George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on Monday after a Derek Chauvin, a white officer, in Minneapolis arrested him and pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes. In a video released online, Floyd can be heard saying, "I can't breathe." The video ends with paramedics lifting a limp Floyd onto a stretcher and placing him in an ambulance. Floyd was reported dead shortly after. Police claim Floyd was resisting arrest.
The death is currently being investigated. Four officers involved in the arrest were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department and protests broke out in Minneapolis, Memphis, and Los Angeles over the treatment of Floyd and the circumstances of his death.
Batista and Titus O'Neil both spoke out on the situation.
I recorded this yesterday out of anger and frustration but it didn’t load correctly. I feel like it’s still my responsibility as a human being to post this. I’m sure a lot of people will be able to relate. No comments necessary. Just sending love to my fellow human beings who are also angry and frustrated and not sure where to direct it. --#DreamChaser #OneRace
Titus O'Neil posted on Instagram the difficulties of being a black man and black father, having to explain to his children how why they are treated differently and how many of his peers will never understand.
I'm literally sitting in my car looking at pictures of me and my sons and just came to tears. As a black father this shit is frustrating, hurtful, Scary etc, I’ve been able to teach my kids a lot about life but I’m not equipped to teach or tell my kids or other black and brown kids on how to deal with Type of shit OVER AND OVER AGAIN------I doubt very seriously that my Friends, Coworkers, business partners etc that don’t look like me have EVER had to think about half the stuff I do as a Black Parent trying to Raise two Black Men in this country. I doubt they’ve ever had to Have “The Talk” with their children, I doubt they’ll ever Have to tell their children how beautiful and Amazing they are as much as I tell mine, I doubt they’ll have to wonder if their kids will be okay with driving their cars outside of getting into an accident , I doubt they have to go shopping for Body cameras to install in their kids vehicles, I have a lot of doubts, Concerns, Anger, Frustration and Questions....WHAT I DON’T have is ANSWERS and That’s where many Black and Brown people are at today and have been for years. I can’t explain to them that the outrage people have for hurting Dogs and Animals is deafening, yet the outrage for Killing Black Men and women with A Law enforcement Uniform on seems to be addressed as business as usual. I don’t feel like a SuperHero, I don’t have any answers and I do feel hopeless in this situation. #ImNotOkWithThis @titus11k @tjbullardd @davebautista
Lance Storm also weighed in on the matter.
Mr. Floyd was accused of writing a bad check. He is now dead. Let that sink in. Mass shooters get apprehended with greater care. Although most of them are white. You can let that sink in too.— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) May 27, 2020
The Justice Department said in a statement on Thursday morning that it had made a federal investigation into Mr. Floyd’s death a “top priority” and has assigned experienced prosecutors and investigators to the case.