Yara Shahidi, Ava Duvernay, and Common Share Thoughts on George Floyd Case


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Celebrities and more government officials express their thoughts on the latest case of police brutality against George Floyd.

Police brutality against black people has been at an all-time high for the past decade now, with the most recent case of George Floyd being on display. The Black Lives Matter movement has always strived to make moves to create awareness of police brutality against black people. In this most recent case, the footage was shown of Minneapolis citizen George Floyd attacked by a police officer who held him down on his neck with his knee.

After several minutes of Floyd crying out that he couldn’t breathe, the police officer still didn’t listen and continued to kneel into his neck. Because the officer would let up, he ultimately cut off George Floyd’s circulation.

Floyd was arrested for an alleged forgery on Monday morning after a person thought him to be the suspect. He was then dragged out of his car, handcuffed, and “resisted physically”. Police reported he later died in a local hospital.

Celebrities and other government officials have expressed their sympathies, anger, frustration, and dismay in regard to this event, including the actress Yara Shahidi, rapper and actor Common, director Ava DuVernay, and Reverend Al Sharpton.

Whether it’s George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Micheal Brown, Sandra Bland, or any other black life that was lost at the hands of the police — both unsolved and resolved — the fight to dismantle police brutality continues. It’s important for people of all races to use their platforms to spread awareness. It is also important for the government and Congress officials to speak out against these injustices. Both the public and private citizens should invest in making the world a safer place for black people to live in.

Rest in Power to George Floyd, we offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends.