On May 25, Minneapolis resident George Floyd was tragically killed by police after one of the four police officers involved in his arrest knelt on his neck in an incident caught on video (warning: the video is very graphic).
46-year-old Floyd died during his arrest leading to his sister Bridget Floyd calling for the four officers involved to be charged with murder as protests are breaking out and investigations into his death have been launched.
The four officers involved were fired yesterday (May 26) after the incident which saw the main officer in question kneeling on his neck for several minutes. He can be heard saying the words “I can’t breathe” while the officer continues planting his knee into his neck.
George Floyd was a member of Houston’s hip-hop community prior to moving to Minneapolis. He worked with prominent artists in the city’s scene including the Screwed Up Click which was led by late icon DJ Screw.
Many artists from the worlds of hip-hop and beyond are reacting to George Floyd’s death calling for a change in the systemic racism displayed through police brutality with decades and decades of incidents showing the issue.
You can see how some artists are reacting below.
FBI investigates death of black man in Minneapolis after video shows police officer kneeling on his neck – The Washington Post ..it’s really not healthy to see white cops killing black men … it’s send a flare of anger and hatred to the brain! https://t.co/OnfXcDyOyX
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) May 26, 2020
Another Brother Murdered on Video.. Now watch it end up HIS fault.. https://t.co/7PqWRdRADe
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) May 26, 2020
The F.B.I. knows exactly who the racist are in each police department and still let them keep there jobs until something like this happens. Stop sitting on critical information. Weed them out and get them out…NOW! #jonnycomelatelyagain https://t.co/X7ny0wsRQX
— Ice Cube (@icecube) May 27, 2020
I can’t post the video 😡, I can still see the killer with his hands in his pocket and knee on the neck of a handcuffed black man🙏🏿rest in peace 🙏🏿 #georgefloyd and I hate him and all the cops that was there for it pic.twitter.com/KXNWD1uJs8
— Tity Boi (2 Chainz) (@2chainz) May 27, 2020
fuck the Boyz 🚔🖕🏼
fuck white privilege
i’m ashamed someone who looks like me could treat another human like this, but they been doing it since the beginning of time.
our generation has be the one’s to stop it
my loyalty’s with the people
fuck the system
fight the system
— 🙇🏼♂️ Blonde Don (@machinegunkelly) May 27, 2020
My heart is utterly sickened and sad from thinking about the murder of George Floyd.
Another INNOCENT person of Color murdered by the hands of the very people sworn to serve and protect.
When I say ALL COPS, I… https://t.co/6lXTJXom1C
— thehomelessgospelchoir (@thgchoir) May 27, 2020
How many more people of color are we gonna have to watch be tortured by a system that will never un break itself? When will the majority of police officers do their actual jobs instead of instilling fear over protection? 💔 #BlackLivesMatter #RestinPeace #GeorgeFloyd 💔 pic.twitter.com/kvrUqcTw6R
— Adore Delano (@AdoreDelano) May 27, 2020
— Luke Holland (@LukeHolland) May 27, 2020
rest in power #GeorgeFloyd an unarmed black man who was murdered by a police officer ON CAMERA. this system is failing the people it should protect. where is the accountability?
— h (@halsey) May 27, 2020