The fatal arrest of George Floyd has everyone speaking out.
Following the release of the viral video where a Minneapolis police officer can be seen placing his knee on the back of George Floyd’s neck while he yells, “I can’t breathe” before he subsequently died in police custody has the country on edge. The outrage to the video recorded by a bystander was swift and ultimately lead to the firing of four police officers, and while that move was necessary, it’s still not enough.
Protesters hit the streets demanding that officers involved in the death of Floyd, 46, to be charged with murder. While on social media, outspoken athletes like LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick have also used their large platforms to speak out against incidents. In an Instagram post that featured Kaepernick taking a knee and the officer with his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck with the pointing why Kap did what he did on the football field with the caption:
“Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you?? 🤦🏾♂️ #StayWoke”
Kaepernick also chimed in by sharing a tweet via his Instagram stories using the same two photos. They were not alone; other athletes, celebrities, and political figures have also chimed in on the matter demanding justice. Retired NBA ballers and now analyst Stephen Jackson shared an IG video where he reflected on Floyd, whom he referred to as “twin” due to them bearing a striking resemblance to each other.
Until those four officers are arrested and charged with murder, the unrest will continue. You can peep the other reactions to Floyd’s senseless killing allegedly at the hands of the Minnesota police in the gallery below.
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Worlds honestly sickening. It really is..... no explanation— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) May 27, 2020
DONE BEING QUIET AND DONE BEING ANGRY. HOW CAN WE FEEL SAFE WHEN THOSE MEANT TO PROTECT US ARE KILLIN’ US?!!!! WHEN WILL MINORITIES BE FREE TO BE AMERICANS IN AMERICA!?— DeMarcus Lawrence (@TankLawrence) May 26, 2020
If I was in attendance I would have been arrested for sure https://t.co/odtTz8cKhg— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) May 27, 2020
SICKENING!!! I HAVE NO WORDS MAN!!! https://t.co/vrFJAcRw55— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) May 27, 2020
If anybody that follows me is not outraged about these senseless attacks on BLACK MEN, please stop following me! If your spirit is not disturbed, please stop following me! This inflicted Pain but it will never inflict FEAR... sorry, were not made like that! #BlackMenMatter pic.twitter.com/A9tSSzOSh6— Lisa Leslie (@LisaLeslie) May 27, 2020
I’m tired. My soul is tired. My heart is heavy. But I can’t stay quiet. That privilege isn’t afforded to me. All I can do is rest so I can get back up and fight another day. I fight for my brothers and sisters who can’t get up, who can’t fight, who can’t breathe. #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/NLsyI51X29— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) May 27, 2020
The video of George Floyd’s last moments is horrific. To treat anyone’s life with such disregard is monstrous. It is also a devastating reminder of other acts of violence against black Americans.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 27, 2020
Justice demands an independent, criminal investigation. https://t.co/GqLKbjlzjn
Michael Brown— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) May 27, 2020
When will it be enough? It’s time we reform policing in this country.