This site is devoted to increasing public awareness of police misconduct and detainee abuse in addition to providing support for victims of police misconduct and detainee abuse. If you or someone you know have witnessed abuse or have been abused, please let us know.


This site is an archive of older content.

Please feel free to visit our new effort at

Thank you for visiting.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Responses to Human Rights Abuses at KCCF

In a previous post I cited an apparent lack of adequate response from the ACLU of Washington to the recent findings by the US DOJ of eggregious human rights abuses at the King County Jail in Seattle, Washington and the subsequent statement from King County Executive Ron Sims that stated such abuses were not a violation of any detainee's constitutionally protected right of protection from cruel and unusual punishment.

As promised, I've sent out requests for official responses from a number of well known human rights and civil rights groups pertaining to these events to see if any of these human rights groups cared about human rights abuses that were occuring inside of the United States. While I strongly suspect I will get no response whatsoever since I've not seen any official statements on any of their websites or newsletters, I want to give them a chance to state an opinion anyway.

I've sent the request to the following groups:

  • ACLU of Washington
  • NAACP of Seattle
  • The Alliance for Justice
  • Human Rights First
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Amnesty International USA
  • The City of Seattle Government's Human Rights Committee
Basically the email states that I am working on an article concerning various reactions to the DOJ report citing deadly constitutional rights violations on the part of the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle and the subsequent denail by King County Government officials that the torture of detainees in it's custody amounts to a violation of constitutionally protected human rights as cited by the DOJ. I've asked each for their official responses to this story, if one exists, along with any planned actions.

No replies have been received so far, but if there are any I'll post them here. If there are any other groups you would like me to send a request to, just let me know and I'll do it.

Hopefully at least one of them will show that they care about human rights even when it doesn't suit a specific political agenda... but I'm not holding my breath.

Stay Tuned...

No comments:

Clicky Web Analytics