Amnesty International director: Use of tear gas in Ferguson ‘clear violation of human rights’

posted at 2:41 pm on August 19, 2014 by Noah Rothman

The situation in Ferguson, Missouri is already historic. In a first of its kind development, the human rights watchdog Amnesty International has deployed a team of observers in the United States. The 13-person delegation arrived last week and, on Tuesday, Amnesty International Executive Director Steven Hawkins revealed his findings. Disturbingly, he determined that the police in Ferguson were complicit in a “violation of human rights standards.” Their infraction: The flagrant use of … tear gas?

“We are seeing the use of excessive force by police in a situation of very minimal need for anything beyond basic policing,” Hawkins told MSNBC’s Tamron Hall. “The indiscriminate use of tear gas being lobbed into a crowd where there are children and elderly — that’s a clear violation of human rights standards.”

The need for something more robust than “basic policing” has been spelled out by Capt. Ron Johnson over the course of more than a week of protests. Just last night, Johnson said that his officers “came under heavy gunfire.” In prior nights, Johnson alleged that coordinated attacks on police positions were being conducted by agitators who have streamed into the city to exploit the civil unrest springing from the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

“To disperse the crowd last night,” he continued, “while there was not a curfew officially in place, at the end of the day, there was.”

Hawkins asserted that he police had “gone into militaristic mode” by the late evening on Monday and used unwarranted force by attempting to disperse demonstrators.

“We have issued reports that say if there’s minor property damage, like a sign being torn down, that’s not a reason to disperse a crowd,” he added. “These are violations of U.N. standards and international obligations that the United States is bound to protect.”

Describing the United States as a human rights violator in this instance is a bridge too far. Moreover, the police are a bit damned if they do in this case. There was an official curfew in place over the weekend until liberal commentators and government officials demanded it be rescinded because some believed that it was instigating more unrest.

So the curfew was lifted, but the violence continued. Now, Capt. Johnson is requesting that peaceful protesters demonstrate in the daylight rather than at night, when outside agitators use the darkness as cover for violence, attacks on police, and episodes of property damage. In other words, officials are asking Ferguson residents to observe a curfew – but don’t dare say those words lest they offend the already violent.

It is true that the police brought much of the current situation on themselves with an undue and indiscriminate response to peaceful demonstrators and rioters alike, but much of the commentary has been excessive and unhelpful. It is probably not Amnesty International’s goal to be dismissed out of hand, but statements like these will only further cement its marginalization.


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Meh, I feel so much better now.

ISIS, you buffoon of the world!!!

Fug off, you morons of the Earth!!!

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2014 at 2:43 PM

So, I guess the UN should arrest Holder since he is now in town to claim custody of the situation?

Joel_The_Oneth on August 19, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Looting and throwing Molotov cocktails at police is OK though.

cajunpatriot on August 19, 2014 at 2:43 PM

LOLOLOL

The Notorious G.O.P on August 19, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Much better to allow the city to burn down, than use tear gas.

petunia on August 19, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Amnesty International went around the bend a long time ago.

kcewa on August 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM

“Hey, check out these Dope Rims we got!”

ToddPA on August 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM

SUGGESTION: Turn over policing to Amnesty International, they’ll show how things are done.

GarandFan on August 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

make all these people non grata and kick them out.
be sure to include the UN.

dmacleo on August 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Hamas uses children as missile shields.

John the Libertarian on August 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Beyond the UN, is there an organization more morally, intellectually, and ethically bankrupt than the feckless Amnesty International?

Athos on August 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

“The indiscriminate use of tear gas being lobbed into a crowd where there are children and elderly — that’s a clear violation of human rights standards.”

*facepalm*

If someone is bringing children along with them into the midst of an angry, violent mob facing riot police in full gear…they should be immediately charged with child abuse.

JetBoy on August 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

The cops have to do something, ie teargas, when looking scary doesn’t get the job done.

Kissmygrits on August 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Is it wrong from me to wish these idiots get tear gassed next?

changer1701 on August 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Having to let someone punch you in the face and do nothing about it because your skin is the wrong color is a violation of human rights.

forest on August 19, 2014 at 2:48 PM

This is the kind of moral equivalence that makes groups like this so ineffective.

It is sad really, because amnesty international, if it weren’t so committed to leftism, could be a noble institution fighting a noble cause.

But, when you cry wolf at nations like the U.S. your cries against regimes truly practicing human rights atrocities lose their vigor.

If everything is a “human rights violation” than nothing is.

Monkeytoe on August 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM

But decapitating Christian children in Iraq is not worth mentioning.

rbj on August 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

“We have issued reports that say if there’s minor property damage, like a sign being torn down, that’s not a reason to disperse a crowd,” he added. “These are violations of U.N. standards and international obligations that the United States is bound to protect.”

Must not have been your property.

kcewa on August 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

AI in this case does not even stand for adequate intelligence. They’d be more believable when they first go to Mosul and tell ISIS to respect international human rights. Till then, just another clown in the 3 ring circus that Ferguson has devolved into.

AH_C on August 19, 2014 at 2:52 PM

F*** Amnesty International.

M240H on August 19, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Amnesty International went around the bend a long time ago.

kcewa on August 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Someone – I forget who – posited that any institution not born from and committed to conservatism will eventually turn far-leftist.

And, even those institutions born conservative we have to watch like hawks.

Monkeytoe on August 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Well, if they feel that way, would they prefer young Bonaparte’s answer – a whiff of grapeshot.

formwiz on August 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Hamas uses children as missile shields.

John the Libertarian on August 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

You don’t know that racist white cops executing black kids at random is much more of a threat than Hamas or ISIS?

/s

Aizen on August 19, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Looting and throwing Molotov cocktails at police is OK though.

cajunpatriot on August 19, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Only if it’s in furtherance of the shared proto-Communist goals.

Steve Eggleston on August 19, 2014 at 2:55 PM

We’ve done it now! They might send in the U.N. to arrest us!

I’m terrified.

Bat Chain Puller on August 19, 2014 at 2:56 PM

I reject Ferguson.

I reject stupidity, bias and the inability to wait for facts.

I reject the protesters who cannot claim with certainty that their protests are justified.

I reject the lying, pot-stirring media.

I reject the race charlatans, fully and unequivocally.

I reject the lawless looters.

I reject the DOJ and their inappropriate involvement.

I reject the breathless 24/7 coverage.

I finally, I reject the joke that is amnesty international.

(I don’t bother to reject Obama, he’s retired)

LetsBfrank on August 19, 2014 at 2:57 PM

He’s right, they should be using AK-47′s with live ammo, like they do in many other countries around the world he doesn’t care about.

Meople on August 19, 2014 at 2:58 PM

The feds are making these decisions, right Ned?

rogerb on August 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM

If the media and police were to not show up, would the race baiting media whores?

Tater Salad on August 19, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Obama is violating human rights?

The Yazidis think so as well.

faraway on August 19, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Who let Amnesty International onto our soil?
Never mind – they probably came across the Rio Grande and got a slip to see a nice judge from Obama.

athenadelphi on August 19, 2014 at 3:02 PM

It is true that the police brought much of the current situation on themselves with an undue and indiscriminate response to peaceful demonstrators and rioters alike, but much of the commentary has been excessive and unhelpful. It is probably not Amnesty International’s goal to be dismissed out of hand, but statements like these will only further cement its marginalization.

If this last paragraph is not sarcasm, then statements like this will have YOU dismissed out of hand.

Walter L. Newton on August 19, 2014 at 3:03 PM

AI is an embarrassment and have always been so.

Blake on August 19, 2014 at 3:03 PM

but don’t dare say those words lest they offend the already violent.

The best thing Noah has ever written

faraway on August 19, 2014 at 3:04 PM

The cops have to do something, ie teargas, when looking scary doesn’t get the job done.

Kissmygrits on August 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Nah, the police should just try to look eben more scarier.

Maybe Halloween masks.

Escalating to naked pictures of ugly, hairy people?

Dolce Far Niente on August 19, 2014 at 3:05 PM

It is true that the police brought much of the current situation on themselves with an undue and indiscriminate response to peaceful demonstrators…

- Noah Rothman

You nailed it Noah! These cops brought all this sh*t on themselves.

Glad to finally see some enlightened and progressive bloggers on this Neanderthal site.

Frank Lib on August 19, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Speaking of MSNBC, can we now say that Obama is a War Criminal!!!11!!!!

faraway on August 19, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Speaking of MSNBC, can we now say that Obama is a War Criminal!!!11!!!!

faraway on August 19, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I’ve been saying that for at least the last several years now.

Meople on August 19, 2014 at 3:09 PM

I’m getting to the point that my feelings about Ferguson are thus:

“Nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”

Bitter Clinger on August 19, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Live Blog: St. Louis City police shoot, kill knife-wielding suspect

http://fox2now.com/2014/08/19/officer-involved-shooting-in-north-st-louis-2/

bluefox on August 19, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Thirteen members from Amnesty International descend on Ferguson and call the use of tear gas a violation of “human rights”.

Wow.

Tell that to the Yazidis – many of whom were women and children – that were buried alive by ISIS. Now where was AI?

I’m sure being buried alive isn’t a human rights violation as long as you’re practicing genocide, right?

Amnesty International – go f&ck yourselves.

Turtle317 on August 19, 2014 at 3:12 PM

No. Crazed animals looting and burning your business is the violation.

Southernblogger on August 19, 2014 at 3:12 PM

I’m getting to the point that my feelings about Ferguson are thus:

“Nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”

Bitter Clinger on August 19, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Just nuke the Dims, the race-baiters and the racist black panthers.

Problem solved.

Meople on August 19, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Having to let someone punch you in the face and do nothing about it because your skin is the wrong color is a violation of human rights.

forest on August 19, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Come on. Poor Mike was just playing the Knockout Game. Everybody does it. It’s fun.

faraway on August 19, 2014 at 3:13 PM

This man is simply wrong. The cops should have been shooting looters and anyone tossing bricks, rocks and Molotov cocktails.

The only reason this has gone on as long as it has is because the elected dem officials have allowed the situation to devolve into a complete circus.

dogsoldier on August 19, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Obama is violating human rights?

The Yazidis think so as well.

faraway on August 19, 2014 at 3:02 PM

What is becoming left of them anyway.

otlset on August 19, 2014 at 3:13 PM

For the rioters, better tear gas than grapeshot…

mjbrooks3 on August 19, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Meople on August 19, 2014 at 3:12 PM

I think you both said the same thing.

dogsoldier on August 19, 2014 at 3:14 PM

otlset on August 19, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Horrific almost daily massacres and worse.

dogsoldier on August 19, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Live Blog: St. Louis City police shoot, kill knife-wielding suspect

http://fox2now.com/2014/08/19/officer-involved-shooting-in-north-st-louis-2/

bluefox on August 19, 2014 at 3:11 PM

I’m sure more riots and demonstrations will ensue. Because to those people, the police should just let the perp stab and kill them, especially if the officer happens to be white. It will soon be the new “racially sensitive” procedure for white officers.

Meople on August 19, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Idiots……go back where you came from

cmsinaz on August 19, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Amnesty International, International Amnesty…coming soon to an executive order near you…

Entrephil on August 19, 2014 at 3:18 PM

I think you both said the same thing.

dogsoldier on August 19, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Haha, yeah, I also realized that I repeated myself 3 times by using Dims, race baiters and racist black panthers. All one in the same really.

Meople on August 19, 2014 at 3:18 PM

It is true that the police brought much of the current situation on themselves with an undue and indiscriminate response to peaceful demonstrators and rioters alike,

Blame the police first? Then,
“An undue and indiscriminate response to … rioters”?

Are you serious?

Noah, you’re a piece of progressive leaning work, that’s for sure. Please, do us all a favor, and stop writing. Your liberal ridiculousness is ruining this site.

captnjoe on August 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM

I don’t know if tear gas is still CS gas but I was forced to remove my gas mask in a small confined space in basic training. It was bad but not that bad and I recovered in about five minutes in open air. No milk or other BS was required.

jukin3 on August 19, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Amnesty International director: Use of tear gas in Ferguson ‘clear violation of human rights’

The mere possibility of tear gas would keep me home. That stuff’s naaaasty.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM

The Police Chief of Ferguson is the smartest guy of this whole thing…….

Realdemocrat1 on August 19, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Just nuke the Dims, the race-baiters and the racist black panthers.

Problem solved.

Meople on August 19, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Here’s how we safely and expediciously self-sort those folks in Ferguson:

Publicize a Bible-study and prayer meeting, maybe combined with a string concerto, blue grass or a jazz concert, at a facility safely away from Ground Zero at date/time suchandsuch.

Simultaneously publicize that the police in Ferguson will hereafter be armed only with pool noodles and Silly String, and that all hair salons, liquor stores, shoe emporiums and tire stores will be forbidden to lock their door after closing on that saame date nd time.

After the populace moves itself to one event or the other, let ‘er rip.
/

Dolce Far Niente on August 19, 2014 at 3:47 PM

The mere possibility of tear gas would keep me home. That stuff’s naaaasty.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Heh, I still remember waaaay back in boot camp when we all went into the gas house and put our masks on. Then the instructor-torturer lit off a tear gas canister. We all looked around in fair comfort thinking “This ain’t so bad”. Then that insane sadist running the party said in a loud voice “Awwrite you maggots, take them masks off!” Bastige, I’m still looking for that guy.

Oldnuke on August 19, 2014 at 3:50 PM

How do they rate the mass beheadings conducted by #ISIS?

Torcert on August 19, 2014 at 3:51 PM

HotAir is all talk and no action. I have to reset my password every time I log in, just to say that the media is being inflammatory and then shutting down discussion boards

AmericaDS1234 on August 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Here’s how we safely and expediciously self-sort those folks in Ferguson:

Publicize a Bible-study and prayer meeting, maybe combined with a string concerto, blue grass or a jazz concert, at a facility safely away from Ground Zero at date/time suchandsuch.

Simultaneously publicize that the police in Ferguson will hereafter be armed only with pool noodles and Silly String, and that all hair salons, liquor stores, shoe emporiums and tire stores will be forbidden to lock their door after closing on that saame date nd time.

After the populace moves itself to one event or the other, let ‘er rip.
/

Dolce Far Niente on August 19, 2014 at 3:47 PM

LOL

Meople on August 19, 2014 at 3:57 PM

How do they rate the mass beheadings conducted by #ISIS?

Torcert on August 19, 2014 at 3:51 PM

**crickets**

Meople on August 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

“…undue and indiscriminate response to peaceful demonstrators and rioters alike…”

Would you care to flesh out that charge with facts or is this one of those “seriousness of the charge” things?

Meremortal on August 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

….but looting, shooting, and arson is okay because black.

portlandon on August 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

“…undue and indiscriminate response to peaceful demonstrators and rioters alike…”

Would you care to flesh out that charge with facts or is this one of those “seriousness of the charge” things?

Meremortal on August 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

when you are down with the movement, no cites are necessary…actually no memory is needed…let Epistemic closure be your friend

r keller on August 19, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Has this jackass ever gone anywhere where there were real human rights violations like . . . Iraq. After all, I would think that beheading children was slightly more offensive to human rights then lobbing a can of tear gas.

On the other hand, I’m fairly certain that AI doesn’t care once you’re a corpse unless the MSM can provide risk-free cover . . . like in Ferguson.

EdmundBurke247 on August 19, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Somebody tell this cretin to stick it in his big ear or the orifice of his choice.

rplat on August 19, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Now, Capt. Johnson is requesting that peaceful protesters demonstrate in the daylight rather than at night, when outside agitators use the darkness as cover for violence, attacks on police, and episodes of property damage.

Shouldn’t that tell you all you need to know that the protests are not “peaceful”? How many protests at night have never turned violent?

chrisbolts on August 19, 2014 at 4:04 PM

“….but looting, shooting, and arson is okay because black.”

Liberals must always find imagined equivalency between parties in conflict. No superiority is allowed because war is not the answer, or something.

Meremortal on August 19, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Let’s revisit the false narrative that started the Ferguson Fiasco:

“That baby was executed in broad daylight,” Crump said during a press conference Monday afternoon, standing beside Brown’s mother and father.

So a “baby” was executed in broad daylight. Okay.

“He was a good boy who didn’t deserve any of this,” said Michael Brown Sr., the teen’s father.

Uh, some other Mike Brown must have stolen the cigars then?

And here is the testimony by Michael Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, heard around the world:

About 20 minutes before the shooting, Johnson said he saw Brown walking down the street and decided to catch up with him. The two walked and talked. That’s when Johnson says they saw the police car rolling up to them.

Funny, 10 minutes prior I thought they were robbing a store together.

The officer demanded that the two “get the f—k on the sidewalk,” Johnson says. “His exact words were get the f—k on the sidewalk.

Uh huh. This is consistent with all the reports of the officer spewing f–k left and right, especially on the job.

After telling the officer that they were almost at their destination, Johnson’s house, the two continued walking. But as they did, Johnson says the officer slammed his brakes and threw his truck in reverse, nearly hitting them.

Riiiight. “Yes, Mr. Officer, we’re almost to our destination.” And again, all accounts of the police officer jibe with him nearly assaulting these two with his car in broad daylight. Uh, huh, got it.

Now, in line with the officer’s driver’s side door, they could see the officer’s face. They heard him say something to the effect of, “what’d you say?” At the same time, Johnson says the officer attempted to thrust his door open but the door slammed into Brown and bounced closed. Johnson says the officer, with his left hand, grabbed Brown by the neck.

More violence on the job typical of this cop.

“I could see the muscles in his forearm,” Johnson said. “Mike was trying to get away from being choked.”

I’ve seen the police officers’ arms and yes, if I were a big “baby” like Mike Brown, Ida been terrified, too.

“They’re not wrestling so much as his arm went from his throat to now clenched on his shirt,” Johnson explained of the scene between Brown and the officer. “It’s like tug of war. He’s trying to pull him in. He’s pulling away, that’s when I heard, ‘I’m gonna shoot you.’”

Okay, the most ethical and effective way to do your job if you are a Ferguson cop is to try to pull “big Mike” through a cruiser window. It’s in the handbook. And then we have the money quote: “I’m going to shoot you.” Because jay walking and accidentally blocking a cop car door would definitely set this known violent cop off like nothing else.

At that moment, Johnson says he fixed his gaze on the officer to see if he was pulling a stun gun or a real gun. That’s when he saw the muzzle of the officer’s gun.

“I seen the barrel of the gun pointed at my friend,” he said. “He had it pointed at him and said ‘I’ll shoot,’ one more time.”

A second later Johnson said he heard the first shot go off.

“I seen the fire come out of the barrell,” he said. “I could see so vividly what was going on because I was so close.”

Johnson says he was within arm’s reach of both Brown and the officer. He looked over at Brown and saw blood pooling through his shirt on the right side of the body.

“The whole time [the officer] was holding my friend until the gun went off,” Johnson noted.

Now reconcile this testimony with what the coroner said. Now keep the family-hired coroner’s testimony once again in mind:

Brown and Johnson took off running together. There were three cars lined up along the side of the street. Johnson says he ducked behind the first car, whose two passengers were screaming. Crouching down a bit, he watched Brown run past.

“Keep running, bro!,” he said Brown yelled. Then Brown yelled it a second time. Those would be the last words Johnson’s friend, “Big Mike,” would ever say to him.

Brown made it past the third car. Then, “blam!” the officer took his second shot, striking Brown in the back. At that point, Johnson says Brown stopped, turned with his hands up and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!”

By that point, Johnson says the officer and Brown were face-to-face. The officer then fired several more shots. Johnson described watching Brown go from standing with his hands up to crumbling to the ground and curling into a fetal position.

“After seeing my friend get gunned down, my body just ran,” he said. He ran to his apartment nearby. Out of breath, shocked and afraid, Johnson says he went into the bathroom and vomited. Then he checked to make sure that he hadn’t also been shot.

Nearly everything he said is a lie according to the family’s own coroner. And THIS STORY is the one that started the protests. One Giant Lie.

LetsBfrank on August 19, 2014 at 4:05 PM

It is true that the police brought much of the current situation on themselves with an undue and indiscriminate response to peaceful demonstrators and rioters alike

Is that really true? The riots and looting came first. How much of a response was due?

How “peaceful” would the demonstrators have been in the absence of a large police presence?

myiq2xu on August 19, 2014 at 4:06 PM

To amnesty international: I humbly suggest that your time would be better used visiting and holding press conferences in ISIS held territory in Iraq. then when they catch you fools and shoot you (or worse) we all be in awe of your moral superiority. Please go away or better yet: SHUT UP.

warmairfan on August 19, 2014 at 4:08 PM

HotAir is all talk and no action. I have to reset my password every time I log in, just to say that the media is being inflammatory and then shutting down discussion boards

AmericaDS1234 on August 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Dumbasses like you should who can’t remember their password should just write it on a sticky-note and leave it on your computer.

RickB on August 19, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Torcert on August 19, 2014 at 3:51 PM

**crickets**

Meople on August 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

It’s always easier to go after people who don’t pose a threat.

Torcert on August 19, 2014 at 4:10 PM

“We have issued reports that say if there’s minor property damage, like a sign being torn down, that’s not a reason to disperse a crowd,” he added. “These are violations of U.N. standards and international obligations that the United States is bound to protect.”

Is it okay if a non-police person shoots them for tearing down his property? Because that’s where I come down on the issue. No need to disperse the crowd at all; they can stay right where I drop ‘em.

Monkeytoe on August 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

I think it was William F Buckley, but I could be wrong.

….but looting, shooting, and arson is okay because black.

portlandon on August 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Technically speaking, AI doesn’t care if the rioters are black or white. They are just pro-looter in general.

GWB on August 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Memo and question to Amnesty International’s buffoonish sock puppet:

Where were you and your ilk when tear gas canisters were fired from Bradley Fighting Vehicles into standing structures and used as incendiaries to immolate women and children at Waco?

Vehicles which Janet Reno later described as “Like good rental cars”.

Jack Deth on August 19, 2014 at 4:14 PM

AmericaDS1234 on August 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

It could just be karma because you’re a jerk.

GWB on August 19, 2014 at 4:15 PM

HotAir is all talk and no action. I have to reset my password every time I log in, just to say that the media is being inflammatory and then shutting down discussion boards

AmericaDS1234 on August 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Perhaps because the hosts think you might be using Hot Gas for spamming? One of the other posters here asked you about that a few minutes ago on one of the other threads after you posted the exact same thing twice in a row, and in their reply said you had been cutting and pasting the exact same thing to other threads.

Del Dolemonte on August 19, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Torcert on August 19, 2014 at 3:51 PM

**crickets**

Meople on August 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

It’s always easier to go after people who don’t pose a threat.

Torcert on August 19, 2014 at 4:10 PM

That’s all liberals can do. That’s why they want to take away our ability to think, act, and defend ourselves.

EdmundBurke247 on August 19, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Hawkins had breakfast at the Amnesty International House of Pancakes. Its where he learned all about human rights.
He’s so human, ya know?
Pass the syrup.

partsnlabor on August 19, 2014 at 4:23 PM

That’s all liberals can do. That’s why they want to take away our ability to think, act, and defend ourselves.

EdmundBurke247 on August 19, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Yep, it’s how they roll. They know they can’t fully “transform” America unless the people are disarmed and the 2nd Amendment is defeated.

Although, they are presently scheming ways to “transform” us regardless of us being armed.

Meople on August 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Tear gas is better than bullets, no? Maybe they could try water cannons next.

francesca on August 19, 2014 at 4:39 PM

All “human rights” organizations are corrupt and agenda-laden. They forced Israel to stop using artillery smoke shells by deliberately conflating them with white-phosphorus shells.

They go for the low-hanging fruit rather than actually try and improve the lives of…humans.

A Chair of Some Kind on August 19, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Amnesty International is not to be taken seriously. They’ve been spouting this kind of silly reasoning for too many years already.

There are other international human rights organizations that have proven themselves reasonably judicious and trustworthy, and not prone to issuing reactionary unreasoned statements like this.

Amnesty International is more interested in getting on TV than in actually protecting human rights.

s1im on August 19, 2014 at 4:43 PM

That’s all liberals can do. That’s why they want to take away our ability to think, act, and defend ourselves.

EdmundBurke247 on August 19, 2014 at 4:23 PM

They don’t minds guns as long as they are the only ones that possess them.
#MomsDemand #gunsense

Torcert on August 19, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Yep, it’s how they roll. They know they can’t fully “transform” America unless the people are disarmed and the 2nd Amendment is defeated.
Meople on August 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM

You can’t very well take ‘from according to abilities’ without the point of a gun.

Torcert on August 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM

It is true that the police brought much of the current situation on themselves with an undue and indiscriminate response to peaceful demonstrators and rioters alike, but much of the commentary has been excessive and unhelpful. It is probably not Amnesty International’s goal to be dismissed out of hand, but statements like these will only further cement its marginalization.

So Noah is saying that their rights were probably violated but it is not helpful for a Human Rights organization to comment on the violation.

Great BS Noah… keep it flowing.

lexhamfox on August 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Well, if the rioters had just stayed in the designated First Amendment Areas like they so helpfully set up for us at the Bundy ranch, it would not have been necessary to fire teargas into the crowd.

Harbingeing on August 19, 2014 at 5:12 PM

But decapitating Christian children in Iraq is not worth mentioning.

rbj on August 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Ukraine?
Somalia?
Nigeria?
Syria?

You know, places where civilians are being killed?

Did they weigh in on the horrible human rights violations of the Hobby Lobby employees yet-dependent on their employers for abortifacients-the humanity!

talkingpoints on August 19, 2014 at 5:22 PM

“HUMAN RIGHTS” only apply to humans – not to riot animals – but, irregardless, the use of tear gas in a riot situation doesn’t “violate” anyone’s rights.

Pork-Chop on August 19, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Slap Mr. Hawkins until he wets his pants.

Mason on August 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM

“Clear” ?

TimBuk3 on August 19, 2014 at 7:04 PM

I think I can speak for all of us in stating that Ferguson is far too large a problem to be handled by Amnesty International alone. The Caucasian race has repeatedly demonstrated its inability to handle complex social issues lacking moral fiber, intellectual acumen and perspicacity. The criminal destruction of the formerly peaceful and bucolic village of Ferguson is a tour-de-force in white savagery.

To prevent other peaceful black hamlets and communities from being destroyed or sullied by interloping white miscreants, it is proposed that the entire state of Missouri be placed under United Nations control and jurisdiction and the village of Ferguson be chosen as the site for International Tribunals to convict and hang white criminals. (sarc)

MaiDee on August 19, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Indeed.

Time was in South Vietnam we were using tear gas to clear out tunnels. Then it was pointed out that the use of gas violated the Geneva Conventions and the Laws of War.

Thank God we found out.

Stopped using tear gas and went back to old fashioned explosives.

More humane that was.

I’m sure.

enginemike on August 19, 2014 at 7:55 PM

WHY did the police use tear gas? Thugs are looting, shooting at the police, throwing bricks and rocks at the police.

WHY are these looters and thugs from Oakland in Missouri causing rioting and arrests? To stir up racial rioting.

Maybe, Amnesty International should go police their own back yard, they are not helping in Missouri.

dthorny on August 19, 2014 at 9:12 PM