One of a state’s most fundamental duties is to protect life. Hundreds of lives are lost at the hands of police every year in the United States, a disproportionate number of these lives belonging to African American men and women.
In the United States, there is a pattern of racially discriminatory conduct by law enforcement officers, and an alarming use of lethal force. These practices raise serious human rights concerns.
Amnesty International’s report “Deadly Force” is a state-by-state legislative survey on police use of lethal force statues in the United States.
The report highlights the urgent need for a comprehensive national review of police use of lethal force laws, policies, training and practices as well as a thorough review and reform of oversight and accountability mechanisms.
Learn how you can organize and take action using the resources below:
- Deadly Force: The Facts (click here to view)
- Deadly Force: Conversation Toolkit (click here to view)
- Talking About Police use of force in the United States: ￼A guide for human rights activists (click here to view)
- View, download and share our infographic on the use of deadly force ￼(click here to view)
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Raise your voice and take action on social media
- US is FAILING to meet its #humanrights obligation to protect the right to life. States must reform use of #DeadlyForce laws! owl.li/OtP0z
- Michael Brown. Kajieme Powell. Rekia Boyd. Ezell Ford. Walter Scott. Tamir Rice. Freddie Gray. When will US honor its duty to protect right to life and ensure #deadlyforce by police is a #lastresort? http://amnestyusa.org/DeadlyForce