A number of high-profile athletes and celebrities have expressed outrage at the death of black Minneapolis man George Floyd, who died after being forcibly pinned by white police officers attempting to arrest him, despite his pleas that he couldn't breathe.
The four police officers involved in the deadly arrest have since been fired, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Tuesday. Police said Floyd had been resisting arrest when officers took him into custody on suspicion of forgery. Video shot by a bystander shows an officer kneeling on Floyd's neck as he begs “Please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man.”
After several minutes he became unresponsive and the arrest is now being investigated by multiple state and federal agencies.
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James weighed in on Floyd's death with an Instagram post, saying "Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you?? #StayWoke"
James' post includes side-by-side images contrasting the officer kneeling on Floyd's neck with former San Francisco 49ners quarterback Colin Kaepernick's highly publicized protests against police brutality and racial inequality.
Kaepernick's protest involved him taking a knee during the National Anthem traditionally performed prior to the start of any NFL game. Kaepernick also shared the image contrasting his protest with the disturbing image from Floyd's arrest on an Instagram story, according to ESPN.
Retired NFL star Donte Stallworth also shared video of the arrest on Twitter, bringing up the eerily ironic similarities to Kaepernick's protests.
"What kind of police training instructs you to keep your knee on someone’s neck with all your body weight for several minutes until the person loses consciousness?" Stallworth asked in a follow-up tweet.
Rapper Cardi B also weighed in on Floyd's death, expressing outrage and questioning what the response will be.
"Enough is enough! What will it take? A civil war? A new president? Violent riots? It’s tired! I’m tired! The country is tired! You don’t put fear in people when you do this you just show how coward YOU ARE! And how America is really not the land of the free!" Cardi B said on Instagram alongside a post memorializing Floyd.
"You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life. Not to die in the street, murdered by a white cop’s knee on your neck. You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action. We must act - for you - and for all of those were no cameras are present. We must. #GeorgeFloyd," director Ava DuVernay said on Twitter.
On Tuesday, outrage over Floyd's death resulted in large scale protests in Minneapolis near the site where Floyd was arrested, according to ESPN.
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