UN beams searchlight on US police over alleged violence, racism

UN beams searchlight on US police over alleged violence, racism

- The attention of the international community has been drawn to the US for obvious reasons

- A UN council has fixed Wednesday, June 17, to examine allegations of racism, brutality and violence on the US police

- The date was specifically fixed by the Human Rights Council of the global body

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The United States (US) police force has been accused of being brutal and systemically racist especially in dealing with persons of colour.

Such an allegation was inspired and fuelled by the killing of black Americans the most recent of which is the case of George Floyd in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In light of these accusations, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations (UN) has fixed Wednesday, June 17, to debate the issue that has not only gone viral but also global.

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UN beam searchlight on US police over alleged violence, racism

Some officials of the US police force
Source: UGC

There have been claims that the US police are notorious for violence against peaceful protesters, Reuters reports.

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In a letter dated Monday, June 15, the council noted: “The death of George Floyd is unfortunately not an isolated incident.

“The numbers of previous cases of unarmed people of African descent who met the same fate because of uncontrolled police violence are legion.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the protests over the murder of Floyd in the US escalated on Thursday, May 28, as protesters burnt the Minneapolis police station.

Videos shared on social media shows cheering protesters broke into a police precinct after the department abandoned it, setting it on fire, as violence spread across the US over Floyd's death.

A police spokesman confirmed to journalists in the city that staff had evacuated the 3rd precinct station - which covers the area of Minneapolis where Floyd was detained.

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Police had since abandoned 5 precincts in the city as the protesters became more violent.

Protests have spread to other US cities, with demonstrators in New York defying coronavirus rules against public gatherings as they clashed with police, while some blocked traffic. Demonstrations had also been seen on the streets of Los Angeles and Memphis.

While the country police the world, it had failed to address an issue that is tearing the fabric of the so-called world power.

US president, Donald Trump, had called the protesters "thugs."

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