- The killing of George Floyd by a white police officer has been condemned by Pope Francis
- Recall that Floyd was killed when a white man knelt on his head for more than eight minutes
- The pontiff, however, calls for calm, saying nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost
Pope Francis has condemned the killing of George Floyd by a white policeman who knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.
The pontiff, who spoke at the General Audience, also called for calm, saying violence is self-destructive and self-defeating, Vatican News reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the pontiff said nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.
Pope Francis prayed for the repose of the soul of Floyd and others who have died as a result of racism.
He said he is concerned after witnessing the disturbing social unrest in the United States in these past days after Floyd was killed.
The pope added: “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a GoFundMe that was opened to raise money for Floyd's funeral and to support his family had made $10,113,200 (N3,923,921,600) in funds from 390,100 donors as of Tuesday afternoon, June 2.
It is reportedly one of the most successful GoFundMe campaigns of all time in terms of money raised.
The black 46-year-old man was killed by a white policeman who knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.
The target of the GoFundMe was $1.5 million (N582,000,000) but it was surpassed by donations that kept coming in.
Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd said his life was shattered after learning of his brother's death.
He said he and the family watched in horror how the video of his brother's killing made the rounds on social media
Philonise said: "What we saw on that tape left us shell shocked; a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling directly on my brother's neck, obstructing his ability to breathe."
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