With the killing of George Floyd and now Oluwatoyin Salau, US is facing a fresh series of protests on racial discrimination. People in America allege that black men’s life-and-death issues are ignored on a daily basis. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has urged the US to make immediate structural reforms to end racial discrimination and to uphold its obligations under the relevant international conventions.
A study conducted University of Florida states that the life expectancy for Americans who are born black is nearly seven years less than that for Americans born white. The discrepancy results from the life-threatening effects of discrimination. The practice of racial discrimination is not very recent in America. There’s a huge list of facts where American blacks have faced discrimination. Let us look at a few cases which caught the world’s attention and revived the century-long forgotten issue of the USA.
- George Floyd
Floyd died on May 25 in Minneapolis under police custody after the police department received a call from a grocery store claiming that George had used a forged cheque. He was arrested in a street where the police officers had pushed him back to the ground with his hands cuffed behind and officer Derek Chauvin’s knee pressing against Floyd’s neck. His words “I can’t breathe” didn’t reach the officers ears while he continued pressing him down for minutes that caused his death.
2. Rayshard Brooks
Brooks died in Georgia on Sunday when he was shot twice in the back the Atlanta Police officers after a confrontation in the parking lot. It was when Brooks struggled with the officers after they administered a field sobriety test and tried to take him into custody that he tried to run away with a stun gun he took from one of the officers.
Rayshard Brooks, father of 4 daughters, had fallen asleep in his car in the restaurant’s drive-thru line when he was questioned the police. Authorities in Georgia ruled that the fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks outside the Atlanta Wendy’s was a homicide that could have been otherwise avoided and alternative measures adopted.
3. Oluwatoyin Salau
19-year-old Oluwatoyin ‘Toyin’ Salau was found dead in Tallahassee after protesting over Black lives lost in recent incidents. Her body was found along with 75-year-old Victoria Sims, on Saturday. The Tallahassee Police Department has arrested a suspect, Aaron Glee, aged 49 on grounds of homicide.
Toyin was last seen on June 6 when she tweeted about her sexual assault. The tweet said that Salau had left some belongings at the church where she was seeking shelter and the man who offered her ride to recollect the belongings molested her later while she tried to sleep.
It is not clear whether Glee is the same man who molested Toyin.
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4. Ahmaud Arbery
On the afternoon of February 23, 2020, Arbery was out for a jog in the coastal city of Brunswick when he was confronted two white men – Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, and was shot dead.
Gregory McMichael and his son had armed themselves with a pistol and a shotgun and pursued Mr Arbery in a pickup truck through the neighbourhood. An autopsy report showed Mr Arbery had two gunshot wounds in his chest, and a gunshot graze wound on the inside of one of his wrists.