George Floyd Family’s Attorney Asks U.N. To Intervene With U.S. Justice System

Legal representation for the family of George Floyd is appealing to the United Nations to intervene in the case. Attorney Ben Crump says in a news release that he’d like the U.N. to step into the case, pressure the United States to hold the responsible police officers criminally accountable on the Federal level, and to encourage the U.S. to train police officers to de-escalate situations, rather than escalating force, and to push for a system with independent prosecution and autopsies in cases of death at the hands of police.

George Floyd atty calls for UN intervention on the day Floyd is buried and Chauvin appears in court
The casket carrying the body of George Floyd is unloaded at the Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Texas where services will be held for him on June 8, 2020 in Houston,Texas. – Democrats vowed June 7, 2020 to press legislation to fight systemic racism in US law enforcement as the battle for change triggered by the police killing of George Floyd began shifting from the streets to the political sphere. Demonstrations continued across the nation Sunday — including in Washington, New York and Winter Park, Florida — as protesters began focusing their initial outrage over the death of the unarmed Floyd into demands for police reform and social justice. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP via Getty Images)

George Floyd died two weeks ago when a police officer held the man on the ground, with a knee to the neck, while he begged for air and his mother. Speaking at Floyd’s memorial last week, Ben Crump, who is representing the family of the deceased, called the event an act of torture, saying the nation has two justice systems, one for white people, and one that works differently for black people, and that justice requires that the same standards be held for all Americans. PBS has that full video here.

On Monday, Crump shared a news release.

Nationally renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump, the legal team, and the family of George Floyd, has submitted an urgent appeal to the United Nations to intervene in the case of Floyd’s death, encourage the US. government to press Federal criminal charges against the involved officers, and make recommendations for systemic police reform in the United States. The requested forms include de-escalating techniques, independent prosecutions and autopsies for every extrajudicial police killing in an effort to stop further human rights abuses including torture and extrajudicial killings of African Americans to protect their inherent and fundamental human rights.

The full statement goes on to mention other black men and women who have died at the hands of police, including Michael Brown of Missouri and Breonna Taylor, who was shot while she slept by officers conducting a no-knock raid on the wrong house in search of a man who was already in custody. Crump says the U.S. government “has consistently failed to hold police accountable, and did not bring Federal charges even in cases with irrefutable video evidence.”

According to ABC, Derek Chauvin, the officer who applied a knee to Floyd’s neck until he was dead, will appear in court today on charges of second-degree and third-degree murder, and manslaughter. The other three officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao, are also facing aiding and abetting charges for their roles in Floyd’s death. Floyd’s funeral services will also be held today, at the Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Texas

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