Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian West, Cardi B and more stars are speaking out about the tragic death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died after a police officer held him down by the neck with his knee for an extended period.
Floyd was arrested for suspicion of forgery outside a deli. Video of his arrest shows Floyd, who is black, repeatedly telling a white police officer kneeling on his neck that he couldn’t breathe.
The officer didn’t let up for more than seven minutes, and according to CBS Minnesota, the 46-year-old was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Four officers were fired Tuesday for their roles in the incident, CBS News reports. The FBI is taking part in the investigation.
President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday, “At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd… I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!”
….I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
Beyoncé remembered Floyd with a post on her website. “Rest in power George Floyd,” she wrote, below what looks like a yearbook photo.
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George Floyd was killed at the hands of 4 officers in Minneapolis on Monday. The video is abhorrent. He should be alive. Getting killed by the police is the 6th leading cause of death of young black men in this country. White friends: We can’t let our discomfort, ego, or belief that this work doesn’t include us, prevent us from acknowledging our privilege and that we have the burden of dismantling white supremacy. We do. We can not be complacent. We can not be silent. We need to have this conversation with our families and friend and coworkers. Let’s turn outrage into action. It starts with texting FLOYD to 55156 to demand that the officers who murdered George Floyd are arrested and charged. The link in my bio was compiled by @sarahsophief and has tangible things we can all do to educate ourselves (articles, films, who to follow on social media, organizations that need our funding, etc…) and disrupt the system from which we benefit. #georgefloyd
“Enough is enough! What will it take ? A civil war ? A new president? Violent riots ? It’s tired ! I’m tired ! The country is tired !” Cardi wrote on Instagram. “You don’t put fear in people when you do this you just show how coward YOU ARE ! And how America is really not the land of the free !”
Jamie Foxx wrote, “Do we need any more proof that if you are a man of color when it comes to Police procedure we are at a deadly disadvantage?… No need to sugarcoat it… Two white men carry out mass murders that kill over 32 people… One of the mass murderers sat down in the church with the black members and then proceeded to kill them and was calmly taken into custody… #whydotheyhateus.”
LeBron James posted a side-by-side photo of Floyd’s arrest and Colin Kaepernick kneeling on a football field with the text, “This… is why.” “Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you?? 🤦🏾♂️ #StayWoke👁,” he captioned the post.
“How is this possible again??” Rita Wilson asked. “George Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. Said his neck hurt. Said everything hurts. He wasn’t armed. How does this happen???? Again???”
“This is what it means to be Black in America. Tried. Convicted. Killed for being Black,” Viola Davis shared. “We are dictated by hundreds of years of policies that have restricted our very existence and still have to continue to face modern day lynchings. Here’s the thing……America will never be great until we can figure out a way for it to work for EVERYBODY!!! “I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued”……. RIP George Floyd 🙏🏿.”
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This is what it means to be Black in America. Tried. Convicted. Killed for being Black. We are dictated by hundreds of years of policies that have restricted our very existence and still have to continue to face modern day lynchings. Here's the thing……America will never be great until we can figure out a way for it to work for EVERYBODY!!! "I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued"……. RIP George Floyd 🙏🏿
See more reactions to Floyd’s tragic death below.
Police fire tear gas into a peaceful protest of George Floyd’s murder but stood like the goddamn Queen’s Guard when white assholes w guns storm the state capitol protesting HAVING 2 WEAR A MASK IN A PANDEMIC. We live in 2 America’s & if this doesn’t make it clear ur a dummy— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) May 27, 2020
rest in power #GeorgeFloyd an unarmed black man who was murdered by a police officer ON CAMERA. this system is failing the people it should protect. where is the accountability?— h (@halsey) May 27, 2020
You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life. Not to die in the street, murdered by a white cop’s knee on your neck. You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action. We must act – for you – and for all of those were no cameras are present. We must. #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/JeMNUtkXv6— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 27, 2020
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Call: This man was a human being but he was killed like an animal !! I finally got the courage to watch this long excruciatingly painful video of the cruel murder of this young man at the hands of a vicious, evil , abusive sadistic piece of feces! I am so hurt and angry right now that i don’t know what to do with myself !! Every human being in the world should band together to protest this animal behavior by all of these cops they are all complicit!!! . We have to think that what if this could be our son !! No matter what color you are people , you must stand up for this young man ! Do the right thing !!!!!! Speak out !!!! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 call the governors office don’t rest until they are all on prison!!! Call or write mayor demand the arrest of these monsters! Mayor’s email @jacobfrey Phone : mayors office 612 6732100 please call leave message