The Forum of Former Heads of State and Government in Africa has condemned the killing of the blackman George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The Forum in a statement called on African countries to “raise a strong protest” to Floyd’s murder.
The former African presidents also demanded that the “perpetrators of this crime and all other crimes of this sort be punished in the strongest terms.”
The statement signed by former Beninese President Nicéphore Soglo reads “What level of cruelty must you reach that the entire world finally wakes up and manifests its indignation.”
“Who would dare here, their face visible, to treat in such a way a European, an Arab, an Israeli, an Indian, a Chinese, a Japanese, an Argentinian, etc. Enough is enough,” the statement added.
If some of these atrocities, especially from some white police officers against black citizens, cannot shock the American populace to see evidence of their own decline, what can? How can a police officer be the source of such cruel, violent death… pic.twitter.com/DqtfbzpAB7
— Jerry John Rawlings (@officeofJJR) May 28, 2020
The African Union commission has already made similar condemnation of the murder of George Floyd last week.
George Floyd died shortly after he was pulled from his car by police officers during his arrest. A white officer then knelt on his neck for five minutes during an altercation.
Brutalized during arrest
Floyd passed out after officers arrested for allegedly trying to use forged documents at a local deli.
He later died in hospital which then sparked outrage across the United States and beyond with calls for justice for him.
Newly-emerged video footage and CCTV taken during the altercation also showed that Floyd appears to be complying with officers and not resisting the arrest.
On Monday an independent autopsy called George Floyd’s death a homicide and determined that he died of “asphyxiation from sustained pressure” — a finding that is at odds with the medical examiner.
The autopsy commissioned by Floyd’s family says compression to the neck and back, caused by officers kneeling on him, led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.
Floyd was essentially “dead on the scene” in Minneapolis on May 25, Ben Crump, attorney for the family, said Monday.
Multiple videos of Floyd’s death show former police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck, along with other officers kneeling on his back.