LeBron James, Meek Mill, and More React to George Floyd's Death

The image of a white officer kneeling on a black man's neck has been juxtaposed with Colin Kaepernick's #TakeaKnee protest against police brutality.

George Floyd protest

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George Floyd protest

Notable figures across entertainment, sports, and politics are speaking out against the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who allegedly suffocated while being detained by police.

The tragic incident occurred Monday in Minneapolis, after officers attempted to arrest Floyd on suspicion of forgery. A passerby filmed an officer kneeling on the back of Floyd's neck, as the 46-year-old was face down on the pavement screaming, "Please, I can't breathe!" The officer ignores Floyd's pleas and refuses to release the man from his hold. Moments later, Floyd goes quiet and appears to lose consciousness. He was transported to the hospital and was pronounced dead.

LeBron James and Snoop Dogg were among those who juxtaposed the disturbing image of the kneeling officer to a photo of Colin Kaepernick's #TakeaKnee demonstration against police brutality. Kaepernick's girlfriend, Nessa, retweeted the side-by-side pictures, which showed "This ..." over the officer and "...Is Why" over the former 49ers QB.

Retired NFL athlete Donte Stallworth echoed the message in a tweet that included footage of Floyd pleading for his life.

Four responding MPD officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been terminated.

This is the right call.

— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 26, 2020

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo confirmed Tuesday that the four officers involved in the incident were no longer with the department. City mayor, Jacob Frey, shared a subsequent tweet stating the unidentified officers had been terminated.

Huge protests have broken out in the streets of Minneapolis over the killing of #GeorgeFloyd by Minneapolis police pic.twitter.com/kXSIt4vLcy

The FBI and state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating Floyd's death, while the Hennepin County Attorney's Office is working with federal prosecutors to determine if criminal prosecution will be pursued.

"We promise a thorough, expedited review consistent with our on-going commitment to justice," the county attorney's office said in a statement. "Every person is entitled to fairness; no person stands above the law."

On Tuesday night, thousands of protestors flooded the streets of Minneapolis calling for an end to police brutality as well as justice for Floyd. According to Star Tribune, demonstrators were met with police in riot gear who fired tear gas and sandbags. The outlet reports protestors were seen throwing water bottles and other items at officers, causing police SUV windows to break.

"This will happen again if we don’t get out in front of this," community activist Al Flowers told the Tribune about the clash. "[This is] one of the most egregious murders I’ve ever seen."

Flowers added that the officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck should face prosecution. 

They Going Crazy In Minneapolis Rn💯👏🏾 #ICantBreathe #GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/6efmPeDMa1
When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction.

The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance.

We have the right to fight back!

Rest in Power George Floyd

After another night of protests erupted, Colin Kaepernick took to Twitter to make his thoughts be known, writing, "We have the right to fight back!"

After all these videos of cops beating us like slaves we still don’t have no protection... nobody haven’t issued a order for the police to stop killing us! Is that not possible? Or they just saying protect yourself??? https://t.co/HXuLC9HLZz

— MeekMill (@MeekMill) May 26, 2020

Celebrities, politicians, and sports stars have made calls on social media using the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #GeorgeFloyd.

You can read some of the reactions below.

How long will we go for Blue on Black Crime before we strike back??? https://t.co/sXDq7SXl6W

— Ice Cube (@icecube) May 26, 2020

Not sure I need to watch another lynching video. Just that picture: the casualness of that cop, hands in pockets, surrounded by accomplices & armed to make up for his physical deficits, kneeling on George Floyd's neck and murdering him, makes me vomit rage. Justice for this man. https://t.co/N6Iz7z5XfI

— Jeffrey Wright 🥜 (@jfreewright) May 26, 2020

His name was #GeorgeFloyd. This is murder. This is not ok and we must demand justice. #BlackLivesMatter

— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) May 26, 2020

This is murder. Disgusting. Seriously, what the hell is wrong with US???? https://t.co/wesEwd4Bb2

— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) May 26, 2020

Here's the sad reality: what happened to George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery & Christian Cooper has gone on for generations to Black Americans. Cell phones just made it more visible.

Dismantling systemic racism in our nation starts with demanding justice & holding offenders accountable.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 26, 2020
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 pic.twitter.com/JeMNUtkXv6

My statement on the officer-involved death in Minneapolis: pic.twitter.com/HUoGfXEj7R

— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) May 26, 2020

The video of a Minneapolis police officer killing a defenseless, handcuffed man is one of the most vile and heartbreaking images I’ve ever seen. The officer who stood guard is just as responsible as his partner; both must be held fully accountable. This must stop now.

— Mayor Melvin Carter (@MayorCarter) May 26, 2020


— DeMarcus Lawrence (@TankLawrence) May 26, 2020

This was the perfect example. The guy was just standing there. What is their standard? What happened to holding your peers accountable to the pledge they took to “protect and serve”? https://t.co/pnIrN6mfn0

— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) May 26, 2020
The black community needs our help. They have been unheard for far too long. Open your ears, listen, and speak. This isn’t politics. This is human rights.

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