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The force used against ?Blake? people was "excessive," said a UN spokesman. Robert Colville also criticized gun laws in the US contributing to the murders of two people who were shot dead in the ensuing protests.

Iran Press/America: The United Nations on Friday said the shooting of African American Jacob?Blake demonstrated a need to eradicate links between policing and racism in the US, reported by Deutsche Welle.

The force used against?Blake, who was shot seven times in the back,?appeared "excessive" and was probably "discriminatory," a spokesman for the?UN?High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said.

Robert Colville told reporters in Geneva: "This really tragic episode reaffirms the need for urgent action to eradicate linkages between structural racism and policing."

An officer opened fire on Blake as the African American tried to enter his car during a confrontation with police in the Midwestern city of Kenosha. Authorities said police were seeking to arrest?the 29-year-old?and had tried to subdue him with a stun gun. 

The incident is a "painful reminder of how African-Americans continue to be exposed to differentiated and heightened risk when engaging with law enforcement bodies in the United States," Colville said. "From the images available that we've seen at this point, the police appear to use force against Jacob?Blake?that would seem to be excessive. And it does not appear that law enforcement officers abided by the international standard for the intentional use of lethal force with a firearm."

Colville also said it seemed "highly possible" that the violence was "discriminatory in nature." 

"We would see this as yet another example of the insufficient and lax gun control measures in the United States," said Colville. "It should be inconceivable that you have a 17-year-old running around with an automatic rifle in a position to shoot people in this way in such a tense situation."

"In our view, the dreadful events of the past few days in Kenosha are not only recurrent but highly preventable," said Colville.

Blake is currently in hospital and may never walk again, according to his lawyer.


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