George Floyd’s brother called on the United Nations to begin a probe into instances of racism and police brutality in the U.S., Reuters reported Wednesday.
Philonise Floyd asked the UN Human Rights Council to set up an independent commission to investigate the deaths of black people in police custody along with violence toward peaceful protesters in America, according to Reuters.
“The way you saw my brother tortured and murdered on camera is the way black people are treated by police in America,” he said via video to the Geneva forum.
George Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes.
“I hope that you will consider establishing an independent commission of inquiry to investigate police killings of black people in America, and the violence used against peaceful protesters,” he added.
UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet noted the “gratuitous brutality” of Floyd’s death, and said the protests were the “culmination of many generations of pain”.
“You in the United Nations are your brothers’ and sisters’ keepers in America, and you have the power to help us get justice for my brother George Floyd.
“I am asking you to help him. I am asking you to help me. I am asking you to help us black people in America,” Philonise Floyd continued.
He also condemned the treatment of protesters in the wake of his brother’s death, saying “when people dared to raise their voice and protest for my brother they were tear-gassed, run over with police vehicles.”
The request comes after the UN Human Rights Council agreed Monday to debate the allegations of systemic racism and police brutality in the United States. The US is not a member of the 47-nation forum. (RELATED: United Nations Human Rights Body Will Examine Police Brutality And Racism In The US)
The call for a UN Investigation also comes as lawmakers present police reform legislation, specifically targeting no-knock policies and body cameras. President Donald Trump signed a police reform executive order alongside Senate Republicans Tuesday.