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The Delhi High Court on Monday said incidents of police brutality violate citizens’ rights and referred to the killing of African-American man George Floyd in the United States in May 2020, reported Live Law.

“Let no one have to repeat the tragic last words like George Perry Flyod, Jr – ‘I can’t breathe’,” said Justice Najmi Waziri while ordering an inquiry into the beating of two persons by Delhi Police officers in January.

On May 25 last year, four US police officials detained Floyd after he had allegedly used a counterfeit bill at a store in Minnesota. One of them, Derek Chauvin, kneeled on Floyd’s neck even as he pleaded for help and gasped for air. Floyd was unarmed.

A widely shared video showed Chauvin knelt on him for nearly nine minutes. “My neck hurts,” Floyd had said. “Everything hurts. I need some water or something, please. Please? I can’t breathe officer.”

He died on the spot. An autopsy commissioned for Floyd’s family found that he died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression.

Floyd’s death had sparked widespread protests across cities in the US and around the world against police brutality.

On Monday, the Delhi High Court was hearing a petition by Mohd Areeb Umar and Umair Siddiqui, who alleged that they were mercilessly beaten…

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