“I CAN’T BREATHE.”
George Floyd was killed on Monday 25th May during an arrest. The footage that can be easily found online, shows George faced down on the edge of a road, while a police officer, with his knee on Geoge’s neck arrests him. Derek Chauvin – this is the name of the officer who killed George – did not react to George’s request to be able to breath, until he went limp. Three Other officers were on the scene and did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
At the moment, the FBI and Minnesotan authorities are investigating the death of George Floyd as protests in the streets continued on Wednesday and on social media having such a world echo. Minneapolis mayor – Jacob Frey – joined calls for the four officers involved in this murrder, to be arrested on Wednesday, and he added:
“I’ve wrestled with, more than anything else over the last 36 hours, one fundamental question: Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail? I saw no threat. I saw nothing that would signal that this kind of force was necessary.”
Geroge’s sister, Bridget Floyd said that “all four of them should be in jail for murder”.
The footage shows how peacefully George was complying with officers, and still Minneapolis Police Department released a statement where they said that the victim “physically resisted officers” as he was being arrested, having been accused of using a fraudulent bank note.
“I’m about to die”
And the mind goes back to Eric Garner, killed by police in 2014. The video of the police officer pushing his knee on Geroge’s neck rapidly circulated the internet and deeply touched the entire world: it clearly galvanised Black Communities around the world and especially around US, and led to heavy protests in Minneapolis.
Bob the Drag Queen is one of many other around the world, who have commented on the useless tragedy, calling on allies to use their privilege and speak out about the epidemic of violence faced by Black people. Bob The Drag Queen also added:
“ ‘I’m just not political’ is so over. That time has passed. We need to hear your voices now. While you ‘find your voice’ black people are being killed everyday. EVERYDAY. Trans people are being murdered back to back. It doesn’t have to be poetry. Just say it. BLACK LIVES MATTER.”
"I'm just not political" is so over. That time has passed. We need to hear your voices now. While you "find your voice" black people are being killed everyday. EVERYDAY. Trans people are being murdered back to back. It doesn't have to be poetry. Just sat it. BLACK LIVES MATTER.
— Black Lives Still Matter (@thatonequeen) May 28, 2020
Many other showbiz characters used their social media profiles to protest.
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This is not okay. And it will not stop until everyone does their part. Especially white people. I said it recently and I’ll say it again, do not let your discomfort surrounding social issues prevent you from speaking up for those IN DANGER. And reality is, until this STOPS COMPLETELY – THE BLACK COMMUNITY WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE IN DANGER. DO YOUR PART. THIS INVOLVES YOU TOO. #GeorgeFloyd, I hope you RIP because it isn’t fair so many didn’t do their part to ensure you lived in peace.
— Latrice Royale Inc. (@LatriceRoyale) May 26, 2020
When will the majority of protests & outrage be led by white people & police officers everywhere? These are your people killing us. Why are OUR voices & outrage LOUDER THAN YOURS during these times? WE DIDN’T DO THIS. I’m tired of US HAVING TO DO THE WORK YOU SHOULD BE DOING.
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi Mayweather (@JanelleMonae) May 28, 2020
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) May 28, 2020