For the first time, the chief of staff of the US air force was an African-American – Charles brow, reports the Hill on Tuesday, June 9.
98 members of the US Senate voted unanimously for brown. He was nominated by President Donald trump.
In addition, brown will be the first African-American to join the joint chiefs of staff since Colin Powell, who served as Chairman from 1989 to 1993.
In this position, brown will replace General David Goldfin, who is expected to retire at the end of June.
As the publication notes, brown’s appointment took place against the backdrop of mass protests that engulfed the country over the death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The incident, which caused a public outcry, occurred in late may. 46-year-old Floyd was thrown to the ground by police during the arrest, and one of the guards pinned his neck to the asphalt with his knee. Despite Floyd’s calls to release him because he couldn’t breathe, police officer Derek Chauvin continued to hold the detainee firmly. After the incident, Floyd was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.
After that, protests began in most American cities. They often involve looting, violence against government officials, and hooliganism.
The police officers involved were dismissed, then arrested and charged: on may 29, one of them was charged with negligent homicide, and on June 3, three more were charged with aiding and abetting murder. Despite this, the unrest continues.
Floyd’s family has asked the United Nations (UN) to intervene in the case of his death.