Ferguson police committed human rights violations during Michael Brown protests, Amnesty International claims

Police committed human rights abuses during protests that erupted after an officer killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Amnesty International has claimed.

In a report released today, the international human rights organisation said the use of rubber bullets, tear gas and heavy military equipment and restrictions placed on peaceful protesters violated international standards.

The report said police officers should be investigated by authorities for the abuses, which occurred amid weeks of racially-charged protests after the 18-year-old was shot dead by white police officer Darren Wilson on August 9.

The group said it had sent a delegation to Ferguson from August 14 to 22 to monitor the situation.

Brian Schellman, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, which helped oversee law enforcement operations in Ferguson, said police ‘had one mission, and that was the preservation of life.’

The report also criticizes a Missouri law that the group said may be unconstitutional because it allows police to use deadly force against someone even if there is no imminent threat of harm…

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