By: Richard Fiebor/ www.africanakua.com, Ghana
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has condemned the brutal killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American, who was murdered by American police officers in Minneapolis on 25th May, 2020.
The ECOWAS Commission further seizes the opportunity to convey to the family of Mr. Floyd, its deepest condolences.
George Floyd who was 46 years, was stopped by police investigating the purchase of cigarettes with counterfeit money on 25th May in Minneapolis. Floyd did not resist arrest and he was not armed.
A graphic video shot and shared by 17-year-old Darnella Frazier who witnessed the killing, showed Floyd being arrested and a white police officer identified as Derek Chauvin, pressing him to the floor with his knee buried deep in his neck. He continued kneeling on his neck for several minutes even after he pleaded that he could not breathe.
Mr. Floyd’s killing has caused outrage and sparked a wave of protests across many cities in the United States of America (USA) and also internationally with protest marches in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria as well as in Europe. There has been rallies in Australia, France, the Netherlands and in the UK, where thousands gathered in central London.
A statement released to the press by the ECOWAS supports the disapproval of racial discrimination in the United States by the African Union (AU) as far back as 1964.
The ECOWAS believes that the democratic traditions of the USA will inspire the efforts to find a permanent solution to this unfortunate phenomenon.
Read the full statement here: