Amnesty International today issued a travel warning calling for possible travelers and visitors to the United States to exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the country due to rampant gun violence, which has become so prevalent in the United States that it amounts to a human rights crisis. It aims to hold up a mirror to the U.S. using the model of the United States Department of State’s travel advice for U.S. travelers to other countries.
“Travelers to the United States should remain cautious that the country does not adequately protect people’s right to be safe, regardless of who they might be. People in the United States cannot reasonably expect to be free from harm – a guarantee of not being shot is impossible,” said Ernest Coverson, campaign manager for the End Gun Violence Campaign at Amnesty International USA. “Once again, it is chillingly clear that the U.S. government is unwilling to ensure protection against gun violence.”
The travel advisory addressed growing gun violence, mostly hate crimes, including racism and discrimination, highlighting that the traveler’s race, country of origin, ethnic background, sexual orientation or gender identity may place them at higher risk after recent attacks linked to white supremacist ideology.
CHICAGO (CBS) — At least seven rings felt like eternity – a Chicago woman said she called 911 for help and no one answered.
And as CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reported, the woman, Denise Conroy, said it happened twice.
Kozlov went out to find out why it all happened, and got some answers.
When there’s a threat and it’s unsafe, and you need Chicago Police, you call 911 and expect an operator to answer, “Chicago emergency.”
That’s what Denise Conroy expected last Thursday, when her ex-husband came to her home. She was concerned and thought she needed police intervention.
Instead, Conroy said her 911 calls – two of them in 15 minutes – just kept ringing.
“Nobody answered the phone, six or seven times, I believe. And I waited a few minutes and I tried them again – same thing,” Conroy said.
And no one called her back.