The Gambia’s foreign affairs ministry called strongly on the United States Tuesday to launch a credible investigation into the death of its national Momodou Lamin Sisay who was reportedly killed in a police shootout on Friday during a protest in Atlanta, Georgia.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked the Gambian Embassy in Washington, D.C. to engage the relevant US authorities, including the State Department to seek transparent, credible and objective investigation on the matter,” a statement said.
The ministry indicated that the country’s honorary council in Georgia and the Gambian Embassy in Washington, D.C. are on the ground to support the family of the deceased.
Momodou Lamin Sisay is the son of Gambian United Nations diplomat Lare Sisay. He was said to have participated in a protest demanding justice for George Floyd, an African-American who died in police custody after an officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes in Minneapolis.
Gambians at home have reacted with anger to the news, with some civil society organizations applying for the police permit to stage a peaceful protest in front of the American Embassy in Banjul to demand justice. Enditem