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AU Condemns George Floyd’s Gruesome Killing

The late George Floyd

The African Union (AU) has strongly condemned the gruesome killing of a Blackman, George Floyd by a white police officer named Derrick Chauvin.

In a statement released on May 29, 2020, by the Spokesperson of the Chairperson of the Commission, Ebba Kalondo, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat strongly condemned “the murder of George Floyd that occurred in the United States of America at the hands of law enforcement officers, and wishes to extend his deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”

George Floyd

The white officer (right) kneening on George’s neck

Recalling the historic Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) Resolution on Racial Discrimination in the United States of America made by African Heads of State and Government, at the OAU’s First Assembly Meeting held in Cairo, Egypt from 17 to 24 July 1964, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission firmly reaffirmed and reiterated the African Union’s rejection of the continuing discriminatory practices against Black citizens of the United States of America.

“He further urges the authorities in the United States of America to intensify their efforts to ensure the total elimination of all forms of discrimination based on race or ethnic origin.”

Unrest, Arrests

There is growing unrest across the US over the murder.

Over 40 people have reportedly been arrested or summoned in New York, US in relation to protests over the alleged murder of an unarmed Blackman, George Floyd by a white police officer.

Also reportedly arrested is a CNN journalist, Omar Jimenez.

CNN claims he has been taken into police custody during a live broadcast at the site of the protests in Minneapolis, after clearly identifying himself to officers.

Jimenez’s crew, including a producer and a camera operator, were also placed in handcuffs, according to CNN.

CNN Reporter being handcuffed

CNN alleged that its camera was also taken into custody and continued to record as the crew was handcuffed, with police seemingly unaware that the camera was still on.

The officer who killed Floyd earlier this week is named Derrick Chauvin.

The Minneapolis Police Department says the killer police officer already had some 18 complaints against.

In a video that has since gone viral, the officer is seen heartlessly kneening on Floyd’s neck for about eight minutes with Floyd crying in pain that “I can’t breathe.”

Other white police officers were seen standing by doing nothing to save the blackman from the murderous hands of their white colleague.

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