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OT: didn't the Rodney King beating teach ANYTHING to our police?!?


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if you're going to beat and mutilate an ex-con, at LEAST have the smarts to turn off the video or tape recorder in the area.



When Tennessee law enforcement officials showed up at the home of Lester Siler, a first-time convicted drug dealer out on probation, they asked his wife and 8 year-old son to leave. They didn't know that Lester's wife had turned on a tape recorder in the kitchen. When Lester exercised his constitutional right not to sign a consent to search his house, these officers spent the next two hours torturing him. They beat him with bats and guns, held loaded guns to his head, threatened to shoot him, dunked his head in the toilet, burned him with lighters, attached his groin to a battery charger, threatened to cut off his fingers, and threatened to torture his wife. Then they arrested him for "evading arrest". It wasn't until his wife showed up at the FBI with the tape recording that all hell broke loose. And go figure, even though these officers have since been convicted in federal court, not ONE national media outlet covered this story. But that's okay. It's all in the name of the War On Drugs.


This is a very disturbing recording and the violent officers repeatedly used profanity, but people need to know about this. Our war on drugs is a complete failure, and the national media is following a code of silence on related humans rights abuses.


This link will open the actual audio recording of the ordeal (the assault begins in the third minute). And the following link will take you to full Tennessee media coverage of the story.



This is another site I found with coverage:




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