Recently the United Nations called out Detroit lawmakers for cutting off water to residents who couldn’t afford to pay the bill. Now the United Nations is criticizing the U.S. for its treatment of minorities, specifically the continued police brutality inflicted upon minority communities.
“Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing,” Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, said during a press briefing.
“The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown,” said Amir, an expert from Algeria, according to The Raw Story.
“This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials.”
U.N. officials questioned delegates from the U.S. about what is being done to end the targeting of minorities by police.
In the U.S., protests erupted in Ferguson, MO after Officer Darren Wilson gunned down unarmed teen Michael Brown. After the shooting, police inflamed tensions by running over a makeshift memorial that had been set up in Brown’s memory.
A grand jury is currently hearing the evidence and deciding whether Wilson will be charged.