UN Condemns U.S. Police Brutality, Calls For ‘Stand Your Ground’ Review


we cannot ask murderers to stop killing us we must make them stop

we cannot ask murderers to stop killing us we must make them stop

Finally the UN has mustered the courage to challenge the United States of America to halt the police abuse and killing of African-American people.

The American Press has done a terrible job of highlighting what is an epidemic of abuse, and murder of African-Americans by police all across the Country. For decades blacks have complained of inequities in the criminal justice system. Today it is just as bad with studies showing that even in grade schools African-American children are much more likely to be disciplined, suspended and expelled from school. This continues throughout the criminal justice system. Police  target, profile, and systematically abuse and kill blacks as a matter of course. For the most part, whites remain silent, and in many cases are supportive of the brutality meted out to their black and brown neighbors. Many people of color argue it is much more difficult to deal with the police than the Klux Klux Klan, how do you fight back against the law they bemoan?

Rev Al Sharpton

Rev Al Sharpton

The courts are not much better, in  many cases Judges mete out longer sentences to black offenders than they do for white offenders for similar offences. Even at the highest level, the Supreme Court, there is systematic and institutionalized Racism. Just recently that body stripped away key sections of the voting rights act, which protected the rights of minorities to vote.

It is not getting better, in fact it has arguably gotten much worse since President Obama was elected to office in  2008. It appears to be a white-lash[sic] against African-Americans being executed by the police. This page has consistently called for Human Rights Agencies to stop playing favorites by ignoring the atrocities being carried out by police in the United States. We have demanded that these Agencies risk irrelevance if the continue to ignore what is happening in America while they trumpet abuse in smaller less powerful nations.

American officials will seek to minimize and discredit the UN condemnation, particularly the reactionaries on the Political Right. They will do so as they did while they beat the drums of war against Iraq. This spotlight from the UN may not mean anything to many white Americans,  but to the rest of the world it means a hell of a lot.

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this is what happens to blacks in America who dare stand up for their rights

this is what happens to blacks in America who dare stand up for their rights

There is a serious and ever increasing threat to citizens rights as a result of Police aggressiveness and disrespect of the very citizenry they supposedly serve. It is shock­ing that after serv­ing 10 years myself as a Police Officer I am now loathe to encour­age a young per­son to serve as a law enforce­ment officer.

Law Enforcement is no longer public safety, it is now Government containment of the masses through brutal and murderous police departments. We are unable to divest our­selves of the Police as an entity, after all the police are nec­es­sary in a civ­i­lized soci­ety. there is a huge prob­lem when the police can­not be trusted to act with civil­ity and are seen as an equal offender to peace and good order.

As the father of black sons, my great­est fear when my sons get in their cars to enter the streets, is not for reg­u­lar crim­i­nals but for some of the crim­i­nals now wear­ing badges and parad­ing as police offi­cers. There is a grow­ing trend by police in the United States to charge peo­ple they do not like with resist­ing arrest. Unwitting law mak­ers attach seri­ous penal­ties to the charge to encour­age cit­i­zens to sub­mit peace­ably to being arrested.

this was Boston

this was Boston

What police have done is use it to send cit­i­zens to prison unjustly, as well as to jus­tify using exces­sive force on those they want to admin­is­ter a beat­ing to. In New City alone the New York city Police Department filed over 55,000 resist­ing arrest charges against New Yorkers over a 10 year period. Even though the first charge was for a minor offense. Thankfully some Judges are not blinded by police support, most of these cases have been tossed out along with the underlying charge.

 GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) — The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.

scenes from Ferguson

scenes from Ferguson

“Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing,” Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.

Teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson — a St. Louis suburb — and shone a global spotlight on the state of race relations in America.

“The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown,” said Amir, an expert from Algeria.

“This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials.”

The panel of 18 independent experts grilled a senior U.S. delegation on Aug. 13 about what they said was persistent racial discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities, including within the criminal justice system.

U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper told the panel that his nation had made “great strides toward eliminating racial discrimination” but conceded that “we have much left to do”.

scenes from Ferguson

scenes from Ferguson

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. A St. Louis County grand jury has begun hearing evidence and the U.S. Justice Department has opened its own investigation.

Police have said Brown struggled with Wilson when shot. But some witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.

“STAND YOUR GROUND” LAWS

In its conclusions issued on Friday, the U.N. panel said “Stand Your Ground” Laws, a controversial self-defense statute in 22 U.S. states, should be reviewed to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense“.

Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old shot dead in a car in Jacksonville, Florida during an argument over loud rap music in November 2012, attended the Geneva session. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed in Miami, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer, testified.

The U.N. panel monitors compliance with a treaty ratified by 177 countries including the United States.

scenes from Ferguson

scenes from Ferguson

“The Committee remains concerned at the practice of racial profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement officials and local police,” it said, urging investigations.

The experts called for addressing obstacles faced by minorities and indigenous peoples to exercise their right to vote effectively. This was due to restrictive voter identification laws, district gerrymandering and state-level laws that disenfranchise people convicted of felonies, it said.

Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the U.N. recommendations highlighted “shortcomings on racial equality that we are seeing play out today on our streets, at our borders and in the voting booth.

“When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad,” he said.

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