While millions of protesters across the United States are fighting for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and all victims of police brutality; other countries have citizens who are fighting just as hard for those suffering from it in their own backyards. On Tuesday (June 2), thousands in Paris, France took to the streets to demand justice for Adama Traore, a young black man who also died in police custody.
His death has been at the center of controversy for some time in the French city and people want answers. Many of the protesters fighting for his justice were actually inspired by the protests that are currently taking place in the states. “Today we are not just talking about the fight of the Traore family. It is the fight for everyone. When we fight for George Floyd, we fight for Adama Traore,” Adama’s older sister Assa said during the large demonstration. “What is happening in the United States is an echo of what is happening in France,” she added.
Adama was only 24 years old when he passed away. According to outlets, he was taken into custody after being found hiding in a home following a police chase that lasted about 15 minutes. While in the police vehicle, he lost consciousness and was pronounced dead at the police station. Adama was still handcuffed when EMTs arrived at the scene.
One of the three cops involved in his arrest admitted that he was pinned down with their bodyweight. “Last Friday, French medical experts exonerated the three police officers, dismissing a medical report commissioned by the young man’s family that said he had died of asphyxiation,” Arab News reports. “Adding to the controversy, a new probe commissioned by the Traore family said Tuesday that his death was caused by the arrest technique used by the officers, a source said.”
Unfortunately, this story sounds eerily familiar to Floyd’s. Moreover, back in January of this year, a 42-year-old man also suffocated to death as a result of Parisian cops pinning him down to the ground, as well.