US envoy responds to protesters camped outside Nairobi embassy over George Floyd’s killing

By Joel Muinde On Tue, 2 Jun, 2020 15:03 | < 1 min read
Kyle McCarter on Sunday, April 19, derided a Kenyan man over the country’s capability to test for COVID-19 infections among her citizens. [PHOTO | FILE]
US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter. PHOTO | FILE

US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter has responded after a group of protesters on Tuesday camped outside the United States (US) embassy in Nairobi.

The protesters were demonstrating over the killing of African-American, George Floyd, by white policemen in Minneapolis, US, last week.

“I hear you. Whether virtually online or even standing peacefully outside our Embassy, I hear you. The actions of police officers in the killing of George Floyd are abhorrent. It must result in justice and accountability for those responsible. While no action can bring back George Floyd to his family, the officers involved have been arrested and both the Minnesota State and the national justice system are in the midst of full investigations,” said Ambassador McCarter.

The envoy told the protesters that he is confident that justice will prevail in the end.

Following Floyd’s killing, a large population of the American people responded in peaceful protests that later degenerated into violence and widespread destruction of property across many US cities.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump even threatened to deploy the US military to the streets to end the unrest, a response likely to aggravate the largely and justifiable angry population fed up with racism and police violence against blacks.

An autopsy that was commissioned by Floyd’s family and lawyer revealed that he died of “asphyxiation from sustained pressure when his neck and back were compressed by Minneapolis police officers” during his arrest last week.

The pathologist said that the pressure on Floyd’s neck cut off blood flow to his brain.

However, the county’s medical examiner’s report released on June 1, said the cause of death is “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression,” which means the government pathologist concluded Floyd died of heart failure.

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