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UN urges US to stop police brutality after Missouri shooting that sparked riots

Published on Aug 30, 2014 12:46 AM
 
A baseball cap and a portrait of Michael Brown are shown alongside his casket inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church before the start of his funeral service in St Louis, Missouri on August 25, 2014. Teenager Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson - a St Louis suburb - and that shone a global spotlight on the state of race relations in America. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA (REUTERS) - The UN 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 UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the US 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.

Teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson - a St Louis suburb - and shone a global spotlight on the state of race relations in America.

 
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