Miami (tca/dpa) – LeBron James and several celebrities joined the chorus of protesters calling for justice in the death of George Floyd [a black man who died earlier this week after a confrontation with police]

The NBA superstar posted a side-by-side photo of Floyd with an officer’s knee in his neck and [former American football quarterback] Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem.

“This is why,” read the image’s title, a clear reference to Kaepernick’s contentious protest of racial injustice during the 2016 NFL season.

“Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you??” James wrote in the caption.

 

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Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you?? 🤦🏾‍♂️ #StayWoke👁

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Floyd died Monday after a confrontation with Minneapolis police ended in a white officer’s knee held against his neck for several minutes as he repeatedly begged for air. A bystander recorded the encounter, the video of which has since made rounds on social media.

“Please, please, please, I can’t breathe,” Floyd told officers. “My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Please, please. I can’t breathe.”

Miami-born rapper Rick Ross posted an image of Floyd with his “I can’t breathe” quote superimposed over his face.

 

 

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Dam bro. ✊🏿

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Director Ava Duvernay seemingly addressed Floyd in an extensive note on Twitter.

“You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life,” she wrote. “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 where no cameras are present.”

 

Ciara wrote on Twitter, “My heart can’t take it, seeing what’s happened to #GeorgeFloyd. This is eerily similar to the death of #EricGarner. There has to be a stopping point in the process of arresting someone. It’s all senseless.”

 

Diddy meanwhile dedicated several posts to the victim.

 

 

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IT’S NOT US! ✊🏿 #GeorgeFloyd

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While some celebrities demanded answers, others, such as Cardi B, questioned what will it take for change

“What will it take?” she wrote on Instagram. “A civil war? A new president? Violent riots? It’s tired! I’m tired! The country is tired! 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!”

 

In a statement released on Tuesday, Minneapolis police claimed that the four officers were responding to reports of a forgery when the incident occurred. Officers had attempted to detain Floyd but he “physically resisted”. He died in the hospital after “suffering medical distress”, according to police.

The four officers were fired on Tuesday evening as thousands of protesters marched through the Minneapolis streets. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey called for criminal charges to be filed against the officer who knelt on Floyd.

Author: ANA Entertainment