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...
via: Getty ImagesPassers-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.
via: TwitterEven 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...
via: Twitter"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...
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 he 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, George is completely unresponsive.
via: TwitterAn 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...
this man, #GeorgeFloyd did not deserve to die. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/w405ouIk5V— moon (@moon)1590639498.0
The police officers involved have shown absolutely no emotion, regret, or urgency...
via: TwitterAnd a huge amount of backlash has hit the headlines.
The officers involved have been put on paid administrative leave, per department protocol...
via: TwitterAnd 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...
SAY HIS NAME. GEORGE FLOYD. HE WAS AN INNOCENT MAN, AND HE WAS MURDERED. HE COULDN’T BREATHE, AND HE BEGGED FOR HIS… https://t.co/7WNH4pzDLY— 🐌 (@🐌)1590620093.0
People all around the world have been left furious over George's unjustified death.
It’s really hard to tweet about this shit bc we have to use our voices but I also don’t want to minimize the depth… https://t.co/FbH2y78hm8— Kiana Ledé (@Kiana Ledé)1590567945.0
When will this violence stop?
Here is Derek Chauvin, the racist cop who kept his knee on #GeorgeFloyd’s neck, cut off his air passage and murdere… https://t.co/Qm20uqqZKB— Ömer Çetin (@Ömer Çetin)1590565427.0
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."
@AttorneyCrump Something is wrong with white cops,they just murder black men like it's hunting season.— Blessed24/7 (@Blessed24/7)1590503025.0
"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...
via: Getty ImagesAnd 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.
via: Getty Images"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.
But we can’t turn a blind eye. George Floyd deserves justice. The Black community deserves justice. His friends and family deserve Justice.— Jacob Frey (@Jacob Frey)1590603456.0
Justice needs to be served.
Apparently, at this moment, #DerekChauvin is hiding in his home trying to get food delivered. Imagine if a video of… https://t.co/gCCwFsS9Yy— Richard Marx (@Richard Marx)1590622294.0
Protests have been held in George's memory all around the country...
via: Getty ImagesBut Minneapolis has been restless for the entire week now.
The protests started 2 days ago...
via: Getty ImagesWith 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.
via: Getty ImagesAs 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...
“Rare Footage” . Protest #Video From #Minneapolis against the killing of #GeorgeFloyd .… https://t.co/k6PH0Bi97p— The Voice Of Liberty® (@The Voice Of Liberty®)1590581647.0
But things were far from over...
via: Getty ImagesProtests 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...
BREAKING: The third precinct police station is on fire. Rioters have taken over https://t.co/AJg4jDr9Tz— Max Nesterak (@Max Nesterak)1590723794.0
The scenes are truly apocalyptical...
No police in sight https://t.co/baiDgxktNi— Max Nesterak (@Max Nesterak)1590726777.0
The Minnesota National Guard has been activated and 500 soldiers are on their way to the city...
This is the view from the Hiawatha Ave bridge where dozens of cars are parked and people are watching the city burn https://t.co/CvC8iyO65c— Max Nesterak (@Max Nesterak)1590729318.0
Things are looking dire for the city right now...
via: Getty ImagesAnd it is currently unknown as to when any sort of peace will be restored.
All over the world, people are demanding justice for George.
Cardi B told fans on Instagram how tired she is of this injustice.
Florence Pugh emphasized the message of "action over words."
via: InstagramThe actress took to her Instagram stories to speed the message.
"It’s all senseless."
My heart can’t take it, seeing what’s happened to #GeorgeFloyd. This is eerily similar to the death of #EricGarner.… https://t.co/CqMQl8fTRb— Ciara (@Ciara)1590530192.0
Ariana Grande urged fans to take action.
please keep signing these petitions, making donations, having conversations w family and friends about it, reading… https://t.co/ymogLq5oHB— Ariana Grande (@Ariana Grande)1590696644.0
Ice Cube is one of the latest celebrities to speak out.
How long will we go for Blue on Black Crime before we strike back??? https://t.co/sXDq7SXl6W— Ice Cube (@Ice Cube)1590501298.0
And now, he has canceled his Good Morning America appearance.
I apologize to everyone expecting to see me on Good Morning America today, but after the events in Minnesota with G… https://t.co/U0TC3uR2g0— Ice Cube (@Ice Cube)1590669474.0
Some weren't happy with his decision, however.
@icecube You could’ve used that platform to bring more awareness to it and also make a statement that needs to be m… https://t.co/MLC20bvfPb— Siti Slicka (@Siti Slicka)1590684077.0
Ice Cube then responded with this:
I’m done talking. These people know right from wrong and they obviously don’t care. So what we talking about? https://t.co/vOQaKFdmxs— Ice Cube (@Ice Cube)1590684376.0