The United Nations is taking to task another brutal, repressive regime that is using police brutality to control its citizens: It is asking the United States to stop the use of excessive force in Ferguson, MO.
“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, U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) committee vice chairman, was quoted as saying in a Reuters report.
Police brutality in Ferguson
The shooting in Ferguson comes as news of a black Chicago Police commander — one of the highest ranking officers on the force — is charged with sticking a gun into the mouth of a black suspect and placing a Taser gun on his groin to extract information. This case, oddly, draws silence from the same critics in Ferguson.
While the medical records and evidence in the case of a shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in Ferguson has yet to be publically revealed – indicating if the officer was being attacked or if, as many protesters charge, he was shot with his hands in the air surrendering – isn’t entirely the issue.
The militarized police response targeting peaceful protestors and journalists covering the event has drawn worldwide condemnation, including from US political leaders including Hillary Clinton. Now the United Nations is weighing in.
“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,” Amir, who is from Algeria, was quoted as saying.
Ferguson shooting illustrates a bigger problem
The question Amir didn’t address is the issue only based on white violence against black or is the issue of government’s willingness to intimidate its citizens overall and the increasingly militarization of the police more the issue?
“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,” he said.
Its not just the shooting in Ferguson that matters, but also the Trayvon Martin shooting in Miami among other white on black shootings the U.N. is considering.
On Friday the U.N. panel issued its conclusions, saying “Stand Your Ground” Laws, a controversial self-defense statute in 22 U.S. states, might best be revised to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense,” the report said.
“When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad,” Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was quoted as saying.