USA: Race, rights and police brutality

In 1998 Amnesty International launched a campaign on human rights violations in the USA which included among its central themes the pattern of human rights abuses perpetrated by police in the USA. This document describes proposals for change made at federal and local level and other developments which have taken place since the publication of the initial report (USA Rights for All AMR 51/35/99). It also summarizes Amnesty International’s continuing concerns about police brutality in the USA, specifically highlighting police shootings, restraint techniques and evidence that racial and ethnic minorities were disproportionately the victims of such abuses.

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