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Former President Jimmy Carter is the latest figure to speak out this week in an emotional statement about George Floyd's death.

Keep scrolling to see what he had to say...

The former President has broken his silence on George Floyd's death.

Carter released a stirring statement on Wednesday.

The Black Lives Matter movement has never before been so prominent.

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Last week, on Monday, May 25th, a defenseless black man was killed while in a police restraint.

George Floyd was arrested and forced to the ground...

Where former police officer, Derek Chauvin, proceeded to kneel on his neck, while 3 other officers knelt on his back.

Footage of George's "arrest" quickly circulated on social media...

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And, in the highly distressing scenes, he could be heard begging with the officers to release him and repeatedly saying "Please, please... I can't breathe."

After nearly ten minutes, George was completely unresponsive.

An ambulance arrived and took the unconscious man to hospital but, devastatingly, he was pronounced dead upon arrival. He was only forty-six years old.

4 days after George's death, some justice was served.

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Derek Chauvin, the man who had knelt on George’s neck, was finally arrested. But this wasn't enough...

Chauvin was originally taken into custody and was charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter.

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His bond was set at $50,000, and he is due to appear in court on June 8th.

This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...

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But George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.

Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...

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And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.

But things have been quick to turn violent.

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Protesters became interweaved with rioters and, as they continue to clash with police, the scenes unfolding across our country have been becoming steadily more violent.

It's a truly terrifying time.

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But change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.

But, remarkably, they seem to be working.

Thanks to these riots, the Black Lives Matter movement is dominating global headlines, and it has completely taken over social media.

And of course, the news broke yesterday that Chauvin is now facing an upgraded charge...

He is now being charged with second-degree murder according to Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.

As for the other officers?

Let’s not forget that, while Chauvin is the man primarily responsible for George’s death, 3 other police officers – Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao – also played a significant role in the incident.

Chauvin may have been the one to kneel on his neck...

But alternative footage from the incident shows that 2 other officers were actually kneeling on his back, while a 4th stood on and watched. As reported by the New York Times, it was announced yesterday that Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao have all been formally charged with aiding and abetting murder in the death of George Floyd.

This is only the beginning.

And it's so important that we continue to speak out and use our voices.

Celebrities across the globe have been using their platforms for good.

Including the likes of Meghan Markle (see what she had to say at the end), Kim Kardashian, and Katy Perry.

But the latest person to speak out is Jimmy Carter.

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The ninety-five-year-old former President has shared a statement addressing the death of George Floyd.

Carter said he and his wife Rosalynn are "pained by the tragic racial injustices and consequent backlash across our nation in recent weeks."

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And expressed solidarity with those who are peacefully protesting.

However, Carter condemned the outbreaks of violence across the nation.

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"Our hearts are with the victims’ families and all who feel hopeless in the face of pervasive racial discrimination and outright cruelty. We all must shine a spotlight on the immorality of racial discrimination. But violence, whether spontaneous or consciously incited, is not a solution," he said.

He continued:

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"As a white male of the South, I know all too well the impact of segregation and injustice to African Americans. As a politician, I felt a responsibility to bring equity to my state and our country. In my 1971 inaugural address as Georgia’s governor, I said: 'The time for racial discrimination is over. "With great sorrow and disappointment, I repeat those words today, nearly five decades later," he added.

You can read his full statement below:

Meghan Markle also spoke out this week about George Floyd's death. Keep scrolling to watch the video...