A United Nations group has compared the recent police killings occurring throughout America to lynching, as a means of criticizing the U.S. government for not doing enough to protect its citizens.
In a report by the U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, the group stated that it was “extremely concerned” over the state of affairs in the United States, specifically the mistreatment and violence black people are facing from police officers across the country.
The report was based on a visit to the United States by a five person group back in January to observe conditions here.
“Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching,” the report said. The article then goes into America’s troubled, racial legacy, stating:
“In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent. Impunity for State violence has resulted in the current human rights crisis and must be addressed as a matter of urgency.”
The group went on to recommend that the United States create a system to track police killings and also recommended the end of the practice of racial profiling, which they described as “a rampant practice and seriously damages the trust between African Americans and law enforcement officials.”
These solutions are hopefully becoming more of a reality, considering the recent deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Tyre King, Keith Lamont Scott and countless others. From the increased use of body cameras on police officers to court cases that examine and explore the implicit and racial bias that plagues America’s police departments, hopefully the country is headed in the right direction.