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Amnesty accuses the US police of violating international law in responding to the protests

May 31, 2020

The NGO Amnesty International has accused the US police of failing to comply with its international obligations by using an “excessive,” “militarized,” and “racist and white supremacy” response to protests across the country for the death of the black citizen George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday during an arrest that led to the persecution of an agent for murder.

“American police across the country are failing to meet their obligations to respect and facilitate the right to peaceful protest, exacerbate a tense situation, and endanger the lives of protesters,” said Amnesty National Director of Investigation for the United States. Rachel Ward.

The NGO has denounced unnecessary or excessive police violence “in one city after another” through combat equipment with “military” equipment to monitor “largely peaceful” demonstrations. Because these types of instruments are typical of “a battlefield,” according to Amnesty, agents can understand that they are facing a scenario in which confrontation and conflict are “inevitable.”

Amnesty accuses the US police of violating international law in responding to the protestsAmnesty accuses the US police of violating international law in responding to the protests

“They should demilitarize their approach and engage in dialogue with protest organizers to alleviate tensions, prevent violence, or stop them as soon as it breaks out to protect the right to peaceful assembly,” the NGO recommended.