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Notably, Bahraini activists published photos showing US troops training state security forces in crackdown tactics. In addition, former New York/Philadelphia/Miami Police chief John Timoney's involved.
Occupy Miami organizer Mohammed Malik told Press TV he's currently training Bahraini forces. His record includes repressive crackdowns against Miami global justice protesters, Philadelphia ones at the 2000 Republican National Convention, and other brutality in New York. For years, he terrorized city residents where he worked.
On February 16, London Guardian writer Ryan Devereaux headlined, "John Timoney: the notorious police chief sent to 'reform' forces in Bahrain," saying:
For three decades, he was New York City police chief before heading up Philadelphia and Miami departments. He was hired along with former UK assistant top cop John Yates.
Timoney critics cite years of "police abuse, illegal infiltration tactics, fear-mongering, and a blatant disregard for freedom of expression."
His methods include "pepper spray, rubber bullets, bean bag rounds, Tasers, electrified shields, batons," beatings, and mass arrests. Florida ACLU executive director Howard Simon called his Bahrain presence "extremely unsettling. I'm concerned for the people of Bahrain with Timoney directing how police there are controlling crowds."
On February 15, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) said brutal crackdowns continue. Saudi and Bahraini security forces attack nonviolent protesters daily. Stun grenades, shotguns, water cannons, and tear gas are used. When fired in closed places, it's asphyxiating.
On February 7, six US citizens were arrested. Held in police custody for days, they were deported in handcuffs for the duration of their Bahrain/London flight.