An activist holds up a sign during a protest December 4, 2014 in Washington, DC, against the police deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI
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United Nations human rights experts Friday called for a halt to racial profiling by U.S. law enforcement officers and a review of laws allowing police to use lethal force.Mutuma Ruteere, a Kenyan serving as U.N. special rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, called for action in the face of what he called evidence of discriminatory practices including racial profiling by police officers.International law allows the use of lethal force only where absolutely necessary to protect life, said Christof Heyns, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
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