Yet another incident of fatal police brutality against the black community surfaced on social media. The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25, has sparked outrage and a new petition calling for the arrest of the four Minneapolis police officers responsible is gaining traction.
Justice For George Floyd” petition in response to the murder in Minneapolis. Now, the organization claims it’s set to become the site’s largest petition of 2020, garnering over two million signatures in under 48 hours.“
Videos of the incident surfaced last Monday. Per CNN, officers attempted to arrest Floyd on suspicion of forgery. Passersby filmed the incident, showing an officer kneeling on the back of Floyd’s neck. The 46-year-old was face down on the pavement repeatedly screaming, “Please, I can’t breathe!” The officers ignored Floyd’s pleas and those of onlookers, until Floyd went quiet, appearing to lose consciousness. Much later Floyd was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
This latest gut-wrenching instance of a black man dying at the hands of police has once again drawn widespread condemnation and provoked protests across America and the globe. In tandem with this, the “Justice For George Floyd” petition is understandably gaining traction world-wide. Whether you’re based in the US or not, you can join the fight and add your signature here.
Celebrities like Drake, LeBron James, Beyoncé, and Meek Mill have also joined the cry for justice on social media. Scroll down to see their reactions.
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with his knee on his neck, handcuffed and helpless, crying for his life with his face in the street is the most sickening, heartbreaking thing ive seen in a long time. This Officer knew he was being filmed and murdered him with arrogance and Pride. This has to stop!! Until we can over come Racism in America— no one should be allowed to carry a gun. Most of all cops. God Bless you George Floyd Im so sorry for you and your family. And all the senseless killings that have gone before you. Will it ever end? ?? I pray to GOD it does one day. Until then—Fuck The Police! Yea I said it. Im not interested in being PC. Im interested in Justice. @shaunking #georgefloyd #justice #guncontrol
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