Adama Traoré was celebrating his 24th birthday on July 19, 2016, when three police officers detained him using their body weight. By the time he was returned to the police station, he was unconscious and could not be resuscitated.
Like Floyd, Traoré was black, and his death sparked huge protests in France, where the police’s record of violence and racism has yet to be corrected.
For four years, his family has demanded that the French police be held responsible for the death of his brother in police custody. No one has been prosecuted. Medical experts are unable to agree that the way he was brought under control killed him or an underlying medical condition. The attention to death was gone.
Now the anger at the murder of George Floyd in the United States is giving new impetus to their campaign.
“It is a strong and powerful echo,” Assa Traoré told Reuters in an interview in Beaumont-sur-Oise, the neighborhood near Paris where his brother lived.
The Traoré family and their supporters are calling for a national day of protests in France this week.
“All the clarifications brought to the George Floyd affair recalled the many other victims who died under the same conditions as George Floyd,” said Almamy Kanoute, a French actor involved in the Traoré campaign.
“We are not saying that the police in France are the same as in the United States. But the deadly techniques used in the United States are the same as in some European countries, the same ones that kill the same type of people. “
Report by Noemie Olive, Lucien Libert and Yonathan Van der Voort; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky
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