Beyonce and Rihanna demand justice for George Floyd

Beyonce and Rihanna have demanded justice for George Floyd after he died earlier this week, during a brutal arrest. Floyd, an unarmed and handcuffed black man, died after being arrested – with footage showing police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck as he cried out: ‘I can’t breathe!’ The four officers involved were fired, and Chauvin was arrested Friday on suspicion of third-degree murder, meaning he has been accused of killing George without prior intent, but with disregard for his life.

Beyonce and Rihanna demand justice for George Floyd

Sharing an emotional video on Instagram, Beyonce begged fans not to ‘normalise’ what happened, and hold people accountable for their actions and she also captioned the video: If you want to demand more charges brought on all those involved in the death of George Floyd, click the link in my bio to sign the petition.

Rihanna also shared a lengthy post on the platform, explaining she has been ‘pushed’ to a heavy place in her heart over what happened.

She told fans: "For the last few days, the magnitude of devastation, anger, sadness I’ve felt has been overwhelming to say the least! Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart! To the point of staying away from socials, just to avoid hearing the blood curdling agony in George Floyd’s voice again, begging over and over for his life!!! The look of enticement, the pure joy and climax on the face of this bigot, murderer, thug, pig, bum, Derek Chauvin, haunts me!! I can’t shake this! I can’t get over an ambulance pulling up to an arrest, a paramedic checking a pulse without removing the very thing that’s hindering it! Is this that fucking normal??? If intentional MURDER is the fit consequence for “drugs” or “resisting arrest”....then what’s the fit consequence for MURDER???!:

The death of George Floyd

The death of George Floyd, an African-American man, occurred in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, when Derek Chauvin, a Caucasian Minneapolis police officer, knelt on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, with 2 minutes and 53 seconds of that occurring after Floyd was unresponsive, according to the criminal complaint filed against Chauvin. Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the road, while Chauvin had his knee on his neck. The three other arresting officers were identified as Thomas K. Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng. Officer Kueng held Floyd’s back while Lane held his legs, and Thao stood nearby and looked on. The four officers were fired the next day.

The death of George Floyd
Police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck, leading to Floyd's death. Taken by onlooker with a mobile phone

The incident occurred during Floyd's arrest in Powderhorn, a neighborhood south of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was recorded on smartphones of bystanders. The arrest was conducted after Floyd allegedly attempted to use a $20 bill in a deli, which an employee identified as counterfeit. Police alleged that Floyd "physically resisted" after being ordered to exit his vehicle before the video was filmed. Surveillance footage from a nearby restaurant however doesn't support the claim, with Floyd shown falling twice while being escorted by the officers. Video recording by bystanders, showing the arrested Floyd repeatedly saying "I can't breathe", were widely circulated on social media platforms and broadcast by the media.


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