Mort de George Floyd : l'agent Derek Chauvin poursuivi pour homicide volontaire

04 Juin, 2020, 13:13 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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Les Américains ont battu le pavé pour la huitième nuit d'affilée, malgré le ton martial de Donald Trump, déterminé à restaurer l'ordre en recourant si besoin à l'armée.

Derek Chauvin, un policier blanc âgé de 44 ans qui a maintenu son genou contre la nuque de George Floyd, un homme noir de 46 ans, a été limogé de la police, puis arrêté avait été dans un premier temps été inculpé vendredi dernier de meurtre au troisième degré, qui correspond à un homicide involontaire en droit français.

"Nous sommes reconnaissants de ce développement important avant que ne soit inhumé le corps de George Floyd", a ajouté la famille, en référence aux obsèques de la victime prévues la semaine prochaine.

Le geste du genou à terre, popularisé en 2016 par le joueur de football américain Colin Kaepernick, est devenu un symbole de protestation contre les violences policières aux États-Unis.

A Washington, plusieurs milliers de personnes, dont la sénatrice démocrate Elizabeth Warren, ont manifesté pacifiquement jusqu'à bien après le couvre-feu de 19H00.

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La mort de George Floyd a mis en colère toute l'Amérique.

Le Minnesota a annoncé l'une des premières initiatives concrètes en réponse aux demandes des manifestants, avec l'ouverture d'une enquête sur la police de Minneapolis. Peu après minuit, les télévisions ont montré la police tirant des gaz lacrymogènes mais la situation semblait globalement calme.

"Le médecin légiste officiel en charge de l'autopsie révèle que George Floyd est mort par " homicide " à cause de la " pression exercée sur son cou ".

C'est une question plus large, et elle s'inscrit dans une crise systémique plus large sur laquelle l'UA peut engager les États-Unis, en termes de ce qui doit être fait, a-t-il dit.

Joe Biden, candidat démocrate à la présidentielle du 3 novembre, l'a accusé mardi d'avoir "transformé ce pays en un champ de bataille miné par de vieilles rancunes et de nouvelles peurs", promettant de "guérir les blessures raciales qui meurtrissent notre pays depuis si longtemps".

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