The United States heard widespread concern Monday over excessive use of force by law-enforcement officials against minorities as it faced the U.N.’s main human rights body for a review of its record.
Washington also faced calls to work toward abolishing the death penalty, push ahead with closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center and ensure effective safeguards against abuses of Internet surveillance. Its appearance before the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva is the second review of the U.S. rights record, following the first in 2010.
A string of countries ranging from Malaysia to Mexico pressed the U.S. to redouble efforts to prevent police using excessive force against minorities.
Current roster of the UN Human Rights Commission includes Algeria, China, Cuba, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and other fine human rights exemplars.
It is still true however that America is over-policed, and that the police — particularly in urban, minority-majority areas — are quick to use deadly force. If the Obama Administration is serious about fixing the problem, they should spend less time begging Castros and Putins and Lis for forgiveness, and more time calling on Congress to end the Drug War.
Then maybe they could do something to fix our inner-city schools, too.
Much better instead to have a permanent underclass of reliably Democratic voters, along with an excuse to make America look bad in front of the UN’s ridiculous Commission.