Over the weekend, a fresh set of protests took shape surrounding the death of Rayshard Brooks on June 12, a 27-year-old Black man shot in the back and killed by police at a Wendy's drive-through in Atlanta, GA.
Singer Billie Eilish took to her outrage to Instagram saying, "man F---. watching this video made me so f****** angry. F*** THIS S***. JUSTICE FOR RAYSHARD BROOKS. F*** THIS S**********. #justiceforrayshard !!!! WHY ISNT EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT THIS" on Sunday, June 14 alongside video footage of Brooks.
Eilish’s brother, FINNEAS also stated, "Justice for Rayshard. This is so f***** up man. And such a good example of EXACTLY what’s so f***** up about the police in America. Asleep in his car in a parking lot. Shot to death. Don’t let yourself be numb to this. Don’t let the world stay this way."
Justin Timberlake also weighed in as a father on the news of another senseless killing, writing on Instagram, "As a dad, this photo hurts. #RayshardBrooks was a father of three girls... 1, 2 and 8 years old. He should not be dead."
Timberlake pointed out others who have perished across the nation saying, "Neither should #RiahMilton, #DominiqueFells, and #RobertFuller. This week, these four innocent people became victims of racism, violence, and intolerance. And we’re still waiting for Justice for #BreonnaTaylor. I’m heartbroken for their families and for this country."
"The system needs to change... it has repeatedly shown us that Black people in America are not safe. I’ll follow up with more resources and ways to help. Continue to SAY THEIR NAMES. #BlackLivesMatter."
Bruno Mars took to his Twitter to make a statement about the police officers involved, as well. "They could’ve easily called someone to take him home and protect his life instead of shooting him in the back like some chumps. I’m sick."
Rapper T.I., fed up with the violence being leveled against the Black community and the polarizing dialogue surrounding the issue, was on the ground in Atlanta on Saturday joining the protest and speaking on behalf of Brooks.
“I don't give a damn what your opinion is of the person. I don't give a damn what he did,” T.I. said through a megaphone, in a video captured by Shar Bates. “The man didn’t deserve to die like that. And any policeman out here who stands behind that **** your *** in trouble too, man.”