19 Aug 2014
In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, whose killing is making global headlines, John Oliver explores the racial inequality in treatment by police as well as the increasing militarization of America’s local police forces.
Most shocking is the discovery that the city of Ferguson has just three African-American police officers in a town whose population is two-thirds (63%) black. Ferguson is a case of racial profiling gone out of control. Black people constitute 93% of all arrests. Meanwhile, a staggering amount of military equipment has been handed over to America’s local police forces.
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