Why is the protest against the brutality of the police racist

Police violence in the USA: out for controversial stranglehold?

After the death of the African-American George Floyd in a brutal police operation in Minneapolis, a controversial stranglehold is said to be banned from arrests in California. The governor of the most populous US state, Gavin Newsom, announced that he would ban a method in which the blood supply to the brain is cut off from the training program for police officers. He also wants to stipulate this in law.

The state of New York also wants to ban the stranglehold. Governor Andrew Cuomo presented a corresponding bill. This also provides for files on past misconduct by police officers to be made available to the public. He hoped the New York Parliament would pass the draft next week, Cuomo said.

The city of Minneapolis itself is already reforming its police force. In addition to being strangled, officials there will in future also be prohibited from holding suspects by the neck, said Mayor Jacob Frey. In addition, all police officers who witness an "unauthorized use of force" by their colleagues would have to report this under threat of punishment. All officers are obliged to intervene in such cases, otherwise they face the same disciplinary measures as the perpetrator.

Trump demands fairness

US President Donald Trump called on police across the country to treat all citizens equally - regardless of their skin color. "That is what our constitution requires, and that is what our country is about," said Trump during an appearance in the White House. Every American should experience the same, fair treatment when encountering security forces.

Trump called the police operation in the state of Minnesota on Monday last week, which led to Floyd's death, unacceptable. "We all saw what happened last week. We can't let that happen." The 46-year-old died on May 25 after a police officer pressed the unarmed man to the ground with his knee on his neck for minutes.

Protesters at a Black Lives Matter protest

Trump has already condemned Floyd's death several times and stressed the right to peaceful protests. However, he is accused of not taking a clear position against racism and not showing enough understanding for the anger over discrimination in the country. For days there have been demonstrations against police violence and racism in many US cities. Some of the protests degenerated into riots and looting.

In this context, Trump once again called on the governors of the states concerned to call in the National Guard to maintain order on their streets. "Get the job done. In the end, you'll be much better off," said Trump. "Call the National Guard. Call me. (...) You have to rule the streets. You cannot let what happens."

Large format protest

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser named a square near the White House after the anti-racism movement "Black Lives Matter". Bowser also had the motto (roughly: "The life of black people count") painted in huge yellow letters on 16th Street.

After the death of the African American George Floyd in the USA, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a statement against racism and police violence by kneeling in front of thousands of demonstrators. Trudeau and Canadian Family Minister Ahmed Hussen took part in a demonstration at Parliament in Ottawa. Trudeau, who wore a white shirt and black mask, knelt in silence for several minutes.

Symbolic gesture: Prime Minister Trudeau kneels in Ottawa

In Canada too, "far too many" people are afraid of the police, Trudeau said before the rally. Many Canadians had suddenly realized that discrimination was a "reality" for many and that it must finally stop. On Tuesday, Trudeau was silent for 20 seconds when asked by a journalist about President Trump's handling of the unrest in the United States and then gave an evasive answer. "We are all watching with horror and disbelief what is happening in the United States," said Trudeau.

wa / ack / kle (dpa, afp, rtr)