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Lena Waithe, Wanda Sykes, Ruby Rose & more LGBT celebs demand justice in the death of George Floyd

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Being Black In America Should Not Be A Death Sentence. I’m tired of typing “Rest in Peace”, I wish BLACK men could live in peace.⁣ ⁣ Rest in Power #GEORGEFLOYD | call Minneapolis Mayor @jacobfrey1 (612)-673-2100 + the DA (612)-348-5550 and demand the prosecution of all officers involved including Derek Chauvin (Badge 1087) and Tou Thao (Badge 7162). ⁣ ⁣ All 4 police officers have been officially fired, but now we need them arrested and CHARGED. ⁣ ⁣ Not on our watch. ⁣ This must end.⁣ Say his name.

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The cops being fired isn’t enough. You get fired for stealing office supplies, this is murder. JusticeforFloyd: Text 'Floyd' to 55156 to demand the officers who killed #GeorgeFloyd are charged with murder. . . It happened again. His name was George Floyd, and on May 25th he was murdered by Minneapolis police officers. George Floyd was a Black man, who was murdered in broad daylight after a grocery clerk called the police thinking he was writing a bad check. For seven minutes, George laid on the street while officers Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao held their knee on his neck as he was struggling to breathe. He lost consciousness and yet they continued to strangle him. Numerous bystanders pleaded with the police officer to let him go, while Floyd said the words “I can’t breathe,” several times, but the officer refused to remove his knee from Floyd’s neck. After the murder, officers called his death a "medical problem." And it wasn't until the video was released clearly showing them choking him, did we finally see the truth. This was a blatant and disgusting coverup to prevent accountability for their brutal act of police violence. This is incomprehensible. His life was taken in a senseless act of violence at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department, all for being “suspected” of writing a bad check. Police continue to hunt down Black folks in cities across America and we refuse to sit silent. It was not too long ago we heard Eric Garner utter the same last words, “I can’t breathe.” And just months ago, officers stormed Breonna Taylor’s home and murdered her in a botched investigation. We must honor George Floyd’s life by seeking justice for him and his family. Officers Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao, and two other officers who were present, were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department. Though it does not absolve them, the officers were held accountable for murdering George Floyd, so this is a step in the right direction. We are also calling on Mayor Jacob Frey to ensure the officers 1) do NOT receive their pensions and 2) are BANNED from ever becoming police officers again. Text 'Floyd' to 55156 to demand #JusticeForFloyd.

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This is not enough. There must be arrests and charges filed. It sickens me that we live in a society where that is even a question. George Floyd’s family deserves justice. Ahmaud Aubrey’s family deserves justice. Or “justice” will cease to mean anything. From @nytimes – A bystander’s video in Minneapolis shows a white police officer pressing his knee into a black man’s neck during an arrest on Monday evening, as the man repeatedly says, “I can’t breathe” and “Please, I can’t breathe.” The man, who was identified as George Floyd, died a “short time later,” the Minneapolis Police Department said. In the video, Mr. Floyd, lying facedown in the street with his hands cuffed behind his back, becomes silent and motionless after a few minutes; the officer continues to pin the man to the pavement with his knee. Bystanders plead and curse, begging the officer to stop and telling him the man’s nose is bleeding. As the shocking video spread on social media on Monday night, the arrest quickly drew comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in New York Police custody in 2014, after an officer held him in a chokehold. Mr. Garner’s repeated plea of “I can’t breathe” — also recorded by a cellphone — became a rallying cry at demonstrations around the country against police misconduct. On Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis tweeted that the four responding officers involved in the case had been terminated. “This is the right call,” he said. The FBI and Minnesota law enforcement authorities are investigating the arrest.

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I had a naive hope that as the world reopened, we as a collective conscious, would have gained a far greater understanding of how connected we are and how important it is to lead with love. I thought people would be faced with the beautiful fact that we are all in this life together. All beautiful perfect equal human beings.. and yet we open up to a mass shooting, a woman calling the police on a black man threatening his life for NO REASON and then this most horrific news. Enough ENOUGH HOW DO WE END THIS CYCLE!! ITS ALREADY GONE ON FOR CENTURIES TOO LONG #georgefloyd #blacklivesmatter #endpolicebrutality RP @jennifer_euston_casting ・・・ go to my stories to see the video. it wouldn’t repost here. it’s a living nightmare. #georgefloyd #icantbreathe #murder #blacklivesmatter

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His name is George Floyd. Big Floyd to friends and family. He was murdered like an animal by those who swore to protect and serve! We must demand justice! His life mattered. #georgefloyd

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