George Floyd’s family appeals to U.N. for support for U.S. police reform

NBC reports George Floyd’s family and his legal team released on Monday a letter they sent to the United Nations requesting recommendations for police reform in the U.S.

The group sent a letter on June 3 to one of the international body’s working groups asking for support for the end of the provision of military equipment and military-type training for police, the teaching of deescalation techniques, independent prosecutions and autopsies for “extrajudicial” police killings, and more.

“When a group of people of any nation have been systemically deprived of their universal human right to life by its government for decades, it must appeal to the international community for its support and to the United Nations for its intervention,” Floyd’s family attorney Ben Crump said in a press release.

The Minneapolis Police Department announced last month that the FBI would be part of the investigation into Floyd’s death.

Per Newsweek, last Wednesday, Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, called out “structural racism” in the U.S.

“The voices calling for an end to the killings of unarmed African Americans need to be heard. The voices calling for an end to police violence need to be heard. And the voices calling for an end to the endemic and structural racism that blights US society need to be heard,” Bachelet said.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres issued a more general statement on Friday about the problem of racism around the world.

“The fight against racism is at the core of the @UN’s work. But if racism exists everywhere, it exists within the United Nations. Yesterday, staff joined together to express solidarity with victims & share concerns,” Gutteres tweeted. “We must move forward with introspection, honesty & action.”