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THE POLICE KILLED ANOTHER BLACK MAN IN AMERICA

Shooting of unarmed blacks seemingly became a routine tradition in USA. USA Today reporting, nearly two times a week in the United States, a white police officer killed a black person during a seven-year period ending in 2012.
On average, there were 96 such incidents among at least 400 police killings each year that were reported to the FBI by local police. 
The reports show that 18% of the blacks killed during those seven years were under age 21, compared to 8.7% of whites.
Last year, the deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York City at the hands of police triggered a wave of nationwide demonstrations over excessive use of force by law enforcement.
Last Saturday, demonstrators marched on to protest the police killing of a 19-year-old black man in Madison, Wisconsin, a shooting that came amid growing scrutiny of law enforcement’s use of lethal force against minorities, the poor and mentally ill.
Chanting “the whole damn system is guilty as hell,” hundreds of protesters walked peacefully from police headquarters in the state capital to the neighbourhood where the apparently unarmed victim was shot by police on Friday evening.
They carried a banner reading “Black Lives Matter” that stretched the width of the street and signs that read “Justice 4 Tony” and “5 Shots 5 Times Unacceptable.”
The shooting occurred after a police officer responded to calls reporting a man was dodging cars in traffic and had battered another person, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said.
The officer followed the suspect into an apartment, was struck in the head and shot the teen, who died later at a hospital, Koval said.
An initial search turned up no gun, but it was too soon to know if the victim, identified as Tony Robinson Jr., had a weapon, he said.

Source:–USA Today, Reuters, Agencies
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