Pope Francis has called the death of George Floyd at the hands of US police officers tragic and said he is praying for him and all those others who have lost their lives as a result of the sin of racism.
He added on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, that we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism in reaction to the killing of a black man by US police that has sparked nationwide protests as self-destructive and self-defeating.
He added that nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.
Floyd, 46, an unarmed African-American man, suffocated as a white police officer kneeled on his neck, sparking once-in-a-generation demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality.
Protests have been held in cities across the country, mostly peaceful but many descending into mayhem.
Both activists and officials have blamed rabble-rousers for the trouble and thousands of people have been arrested.