The family of George Floyd, a black American who died after a violent arrest in Minneapolis whose video has become viral, claimed Wednesday that the officers involved be charged with murder.
The death of the man of 46 years has led to anger in this city of Minnesota, where hundreds of people gathered Tuesday evening, demanding that ” justice be done “. Protesters have attacked a police station with stones, and police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.
“I want these police officers to be charged with murder because that is exactly what they have done, they have committed murder against my brother,” said on NBC Bridgett Floyd, the sister of George Floyd.
“I have faith and I believe that justice will be served “, she added.
Four police officers involved in the arrest, Mr. Floyd was dismissed Tuesday, and the federal police has opened an investigation.
George Floyd died Monday evening after being tackled to the ground for at least ten minutes while a police officer tied up with a knee on the neck.
“I can’t breathe “, pleads the man that you can hear in a video lasting several minutes, filmed by a bandwidth and became viral.
The agent, a White, told him to stay calm. A second policeman in the distance the passers-by, who begin to take away so that George Floyd does not move and appears to be unconscious.
New video images appear to preclude the thesis put forward by the police, according to which George Floyd, who was suspected of having attempted to pass a fake note of 20 dollars, would have resisted the officers came to arrest him.
On the images captured by the cameras of the restaurant, in front of which he was arrested, it appears, his hands cuffed behind his back, and he is led, without resistance, by a police officer on the sidewalk and then into a patrol car.
“Everyone has a right to justice,” said the family lawyer, Benjamin Crump. “We can’t have two judicial systems, one for Blacks and one for Whites “, he said on NBC.
“The life of the Black account”
Many personalities from the world of politics, media or sport have denounced a violence that is unjustified on the part of police officers against Black people.
“It is a tragic reminder that this is not an isolated incident, but is part of a cycle of systematic injustice that still exists in our country,” said the former us vice president and democratic candidate for the presidential election in November, Joe Biden.
In this case, he said, recalls the circumstances surrounding the death of Eric Garner in 2014 in New York city. This black man had died after being asphyxiated during his arrest by white police officers who suspected him of selling contraband cigarettes.
The case had contributed to the emergence of the protest movement of Black Lives Matter (” the life of The Black account “). Other deaths of Blacks at the hands of police provoked riots in the country.
The denunciation of police violence was also entered in the pregnant sports when several professional players, in the image of the ex-quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, had decided to boycott the national anthem by putting a knee on the ground when it was played before the matches of american football.
The NBA star LeBron James has also published on Instagram a photo of Colin Kaepernick dropped to his knees and a George Floyd was tackled to the ground under the title: “This is why “. “Do you understand NOW? Or it is still too confusing for you? “wrote the Los Angeles Lakers player.
Without the images shared on social media, the police “would have given a false version of the facts, and they would have stashed it under the carpet,” said Benjamin Crump.