George Floyd case reignites calls to tackle racial injustice in UK policing

UK Police patrol car

source: The Guardian
published: 21 April 2021

The conviction of a US police officer for murdering George Floyd has reignited calls to tackle racial injustice in British law enforcement, with campaigners calling for an end to a “culture of impunity.”

Video of white officer Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd in Minneapolis last May by holding his knee on the unarmed black man’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds triggered protests around the world.

Campaigners have said his conviction on Tuesday on all three counts – second and third degree murder and manslaughter – should be a catalyst for change in the UK after 30 years in which no officer has been convicted of murder or manslaughter for a death following contact with police.

Andrew George, president of the National Black Police Association, said: “There is much more work needed to create a fair and equitable police service for all communities both in the US and here in the UK.

“In the UK, we enjoy a better system of accountability than communities in the US. However, we still have issues of racism and the disproportionate use of police powers against black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.”

He added: “The NBPA will continue to push the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) on fulfilling their commitment to race through their action plan. We hope this conviction acts as a catalyst to drive actions that are much needed right now.”

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