UN Rights Chief Urges US to Take “Serious Action” on Police Killings
UN takes its meddling to an unusual location
Editor’s note: UN meddling is wrong and counterproductive in this case as in others. You can see the UN is seizing on this to virtue signal and to try and keep itself relevant. At the same time its understanding is pitifully simplistic and reinforcing damaging half-truths. The problem at its core is not racial but institutional. US police slaughter plenty of whites as well. It is its increasing militarization, focus on force protection, and distance from the society at large that is the root of the problem. The police killing people of every skin shade with equal gusto — which is the direction it’s going in — would take care of the discrimination charge but is hardly a positive outcome.
Nonetheless, the story illustrates how suffocating, infuriating and potentially damaging it is when foreign overlords (albeit only moral one in this case) try to insert themselves in your country’s problems — for their own gain, with their own agendas and incentives, and with their own flawed and self-serving understanding of it. But at least the US won’t get bombed or strangled economically on the account of foreigners’ thirst for moral crusading.
UN out of the US! US out of the World!
GENEVA, May 29 (Xinhua) — U.S. authorities must take “serious action” to halt police killings of unarmed African Americans, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet [of Chile] said Thursday, condemning the killing of an African American while in police custody in Minneapolis.
George Floyd died on Monday evening shortly after a white police officer held him down with a knee on his neck though the black man in his 40s repeatedly pleaded, “I can’t breathe,” and “please, I can’t breathe.”
This is the latest in “a long line of killings of unarmed African Americans by U.S. police officers and members of the public,” Bachelet said in a statement.
“Procedures must change, prevention systems must be put in place, and above all police officers who resort to excessive use of force, should be charged and convicted for the crimes committed,” to ensure that justice is done when they do occur, she said.
Welcomed the government’s decision to prioritize an investigation into the incident, Bachelet expressed concern that similar probes in the past had resulted in questionable justifications for killings.
“The role that entrenched and pervasive racial discrimination plays in such deaths must also be fully examined, properly recognized and dealt with”, she said.
While empathizing with the anger unleashed by Floyd’s killing, the high commissioner called on people in Minneapolis and elsewhere to protest peacefully.
“I urge protestors to express their demands for justice peacefully, and I urge the police to take utmost care not enflame the current situation even more with any further use of excessive force,” she said.