Friday, November 28, 2014

UN Torture Com. Urges US to Probe Police Abuse; Concerned with "Frequent" Police Brutality in US

The United Nations Committee Against Torture urged the United States to investigate police abuse, as protests continue over a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in the state of Missouri, the VOA (Voice of America) News website reports today (November 28, 2014).

In a report released today, the U.N. committee said it is concerned about "numerous reports" of police brutality and excessive use of force -- especially against minority racial and ethnic groups.

It described police shootings or fatal pursuits of unarmed black individuals as "frequent" and "recurrent."

The committee also expressed concern over "numerous" and "consistent" reports of police using taser guns against unarmed people resisting arrest. It emphasized that tasers should only be used in life-threatening situations.

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