Police violence and brutality
While the Republican Convention hoop-la circus was taking place inside the hall, demonstrations erupted outside. Demonstrators called for an end to the death penalty, for the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal and other political prisoners and for an end to police brutality. In a show of unrestrained police violence over 430 were arrested. For two of the demonstrators a preposterous $1 million bail has been demanded. Guards, police and administrators continued to attack protesters in jail. Released prisoners have given accounts of widespread abuse that can only be described as torture. Those arrested have been isolated, verbally abused, punched, kicked, thrown against walls, bloodied and dragged naked across floors. In one instance a demonstrator was dragged face down through a trough containing refuse, spittle and urine. Sexual assault by a female officer has been reported. Seven witnesses saw one woman dragged naked and bleeding. Those needing medications have been denied them. Civil rights catastrophe "I consider this a civil rights catastrophe of the first order", said Ron McGuire a Legal Committee counsel. "This is an attack on due process and reasonable bail. This is a systematic political effort to undermine and destroy the momentum of a growing movement for social and environmental justice." A statement for the demonstrators says that "In Seattle we shut down the WTO. In New York we rose up against police terror in communities of colour. In Washington we stood up to the IMF and the World Bank. In California we fought the mass incarceration of our youth. While the US-dominated institutions like the WTO, the IMF and World Bank wage war on the global poor, a parallel war is waged daily on the poor and people of colour in the US by a criminal justice system that enforces racial and economic injustice. "It is time for the different currents in this movement to stand together against this system of criminal injustice and for real democracy."