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Mother Of Three, Who Also Has Asthma, Was Savagely Tortured By Prison Officers And It Was Caught On Tape

Former inmates often talk about prison as a place in hell.

By definition, prison is a facility that is meant to confine a person while also denying them a variety of freedoms as punishment for their crimes. It is also meant to rehabilitate them so that they can return to society a better person. As a government institution, it is also meant to protect the prisoners inside of it. It is not, meant to be a facility for torture. Anyone tuning into the news today has to be aware that when it comes to the criminal justice system, women, particularly Black and Latino ones, are treated extremely unfairly. Police violence against, Black women, in particular, can be extremely alarming.

A video, which recently went viral, is an example of the startling pattern of violence against Black women by police.

Gruesome footage from an Ohio jail shows prison guards beating up a mother of three.

Chantelle Glass, a 29-year-old woman, was taken to jail after her mother called the police on her because Chantelle and her sister had a verbal dispute in 2018. Chantelle remained in prison because she had a 2016 traffic violation. That is all the Ohio police had on this woman: an argument and traffic violation.

County officials tried to prevent the video from being released because they knew full well the ramifications that this would cause.

The video, and it is scary to watch, shows the officers tying Chantelle to a chair. She is literally restrained in every capacity, which made it even easier for the guards to beat her.

In total, ten jail employees were “charged in a variety of cases investigated by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, including five other officers charged in connection with three attacks on inmates,” Cleveland.com reports.

“She had no idea she was about to be tortured,” Subodh Chandra, Chantelle lawyer told a Fox affiliate. “She comes into the room pretty cooperatively.” She added, “They wanted to hurt her.”

Glass, who is a mother of three, suffers from asthma and says she could hardly breathe in the two hours the officers had her tied to the chair.

“That day, I thought I was going to die,” Glass said in a recent interview. “I sat in that cell I prayed to God that I wouldn’t die because I couldn’t breathe. I prayed that I wouldn’t die there.”

Now, eight months after the incident Cpl. Idris-Farid Clark and officer Robert Marsh, two of the officers involved have been indicted. Previously they were on paid leave.

On Monday, Clark was charged with second-degree felony assault and misdemeanor counts of assault. He was also charged with interfering with civil rights as well as unlawful restraint. Marsh has also been charged with assault, interfering with civil rights and unlawful restraint. All of which are misdemeanors.

In the video, officers pepper-sprayed Chantelle, dumped water on her head, and punched her in the head. See the video below, but be warned it’s hard to unsee.

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Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo Are The Women Fighting To Find The Stolen Children During The Argentine Dictatorship

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Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo Are The Women Fighting To Find The Stolen Children During The Argentine Dictatorship

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During the 1970s a group of desperate Argentinian mothers began protesting government officials and holding them accountable for the human rights violations that had been committed in the military junta  known as the Dirty War. The determined women violated the government’s law against mass assembly and risked the ire of Argentina’s military dictatorship to expose the government’s human rights violations. The biggest part of their fight however had been to expose the kidnapping of over 30,000 individuals known today as “Desaparecidos” or “the disappeared.”

The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (or, the Asociación Madres de Plaza de Mayo) is a movement of Argentine mothers who campaigned to find out what happened to their children who had “disappeared” during the 1976 government takeover.

The mothers’ tragic stories began in 1976. At the time the Argentine military had toppled the presidency of Isabel Perón. According to History.com, “it was part of a larger series of political coups called Operation Condor, a campaign sponsored and supported by the United States.” The new military dictatorship resulted in the Dirty War, which was ultimately a fight against the Argentinian people. It opened doors to a period of state-sponsored torture and terrorism and saw the government turn against Argentina’s citizens, targeting those suspected of being aligned with leftist, socialist or social justice. As part of the rule of terror, the government kidnapped and killed an estimated 30,000 people. They also made great efforts to cover up the dead and missing people.

But the family members and friends of the missing victims fought for the truth.

The mothers and relatives of people who went missing during the war searched for their loved ones and began to stage protests at the Plaza de Mayo in the 1980s. 

According to History.com “Some of the mothers of the disappeared were grandmothers who had seen their daughters whisked away and presumably killed and their grandchildren given away to other families. Even after the Dirty War ended in 1983, the Grandmothers of the Plaza Mayo have searched for answers and worked to identify children who grew up without any knowledge of their true parents.”

Today the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo have verified the identities of 128 stolen children, thanks to DNA identification techniques but the fight of these mothers and grandmothers lives on. Sadly, thousands of Argentinian children remain missing.

The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo is a 1985 Argentine documentary film that highlights the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.

At the time of its release, it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and in 2013, received an update on “Abuelas: Grandmothers on a Mission” which highlights the work of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina.

The Police’s Reaction To The Black Lives Matter Protests For George Floyd Vs. Anti-Quarantine Demonstrators Says A Lot

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The Police’s Reaction To The Black Lives Matter Protests For George Floyd Vs. Anti-Quarantine Demonstrators Says A Lot

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Derek Chauvin (a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department) pinned George Floyd to the ground by kneeling on his neck for seven minutes.

For the first three minutes of being restrained Floyd (a 46-year-old Black man) pled for his life begging Chauvin to remove his knee because he couldn’t breathe. After four minutes Floyd stopped moving, and bystanders capturing video of the request determined that he was unresponsive. The aftermath of his death after sparked explosive protests and reminders, yet again, that Black people are not safe in this country and continue to. be subjected to inequality.

On Tuesday morning, video of the incident that took place on a sidewalk in Minneapolis surfaced online fueling anger and protests.

There’s so much in the video that is distressing, but hearing Floyd begging the officer to let up and repeating “I can’t breathe” is only a small part that has once fueled the Black Lives Matter movement. After all, we’ve heard those words before. In 2014, Eric Garner, uttered the same ones while dying under police brutality in New York.

At the time of his death, Floyd had been facing arrest. The officers involved in the incident had been called to the scene due to a “forgery in progress” in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. Note, forgery while a serious crime is a non-violent one.

Darnella Frazier is the woman who captured the video on her phone and posted the footage on Facebook for the world to see.

On Tuesday, May 26, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced that the officers involved had been placed on leave. Later on in the day, four responding officers were fired and the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the incident was being reviewed.

Reactions to the protests show another glaring reminder of the treatment of Black people in the United States vs. white.

Reactions to anti-mask protests and demonstrations against government stay-at-home orders in the past few weeks have been met with stoic reactions.

You’ve seen the images. In the face of demonstrators furious about the safety restrictions implemented to combat COVID-19, police officers and government officials have responded primarily with nonviolence. We’ve seen no stun grenades or tear gas.

But the crowds of Black protestors rallying for “Justice for George” have been met with riot gear and chemical agents. According to reports around 8:00 pm of the protests police in riot gear fired sandbag rounds, rubber bullets, and pepper spray.

Once again, Black people are being forced to fight for their lives while non-Black people of color get off easy while saying or doing little from the sidelines.