Following the death of an African American man named George Floyd, who was handcuffed and forcibly pinned to the ground by a white police officer, thousands are protesting and celebrities are speaking out.
Footage from Floyd’s death showed the 46-year-old begging for his life and telling four police officers, “I can’t breathe,” as he was being choked by an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck. The video, which was taken by a bystander on May 25th in Minneapolis, quickly went viral on social media.
The four officers involved in Floyd’s death have since been dismissed and the F.B.I. is reportedly conducting a federal civil rights investigation. But many are saying that’s not enough – including celebrities with large social media followings like Naomi Campbell, Justin Bieber and Zoe Kravitz.
On Instagram, supermodel Naomi Campbell posted a black and white photo of Floyd with the words he spoke to police officers as he was dying. “Where does it end?” Campbell questioned in her post.
Chance the Rapper also got involved, posting about a protest at the Chicago Police Department headquarters. Encouraging fans to wear a mask and maintain a safe social distance of six feet apart, he reportedly spoke at the protest calling for an end to police brutality.
Justin Bieber shared the distressing video to his Instagram, declaring, “This must stop.”
Actress Zoe Kravitz shared a similar message alongside a black and white photo of Floyd. “GEORGE FLOYD my heart breaks for you and your family. #policebrutality needs to stop,” she wrote.
Model Bella Hadid posted a photo of Floyd, along with memories from his friends, describing him as “A man of peace.”
Cardi B wrote, “Enough is enough,” as she called the actions of the police officers “coward[ly].”
Other celebrities demanded justice while also sharing resources. Actress Olivia Wilde posted about Floyd on her Instagram, writing, “After the murder, officers called his death a “medical problem.”
And it wasn’t until the video was released clearly showing them choking him, did we finally see the truth. This was a blatant and disgusting cover-up to prevent accountability for their brutal act of police violence.”
Wilde also shared a link in her Instagram stories to Color of Change. The nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization created a petition calling for the officers responsible for Floyd’s death to be blocked from collecting their pensions, banned from working as police officers again and charged with murder.
On Twitter, the messages were similar. Comedian Ellen DeGeneres, wrote, “Listen to the voices of the people closest to a tragedy, then use your voice to lift theirs.”