Outside of the U.S., the recent death of Arboleda and Lopez bring to the forefront the seriousness of police brutality and racism around the world.
As protests spread across the country demanding racial justice, Latin music artists are also breaking their silence on Anderson Arboleda, a young black man who recently died at the hands of police in Colombia.
On May 19, Arboleda, a 19-year-old Afro-descendant man, was allegedly beaten outside his home by local police officers for breaking the quarantine curfew. He was hit multiple times on the head with a baton and tear-gassed, according to his mother Claudia Arboleda, reports El Tiempo. Arboleda, who aspired to become a soldier of the Military Police and sold face masks in his town, was pronounced dead due to brain death on May 20 at Valle del Lili clinic in Cali.
Arboleda’s story came to light in a tweet by ChocQuibTown’s Goyo (real name: Gloria Martinez), just days after a video of George Floyd's death surfaced showing police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck. “Racism is when police murder a young negro in Puerto Tejada supposedly for failing to comply with the quarantine. And this isn’t reported by big media outlets. Is this not enough to outrage a country?”