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UN report against torture slams the U.S. for police brutality

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by Joseph Earnest November 29, 2014   


Newscast Media GENEVAThe United Nations Committee Against Torture issued a report in the past 24 hours castigating the United States’ record on a wide range of issues, including lack of accountability for torture, immigration detention, and abusive criminal justice practices such as solitary confinement and excessive use of force by law enforcement.

The "Concluding Observations" from the committee come after this month’s hearings reviewing U.S. compliance with a major human rights treaty, the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which the U.S. ratified in 1994. It was this first such review since 2006.

In regard to excessive use of force and police brutality, the report said: "The Committee I concerned about numerous reports of police brutality and excessive use of force by law enforcement officials, in particular against persons belonging to certain racial and ethnic groups...The Committee is particularly concerned at the reported current police violence in Chicago, especially against African-American and Latino young people who are allegedly being consistently profiled, harassed and subjected to excessive force by Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers. It also expresses its deep concern at the frequent and recurrent police shootings or fatal pursuits of unarmed black individuals. In this regard, the Committee notes the alleged difficulties to hold police officers and their employers accountable for their abuses."

The entire UN report can be read or downloaded here. (pop-up)

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