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Bahamas Warns Young Black Males About US Police

| by Michael Allen
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The Bahamas recently warned young black males who are traveling to the U.S. to "exercise particular caution" because of American police.

The New York Daily News notes that the warning came from the country, which is about 90 percent black, after black men were killed by police in Minnesota and Louisiana.

The advisory stated: "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has taken a note of the recent tensions in some American cities over shootings of young black males by police officers. In particular young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police. Do not be confrontational and cooperate."

The warning came ahead of the country's Independence Day on July 11, when many Bahamian people travel, according to CNN.

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The warning also included a list of consular offices in the U.S. in case travelers get into trouble.

"If there is any issue please allow consular offices for the Bahamas to deal with the issues," the warning added. "Do not get involved in political or other demonstrations under any circumstances and avoid crowds."

Beryl Edgecombe, head of the New York-based Bahamian American Cultural Society, told the New York Daily News: "I understand their feeling, their concern, because I’m sure they don’t want to count bodies coming home in body bags. It’s a fatherly advice to our black males and I think this is something that all parents to young black males in both the U.S. and abroad should say."

"Pay attention to the public notices and news announcements in the city that you are visiting," the warning advisory said, reports CNN.

Germany and Canada have also issued travel warnings to citizens about the high amount of gun violence in America, but without the racial issue.

The U.K. warned travelers about going to North Carolina and Mississippi because of those states' anti-LGBT laws.

The U.S. has recently warned Americans about traveling to countries where violence has broken out: Venezuela, Iraq, Bangladesh, Mali and Laos.

Sources: New York Daily News, CNN / Photo credit: katesheets/Flickr

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