This past weekend, both JAY and Queen Bey relied on the power of social media to speak out.
The ongoing protests following the police killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor took a chaotic and risky turn, as police were recorded tear-gassing protesters in Minneapolis, driving vehicles through crowds in Brooklyn, beating men and women with batons in Los Angeles and tasering a Black couple in Atlanta trying to make it to their home. It is unclear if the three other officers who were on the scene and did nothing while Chauvin essentially choked Floyd to death will be charged. Security footage and videos taken by civilians show arresting officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than 8 minutes as Floyd pleaded for his life and died shortly after. Have the courage to look at us as humans, dads, brothers, sisters and mothers in pain. "I mean, everybody said, 'well, we all saw with our own eyes what happened there. If you're white, black, brown and anything in between, I'm sure you feel hopeless by the racism going on in America right now", said Beyoncé. George is all of our families and humanity. "He is our family because he is a fellow American".
Ellison said any further charges will proceed "based on the facts that we can prove".
Minnesota governor, Tim Walz, revealed on May 31 that he had received a call from JAY-Z regarding the killing of George Floyd on May 25. It was a dad - and I think quite honestly a black man - whose visceral pain of this that he knew. "They don't believe justice can be served", he said, adding that they believe the system works to deny "justice to communities of color". "Not global performer, but dad stressing to me that justice needs to be served". He knows that the world is watching. Walz then announced that state attorney general Keith Ellison will head up prosecutions connected to Floyd's death, rather than the local county attorney.
Protesters had a variety of demands, including arresting all four police officers involved in Floyd's death, appointing an independent special counsel to prosecute the killing and the resignation of Freeman. "I am not going to create a situation where people can say this was a rush to judgment".