 reasons why, your double standards have got to stop.