U. S. 2017 Human Rights Report：(1) Police Brutality
May 14,2018 By:CCTV
HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE US
Violence and racial discrimination dominate police force
Last September, a judge acquitted the former white police officer, Jason Stockley of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of a black driver, Anthony Lamar Smith....
The controversial ruling triggered mass protests...
Stockley shot and killed Smith after a high-speed car chase...
...He said he thought Smith was a drug dealer and was reaching for a gun.
Protesters say he lied...
Investigators found only Stockley's DNA on the gun and none of Smith's........leading to allegations the weapon was planted...
But the judge said "an urban heroin dealer not in possession of a firearm would be an anomaly"
It's just one of many highly-publicized police-brutality cases in the US.
Last September, two New York police officers were accused of gang raping an 18-year-old woman who was in custody on drugs charges...
ACTING DISTRICT ATTORNEY
"This allegations are truly disheartening, they are stunning."
Two months earlier, it was just weeks after the trial of Jeronimo Yanez who shot dead Philando Castile....
Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds immediately opened a Facebook live stream.
VICTIM'S GIRL FRIEND
"I didn't do it for a penny. I didn't do it for fame. I did it so the whole world knows that this police are not here to protect us. They are here to assassinate us. They are here to kill us because we are black."
Castile's death prompted US president Barack Obama to say racial discrimination was rampant...
FORMER US PRESIDENT
"These are not isolated incidents. They're symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system"
Yanez was acquitted of all charges.
According to the Washington Post, police in the US shot dead nearly one thousand people last year........that's more than 80 a month...
US POLICE KILLED 987 PEOPLE LAST YEAR
Source: Washington Post
There are clear signs of double standards.
In February last year Paul Gaston was killed by a police officer, after allegedly reaching for a gun...
The so-called weapon was a toy...
However, the day before that, a white man, Christopher Laugle pointed a fake gun at police.
He was only charged with "menacing".
One police officer reassured a white woman that she was in no danger of being shot.
"But you're not black. Remember we only kill black people. Yeah. we only kill black people, right? All the videos you've seen, have you seen white people get killed? You have?"
Official LT. GREG ABBOTT
The British newspaper, the Guardian, says black males aged 15-34 were nine times more likely to be killed by police officers in 2016.
And, a United Nations report slammed the US on its recent record of police brutality, saying it's similar to the racial terror in the past...
These incidents continue year after year. Those entrusted with upholding justice and the law instead violate the rights of the weak. Decades after the struggles of the civil rights movement, there seems no end to the deadly effects of discrimination in a divided society. (OUT)