The Agitator has the transcript and audio tape (warning: very explicit) of a brutal case of what can only be described as torture by the police of a drug suspect:
The police are attempting to get the illiterate man to sign an admission of guilt without telling him what it says. They beat him, over and over, hook electrodes up to testicles and shock him, threaten to kill him, and threaten to go after his family. Early news accounts reported that the torture continued well beyond the end of the recording. After the tape ran out, the same deputies apparently repeatedly submerged the guy's head in a fish tank and a bath tub, threatening to drown him unless he confessed.
How have we sunk to such depths? Listening to the audio was like putting an earpiece to a Soviet gulag. And that's not a comparison I make lightly.
If it wasn't for the extraordinary audio tape, this barbarism probably would never have been dealt with:
It's worth keeping in mind when you read about a case in which a suspect claims his confession was beaten out of him, and police, to a man, keep to a remarkably tight story stating otherwise (as they did in Siler's [the victim's] case, before the audio came out).
The transcript bears this claim out--the officers tell their victim what "happened"--that they came in, he first fled then resisted arrest, nearly beat them up, so they had to fight back (by electrocuting his testicles, obviously).
May they rot in jail for the rest of their miserable lives.
Via Sebastian Holsclaw.