Tell US Police - No more racist murders
Updated: May 30
LINKE Berlin Internationals statement on the murder of George Floyd
On 25 May 2020, Minneapolis police officer Derek M. Chauvin handcuffed and murdered 46-year-old George Floyd in broad daylight.
Chauvin was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department, along with officers Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng. None was initially charged with a crime.
We stand in solidarity with the protestors demanding justice for Floyd and for Black Americans everywhere. Protestors have been met with yet more police violence, including the use of tear gas, pepper spray, stun grenades, and rubber bullets on protestors.
Reports from mainstream outlets, from the Minneapolis Police Department to the New York Times, had divested Chauvin of responsibility — writing “man dies during police interaction” and “man dies in police custody.”
Before murdering Floyd in broad daylight, Chauvin shot and killed Wayne Reyes in 2006, shot Iral Latrell Toles in 2008, and shot Leroy Martinez in 2011.
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who served as the state’s chief prosecutor from 1999-2007 and who now seeks entry into the 2020 election as Joe Biden’s running mate, failed to investigate Chauvin for his murder of Reyes.
Floyd’s murder is not only part of a broader pattern of racist police violence across the United States. It is also exemplary of the 400-year long history of white supremacist exploitation, dehumanisation and public lynching in the U.S.
There has been already pressure by the mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey for prosecutions. This is a good sign, but it does not go far enough. We welcome the fact that Derek Chauvin was arrested after 3 days of rioting. But the other killer cops are still at large.
We condemn the arrest of a non-white CNN reporter by cops saying they were "only following orders". Given the events of recent days, people of Minneapolis, and particularly People of Colour, have no reason to trust the local police.
Instead. we support the Minneapolis bus drivers and other trade unionists who have refused to transport demonstrators to jail. Such solidarity against racism and repression shows the way forward.
We support the international protests against racism and in solidarity with George Floyd that will be taking place this week-end. We urge people of Berlin and elsewhere to take part in your local demo:
Please encourage your friends, comrades, and global anti-racist communities to demand the swift arrest of Floyd’s murderers, and sign this petition.
Donate to the Black Lives Matter Global Network here.
This statement is now also available in German.