George Floyd’s brother requests UN investigation of police killings in the US
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George Floyd’s brother requests UN investigation of police killings in the US

During a UN Human Rights Council debate on Wednesday, Philonise Floyd joined by video to request that the UN establish an independent commission to review the police killings of black people in the US as well as the recent violence against protesters.

Philonise Floyd is the brother of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by police in Minneapolis in May of this year. His death and the deaths of several others at the hands of police have sparked weeks of protests across the country as well as a number of steps toward police reform. Philonise discussed how the police who killed his brother were not fired until mass protests around the world took place.

The African Group also submitted a draft resolution to the UN Human Rights Council to evaluate police violence and systemic racism in the US. Similarly, the UN Human Rights Commissioner released a statement on Wednesday calling for countries all over the world to address their histories of slavery and colonialism, she specifically discussed the need for reform in the US.