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A Discussion About Amnesty International's Report On Human Rights Violations In Ferguson

Ferguson Police Lt. Craig Rettke is confronted by two protestors in the middle of S. Florissant Road Sunday night.
Stephanie Lecci | St. Louis Public Radio

“We really need an investigation, not only of the death of Michael Brown but also of the treatment of peaceful protesters following the shooting,“ Margaret Huang summarized in an interview with  “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh.

Margaret Huang is the deputy executive director of campaigns and programs at Amnesty International USA.  Marva Robinson was in studio as well.  She is the president of the St. Louis Chapter of The Association of Black Psychologists and licensed clinical psychologist at Preston & Associates Psychology Firm LLC.

Amnesty International released a report, “On the Streets of America: Human Rights Abuses in Ferguson,” on Friday. The 26-page report addresses human rights issues enacted by police against protestors in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in August.

“I think it’s very comforting for a lot of activists in the community to see that such a large organization has taken note of what has been occurring and have had the courage to issue such a report,” Dr. Robinson commented.

To read the full report visit the Amnesty International website.

Producer's Note: Attempts to book law enforcement representatives to respond to the report have either gone unanswered or the representatives were not available.  Audio was included in this discussion from an interview St. Louis Public Radio reporter Stephanie Lecci conducted with St. Louis County Police Officer Shawn McGuire.

"If we don't maintain peace, then some of these people might get hurt and we don't want these people to get hurt either. It's for our safety. It's for Ferguson's safety, and actually for protesters' safety," McGuire said.  For more from the police point of view read: Officer: Facing Threats And Shots Makes Protest Duty Emotional For Police

St. Louis on the Air discusses issues and concerns facing the St. Louis area. The show is produced by Mary Edwards and Alex Heuer and hosted by veteran journalist Don Marsh. Follow us on Twitter: @STLonAir.

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