Sunday, July 10, 2016

Bahamas Issues Travel Advisory

The Bahamas has issued a rare travel advisory for its citizens visiting US cities because of the recent police shootings of blacks.
 
The strongly worded caution was issued Friday also warns citizens to not get involved in protests and avoid crowds.
 
It comes after two African-American men, reportedly armed, were shot dead by police in Minnesota and Louisiana, and five police officers died in a sniper attack in Texas.
 
[A Louisiana police officer shot and killed 37-year-old Alton Sterling during a confrontation outside a Baton Rouge convenience store early Tuesday morning. A thousand miles north, 32-year-old Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop on Wednesday in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. His girlfriend documented the bloody aftermath in a live video stream. And on Thursday, five police officers were killed and seven others wounded in a sniper ambush in Dallas – by a gunman who authorities say was targeting white officers. It was the deadliest single incident for US law enforcement since September 11, 2001].

Young black men were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by the police in 2015, according to the findings of a Guardian study that recorded a final tally of 1,134 deaths at the hands of law enforcement officers in 2015.

Despite making up only 2 percent of the total US population, African American males between the ages of 15 and 34 comprised more than 15 percent of all deaths logged last year by an ongoing investigation into the use of deadly force by police. Their rate of police-involved deaths was 5 times higher than for white men of the same age.

"In particular young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police," advised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration. "Do not be confrontational and cooperate".

The Caribbean nation wants residents, nearly 91% of whom are black, to be aware of potentially volatile situations if they make a sojourn to the US during the former British colony's three-day holiday weekend. The Bahamas are celebrating their Independence Day today – a time when many locals travel abroad, including to the US.
 
Violence is all around, near and far!
 
Good reminders:
 

 

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