The death of George Floyd was a grave tragedy and should never have happened. The United States’ justice system is taking action to seek accountability for Mr. Floyd’s death, including through ongoing investigations at the federal and state levels.
No one is above the law, and security forces around the world should be held accountable. Minnesota authorities have charged one police officer with murder for Mr. Floyd’s death, and the U.S. Attorney General has announced a federal civil rights investigation.
Though these challenges are difficult to address, the United States and free and open societies around the world are strengthened through the debates produced through our citizens exercising their right to free speech and held accountable through freedom of the press and rule of law. The United States is proud of the role we have played in defending and advancing human rights and fundamental freedoms around the world. Governments that take human rights seriously are transparent and welcome conversations about addressing concerns and making improvements.