*(Via Newsy) – An international human rights organization has issued a scathing critique of the Ferguson Police Department for its handling of the events and subsequent protests surrounding the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown near St. Louis back in August.
Amnesty International released a report early Friday morning calling into question several tactics used by the Ferguson police force.
For starters, it questions whether Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Brown, opened fire as “a last resort” regardless of whether there was a physical confrontation between the two.
It also calls for Missouri to adopt narrower statutes governing the use of police force. Amnesty International says current provisions fall short of international standards.
The human rights watchdog also lashed out at police for going too far in certain instances to quell protesters, including:
-Restricting the right to peaceful assembly.
-Instituting a mandatory curfew.
-Wearing riot gear and launching tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds.
-And restricting the media from covering the events.
According to TIME, this is also “the first time [Amnesty International] has documented abuses inside the U.S.”
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