On May 25, the world felt a turmoil of emotions after yet another civilian fell victim to police brutality in the United States. The incident occurred in Minneapolis, where a 46-year-old African-American man, George Floyd, died in police custody. Therefore, it sparked outrage across the globe, including all forms of entertainment industries. Well-known personalities from the field of sports to the music industry and even the gaming industry have stepped forward with their condolences. Some have strongly condemned the shocking incident, and rightfully so.
All this happened after a social media video surfaced, showing George Floyd handcuffed and pinned against the road by police officers. The cops were attending his case for suspected forgery. One such Caucasian officer pressed his knee against the suspect’s neck for several minutes. Unable to move or breathe, the 46-year-old male succumbed to his death due to suffocation.
This latest incident of alleged racial discrimination by cops has flamed massive protests across the United States. Consequently, protestors demanding justice for Floyd’s murder have damaged and torched several buildings, structures, and vehicles. Some have even resorted to looting. Meanwhile, the police officers involved in the killing were suspended, and the FBI has started its investigations.
Top Mixer streamer, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins elaborated how the police brutality unfolded and called for charges against the four policemen involved.
Meanwhile, Jessica Blevins, wife and manager of Ninja, spoke about the victim and aftermath of the gruesome incident. While the murder angers her, like all of us, she also believes that looting isn’t a solution.
Professional Call of Duty League team Minnesota ROKKR delivered their condolences to George Floyd and his family. They stand with the community in the aftermath of the unjust killing. And also with those who are regular victims of racism and violence.
DJ Marshmello shared an artistic image showcasing the critical moments that led to the demise of the victim. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd
Marcel Cunningham, better known as BasicallyIDoWrk, reminded Twitter that black lives matter. He further asked everyone to stay safe amidst the ensuing chaos.
KEEMSTAR responded to people who say looting and rioting doesn’t solve the issue. “The riot is to express anger through destruction,” said the DramaAlert creator.
Former CS: GO player, Mohan “Launders“ Govindasamy, explained how the destruction harms both parties, civilians, and cops. “Good people will have to clean up your mess,” he concluded.
Malik Forté, an Esports host for the Overwatch League, outlined how peaceful protests escalate to riots. Moreover, he drew comparisons of the scenario with the Cincinnati Riots of 2001.
While violence might not be the right process, neither was the police brutality and racial discrimination that turned George Floyd into a memory. As a result, the authorities must take the strictest actions against the officers and bring justice to the victim and his family.