Floyd shines light on systemic injustice against racialized, Indigenous people | Angelique EagleWoman – The Lawyer’s Daily

by ahnationtalk on June 4, 202060 Views

June 04, 2020

The United States is engulfed in protests because yet another police officer, aided by other officers, has used unlawful lethal force to kill a black man. This time it happened in Minneapolis, but unfortunately it is all too common in North America for black men to be killed by law enforcement. Black lives matter. In the Western Hemisphere, the Atlantic slave trade started as European colonizers decimated the populations of native peoples. White plantation owners in the aftermath of genocidal policies against native peoples replaced the enslavement of native peoples with the enslavement of people kidnapped from Africa. On stolen native lands, black lives were not honoured or protected.

The lack of humanity continues today as the video watched around the world documented the senseless killing of George Floyd who did not resist arrest and whose very breath was hard-pressed out of him. In Canada, the brutality against racialized individuals needs to be addressed with appropriate prosecution of law enforcement officers using lethal force as well. For example, teenager Dafonte Miller was beaten and lost an eye due to the alleged aggravated assault of two off-duty police offers, who are also brothers, with the verdict still pending from the conduct occurring in 2016. Indigenous peoples have also borne the brunt of this brutality when simply living their daily lives or when protesting the desecration of their rightful lands by the law enforcement representing the governments, federal and provincial, responsible for allowing or promoting that exploitation.

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