The United Nations has condemned the killing of African American George Floyd by Police officers in Minneapolis in the US.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in a statement on Thursday, May 29 said the US must take bold steps to end killings and injustice in America.
“This is the latest in a long line of killings of unarmed African Americans by US police officers and members of the public,” Bachelet said. “I am dismayed to have to add George Floyd’s name to that of Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and many other unarmed African Americans who have died over the years at the hands of the police — as well as people such as Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin who were killed by armed members of the public.”
“The US authorities must take serious action to stop such killings, and to ensure justice is done when they do occur. Procedures must change, prevention systems must be put in place, and above all police officers who resort to excessive use of force should be charged and convicted for the crimes committed,” she added.
While saying she understood the anger unleashed by Floyd’s killing, Bachelet urged protestors to express their anger without further causing distractions.
“Violence and destruction of property won’t solve the problem of police brutality and enshrined discrimination,” she said. “I urge protestors to express their demands for justice peacefully, and I urge the police to take utmost care not enflame the current situation even more with any further use of excessive force,” she said.
George Floyd died after he was manhandled by police officers earlier this week. Footage shows the victim groaning and repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” to a white officer who had his knee on the suspect’s neck.
Protestors have since been demonstrating for justice for the late African American.