Streets inflamed Minneapolis up to the White House, through the UN, the calls became more urgent Thursday to demand justice after the death of a black man at the hands of the police.
New protests are scheduled in the late afternoon in this city in the Minnesota (north), after two consecutive nights of clashes between police and residents outraged by the death of George Floyd.
This African-American 46-year-old passed away on Monday evening, just after having been arrested by the police, who suspected him of having wanted to sell a fake note of 20 dollars.
During the intervention, he was tackled to the ground by an officer who has kept his knee on her neck for long minutes. “I can’t breathe “, the we hear on a recording of the scene, which became viral.
President Donald Trump “was indignant when he saw the video of “the drama” heinous, tragic, ” said his spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany at a point-presse on Thursday. “He immediately took his phone” to ensure that the FBI investigation was moving quickly, she continued: “he wants justice to be done “.
The four officers involved have been fired and local and federal authorities are investigating the tragedy. But no charges have yet been held, which fuels anger and frustrations.
“These police officers, it is necessary to stop immediately,” said Thursday morning Philonise Floyd on CNN by claiming, between two sobs, the death penalty for those responsible for the death of his brother.
“All the world suffers, it is for everything that happens. I am sick of seeing black men die “, he added. “I would like that (protesters) are peaceful, but I can’t force it, it’s hard. “
Like him, the High Commissioner of the UN for human rights has made the connection with a series of other incidents which have reignited the wounds of racial in the United States.
“This is the last of a long series of murders of African-Americans not armed committed by police officers the americans, “and citizens’ lambda, regretted Michelle Bachelet in a press release. “The us authorities must take serious measures to put an end to these murders and to ensure that justice is done to them when they occur “, she added.
The case recalls in particular the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died in 2014 in New York city after having been asphyxiated during his arrest by white police officers. He, too, had said at the time ” I can’t breathe “, a phrase that became a rallying cry of the movement Black Lives Matter (” the life of The Black account “).
Minnesota had also been marked by the death in 2016 a motorist black, Philando Castile, shot dead during an ordinary control of the police under the eyes of his girlfriend and little girl.
The chief of police of Minneapolis, Medaria Arradondo, was recognized Thursday during a press conference that there was a “deficit of hope” in his city, and that its teams had contributed.
While ensuring respect for the right of people to protest and express their pain, he added that he “would not authorize any criminal act” likely to exacerbate the trauma of the population.
Two events were held in the quiet Wednesday afternoon, but these outbursts have followed in the night in the vicinity of the police station where worked the agents involved in the drama.
Twenty shops were looted or burned, and the police had to fire tear gas to prevent protesters from crossing the barriers of the office.
A man died after he was hit by a bullet in the vicinity of events and a suspect has been arrested.
The mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, has requested the assistance of the national Guard to keep the calm in his city. “It is not necessary to add the drama to the drama “, he tweeted.
The reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, figures of the civil rights struggle, came to Minneapolis where they must pay tribute to George Floyd.
Elsewhere in the country, the excitement was comparable. In Los Angeles, protesters blocked briefly Wednesday, a highway and shattered the windows of two police vehicles.