The man who has earned a reputation to suppress protests police chief of Miami and Philadelphia, now brings his talents to Bahrain controversial - for better or for worse
A controversial police chief in the U.S. was hired by the government of Bahrain to train and reform the security forces of the nation.
John Timoney has spent nearly three decades with the New York City Police Department before serving as chief of police in Philadelphia and Miami. He was hired - with former Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in Britain, John Yates - to reform the security forces in Bahrain. The two were brought after publishing a report detailing the torture and death of prisoners arrested by Bahraini authorities.
Timoney seen as a tough cop, intelligent, with a record of failing to police and control based on mass demonstrations. Indeed, they say, it is the ideal candidate to improve the security forces of Bahrain, which have been linked to the suppression of murder, torture and flagrant dissident protesters.
chief critics, however, that the processing of events and meetings in each city who Timoney served are made with examples of police violence, the illegal tactics of infiltration, alarmism, and a blatant disregard for freedom of expression.
new appointment in Bahrain Timoney first broke in December. In an interview with NPR, Timoney asked if the people of Bahrain have the right to protest.
"On a daily basis, it is absolutely right to protest, demonstrate," said Timoney. "This is where the problem comes into play is a small town. He reminds me more in Manhattan than in the rest of Manhattan, where you have these narrow streets."
warned against the dangers of unauthorized marches affecting traffic.
"When I saw you take care of Wall Street, when people begin to participate in marches unauthorized starting to paralyze the movement of vehicles and emergency," said Timoney. "It is a reason why you should go to the police. Not that they say yes or no about their right to speak but can not be managed by a spectacular and dramatic impact on the rest of society? "
One day later, the Interior Ministry in Bahrain reflected in the narrative of the movement Timoney Twitter: "Groups that marched Road to Budaiya SH Khalifa bin Salman Highway Police blocked traffic that is the situation. ".
NPR Timoney went on to say that the protests had previously attended in Bahrain, the police had protesters "reasonable notice" and to maintain a distance between themselves and the crowd.
as recently as Tuesday the first anniversary of the uprising in Bahrain, protesters clashed with police in the streets of the nation. According to the BBC, "a massive presence of police and army" was in force in the capital of Manama, which leads to a scene of tranquility. On the outskirts of the capital, however, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators who responded by throwing firebombs and stones at the authorities. A doctor who spoke to the BBC indicates that the priority of security in their country had become "more serious" since last year.
The use of tear gas has been particularly controversial in the repression of protest in Bahrain. According to Amnesty International, Bahrain human rights groups reported at least 13 deaths from the use of tear gas since protests began last year. At least three of these deaths occurred after Timoney was contracted, and include Salma Mohsin Abbas, 81, and Yasin Al Asfoor, 14, who died after boats left at home. Saeed Sayyed Hashem, 15, meanwhile, died Dec. 31 after being beaten with a short-range box.
Although it is unclear whether Timoney told the Bahraini authorities to use tear gas, their confidence in the tactic - and other non-lethal - was in full screen during the end of his career in law enforcement in the United States.
First significant interest
Timoney in a major confrontation between the police and the public came in 1988 when he was assistant police commissioner in New York and led the response to the revolt call Tompkins Square Park. The incident led to 121 complaints of police misconduct and helped launch Timoney reputation as an agent that could handle large crowds. That same year was increased as police commissioner of Philadelphia.
As commissioner in Philadelphia, Timoney chaired by the arrest of more than 380 protesters at the Republican National Convention in 2000. At that time, Philadelphia has denounced the ACLU chapter Timoney department to work with the state police to infiltrate and spy on protest groups, in violation of a decree of the mayor. Before the demonstrations began Timoney officers conducted raids on warehouses and spaces where activists puppet construction and banners for events. That same year, Esquire magazine named chief U.S. Timoney "best policy" and praised his attitude rough and tumble dryer and commitment to protect the public.
sellers John was in Philadelphia at the time. Such was his militants in the days before the convention, vendors said it was in Philadelphia as an "observer" and that "in no way involved in the actual protests."
This did not prevent the police to arrest him on 13 charges of mischief, including "possession of an instrument of crime." In this case, the "instrument" was his cell phone. His bail was set at an unprecedented $ 1 m. At least two protesters had bail set at $ 500,000.
"The Philadelphia police were very aggressive. They operated in secret and covered, posing as demonstrators and posing as ordinary people who were upset with the Republican agenda" , told The Guardian Sellers.
"It was not until Miami was not really a whole range of weapons to use against demonstrators," said Hermes.