- June 3 -
Retired police detective
Frank Serpico, who blew the cover on corruption in the New York Police Department
in the 1970s, will join the daughter of Muhammad Ali and Columbia, S.C., Police
Chief Charles Austin, a champion of "policing with civility" at an Amnesty International
news conference releasing a new report on stun technology.
The news conference will
be held Tuesday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at the George Hotel, 15 E St., N.W., in Washington,
Amnesty is calling for a
ban on the stun belt, a device that inflicts 50,000 volts of electro-shock with
the touch of a remote control button from up to 300 feet away. The belt, potentially
lethal to people with heart ailments, epilepsy or on tranquilizers, is used by
state and federal law enforcement authorities across the country. The Amnesty
report cites incidents of abuse of the stun belt, which has gained notoriety after
being activated on courtroom defendants in California and being used on HIV-positive
inmates in Louisiana, among others.
Legendary boxer Muhammad
Ali has endorsed Amnesty's campaign and will be featured in national print advertising
and an international poster and video public awareness campaign. Ali's youngest
daughter, Laila Ali, will represent her father at the news conference.
To secure copies of the
embargoed report, a video news release or other material contact McKinney &
McDowell Associates at 202-833-9771