Pro­test­ers stage rally against po­lice vi­o­lence on blacks

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US pro­test­ers have staged a rally in New York City to slam po­lice bru­tal­ity and raise aware­ness about what they call in­sti­tu­tion­alised racism in law en­force­ment de­part­ments.

About 100 pro­test­ers oc­cu­pied a tran­sit cen­tre near New York City Hall on Mon­day.

The pro­test­ers were chant­ing, “We don’t need these killer cops on our streets, on our blocks.”

The rally co­in­cided with the sec­ond an­niver­sary of the shoot­ing death of black teenager Michael Brown by a white po­lice of­fi­cer in Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri.

The on­go­ing spate of po­lice killings of African Amer­i­cans has sparked anger and protests through­out the coun­try.

The lat­est demon­stra­tion came amid re­newed anger over the fa­tal shoot­ing of sev­eral young AfricanAmer­i­can men by po­lice around the US.

On July 5, Al­ton Ster­ling was fa­tally shot dur­ing a strug­gle with of­fi­cers in Ba­ton Rouge, Louisiana, and Phi­lando Castile was killed the fol­low­ing day by an of­fi­cer in a sub­urb of St. Paul, Min­nesota.

Their deaths trig­gered re­venge at­tacks against po­lice by two black US mil­i­tary veterans. Five of­fi­cers were shot and killed in Dal­las, Texas, on July 7 and three were am­bushed and fa­tally shot in Ba­ton Rouge, Louisiana on July 17.

Two-thirds of young blacks and about half of Lati­nos in the US say that they or some­one they know has ex­pe­ri­enced po­lice vi­o­lence or ha­rass­ment, ac­cord­ing to a new poll.

The GenFor­ward poll found that 66 per­cent of African Amer­i­cans aged 18-30 and 4 in 10 His­pan­ics said they had per­son­ally ex­pe­ri­enced vi­o­lence or ha­rass­ment at the hands of po­lice.

Some 1,063 peo­ple were either fa­tally shot or tasered to death by po­lice in 2012, out of an es­ti­mated 12.3 mil­lion stops and ar­rests, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study by the Pa­cific In­sti­tute for Re­search and Eval­u­a­tion in Mary­land. — PressTV.

Peo­ple chant slo­gans dur­ing a protest in sup­port of the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment in New York in this file photo. (AFP photo)

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