US Police Violence

UN chief calls for probe, EU shocked

Agence France-Presse . United Nations | Published: 21:52, Jun 02,2020


Antonio Guterres

UN secretary general Antonio Guterres urged restraint by US authorities toward protestors and believes allegations of police violence should be investigated, his spokesperson said Monday.

Protests should remain peaceful, while ‘authorities must show restraint in responding to demonstrators in US as in any other country in the world,’ Guterres believes, according to spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

‘We have seen over the last few days cases of police violence,’ Dujarric told reporters at the United Nations in New York, where protests have been held every night since Wednesday over the death of an African American, George Floyd, in police hands last week in Minneapolis.

‘All cases obviously need to be investigated. Police forces around the world need to have adequate human rights training,’ he told reporters.

‘There also needs to be an investment in social and psychological support for police so they can do their job properly in terms of protecting the community.’

Meanwhile, Europe is ‘shocked and appalled’ by the police killing of black suspect George Floyd in the United States, the EU’s diplomatic chief said Tuesday, condemning an ‘abuse of power’.

Protests sparked by the death of Floyd, an unarmed man killed when a white police officer knelt on his neck, are raging across the country and president Donald Trump has ordered the military to intervene.

EU High Representative Josep Borrell urged US authorities to rein in the ‘excessive use of force’, and said the 27-nation bloc supports the right to peaceful protest.

‘We here in Europe, like the people of the United States, we are shocked and appalled by the death of George Floyd,’ Borrell told reporters in Brussels.

‘I think that all societies must remain vigilant against the excessive use of force and ensure that all such incidents are addressed safely, effectively and in full respect of the law and human rights.’

Trump on Monday said he was dispatching ‘thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers’ to restore order amid the worst rioting America has seen in a generation.

But Borrell warned that democratic societies bore a special duty to act responsibly and ‘not to use their capacities in the way that has been used in this very very unhappy death of George Floyd.’

‘This is an abuse of power and this has to be denounced, has to be combatted, in the States and everywhere,’ Borrell said.

‘Allow me to repeat: all lives matter, black lives also matter,’ Borrell said, adopting the name of the US movement against systemic racism.

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