Over 200 Microsoft employees have urged CEO Satya Nadella to terminate the company's contracts with the Seattle Police Department and other law enforcement agencies after a media report in the U.S. has released police officers following the murder of African American George Floyd, according to a media report.
A number of Americans have been increasingly demanding to disappoint the police after a white policeman kneels on George Floyd's neck for over eight minutes, despite repeatedly requesting that he be unable to breathe in Minneapolis on May 25.
The internal email with more than 250 employees was sent on Monday to Satya Nadella and Executive Vice President Kurt DelBene with the subject "Our neighborhood has been turned into a war zone". This emerges from a report in OneZero.medium, an online portal about technology and science.
The letter urged Microsoft to terminate contracts with the Seattle Police Department (SPD) and other law enforcement agencies. The company is asked to officially support the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and the resignation of the Mayor of Seattle is requested.
"Each of us in the CC line is either a first-hand witness or a direct victim of the SPD's inhumane reactions to peaceful protests," the letter said, according to the copy obtained by OneZero.
The employee who wrote the email said he lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, where protests have become increasingly violent.
"Those who choose to support the movement other than through local protests have also suffered from the results of the SPD response," wrote an employee in the email thread.
In a statement from Microsoft, India-born Satya Nadella said: "As a company, we need to look inside, examine our organization, and do better."
In a previous statement on June 1 condemning the protests, the 52-year-old Microsoft CEO from India said: "There is no place for hatred and racism in our society. Empathy and understanding are a start, but we are have to do more. "
"I stand by the black and African American community and we are determined to build on this work in our company and in our communities," said Nadela, born in Hyderabad.
The murder of George Floyd led to violent nationwide protests calling for an end to police brutality and racial justice.
However, US President Donald Trump ruled out the funding or dismantling of police services in American cities on Monday, saying, "These people are making an enormous contribution to protecting the citizens of our country."
In the meantime, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna has informed Congress that the technology giant has discontinued its facial recognition or analysis software and is firmly opposed to technologies used for mass surveillance, racial profiling, and violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms ".
Arvind Krishna sent the letter to Congress on Monday, detailing detailed political proposals to promote racial equality in America, which have seen widespread protests and demonstrations against the recent murder of African Americans, including that of George Floyd.