In Minneapolis, appeals for peace were made Monday from the brother of George Floyd, a black man who died as a white police officer pinned his neck down a week ago. Such calls also have been also been made by financial services firms based in the region.
The killing have sparked several nights of protests that have turned violent in Minneapolis and other cities across the U.S.
Appearing at the intersection in south Minneapolis where his brother’s life ended, Terrence Floyd said: “In every case of police brutality the same thing has been happening. You have protests, you destroy stuff … so they want us to destroy ourselves. Let’s do this another way,” according to The Associated Press.
RBC Wealth Management said Monday that the community and country are “reeling after the senseless death of George Floyd.”
“It’s clear that there remains a tremendous amount of work to do here in the Twin Cities and across the country to eliminate racism and inequities,” it explained in a statement.
“We’re working to provide more information on how we are supporting our employees, how they can support one another, and how we will stand with the communities that have been most impacted by these events,” added the firm, which as about 2,000 advisors nationwide.
US Bancorp, which includes a wealth management unit, says its staff members and executives “take the safety of our employees very seriously and are heartbroken by these recent events.”
The bank’s commitment “to diversity, equity and inclusion is core to the values of our company, and we will continue to work with local leaders to help our community heal,” it added in a statement.