An American civil rights activist and journalist says racial profiling by the police in the United States is real and that he been stopped at least forty times in past three years.
Koerri Washington, host of The Average Liberator, made the remarks in interview with Press TV on Monday commenting on rising police brutality in America.
“When it comes down to racial profiling…I can attest to that being real,” Koerri said.
“In past three years, I, a black male, has been stopped at least forty times, walking down the street, driving, any scenario, it doesn’t matter. I have been stopped, harassed, I have been talked to, I have been asked if I had something, I have been randomly called by the police,” he added.
“When it comes down to racial profiling, yes it’s real. Is it necessarily police officer’s fault? No, that (racial profiling) goes back to the training, that goes back to the DOJ (the United States Department of Justice),” Washington stated.
He noted that the racial profiling in police is “heavily, drastically is all… by design, and what they want…that eventually we are given in to this race war that is being propagated.”
The killing of several unarmed black men by white police officers in recent months and decisions by grand juries not to indict some of the officers has triggered large-scale protests across the US.
Protests gained momentum when a grand jury decided in December not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo in Eric Garner’s chokehold death in New York City, two weeks after another grand jury in St. Louis decided not to indict former policeman Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.
The unnecessary use of heavy-handed tactics by police as well as the racial profiling of some minorities has become a major concern across the US in recent years.
Police shoot and kill an average of 1,000 people a year in the United States, according to a report by the Police Policy Studies Council, a research-based, training and consultation corporation.