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UN Experts Slam US Over Non-Indictment Verdicts in Garner, Brown Cases

© AP Photo / Noah BergerThe non-indictment decisions have sparked a renewed wave of demonstrations across the United States against what is considered by many in the African-American community to be unlawful killings and further examples of lethal force being disproportionately used against young African-American men.
The non-indictment decisions have sparked a renewed wave of demonstrations across the United States against what is considered by many in the African-American community to be unlawful killings and further examples of lethal force being disproportionately used against young African-American men. - Sputnik International
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The United Nations human rights experts stressed that the non-indictment verdicts in Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases leave many with legitimate concerns over the longstanding prevalence of racial discrimination against African-Americans and called for the delivery of justice and reparations for the victims.

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UNITED NATIONS, December 5 (Sputnik) – The United Nations experts expressed concern on Friday over non-indictment verdicts in Michael Brown and Eric Garner's cases in the United States, calling for a proper trial.

“I am concerned by the grand juries’ decisions and the apparent conflicting evidence that exists relating to both incidents. A trial process would ensure that all the evidence is considered in detail and that justice can take its proper course. The decisions leave many with legitimate concerns relating to a pattern of impunity when the victims of excessive use of force come from African-American or other minority communities,” the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues Rita Izsak said in a statement published on the UN Human Rights Office website.

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Human rights expert Mireille Fanon Mendes France said that Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases have added to existing concerns over the longstanding prevalence of racial discrimination against African-Americans, and called for delivery of justice and reparations for the victims.

The non-indictment decisions have sparked a renewed wave of demonstrations across the United States against what is considered by many in the African-American community to be unlawful killings and further examples of lethal force being disproportionately used against young African-American men.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon through his spokesman on Thursday urged “the demonstrators to demonstrate peacefully and for the authorities to respect the right of those demonstrators to do so peacefully.”

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On Thursday night, 200 protesters were arrested by New York City police. The protests erupted after a New York grand jury decision not to issue an indictment for the killing of an African American man by police using a chokehold.

Last week, the United States saw another wave of unrest over the decision not to bring charges against white police officer Darren Wilson, who shot dead Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, in August.

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