Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat “strongly condemns the murder of George Floyd in the United States of America at the hands of law enforcement and wishes to extend his deepest condolences to his family and loved ones”, reads the statement released by the African Union.
“Recalling the historic Resolution of the Organization for African Unity (OAU) on racial discrimination in the United States of America made by African Heads of State and Government, at the first meeting of the OAU Assembly held in Cairo, Egypt , from July 17 to 24, 1964, the President of the African Union Commission firmly reiterates the African Union’s refusal to continue discriminatory practices against black citizens of the United States of America, “added the note.
Moussa Faki also urged the authorities of the United States of America to step up efforts to ensure the total elimination of all forms of discrimination based on race or ethnic origin.
Floyd, 46, was arrested on Monday in Minneapolis, Minnesota after attempting – reportedly – to use a counterfeit $ 20 banknote in a local store.
The video footage showed him handcuffed and collaborator.
But police say he resisted the arrest. One of the officers squeezed his neck with one knee, despite Floyd repeating: “I can’t breathe.”
Shortly thereafter, Floyd loses consciousness, but the officer maintains his position on the man.
Floyd died shortly after being taken to hospital.
Protests against police brutality broke out in several cities across the United States, including Minneapolis, rising further when local prosecutor Mike Freeman said he would not “hurry” to accuse the four officers involved.