Ge­orge Floyd protests: Brother makes im­pas­sioned plea to UN

Fiji Sun - - WORLD NEWS -

Geneva: “Black Lives do not mat­ter in the United States of Amer­ica”, this is the mes­sage brought by Ge­orge Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, to an ur­gent de­bate held by the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil on Wed­nes­day.

“The of­fi­cers showed no mercy, no hu­man­ity, and tor­tured my brother to death in the mid­dle of the street in Min­neapo­lis with a crowd of wit­nesses watch­ing and beg­ging them to stop- show­ing us black peo­ple the same les­son yet again- black lives do not mat­ter in the United States of Amer­ica,” he said via video mes­sage.

“My fam­ily and I have had to watch the last mo­ments of his life when he was tor­tured to death in­clud­ing the eight min­utes and 46 sec­onds one of­fi­cer kept his knee on my brother’s neck. My brother begged the of­fi­cers for his life, cried out for our mama who was al­ready dead, and said over and over again, ‘I can’t breathe’,” he re­called.

He told the UN rights body that none of the Po­lice of­fi­cers were fired for mur­der­ing his brother un­til masses of peo­ple in the United States and around the world protested the in­jus­tice. “When peo­ple dared to raise their voice and protest for my brother they were tear-gassed, run over with Po­lice ve­hi­cles, sev­eral peo­ple lost eyes and suf­fered brain dam­age from rub­ber bul­lets, and peace­ful pro­test­ers were shot and killed by Po­lice,” he added.

Say­ing that his brother, Ge­orge Floyd, is one of many black men and women that have been mur­dered by Po­lice in re­cent years, he told the coun­cil that “the sad truth is that his case is not unique”.

He asked the coun­cil to es­tab­lish an in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion of in­quiry to in­ves­ti­gate Po­lice killings of black peo­ple in the United States, and the vi­o­lence used against peace­ful pro­test­ers who are re­mind­ing the world that “Black Lives Mat­ter”.

Philonise Floyd.

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