The U.S. ambassador to Senegal called the death of George Floyd a ”serious breach” of American ideals on Wednesday (June 10) after receiving a letter of condemnation from a local African-U.S. solidarity group.

”This death reminds us of the global responsibility in terms of the defence of human rights and the need for all law enforcement to be accountable,” said Tulinabo Salama Mushingi outside the U.S. embassy in Dakar.

His comments came following the presentation of a letter from Le Collectif de Solidarite Afrique-US, a collective of civil society organisations, academics and trade unionists, which described Floyd’s death as a ”racist, unbearable and despicable crime”.

The group also organised protests at an area of Dakar designated as a slavery memorial site, to remember George Floyd and call for an end to police brutality.

Floyd, 46, died after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while he was held face down in a street in Minneapolis on May 25.

His death, which unleashed a surge of protests across U.S. cities against racism and the systematic mistreatment of black people, also inspired anti-racism protests in several countries in Europe and across the world.

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