Raising the Issue of Continued Discrimination via Police Misconduct and Extra-judicial/Summary Executions Committed with Impunity on American Born People of Afrikan Descent
Extrajudicial killings and excessive uses of force by U.S. law enforcement officers violates, among others, the inherent right to life (Article 6) and the right to be free from torture or cruel, inhumane or degrading punishment or treatment (Article 7). From the years 2003 to 2009, nearly 3,000 homicides were committed by U.S. law enforcement officers against members of the civilian population, of whom a disproportionate percentage were African American. Police officers have and continue to use excessive force, sexual assault, and other inhuman and degrading treatment as well as torture as a means to coerce confessions, including threatening and often dropping detainees in unknown or rival neighborhoods. Very few complaint cases are sustained and even fewer offenders are punished, resulting in de facto impunity for these violations.