President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has condemned the painful killing of a black man, George Floyd in the United States of America by a white Minnesota police officer.
The 46-year-old man who had worked providing security at a restaurant, according to Minnesota Police, died after a medical incident in a police interaction.
George Floyd was taken into custody under suspicion of forgery and was later seen in a video pinned down by the neck by the police officer’s knee until he became motionless.
Reacting to the incident in a tweet on Monday, June 1, 2020, President Akufo-Addo rebuked the xenophobic act, while commiserating with the family and friends of the victim.
“Black people, the world over, are shocked and distraught by the killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer in the United States of America. It carried with it an all too painful familiarity and an ugly reminder.”
“It cannot be right that, in the 21st century, the United States, this great bastion of democracy, continues to grapple with the problem of systemic racism,” the President said.
“On behalf of the people of Ghana, I express my deep condolences to the family and loved ones of the late George Floyd. We stand with our kith and kin in America in these difficult and trying times, and we hope that the unfortunate, tragic death of George Floyd will inspire a lasting change in how America confronts head-on the problems of hate and racism,” he added.
Below is the tweet by the President
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) June 1, 2020