George Floyd’s brother on Wednesday requested the United Nations to help African Americans because “Black lives do not matter in the United States”.
Philonise Floyd made an emotional speech via video-link to an urgent UN Human Rights Council debate on “systemic racism” in the US and beyond.
“You in the United Nations are your brothers’ and sisters’ keepers in America, and you have the power to help us get justice for my brother George Floyd. I am asking you to help him. I am asking you to help me. I am asking you to help us Black people in America.”
Brother of George Floyd, via video message, reiterated that none of the police officers were fired for his brother’s murder until mass protests took place worldwide, and requested the establishment of an independent commission of inquiry to investigate police killings of black people in America and the violence used against peaceful protesters.
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Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old black man, died after a white police officer used his knee to pin Floyd’s neck to the ground for nearly nine minutes. Floyd can be heard on a bystander video repeatedly pleading with officers, saying “I can’t breathe.” He eventually becomes motionless with the officer’s knee still on his neck.
Protests have since erupted across the US as demonstrators rally for justice for Floyd and all black people killed by police.