Several high-profile athletes and actors have taken to social media to voice their outrage over the death of George Floyd, a black man whose neck was pinned down by a police officer in Minneapolis. Floyd, 46, died Monday night while in police custody.
A bystander's video showed officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck while he was handcuffed. The video captures Floyd begging for help and was heard telling officers multiple times, "Please, please, please. I can't breathe."
Chauvin, a 19-year veteran, had at least a dozen conduct complaints against him.
Several protests have broken out across the country since the video went viral -- turning violent in Minneapolis. A CNN crew was arrested Thursday night, and one man was shot. Protesters have allegedly been looting stores, and a police precinct was set on fire.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Seth Rogen, Steve Carell, and Ben Schwartz have set up and begun donating to a fund to help bail out Minneapolis protesters.
LeBron James posted on Instagram Tuesday referencing Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback who famously kneeled during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice.
"George Floyd. My grandfather was named George Floyd Garner. I never met him, he died when my father was a boy. I have spoken this name with love my entire life, but now with even more meaning. I see the images of the police officer in Minnesota pinning George Floyd to the ground and think—I bet this same officer would step in to stop someone from kneeling on a dog’s neck. And yet, here he is. My heart breaks. “May God protect me”, sings @keedronbryant. Please God protect him. And please, lead us out of these troubled waters."