Report: Police use of lethal force in all U.S. states breaks international law

Fusion.Net, By Danielle Wiener-Bronner, June 18

In a report released Thursday, Amnesty International said police use lethal force in violation of international law in every single U.S. state, and Washington D.C. The report also found that black Americans, who make up 13.2 percent of the population, constitute 27.6 percent of Americans killed by police. And that data is likely incomplete—there is no official record of how many people are killed by police.

Amnesty added that nine states and D.C. don’t even have laws on the use of lethal force by members of law enforcement, and that 13 states have laws that are unconstitutional. From the report:

The use of lethal force by law enforcement officers raises serious human rights concerns… The United States has a legal obligation to respect, protect and fulfill these human rights and has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which explicitly protects these rights.

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