Posted 10 years ago on Nov. 19, 2011, 6:48 p.m. EST by bakerjohnj
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Dear Mr. Mayor,
I realize you have a hard job. Trying to please everyone in this great city of ours is not easy. And now you have all of us protesters to deal with. But is it necessary to torture us? Or are you not even aware of it? If not then allow me to introduce you to it.
Personally, I’ve been assaulted twice by the NYPD. The first incident occurred on 11/12/11 at about 1:30 in the morning while I was praying for world peace with the Church of Unity in Central Park. The second on 11/15/11 at about 4:00 in the morning while singing “God Bless America” in front of the kitchen at Liberty Square. Zip cuffs were used in both cases even though only three of us were arrested for praying.
Those zip cuffs are torture devices. They are inflexible. They are unbreakable. They are medieval. They dig into our wrists and cut off the circulation to our hands. They pinch our nerves. They are excruciating. And we are being restrained in them for hours. Four days later and I still can’t feel the top of my right hand or the bottom of my left thumb. I haven’t sought medical care because I am uninsured.
But don’t take my word for it. Google it. “Zipcuffs Torture Nerve Damage”
Now perhaps you really are innocently unaware of our predicament. The officers however at Liberty Square didn’t seem to mind when I told them to stop torturing me. One of them even told me I should have thought of that sooner. So let’s get down to brass tacks.
The question is, are they really necessary and I just don’t understand why? According to the Geneva Convention Article 3:
Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria. To this end the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons: violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;
Is it because we are of all races, colours, religions, faiths, sexes, births and weights that we escape this clause?
Furthermore, Article 18 of the Federal Penal Code states:
§114, makes it a crime within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States to, with intent to torture (as defined in section 2340), and provides that whoever shall "maim, disfigure, cuts, bites, or slits the nose, ear, or lip, or cuts out or disables the tongue, or puts out or destroys an eye, or cuts off or disables a limb or any member of another person; or whoever, within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, and with like intent, throws or pours upon another person, any scalding water, corrosive acid, or caustic substance shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.
Is it because our wrists are being cut and not our noses that we escape this code?