I don’t know if Americans are also supposed to learn that police is “your friend”, meaning that police works in your interest and you don’t have to fear them.
Police targetting members out of less powerful groups is probably a global problem, as well as institutional racism, where one supports the other and police who abuse their power rarely have to face the consequences.
In Vienna/Austria Mike Brennan, African American, became a victim of police brutality.
There is a blog:
Justice for Mike Brennan
From the blog:
In case you want to take action here are a few suggestions on what you can do.
1. Write a blog and post to our group
2. Comment on German and English language newspapers
3. Email Bundespolizei Wien
4. Email the American Embassy
5. Email your Congressman or Representative
6. Talk to someone you know or love about the dangers of racism
7. Comment on Youtube videos
8. Post links to the story and or group on social bookmarking sites like: Twitter, Delicious, Digg, etc.
as well as a Facebook-Group
Facebook Mike Brennan