The killing George Floyd the city Minneapolis May the 25th has reverberated the world. Mr Floyd, a handcuffed black man, died after a police officer knelt his neck for over eight minutes, even after he was pleading for air and then stopped moving. Days rioting, looting and clashes with police followed as citizens vented their anger the killing. The protests have escalated across America's major cities. There have also been protests U.S. embassies across the world. The killing of Mr Floyd led the African Union Commission to take the unprecedented step of condemning what it called "murder" and the "continuing discriminatory practices black citizens".
Many U.S. embassies in Africa have taken the unusual step issuing critical statements. The news publication "Foreign Policy" wrote: "Several U.S. diplomats said it is rare U.S. embassies abroad to weigh on domestic U.S. issues. But this case, the embassies were compelled to respond after seeing how African leaders reacted to Floyd's death anger and dismay." The U.S. ambassador to Congo wrote: "I am profoundly troubled the tragic death of George Floyd Minneapolis. The Justice Department is conducting a full criminal investigation as a top priority. Security forces the world should be held accountable. No one is above the law."