“While details from this incident are still coming to light, there must be a prompt, thorough, independent and impartial investigation into the circumstances of this shooting. International law is clear that lethal force should only be used as an absolute last resort to prevent death or serious injury,” said Jamira Burley, senior campaigner with Amnesty International USA. “Police have a right to defend themselves and a duty to protect the public, but must exhaust all non-violent means before they use lethal force. State laws across the country must be brought in line with international standards so that there will be no uncertainty about the use of lethal force."
AIUSA released a report last year finding that all 50 states fail to meet international standards for the use of lethal force. More on AIUSA’s work on this issue can be found here.