Since Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis, several large and small American cities including Atlanta have seen protests, some of which have turned violent.
Last Friday, when Rayshard Brooks was shot in the back and killed by an Atlanta police officer, the city suddenly became the country’s new ground zero.
“In our own city and state, recent killings and the failure of the state to prosecute perpetrators of anti-black violence have shocked the nation and caused special grief to Georgians already reeling from the killing of Ahmaud Arbery and the painful recognition that racially motivated attacks are commonplace in the United States,” the Carter Center wrote. “While Black Americans have lived this reality for hundreds of years, many other Americans are only just confronting this painful violence due to video evidence that brutally lays bare the injustices that have long been present.”
The deaths of Arbery, who was killed in the Brunswick area by neighborhood vigilantes, and Floyd and Brooks, who were killed by police, were all recorded.
Ahmaud Arbery supporters participate in an impromptu peaceful march in Brunswick, Thursday, June 4, 2020. A judge found probable cause against 3 suspects in the Ahmaud Abrery case. The case will now be bound over to the Georgia Superior Court. (ALYSSA POINTER / ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
The Carter Center said the deaths were examples of how human rights and democratic rights, which the center advocates for abroad, are being violated in America, arguing that “true equality has not been achieved in our country.”
“The death of yet another African American man, Rayshard Brooks, at the hands of police in Atlanta last week once again emphasizes that America must come to grips with its long history of systemic racism and ensure full respect for and protection of the human rights of all, as established in our Bill of Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” the statement read. “We must all actively participate in weaving a new social contract based on equality for all. Now is the time for deep and sometimes painful, but necessary reflection - followed by concerted action.”