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UDP urges U.S. gov’t to investigate all deaths in hands of police

Jun 4, 2020, 10:52 AM | Article By: Pa Modou Cham

The secretary general and party leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) Lawyer Ousainou A.N.M. Darboe yesterday issued a statement on behalf of his party, calling on the U.S. government to thoroughly investigate all deaths in the hands of law enforcement officers and reassure the family of nations across the globe that police-citizen interactions would not continue to be fatal encounters for minorities.

The Gambia politician stated that the recent events surrounding local police in jurisdictions within the United States have ended in tragic loss of lives including one that involves a Gambian citizen Momodou Lamin Sisay who lived in Atlanta.

While the circumstances in all of the cases vary, he said the pattern and parties consistently involved minorities as victims and this has understandably aroused grave concerns within the United States and the broader global community.

He said the UDP is adding its voice as an act of solidarity to all who ask in righteous indignation why routine law enforcement interactions seem to end in disproportionate loss of black lives.

“Furthermore we have witnessed cases where the Police or the broader law enforcement agencies in the State of Georgia failed to diligently investigate a case where an African American jogger was effectively executed in broad daylight. Authorities only acted weeks later after video of the killing surfaced. It is very troubling when the world’s oldest continuous democracy seems to be unable or unwilling to uphold one of the fundamental tenets of its constitution which is the equal protection of all its citizens under the law.”

He added that this undermines faith in the leadership of the United States to champion rights across the world and gives succour to bad leaders who are inclined to violate the rights of one or more segments of their societies.

Darboe expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families of George Floyd, Momodou Lamin Sisay of the Sisay Family of Kudang in The Gambia and all other African Americans who lost their lives as a result of excessive use of force by the Police.

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