As BlackLivesMattter rings across the world and prejudices against black people takes the spotlight, Gambia’s government wants the US to conduct a “transparent” and “credible” investigation into the death of its citizen in the city of Atlanta.
The victim was allegedly shot by a police officer following a car chase.
Gambia’s foreign ministry said the victim, son of its diplomat, was a 39-year-old Momodou Lamin Sisay who died on 29 May.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) noted that Mr Sisay refused to stop when pulled over for vehicle licence violation and that he fired at the officers first.
He allegedly pointed a handgun at the officers when he eventually stopped before firing at them and an exchange of gunfire ensued.
He was pronounced dead at the scene according to Gambia’s foreign ministry who also said:”The Honourary Consul in Georgia and the Gambian embassy in Washington DC are on the ground to support the family of the deceased and to also work with U.S authorities in establishing circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Sisay.”