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RE: Proposals for restoring law and order
Kush Khatri[SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org] wrote:
>The key to any responsive
>police force is training. I did not read the word training in the
>proposals below. This issue came up very recently when some New York
>police officers were accused (and are now being tried) of cruelty
>toward a segment of immigrants. The issue of trianing keeps coming up
>with police behavior toward the black community in particular.
I agree entirely.
I also believe that it is time to root out the use
of torture in all police investigations. As far as I know, the use of
torture is routine in Indian police work.
>Regarding security deposits on dharnas, etc. Let us be careful here.
>Let us not assume that all dharnas are bad and violent. Citizens in
>a democracy will always have their right to protest legally and
>peacefully. The police force must arrest and prosecute people who
>are not peaceful or are doing illegal things that encroach upon other
>But asking for security deposit so that people can exercise their
>rights violates basic democratic norms. What are needed are laws on
>demonstrations and labor strikes.
Another excellent point. Laws requiring security deposits invite abuse
in that they can be used to exclude anyone without money.