The actions of the police officers in the killing of George Floyd were abhorrent and must result in justice and accountability for those responsible, US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter has said,
In a statement on Tuesday, McCarter said the matter will be investigated as both the Minnesota state and national judicial systems are in the midst of a full investigation.
“One officer has been arrested and three others fired. All of them, however, must be held accountable,” he said.
The actions of the police officers in the killing of George Floyd were abhorrent and must result in justice and accountability for those responsible. pic.twitter.com/YJEkV9LviX
— U.S. Embassy Nairobi (@USEmbassyKenya) June 2, 2020
“The voices of the American people, mine included, reflect their horror and anger at the repugnant acts of these officers. A strong, independent judicial system with the power to investigate and prosecute fully is the best means to ensure justice is served,” the ambassador added.
A video showing a white police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes, even after he pleaded he could not breathe has reignited deep-seated anger over police killings of black Americans, resulting in violent protests across America.
The death was on Tuesday declared a homicide in an official post-mortem examination.
According to the report, the 46-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest while being restrained by officer Derek Chauvin, who worked for the Minneapolis Police Department.
It listed Floyd’s cause of death as “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression”.
The officer was fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.