The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, demanded an investigation into the incident that led to the death of African American Floyd while in police custody.
On Tuesday, June 2, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrel strongly condemned the death of African American George Floyd during his detention by the police in Minneapolis. “This is an abuse of power that must be branded and fought against,” said the head of European diplomacy in Brussels.
Borrell demanded a detailed investigation into the case. “Here in Europe, we, as well as people in the U.S., are shocked and terrified by the death of George Floyd,” he added.
A week after the May 25 incident, official autopsy results of a 46-year-old African-American man confirmed that his death was a result of violence used by a police officer against him. During his detention, a white police officer pushed Floyd’s neck to the ground with his knee for several minutes, despite the fact that he said he could not breathe.
“We need to make sure that in any society, those responsible for maintaining order will not use their capabilities as they did in the very, very unfortunate death of George Floyd,” said Joseph Borell.
Protests after George Floyd’s death
After Floyd’s death, large-scale protests against racism and the abuse of force by police began across the country. In response to the ongoing riots, some cities, including Washington, imposed curfews forbidding residents to leave their homes at night.
Demonstrations in connection with the death of George Floyd on the weekends of 31 May and 1 June, during which Catholic and Protestant churches celebrated Trinity, were also held in some European cities, including Dublin and Amsterdam.
“We support people’s right to protest peacefully and condemn all forms of racism and violence,” said Borrel, commenting on the many protests that have taken place around the world. At the same time, he pointed out that he believed it was time to reduce tensions. “We believe that Americans are able as a nation to find a way to each other, as a nation to heal the wounds and deal with these important issues in these difficult times,” said the head of European diplomacy.