A U.N. committee urged the U.S. Friday to stop police brutality, in light of the shooting of Michael Brown that set off the riots in Ferguson, Mo.
In a news briefing Friday, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (C.E.R.D.) vice chairman Noureddine Amir said the “excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern.”
“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,” Amir added. “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.”
Minorities, particularly African-Americans, have been disproportionate victims of racial disparities and police brutality, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluded after examining the U.S. record.
Teenager Michael Brown was killed on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo., by a white police officer, who has since been put on paid leave and is in hiding. The circumstances of the killing are under investigation.
The panel came to its conclusions on U.S. police practices after reviewing information from the incident and interviewing a United States delegation Aug. 13 about racial discrimination, especially in the justice system, Reuters reported.
The committee also called for a review of the “stand your ground” laws in 22 states that give self-defense cover to individuals who harm others because they felt threatened.
The review ought to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense,” the panel concluded.