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.
The Black Lives Matter movement has never before been so prominent.
via: GettyLast 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...
this man, #GeorgeFloyd did not deserve to die. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/w405ouIk5V— moon (@moon)1590639498.0
Footage of George's "arrest" quickly circulated on social media...
via: TwitterAnd, 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.
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
4 days after George's death, some justice was served.
via: Getty ImagesDerek 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.
via: Getty ImagesHis 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...
via: GettyBut George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...
via: GettyAnd 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.
via: GettyProtesters 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.
via: GettyBut 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.
BLACK WOMEN MATTER. BLACK MEN MATTER. BLACK CHILDREN MATTER. BLACK FAMILIES MATTER. BLACK POSSIBILITIES MATTER.… https://t.co/y6dlDWKPN3— a gem (@a gem)1591104461.0
And of course, the news broke yesterday that Chauvin is now facing an upgraded charge...
Minnesota's Attorney General Keith Ellison elevates the charge against ex-officer Derek Chauvin to second-degree mu… https://t.co/2l8o6FpdP9— BBC News (World) (@BBC News (World))1591228388.0
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.
THEYRE CHARGING THE OTHER 3 OFFICERS AND RAISED THE DEGREE. KEEP SIGNING PETITIONS, KEEP DONATING, KEEP CALLING. THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING— gabryelle (@gabryelle)1591208344.0
Celebrities across the globe have been using their platforms for good.
But the latest person to speak out is Jimmy Carter.
via: Getty ImagesThe 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."
via: Getty ImagesAnd expressed solidarity with those who are peacefully protesting.
However, Carter condemned the outbreaks of violence across the nation.
via: Getty Images"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.
via: Getty Images"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:
STATEMENT FROM FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER (corrected) https://t.co/kpTrPgukSi https://t.co/WudUuNSHmX— The Carter Center (@The Carter Center)1591214060.0