‘US police have no regard for black lives’

Racism in the American society is �œheavily embedded within law enforcement agencies” and US police have �œno regard whatsoever for African-American lives,” says Abayomi Azikiwe, editor at Pan-African News Wire.

Concerns are being raised about discriminatory tactics used by US police against minorities as report after report shows how law enforcement agents across the US mistreat African-Americans and other minority groups.

On Thursday, a Detroit blog run by a former Detroit Free Press reporter posted photos and videos that showed police officers in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Park humiliated and harassed African-American men, forcing them to make animal sounds.

Moreover, a recent report showed last month that Los Angeles police officers trained police dogs to bite minorities. According to the report, all of the police dog bite victims in the first six months of this year were blacks and Latinos.

�œWe see an escalation of these attacks in the last several weeks, of course with the situation involving shooting death of so many African-Americans across the United States,” said Azikiwe in a phone interview with Press TV on Sunday.

�œIt shows that the racism in society is heavily embedded within the law enforcement agencies. The apparent claim that they were forcing African-Americans to act as if they were animals is clear indication of what most law enforcement agencies think about the African-American community,” he added.

Meanwhile, video from a police car dashboard camera released to ABC News affiliate KRQE-TV on Friday shows a police officer in New Mexico opening fire at a minivan full of African-American children after the children�™s mother who was pulled over for speeding drives away.

�œAlso, the situation in New Mexico shows the total disregard for African-American lives,” Azikiwe pointed out.

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Source: Press TV