After allegedly beating 33-year-old David Sal Silva to death last week, Kern County, Calif., officers reportedly confiscated cellphones from multiple witnesses containing videos of the incident. One piece of footage they apparently weren't able to take away, however, is a grainy black and white surveillance video that shows parts of the encounter.
The European Court of Human Rights ruling is the first time the panel has deemed the CIA's treatment of a suspected terrorist as torture.
In May 2010, Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas, a 32-year-old Mexican immigrant, was handcuffed, hogtied, kicked, beaten and tased five times before he died in the custody of U.S. Border Patrol officers, who justified their actions by claiming he resisted arrest. New eyewitness video says otherwise.
Occupiers are accusing New York police officers of beating and neglecting a woman who had a seizure after being handcuffed during the breakup of the movement’s six-month anniversary party in Zuccotti Park on Saturday night.
Muntadar al-Zaidi's shoe-throwing made him a hero in the Arab world, but his fate is uncertain. The reporter remains in custody, where, his brother says, he has been beaten and suffers from broken bones and internal bleeding. A Saudi man, meanwhile, has reportedly offered $10 million for the shoes that nearly struck President Bush.
In a new book, a medical ethicist has compiled a list of interrogation techniques documented at US detention centers in Guantanamo and Afghanistan They include: external electric shocks; beating; punching with fists; use of truncheons; stretching or suspension (to tear ligaments or muscles to cause asphyxia) UPDATE: An L Times reporter writes that the barring of U reporters from Gitmo "make[s] us all the more determined to question, probe and illuminate the actions of our government being waged in the country's name" .