Ice Cube Cancels GMA Appearance After George Floyd's Death | 22 Words

On Monday, the tragic news came in that yet another black man has died after a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes, causing him to suffocate to death.

Celebrities across the globe have been speaking out, and Ice Cube is the latest to take a stand, and not everyone is happy...

It all happened on Monday...

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Passers-by in Minneapolis witnessed and filmed 2 police officers "arresting" George Floyd for an assumed forgery incident.

Police found George matching a suspect's description in his car.

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Even though he didn't resist arrest, one of the officers got him on the ground and pinned him there by pressing their knee into his neck.

This position was clearly very painful for him...

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"Please, please, I can't breathe," George can be heard begging in harrowing footage as the officers remain standing.

George's nose begins to bleed...

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"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 he starts to lose consciousness...

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"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, George is completely unresponsive.

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An ambulance arrives, the paramedics check his pulse and move his body onto a stretcher - he was later pronounced dead in the hospital.

George was only forty-six-years-old...

And he did not deserve to die.

The police officers involved have shown absolutely no emotion, regret, or urgency...

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And a huge amount of backlash has hit the headlines.

The officers involved have been put on paid administrative leave, per department protocol...

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And in total, 4 police officers have been fired following George's death. But many feel that more should be done.

The haunting footage of George's death began circulating online...

And it has left millions of people both heartbroken and disgusted.

People all around the world have been left furious over George's unjustified death.

But many are feeling completely hopeless due to the fact that this blatant racism is happening more and more in our country.

When will this violence stop?

And when will police officers who have caused his death be properly convicted for their crimes?

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."

"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."

He then held another press conference on Wednesday...

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And this time, he called for the outright arrest of Derek Chauvin - the officer who is responsible for the murder of George Floyd.

The Mayor pointed out that if any normal person had committed this horrific act, they would be in jail right now.

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"Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?" Frey asked during the press conference. "If you had done it or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now, and I cannot come up with a good answer to that question."

Frey described the decision to fire the officers as "the right call," but he urged the Hennepin County attorney to take further action.

"I'm calling on the Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to act on the evidence before him," he said. "I'm calling on him to charge the arresting officer in this case. We cannot turn a blind eye. It is on us as leaders to see this as it is and call it what it is."

Justice needs to be served.

Derek Chauvin needs to face up to his actions regardless of his position in the police force. He committed murder and there's no way that anybody can dodge that fact.

Protests have been held in George's memory all around the country...

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But Minneapolis has been restless for the entire week now.

The protests started 2 days ago...

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With the permission of the mayor, who allowed them to go out, thousands upon thousands of protesters took to the streets on Wednesday to express their hurt and their anger at the injustice.

But things very quickly turned violent.

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As thousands of people took to the streets, the police force became involved when shops started getting looted and police cars were being attacked.

Police officers in riot gear pelted the crowds with tear gas and rubber bullets...

And when protestors began fighting back, things turned very ugly and the mass brawl continued into the night.

But things were far from over...

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Protests have been held non-stop and last night, a Minneapolis Police Station was set on fire to mark the third evening of rioting.

The 3rd Precinct police station was ruthlessly torched...

And the rioters were seen cheering and letting off fireworks outside the station as the blaze grew.

The scenes are truly apocalyptical...

And even though the protest was to demand justice for George, so many people were left fearful for their own lives in the chaotic streets of Minneapolis.

The Minnesota National Guard has been activated and 500 soldiers are on their way to the city...

Police were nowhere to be seen, and the police department evacuated the building before the fire was set. The fire department hasn't responded either.

Things are looking dire for the city right now...

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And it is currently unknown as to when any sort of peace will be restored.

All over the world, people are demanding justice for George.

And many celebrities are using their privilege and platform to speak up.

Cardi B told fans on Instagram how tired she is of this injustice.

"Enough is enough! What will it take ? A civil war ? A new president? Violent riots ? It’s tired ! I’m tired !"

Florence Pugh emphasized the message of "action over words."

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The actress took to her Instagram stories to speed the message.

"It’s all senseless."

"There has to be a stopping point in the process of arresting someone."

Ariana Grande urged fans to take action.

"Gentle reminder that this doesn’t end today or tomorrow or after you post about it once."

Ice Cube is one of the latest celebrities to speak out.

Ice Cube previously spoke out about Floyd's death on Tuesday, retweeting the viral video of Floyd's arrest and writing: "How long will we go for Blue on Black Crime before we strike back???."

And now, he has canceled his Good Morning America appearance.

He took to Twitter to tell fans the news.

Some weren't happy with his decision, however.

One fan said that the star could have used the platform to raise more awareness.

Ice Cube then responded with this:

"I’m done talking." Stay tuned for more updates.