Heartbreaking tributes paid to 'remarkable' police officer shot dead in Croydon Matiu Ratana, 54, died after being shot at Croydon Custody Centre in south London during the early hours of Friday. He was described as 'lovely' and 'an inspiration'
George Floyd’s killing touches a nerve with Africans who know police brutality at home and abroad
When a high ranking official condemns state brutality against citizens in an interaction between African countries and the United States, Africa is typically on the receiving end.
This week, the tide turned as the African Union (AU) issued a strongly worded statement condemning the killing of George Floyd, the African American killed by Minneapolis police officers. The AU Commission chairpersons statement also extended to the rejection of the continuing discriminatory practices against black citizens as well as a request for the US to ensure the total elimination of all forms of discrimination based on race or ethnic origin.
The message from the AU carried even more potency as it was echoed by statements from US embassies or ambassadors in Congo, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania all condemning the killing. While the condemnations by these embassies are striking and somewhat defer from the core of president Trumps public statements, its a necessary measure if they are to retain legitimacy while engaging local authorities on human rights issues.