Cher has apologized for her comments on George Floyd after being accused of having a “white savior complex”…
It comes as former police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial continues in Minneapolis.
Read on for details on the trial and to find out what Cher said.
Now, the world changed forever on May 25th, 2020 when George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was ruthlessly killed by police officers…
And it caused global outrage.
Floyd tragically died after a police officer pinned him on the ground and knelt on his neck for almost 9 minutes.
And the independent autopsy confirmed that he had passed away as a result of “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.”
This pressure had cut off blood flow to his brain, the autopsy concluded.
In the days following the incident, there was an overwhelming demand for the 4 police officers involved to face criminal charges for their actions.
Their names were Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao.
Well, the day after Floyd’s death, it was announced that all 4 officers had been fired…
And after an overwhelming surge of anger and protest, the officers were arrested just days later.
Derek Chauvin, the man who had knelt on George’s neck, was arrested and charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter.
His bond was set at $50,000 before he faced an upgraded charge of second-degree murder, according to Minnesota Senator, Amy Klobuchar.
Floyd’s family still have to live and deal with the devastating loss.
Something that will never get easier.
And now, less than a year after Floyd’s death, Derek Chauvin’s murder trial has finally begun…
And his charge for third-degree murder has been reinstated, which comes after a Court of Appeals ruling asked Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill to reconsider restoring the charge based on its precedent in a separate case.
Earlier last month, Cahill said he had to reinstate the charge because he was “bound” by the Court of Appeals ruling.
Chauvin had tried to appeal to block the charge from being reinstated, however the appeal was blocked by the Minnesota Supreme Court.
The additional charges now mean that prosecutors have another route to convict him.
Speaking to Buzzfeed, Ted Sampsell-Jones, a Mitchell Hamline School of Law professor said, “For example, if the jurors were divided about second-degree murder, they could settle on third-degree murder as a compromise.”
Well, Chauvin’s trial has now kicked off in Minneapolis…
And what happened outside of the courtroom was truly touching.
Floyd’s brother took a knee in front of Hennepin County Courthouse for 8 minutes and 46 seconds – the length of time Chauvin knelt on his brother’s neck.
Reverend Al Sharpton, Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump, Floyd’s nephew Brandon Williams and other supporters joined the brother, Philonise Floyd, in his silent act of protest.
It was a moment of both solidarity and protest…
And for everyone who was there, the raw emotion in the air was undeniable.
And as for what happened in the courtroom?
According to the Daily Mail, the prosecution started by playing the horrifying video of the moment the former cop dug his knee into Floyd’s neck as he cried out, “I can’t breathe.”
Trial attorney Jerry Blackwell told the jury in his opening statement, where he argued that Chauvin “betrayed the badge” when he crushed the life out of Floyd:
“You can believe your eyes. That it’s homicide, it’s murder.”
If convicted of the most serious count, Chauvin could face up to forty years in prison…
But if he’s found guilty of manslaughter, he faces a maximum penalty of ten years; though he could be free within 5.
Online, many social media users have discussed the ongoing trial…
Including “Believe” singer, Cher.
The seventy-four-year-old took to Twitter with a suggestion that she would have stepped in to save Floyd.
In a now-deleted tweet, she wrote: “Was talking with Mom & She Said ‘I Watched Trial Of Policeman Who Killed George Floyd, & Cried … I Said ‘Mom,I Know This Is Gonna Sound CRAZY, But.. I Kept Thinking … Maybe If I’d Been There, … I Could’ve Helped.”
Of course, many hit back at her claim.
Accusing the singer of having a “white savior complex”…
But now, she’s apologized for her comments.
Cher took to Twitter yet again, writing: “I Just got off phone With Friend Karen.Told her what Happened,& Realized,You Can P*ss Ppl Off,& Hurt Them By Not Knowing Everything That’s”NOT Appropriate”To Say.I know Ppl Apologize When They’re In a Jam,BUTTO GOD,IM TRULY SORRY If I Upset AnyOne In Blk Community.I Know My.”
Before following up yesterday to add that she has now completed some soul searching.
And acknowledges that the wording of her tweet was wrong.
She wrote: “These last days have been Hard,Soul Searching, Painful Ones. My Wording Was Wrong/Imprecise. When I’m Over-emotional I Should Wait,Walk Away, Then Twt.I Felt Sorrow,& Did Wish I Could have Helped George.Sometimes you can feel what you can’t Explain in a twt.Sorry is All I Have”
Stay tuned for more updates on the trial.