The tragic news has come in that yet another black man has died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes, causing him to suffocate to death. Now thousands have taken to the streets of Minneapolis to protest his murder.
And one extremely famous face who has spoken out against the disgusting incident is none other than Colin Kaepernick.
Police brutality is one of society's most lethal issues.
via: Getty ImagesAbout 1 in 1,000 black men and boys in America can expect to die at the hands of police, according to a new analysis of deaths involving law enforcement officers.
It's a harsh reality...
via: Getty Images"That 1-in-1,000 number struck us as quite high," said study leader Frank Edwards, a sociologist at Rutgers University. "That’s better odds of being killed by police than you have of winning a lot of scratch-off lottery games."
This makes black people twice as likely to die at the hands of a police officer than white people...
via: Getty ImagesAnd nothing much has been done in the last few years, despite these harrowing statistics.
It has been predicted that around 1 in 65 deaths will be a black person at the hands of the police.
via: Getty Images"This epidemic is disproportionately affecting black people," said Brittany Packnett, an activist and member of the White House task force on policing. "We are wasting so many promising young lives by continuing to allow this to happen."
The police are more likely to use racial profiling from criminal records...
via: Getty ImagesAnd this is why black people are more likely to be randomly handcuffed, searched, and detained than white people.
This is not okay.
via: Getty ImagesYet nothing seems to be getting done about this imminent problem in our country.
Growing up in America as a black person isnot easy...
via: Getty ImagesAnd sadly, things just seem to be getting worse, even during lockdown.
The tragic death of Ahmaud Arbery has made headlines in the last few weeks.Arbery was shot dead by police in Brunswick back in February while he was jogging through the Satilla Shores neighborhood.
Cellphone footage showing the moment he was shot has prompted national outrage since it surfaced online...The twenty-eight-second video shows Arbery jogging around a neighborhood on a sunny afternoon in late February. The footage ends with 2 loud gunshots.
After the video circulated on social media...
This man was hunted down like an animal and his life was thrown away like he was worthless this could have been me… https://t.co/X2pegmyiIJ— Jay (@Jay)1588806057.0
The pressure has been mounting on the police force to take action against the officers responsible for Arbery's death...
We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn j… https://t.co/r2yPGUnb8c— LeBron James (@LeBron James)1588802793.0
Yetanother tragic incident occurred in our country this week involving a black man and 2 white police officers.
via: Getty ImagesIt happened in Minneapolis on Monday, and passersby filmed 2 police officers "arresting" a black man for an assumed drug-related incident.
Police found the man, who is believed to be in his forties, matching a suspect's description in his car.
via: TwitterWhen he supposedly "resisted arrest", one of the officers got him on the ground and pinned him there by pressing their knee into his neck.
This position is clearly very painful for the man who was identified as George Floyd.
via: Twitter"Please, please, I can't breathe," he can be heard begging as the officers remain standing.
In the disturbing video, the man's nose begins to bleed...
via: Twitter"My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts," he moans as passers-by begin to gather and repeatedly tell the officer to stop leaning on him.
Multiple witnesses are arguing with the officers when the man starts to lose consciousness...
via: Twitter"He's not f****** moving!" one witness shouts as another says, "Get the f*** off him, he isn't moving!" One of the officers responds with, "This is why you don't do drugs, kids."
After around 4 minutes of the officer kneeling on him, the man is completely unresponsive.
via: TwitterAn ambulance arrives and the paramedics check his pulse and move his body onto a stretcher - he was later pronounced dead in the hospital.
Meanwhile, the 2 police officers have shown absolutely no emotion, regret, or urgency.
via: TwitterWhich has caused global outrage.
The officers involved have been put on paid administrative leave, per department protocol.
via: TwitterTwo other members of the Minneapolis Police Department who were involved in Monday's incident have also been fired, and the FBI has launched an investigation into the George Floyd's death.
Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey addressed the incident in a press conference on Tuesday morning, referring to events in the video as "wrong at every level."
via: Getty Images"Being black in America should not be a death sentence. For 5 minutes we watched as a white officer pressed his knee to the neck of a black man. For 5 minutes," he said. "When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense. What happened on Chicago and 38th, this last night, is simply awful."
It has been yet another restless night for those in the state.
via: Getty ImagesWith the permission of the mayor, who allowed them to go out, thousands upon thousands of protesters took to the streets to express their hurt and their anger at the injustice that had taken place less than forty-eight hours ago.
As they took to the streets, police in riot gear pelted them with rubber bullets and tear gas.
via: Getty ImagesIn their hands, they had signs that read "I can't breathe," and "justice for George Floyd." When the police started attacking them, they ran for cover or doused their faces in milk to prevent the horrible after-effects of coming into contact with tear gas.
The protest took an ugly turn when both sides started hurling things at each other.
via: Getty ImagesAs the protest continued into the night, the peaceful protest started getting more and more intense with gas canisters and more bullets being used frivolously.
Footage taken during the protest revealed some pretty disturbing sights.
via: Getty ImagesAt one point, some protesters sit on the ground, while officers throw smoke bombs, tear gas, and flash grenades into the crowds, injuring many.
The photographs have been just as harrowing.
via: Getty ImagesIt seems as though the police in the area still don't understand that people are hurt. They're hurting, just like George Floyd's family, who demand that the officers involved get put on trial. It's 2020, yet lukewarm acceptance of black folks means more deaths at the hands of the state. Black lives do matter.
And now a famous face has spoken up in support of the protests.
He shared his unadulterated thoughts on Twitter.
When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction. The cries for peace will rain down, and whe… https://t.co/oCOivqBZ58— Colin Kaepernick (@Colin Kaepernick)1590683894.0
And now he's set to put his money where his mouth is.
via: Getty ImagesAs Forbes has reported he's working with lawyers in the area to prove legal assistance to those involved in the protests. Want to learn more about Kaepernick's activism? Scroll on.