The “unapproved” and “unofficial protests” in Ferguson have certainly gained the attention of the world on the rampant problem of excessive force being used in the United States by law enforcement officers. While some grumbled about one store being burnt down in retaliation to a violent police attack on unarmed protesters who were attempting to non-violently halt traffic and the local economy, the youth of Ferguson have succeeded in bringing worldwide attention to the execution of Michael Brown by Ferguson cop Darren Wilson and the broader issue. The acts of rebellion mounted by protesters who refused to “leave town after sundown” has forced the United Nations to take notice and armed other activist with the evidence they need to push the issue in front of world courts of opinion.
The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.
Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.
“Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing,” Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.