9, July 2016
The police killings of two black men in the United States in the past week underscores that African Americans continue to be oppressed as an ethnic group like the Palestinians, an American researcher and historian says. Law enforcement in the US is committing “genocide” against blacks on a daily basis, Dr. Randy Short, who has a Ph.D in African studies, told Press TV on Thursday.
“Nothing has really been done to deal with the problem of structural racism and oppressions as done by American law enforcement departments, so we still have large numbers of people being killed, beaten, and brutalized,” Dr. Short said. “The issue is African Americans are an oppressed, hated nationality grouping like the Kurds or the Palestinians,” he added.
Several police officers in the US states of Tennessee, Missouri and Georgia have been shot and wounded in a string of separate attacks against law enforcement amid heightened tensions over the police killing of African Americans in the past week. The attacks on police, which occurred on Thursday and Friday, come after a gunman in Dallas, Texas, killed five officers and wounded seven more on Thursday night.
The Dallas incident, the deadliest day for police in the US since the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, came during one of several protests across the country against the killing of two black men by police this week. The fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in the states of Louisiana and Minnesota were the latest in a long string of killings that gave rise to the Black Lives Matter social movement.
The New York Police Department was investigating 17 threats against police that came in following the deaths of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to NYPD Chief of Intelligence Thomas Galati. Police in the United States killed over 1,150 people in 2015, with the largest police departments disproportionately killing at least 321 African Americans, according to data compiled by an activist group that runs the Mapping Police Violence project.