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Protest held in US over killing of unarmed Black youth

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
People march downtown to protest the police killing of Donovan Lewis, in Columbus, Ohio, the US, on September 2, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

People have taken out to the streets in Columbus, Ohio, to protest the killing of an unarmed Black man by police.

Protesters, including family members, friends, and community members of 20-year-old Donovan Lewis, who was killed on August 30, rallied in the Columbus Division of Police Headquarters on Friday to demand justice for him and other Black victims of police brutality.

Police were trying to serve a felony warrant at Lewis’ apartment building on Tuesday when they entered the premises and opened fire at him while he was lying in bed. Officers said they thought he was “holding something.”

But no weapons were later found in the apartment. Police in Ohio have said they are investigating the killing.

Racism and racial profiling targeting African-Americans are endemic in the United States. According to US Justice Department statistics, Black people have been more than twice as likely as white people to experience threats or uses of force during police encounters, and three times more likely to be jailed if arrested. In 2020, they were 93 percent more likely to be victims of hate crime.

In April, an annual report by the National Urban League on the state of Black America revealed that the quality of life for Black people continued to slip compared to whites.

Demonstrations against deadly police violence and racial injustice have been frequently taking place in the US in the past few years.

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