* Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record
* Says killing of Michael Brown “not an isolated event”
* Decries racial bias of police, pervasive discrimination
* ACLU calls for addressing racial inequality in America
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.
"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”.
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.
"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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Guys there is shit going down in ferguson right now and I am not seeing anything about it.
As of RIGHT NOW they are being tear gassed like before.
Please see the livestream it’s important.
The police have forced the media into a small area.
And then they very purposefully used tear gas to force the peaceful protesters back out of camera range, and you can hear shots being fired off camera, as well as more tear gas canisters.
They are using sonic canons on the people now.
The protesters were forced away from media and many full SWAT officers followed after them behind buildings and out of sights.
Warning for loud sounds in the video.
Shells have been found apparently and someone was rushed to the hospital due to a shot in the leg.
Antonio French has been escorted back but not arrested.
There was a heavy explosion and no one seems to know what it was.
Sounded like a concussion grenade? Possibly.
The police do not seem alarmed.
A police officer just approached a reporter? and went ‘what are you laughing at, motherfucker.’
They are forcing someone to leave it appears.
The stream is down, but shit is still happening. People need to pay attention, things didn’t magically resolve themselves, and justice still hasn’t come.
All of this brutality happened within the span of less than an hour.
Media claiming it’s “smoke” canisters they fired, but the cops shouted GAS multiple times while firing, wore gas masks, multiple people have photographed the canisters:
Sure, it’s “smoke.” CS smoke, as in FUCKING TEAR GAS. Law enforcement promised the gas masks and tear gas were gone, and gone for good. They lied. It is A Habit of theirs, you should all be fucking doubting them by now. They played Good Cop for one day, woo hoo a smiley choo-choo and a man on a horse hurray, and then it all went back to firing on peaceful protests. Cops vs The Citizens ad nauseam, and it ain’t the cops you should be rooting for.
Here’s something a disgusting amount of people seem to be missing: ALL of this violence started with the police. All of it. All. Of. It. It started with the murder of a young man in cold blood, killed for the crime of being black. None of this would have happpened to, or risen from, the people of Furgeson if Darren Wilson hadn’t slaughtered Michael Brown in the streets. When the people peacefully protested because the murderer was punished with a paid vacation, they were answered with tear gas.
Armored vehicles with guns bristling at citizens was how Ferguson PD felt about their desire for justice and peace for Michael Brown. The community fell under illegal martial law. Standing where the police could see you while you’ve got feelings about the racist slaughter of a boy from your community and exercising your rights as a citizen of the US was ground enough to be unquestionably subject to further police brutality.
All escalations have been on the part of the police. All of them.
Peaceful protest? They aren’t against rolling in and just declaring it’s no longer peaceful before letting loose the tear gas. Lootings? Wouldn’t have happened if police didn’t escalate peaceful protests to violence against the people and did their jobs correctly instead. I mean for fuck’s sake, how transparent is it that they go right back to firing on peaceful protestors, sit in their armored trucks and watch the lootings happen, then suddenly there’s a curfew that makes suppressing rights easier and that effectively blames protesters for the lootings happening the next fucking day?
It is stomach turning how many people are eating this Curfew garbage right up. This curfew is NOT to protect people and stop lootings. It is to criminalize the exercise of basic rights the police are still so desperate to oppress in Furgeson. A sympathizer of the police put it in place just to give them an easier reason to fire on the citizens, something with a little more meat on the bone than marching up and announcing “THIS IS NO LONGER A PEACEFUL PROTEST.” To try to steal sympathy they don’t deserve from the people they’re hurting. To try and make the whole world turn away so they can try again to make this all go away with brute force.
It should be fucking obvious at this point that the police have not done any of this for the people. It’s for themselves.
Look at how many times they’ve changed their story. Look at the questionable defamation of character they’re trying to bring down on someone they fucking murdered. Look at how hard they are trying to convince you that he deserved to die, look at how hard they are trying to make it look like this is all the citizen’s fault, look at how hard they are trying to sell the idea that police brutality is ever deserved. Look at how many people agree. This is the kind of shit that should keep you up at night. These are the kind of monsters that are Real.
Look at what they did yesterday, firing upon peaceful protesters then sitting in the van to watch those same people stop the lootings they are getting blamed for, as if to say “if you don’t like over policing, how about UNDER policing!”
Look at what they did tonight. Shoeboxed media eyes away and threatened them with arrest if they tried to get close enough to show anyone who wasn’t there what they were doing to their citizenry, then set loose lies about what they did. More broken promises, carpeting a small group of protesters with tear gas.
The racist peanut gallery whines on about “but what about my assumption that all black folk are guilty and thus deserving” instead of getting pissed off at the god damn police. Why? Because the idea of admitting the protesting people of Ferguson are right and giving them what they want (DEAR PEOPLE WHO THINK THEIR “WANTS ARE UNCLEAR:” IT’S FUCKING JUSTICE. THEY’VE ONLY BEEN PEACEFULLY GATHERING IN PROTEST TO CHANT ABOUT IT FOR A WEEK NOW, MAYBE YOU SHOULD TUNE IN SOMETIME,) which means admitting the corruption and that racism is institutionalized with lethal consequence. Admitting a cop is wrong to kill a black person on a whim is just that fucking uncomfortable for a disgusting amount of people. Anything to make it not look like what it actually is: people are mad about the murder of a young Black boy, they want justice, and the police would rather try to beat them in to silent submission than give it to them.
This could have been a peaceful situation from the start. That much was proven when police spent a single day in good judgement mingling with the protesters: when they felt they were heard, it was a celebration in to streets. People had a fucking impromptu parade just because they thought cops wouldn’t be firing on innocent civilians, that someone would finally admit right now that slaughtering someone in the streets for being black is fucked up, and that a murderer might actually see punishment. I hope you not realize how fucked up that is, for that to have ever felt like such a god damn milestone to reach.
They didn’t want anyone to know. Don’t ever forget that. They didn’t want anyone to see. They wanted to destroy this hope for justice violently and invisibly. They wanted to suppress the citizens they are responsible for protecting with force because they dared to speak against the wrongness of their slaughter. Doesn’t matter what rights they had to violate to get their way. Declaring a no fly zone, arresting reporters, the identification went off and the gas masks went on. There’s so much more about this that is so fucked up. The whole situation is disgusting, and spoiler alert: the citizens are the victims, the police the aggressive force. I don’t get how this is such a wowing, difficult to metabolize concept for so many people, but feel free to curl your nose at the numbers.
This all started with the police, and they are pushing consistently for it to end with them, too. If you’re not rooting it to end with the people, you’re wrong.
i just wanted to put this out there since im sure it’ll get written about differently tomorrow.
If there is one picture i post on here that i really wish y’all would reblog the fuck out of, it’s this one.
PLEASE. It could save many people that are under the ridiculous police state going on right now in Ferguson Missouri. Those people need our help.
- share all the material you can; share this article on how to make a tear gas mask or this post on the rundown of the situation in ferguson or this livestream link to the peaceful protests in ferguson
- don’t you DARE make this about yourself or how you hate when people blame “all white people” for “the actions of a few corrupt cops”
- this is not about you THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOU DO YOU HEAR ME THIS IS NOT ABOUT WHITE PEOPLE
- do you fucking understand me share all the shit you can to make noise about what’s going on but THIS IS NOT YOUR TIME TO GIVE SOME LENGTHY OPINION ABOUT HOW YOU HATE COPS WHEN YOUR LIFE IS NOT LITERALLY THREATENED BY OUR RACIST CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM EVERY DAY. THIS IS NOT YOUR TIME TO “SYMPATHIZE” WITH BLACK POCS ON HOW YOU LOVE TO JUST SAY “FUCK THE POLICE” TOO. THIS IS NOT SOME CUTE TREND.
- THIS IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH AND THIS IS ABOUT ANTI BLACK RACISM AND IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU. DO NOT SPEAK OVER ANYONE.
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