The US has a long history of police brutality against blacks.
But one of the most egregious examples of police violence is the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Missouri in 2014.
The case sparked widespread outrage and led to the resignation of then-President Barack Obama, who said he would make changes to police training.
But in a recent article in the American Journal of Public Health, an expert from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examined the incident and found that the shooting was not a direct result of race.
Dr Mary Louise O’Donnell, a public health expert and an expert in race and ethnicity, wrote in the article that the killing of Kondron Hill was an “accident”, and the police were not to blame.
“The use of force by police is often racially motivated and disproportionate in nature,” she said.
Dr O’Brien concluded that the officers had used “unnecessary force”.
The US is one of only a few countries where police are required to wear body cameras and have officers trained to use them.
The cameras also came under fire in the past for failing to record serious incidents.
The Department of Justice launched an investigation into the Ferguson Police Department in 2014, after a video surfaced showing officers firing at a teenager.
But the DOJ ultimately decided to not pursue criminal charges.
Dr McBride, the medical director at the Center for Public Health Research in New York, told Al Jazeera that it was difficult to make the case that the use of deadly force was racialised in the video.
“If you’re going to argue that it’s a racist incident, then you have to show it is a racist event,” she explained.
“It’s very difficult to do that with body cameras.”
But the lack of transparency surrounding the shooting has also sparked criticism.
“There’s a disconnect between the way the police are trained to deal with black people and the way they deal with people of colour,” Dr McBrien said.
“And that is something we don’t see in the videos of the incident, which we don [currently] have access to.”
In her article, Dr Ollen said that in the case of Hill, “police should have known the individual was black”.
In the footage, Hill was seen lying on the ground, as officers approach him.
“They had the body camera turned on, and the video showed that he was not moving,” she wrote.
“This video, as it was viewed by the public, and viewed by law enforcement, could have led to his death.”
However, Dr McBeth said that although it was possible that police were to blame for the shooting, it was more likely that the video had been edited to make Hill appear to be unarmed.
“I think the video was edited to have Hill appear as if he was a victim,” she told Alja-M3.
Dr Olen also said that while the footage of the shooting appeared to be “real”, it was not clear whether the officers were justified in using deadly force. “
What we don’ know is whether this was a deliberate effort to make that [Hill’s] body disappear, to get it to disappear, so the officers could get back at him.”
Dr Olen also said that while the footage of the shooting appeared to be “real”, it was not clear whether the officers were justified in using deadly force.
“We know that police do not kill black people with impunity,” she added.
There’s a systemic problem here.””
That’s what this case really demonstrates.
There’s a systemic problem here.”