After the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis this week, many people have been standing up and calling for justice, as well as revolution.
Rapper and actor Ice Cube asked his fans on Twitter just how much more "crime" must be committed against black Americans "before we strike back?"
“How long will we go for Blue on Black Crime before we strike back???” Ice Cube tweeted in response to the video of Floyd suffocating beneath the knees of a Minneapolis officer.
How long will we go for Blue on Black Crime before we strike back??? https://t.co/sXDq7SXl6W
— Ice Cube (@icecube) May 26, 2020
After the video went viral, showing what actually happened, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced the firings of four Minneapolis Police Department officers.
“This is the right call,” Frey tweeted.
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
“Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” he continued. “For 5 minutes we watched as a white officer pressed his knee to the neck of a black man, for 5 minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help, this officer failed in the most basic human sense.”
Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told reporters he would cooperate fully as the investigation proceeds and the department will have its own internal investigation.
He added that based on additional information he received, he called in federal authorities to conduct a probe because he’s concerned about possible civil rights violations.
Frey said during the press conference that he understands that people are angry and have the right to protest, but urged caution and continued social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Floyd’s arrest happened near a Cup Foods at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street on Monday. Police were called to investigate a report of someone trying to pay with a counterfeit bill at the grocery store and found a man matching the suspect’s description on the hood of his car, according to police and scanner audio posted online.
Police spokesman John Elder reported that Floyd was taken into custody after he “physically resisted." However, body cameras showed that he was not held in a department-authorized chokehold.
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