Police officers across the United States shot 492 people dead in the first half of 2017, on track to approach 1,000 such incidents for the third year in a row, The Washington Post reported on Saturday.
Protest rallies have erupted outside a courthouse in the US state of Ohio after a judge declared a mistrial in the shooting death of an African-American man by a white campus police officer of University of Cincinnati. The protesters censured the outcome of the trial and accused the local justice system of being biased against minorities.
The shooting of a 13-year-old African American boy by Baltimore police for carrying a toy gun on Wednesday illustrates a policy of shoot to kill by law enforcement in urban areas across the US, a black activist and journalist in Detroit says.
The latest police killing of an African-American man in St. Louis, Missouri illustrates that the United States remains a racist society where white police officers continue to kill blacks with impunity, a journalist in Detroit says.
A major international press freedom watchdog says it backs a lawsuit by some journalists against the St. Louis County police department in the US state of Missouri for mistreatment during racially-charged protests in Ferguson last year.