Outrage at killing of African-Americans
By TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE lack of accountability for perpetrators of such killings despite evidence is fueling the killing of African nationals by police in the United States.
This is according to the chairperson of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent has said.
Ricardo Sunga III made the sentiments after the deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana.
“These killings, which were captured on video, cannot be ignored. We call for prompt independent investigations to ensure the perpetrators are prosecuted and punished,” said Sunga.
Condemning the attacks on police officers in Dallas and call for the perpetrators to be held accountable, Sunga nonetheless said excessive use of force by the police against African Americans was a regular occurrence.
Statistics indicate African Americans are shot at more than twice the rate of white people.
“The Working Group is convinced that the root of the problem lies in the lack of accountability for perpetrators of such killings despite the evidence,” Sunga said.
Sunga said the killings demonstrated high structural and institutional racism.
“It is time, now, for the US Government to strongly assert that Black lives matter and prevent any further killings as a matter of national priority.”
– CAJ News
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