By now, most of us have seen the video of an African American woman being beaten, choked and punched by two officers in Houston, Texas.
Now, some are questioning whether this woman was assaulted in the name of justice.
But this is not the first time the issue of racial profiling has emerged as a serious problem in the U.S. The U.N. body, which is responsible for policing the global policing system, recently called on the U:S.
to end racial profiling and police brutality.
On Saturday, an expert panel from the U,S.
State Department and the U Nation’s Commission on Human Rights urged the U to stop “a practice that has become an increasingly serious problem across the country, particularly in the last few years.”
“We urge the United States to adopt a new approach to police accountability and investigate incidents of racial bias and violence involving the use of force in the line of duty,” the panel wrote in a report, which was made public last week.
The panel also criticized the Obama administration for not holding accountable officers who use excessive force, saying that while it’s important to hold accountable officers responsible for what they do, it’s equally important to protect those who may have been the victims of excessive force.
“The United States has a strong track record of bringing perpetrators to justice,” the report said.
“We also know that, in the absence of a credible mechanism to hold police accountable, it is difficult for victims to receive justice and to ensure that police officers are held accountable for excessive force.”
“The U.K. has long recognized that the police do not just get away with using excessive force,” the U panel said.
The U, which has a reputation as one of the most transparent and accountable police departments in the world, has also faced criticism for its slow pace of implementing reforms.
In its report, the panel also called on police chiefs to “establish and implement a clear protocol for the handling of incidents involving police misconduct,” which they say could include training for officers on how to avoid excessive force and “adherence to the principles of respect for life, the sanctity of life, dignity and human rights.”