George Floyd: S/Africa president, AU decry killing, call for unity

George Floyd: S/Africa president, AU decry killing, call for unity

- African Union chairperson President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed George Floyd's death

- The AU has strongly condemned the murder of the United States civilian and shared the anger that has spread across the world

- This follows the ANC's request for Ramaphosa to utilise diplomatic channels to aid the US

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President Cyril Ramaphosa, speaking on behalf of the African Union as its chairperson, has condemned the death of George Floyd.

The AU has strongly condemned the murder of the 46-year-old unarmed black man after being arrested by Minneapolis police.

Addressing the first Extraordinary Inter-Sessional Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), aimed at overcoming the challenges of Covid-19, Ramaphosa commented that:

“As countries that have borne the brunt of racial discrimination over centuries, we need to work together to end the scourge of racial violence, wherever it occurs. By working together, we can build a peaceful, just, healthy and prosperous global community."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Derek Chauvin, a US police officer, who was seen in a video kneeling on the neck of Floyd had been charged with murder.

This followed widespread protests over his death. George Floyd was arrested for allegedly using a fake $20 note in a shop. Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, prosecutors said.

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He was taken into custody on Friday, May 29, by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

This was disclosed in a news conference by the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, John Harrington.

Legit.ng also reported that protesters had clashed with police in the US following the death of Floyd after a white officer knelt on his neck during an arrest.

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Footage of the restraint was shared widely online after a bystander filmed the policeman pinning the shirtless suspect, George Floyd, to the ground in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The four officers involved in the arrest have since been fired with the city's mayor Jacob Frey saying that was the right call.

Demonstrators took to the streets where Floyd died, with some chanting and carrying banners that read "I can't breathe"- the last words the man said before dying.

They marched towards a police station where windows and a patrol car were damaged and graffiti sprayed on the building.

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