Residents of Charlotte, North Carolina are calling for the mayor, police chief and lawmakers to resign in the wake of the officer-involved killing of Keith Scott a week ago. These calls have echoed through communities turned upside down by police killings of black men. While many consider these killings to be rooted in racism, Jeremy Kuzmarov, professor of American history at the University of Tulsa, tells RT America’s Simone Del Rosario the role of militarization should not be downplayed.
Protesters in Tulsa Oklahoma are calling for the firing and arrest of police officer Betty Shelby to be fired after she shot and killed Terence Crutcher while his hands were in the air. For more on this, “News With Ed” is joined by America’s Lawyer Mike Papantonio, who says that if President Obama’s Department of Justice wanted to solve this problem – as they have indicated since Eric Holder time as Attorney General – they would bring charges against officers involved in shooting.
“The US Department of Justice, for the first time, will keep a comprehensive database of fatal officer-involved incidents, amid rising skepticism around police accountability.
It seems impossible to ignore that the announcement from the Federal Register came late on Monday, just one day before the two-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown — the unarmed black teenager who was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. His death triggered protests, sparked a national conversation about policing, and shone a spotlight on the systemic racism that pervades criminal justice in the US.
Until now, the FBI has maintained a dataset which includes information about fatal police shootings. Local law-enforcement agencies can voluntarily submit homicide statistics, including incidents involving police, to state police departments, which in turn send the data to the FBI. But since Brown’s death, that system has been widely discredited.”