American political activist and analyst John Parker says that a black man is killed by racist police officers in the United States every 28 hours.
“Every 28 hours a black youth is killed by law enforcement (officers who) are racists,” Parker, a coordinator of International Action Center said.
He was commenting on massive protests in the US after a grand jury failed to indict a white policeman on Monday in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer.
Parker said that the US criminal justice system is basically against black people. “Unfortunately, the criminal justice system is part of this system in this country which is designed to put fear in the hearts of the people who are economically repressed and oppressed, especially people of color.”
“Anyone who is going to challenge that, is going to fight for social programs, is going to fight against police brutality and fight for these things; those folks are targeted. And Michael Brown’s killing is just another example of not only targeted but how the police, how they use the system not [to] allow any kind of justice or any kind of truth to come out of these cases,” added Parker, who was the candidate of the Workers World Party for president of the United States in 2004.
However, he said “what is different and what is inspiring is that the reaction to it is changing,” noting “the movement is maturing, the movement is getting stronger.”
The United Nations human rights chief on Tuesday voiced concern over “institutionalized discrimination” and the “disproportionate” number of young African Americans being killed by police in the United States.