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China Claims It's 'Normal' For U.S. Police To Kill Black People

| by Michael Allen

China is often criticized by the U.S. for human rights violations, but the Chinese government recently highlighted human rights abuses by the U.S.

China’s State Council Information Office recently posted a multi-page 2014 report on the English version of the Chinese news site Xinhuanet.com.

The Chinese slammed U.S. failings in health care, education, gun violence, CIA torture, mass imprisonment, money influencing elections, abuse and assault of women, homeless children, NSA spying and more.

The Chinese report states: "In 2014, multiple cases of arbitrary police killing of African-Americans have sparked huge waves of protests, casting doubts on the racial 'equality' in the U.S. and giving rise to racial hatred factors."

"Racial bias in law enforcement and judicial system is very distinct. Compared with other ethnic groups, African-Americans are more likely to become victims of police shooting."

"Police killings of African-Americans during law enforcement have practically become 'normal' in the U.S. According to an analysis of federally collected data, young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts -- 21 times greater."

The Chinese are referring to a 2014 ProPublica analysis that stated, "Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater."

The Chinese also quoted ProPublica as reporting, "The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that African-Americans, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police."

While the ProPublica article is well-researched, China does not have a spotless record.

Human Rights Watch noted in its 2014 report about the Chinese government: "China’s human rights activists often face imprisonment, detention, torture, commitment to psychiatric facilities, house arrest, and intimidation."

"...Use of torture to extract confessions is prevalent, and miscarriages of justice are frequent due to weak courts and tight limits on the rights of the defense."

Sources: ProPublica, Xinhuanet.com 1, Xinhuanet.com 2, Human Rights Watch
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