This post was written by a student. It has not been fact checked or edited.


As we’ve seen too many times, in the USA and elsewhere, sometimes police kill or seriously injure people during arrests because of racism. In countless other cases, police are quick to use force in response to protests or demonstrations. Throughout 2019 and 2020, Hong Kong police have repeatedly deployed weapons like tear gas and rubber bullets in an unlawful way against protesters. All too often, officers who kill or injure people after using force unlawfully are not brought to justice. That’s why it’s so important to know what your rights are, and to know what police are, and aren’t, allowed to do. We need to make sure that police stop using force against the law, and that those who kill unlawfully are brought to account, no more excuses.

People fail to understand that police brutality is a human right issue unlawful use of force by police can result in people being deprived of their right to life. If police force is unnecessary or excessive, it may also amount to torture or other ill-treatment. Unlawful force by police can also violate the right to be free from discrimination, the right to liberty and security, and the right to equal protection under the law. The thing is that people do not even understand that the police in general are not allowed to kill, there are strict international laws and standards governing how and when police can use force particularly lethal force. Under international law, police officers should only ever use lethal force as a last resort. This means when such force is strictly necessary to protect themselves or others from the imminent threat of death or serious injury, and only when other options for deescalation are not working. Many killings by the police that we have seen around the world clearly do not meet this criteria. In the USA, George Floyd, Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner and too many other Black people who have been killed by police were unarmed. During protests in Iran in November 2019, police shot and killed hundreds of protesters who posed no risk, including at least 23 children.

I mean they defy our human right the police have to have the realization that we are humans and we have rights.