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Los Angeles, June 23, 2020
By A.Gary Singh Grewal

NRIs Hold Debate on Racism & Police Brutality


  • Debate on racism and  police brutality  on May 25 in the US over George Floyd’s death after a policeman knelt on  his neck.

  • Another Black person, Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot by Atlanta police.


For the past one month Protesters across the US have taken to the streets in the wake of George Floyd's death to demand an end to police brutality and racism.

Millions people worldwide  are saddened but not shocked by the cold-blooded murder of George Floyd's death after a policeman knelt on his neck on May 25.

  • They condemns the murder of George Floyd, and demands that those responsible be held accountable

Brooks' killing on June 12 set off violent protests in a city that was still reeling from protests over the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Protesters in Atlanta said the Brooks killing was yet another example of police brutality directed at the black community.

    Police body-camera video showed Brooks, 27, and officers having a calm and cooperative conversation for more than 40 minutes. A struggle erupted when police tried to handcuff Brooks for being intoxicated behind the wheel of his car at a Wendy’s drive-thru. Brooks grabbed a stun gun from one of the officers and fired it in their direction as he tried to flee.

African Americans have been the victims of injustice for more than 400 years and it continues today.

A New York Times analysis showed that the Minneapolis police use force against black residents seven times more often than white residents.

Data shows that black people were almost 2.5 times more likely to be killed than white people.

60% blacks realized that they have been stopped by police more times than their age. They have been stopped while driving cars, sitting in parked cars, riding on buses and trains, walking, running, studying, eating, and clubbing.

In policing, people always talk about “bad apples.” Well, bad apples come from rotten trees—law enforcement agencies imbued with structural racism.

Qualified immunity:

Excessive force is in violation of the Fourth Amendment used.  Police in the U.S. have something called “qualified immunity” from prosecution. In Canada, similar immunity laws exist.

Citizens who try to sue the police in civil court for excessive force frequently see their cases thrown out because of a legal doctrine known as "qualified immunity".

It was designed by the Supreme Court to protect government employees from lawsuits.

Half of excessive force cases in the US get thrown out on "qualified immunity" grounds.

People cannot stay silent, and want to be clear in their firmly-held belief that black lives matter, and that an injury to one is an injury to all.

County Sheriff/ police Chief walked with protesters:

A Michigan sheriff joined protesters in Flint Township, putting down his weapon and saying, "I want to make this a parade, not a protest."

The praise is coming from across the political spectrum, far and wide.

Houston, Atlanta and NYC- County Sheriff/ police Chief put down their weapon and walked with protesters.

Politicians respond to the fallout by pledging more recruitment and training of “good cops,” better “community policing” practices, and rewritten “use of force” policies.

  • The protests are so popular that they’re now supported by majorities of Democrats and Republicans. But this bipartisan support masks some of the enormous differences that still exist between the two parties on issues of race and discrimination.

  • Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina – the chamber's Black Republican – includes measures aimed at increasing transparency at police agencies and around use-of-force incidents while incentivizing departments to use body cameras and discouraging chokeholds by withholding federal grant money.

  • For starters, there’s a pretty big gap in just how strongly Democrats and Republicans back the protests.