The AHRC joins the nation’s human and civil rights groups in demanding a swift, thorough and transparent investigation into the killing of the unarmed African- American teenager Michael Brown. Mr. Brown was shot by a Police officer on August 9, 2014 in the city of Ferguson, Missouri. This tragedy serves as a reminder that, despite admirable progress over the years, race is still an issue and racial bias, racial prejudice and racism in general are still stubborn problems. Racism is a serious challenge that we as a nation face and Mr. Brown’s death attests to the much- needed debate, dialogue and constructive reform. The tragedy of Michael Brown should help rally all of us to combat racial profiling and to advance the cause of human rights so that the basic human rights for all people are preserved and protected. AHRC expresses its concerns regarding the reported police response towards the peaceful protesters demanding justice. AHRC expresses its profound and heartfelt condolences to the Brown family and calls upon all concerned citizens to pursue all peaceful action on behalf of the pursuit of justice for Mr. Brown. “We are deeply concerned about the type of training the Ferguson police obtained and the militarization of policing in many cities in the US,” stated Imad Hamad, AHRC interim director.

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