Canadian officials reject U.S. citizen Kyle Cantyā€™s refugee application, which says he fears that American police will kill him because heā€™s black.Ā 

Kyle Canty will have to pack his bags and return to the United States after Canadian officials rejected his asylum application, CBC News reports.

The African-American citizen entered Canada back in September. He told border officials in Vancouver that he was coming for a visit but later filed for refugee status.


Canty, pointing to Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y., said he fears that the police in America will kill him because heā€™s black. He told Canadaā€™s Immigration and Refugee Board that black people in America are being ā€œexterminated at an alarming rate.ā€

The New York native submitted video evidence of his interaction with police, which included an arrest for trespassing at an Oregon bus station where he was using free Wi-Fi for two hours. Canty, 30, also admitted to several other minor charges, such as jaywalking and disorderly conduct.

The refugee board reportedly acknowledged that the police in the United States disproportionately stop and question African Americans. But it emphasized that refugee status addresses persecutionā€”not harassment.


ā€œI find that the claimant is not a Convention refugee in that he does not have a well-founded fear of persecution for a ConventionĀ ground in the United States of America,ā€ the refugee boardā€™s Ron Yamauchi wrote in the decision.

Yamauchi added: ā€œHis removal to the United States of America would not subject him personally to a risk to his life or to a risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment.ā€

Prior to the boardā€™s decision, Canty said he wouldĀ appeal an unfavorable ruling.

Read more at CBC News.