Following the death of George Floyd, a whole host of public figures, including Michelle Obama, Rihanna and Beyoncé, have utilised their social media platforms to send powerful messages and demand justice.
Earlier this week, footage appeared online showing Floyd, who was African American, struggling for breath and crying out "I can't breathe" and "Don't kill me" while a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes as other officers stood by. Floyd, a 46-year-old father, was pronounced dead after being taken to a nearby hospital.
The distressing video, which was filmed on Monday in Minneapolis, Minnesota, depicts another incident in a long history of police brutality against black people. Floyd's death also follows the recent high-profile deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man shot and killed while he was jogging, and Breonna Taylor, a black woman gunned down by the police in her own home.
According to CNN, four Minneapolis officers were fired and an FBI investigation was ordered as a result of the incident.
The day after Floyd's death, protests erupted throughout America calling for an end to police brutality and demanding justice for Floyd. Signs saying "I can't breathe" flooded the streets as protestors chanted "No justice, no peace".
Celebrities have shared heartfelt responses as they call for change and action:
Kim Kardashian West
I’ll just say it: a lot of politicians are scared of the political power of the police,and that’s why changes to hold them accountable for flagrant killings don’t happen. That in itself is a scary problem.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 27, 2020
We shouldn’t be intimidated out of holding people accountable for murder.
Tracee Ellis Ross
You can donate to demand justice for George Floyd
- Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, has started a GoFundMe to assist his family in their time of grief and need. DONATE HERE
- The Minnesota Freedom Fund, a grassroots organisation currently working with the National Lawyers Guild and the Legal Rights Center, will use donations to bail out arrested protestors and to supply those on the field. DONATE HERE
- Reclaim the Block, a grassroots organisation based in Minneapolis, will use funds to address community needs. DONATE HERE
- Black Visions Collective, which is based in Minnesota, focuses its work on transformative justice in the state. DONATE HERE
- North Star Health Collective is a group of street medics, radical health organisers, and community health trainers based in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and will use funds for gear and medical supplies on the field. DONATE HERE
- Organisers in Louisville, Kentucky–the city that Breonna Taylor lived in–have created a community bail fund for protestors. DONATE HERE
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