USA: Philando Castile shooting must be independently investigated
‘How many more wrenching videos do we need to see before there is real change?’ - Jamira Burley
Responding to a video showing the aftermath of the shooting of Philando Castile, an African American man shot dead by police in the city of St Paul in the US state of Minnesota, Amnesty International USA Campaign Manager Jamira Burley said:
“Once again another horrifying video has emerged that begs for answers, and once again we are calling for a thorough, impartial and independent investigation.
“The laws that govern when police can use lethal force need to be reformed and they need to be reformed now.
“International law is clear that lethal force must only be used as a last resort against an imminent threat of death or serious injury.
“Philando Castile should not have had to fear for his life during a traffic stop.
“How many more wrenching videos do we need to see before there is real change?”
Last year Amnesty released a report
showing that all 50 US states fail to meet international standards for the use of lethal force.
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