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Report: Police deadly force policies in largest U.S. cities fail to meet human rights standards

Report submitted to U.N. Human Rights Council ahead of debate on racism and police brutality

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law professor Brian Citro has co-authored a report finding that police deadly force policies in the largest U.S. cities fail to meet human rights standards. 

The report, “Deadly Discretion: The Failure of Police Use of Force Policies to Meet Fundamental International Human Rights Law and Standards,” will be submitted to Country Missions of the United Nations Human Rights Council ahead of their debate on racism and police brutality in the United States on Wednesday (June 17) in Geneva.

The U.N. Human Rights Council’s decision followed a request last week by Burkina Faso on behalf of 54 African countries in response to the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Citro, an assistant clinical professor with Northwestern Law’s Center for International Human Rights, is available to discuss the paper. He can be reached at citro@law.northwestern.edu.