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Professor Hinds gave the keynote at the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression 43rd Anniversary Human Rights Awards. He spoke about racist policing and the Federal, State and local conspiracy (COINTELPRO) used to destroy the Black Panther Party which in the 1960's was organizing for civilian control over the police departments that were terrorizing Black and Latino communities.
CPAC, Civilian Police Accountability Council, the ordinance now before the Chicago City Council because of the dedicated organizing of the Chicago Alliance, would do just that, remove authority from failed Mayor Emanuel and place control in an elected civilian board.
Professor Hinds speaks about the role of police in protecting the profits of the corporations and offers several routes to force corporate power to relinquish control. He comments on the dismal Human Rights voting record of the United States at the United Nations and an inadvertent path recently opened to hold our government to account before the world court through citizen led commissions that the US empowered when it signed a recent UN agreement.
Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Lennox S. Hinds was Nelson Mandella's lawyer in the United States. He has defended political prisoners in the US and Internationally. He has written and lectures extensively in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America on international human rights issues and the impact of racism on the operation of the law, particularly the criminal justice systems of the United States. He teaches a Rutgers University and has represented Assata Shakur, the New York 8 and victims of police brutality and other government lawlessness including COINTELPRO.