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US Embassy: Racist violence and discrimination ‘absolutely contrary to what US stands for’

“Our hearts are with the American people as we mourn the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. I know the grief from this loss weighs heavily on our US Mission, our nation, and our friends…”

The following statement on the killing of unarmed, handcuffed black man, Floyd George, by Minneapolis police officers was submitted to Wired868 by US ambassador Joseph N Mondello:

Photo: Tony L Clark holds a photo of George Floyd outside the Cup Food convenience store on 28 May 2020 in Minneapolis.
Floyd, a handcuffed black man, died Monday in police custody near the convenience store. (Copyright Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)

Our hearts are with the American people as we mourn the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. I know the grief from this loss weighs heavily on our US Mission, our nation, and our friends. The US Department of Justice has announced a full criminal investigation into the circumstances of Mr Floyd’s death and the police officer involved has been charged with murder and manslaughter.

Our prayers and thoughts are with Mr Floyd’s family and loved ones and with African Americans who continue to face acts of racist violence and discrimination. That is absolutely contrary to what the United States stands for and why I choose to represent my country as a diplomat.

As we pray for truth and healing, we will continue to work together for a more just, equitable, and humane society.

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