Beyoncé has joined the growing list of celebrities speaking out against the horrifying death of a Black man at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis.
The clip surfaced on the Internet Monday (May 25) shows a Minnesota officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd for eight minutes; Floyd did not survive the encounter, and during the video he cried out that he couldn’t breathe. The officers involved were fired on Tuesday (May26).
As footage of the confrontation — which seemingly contradicted the official report — spread, protests erupted around Minneapolis and the country.
On the homepage of her website, Beyoncé displayed a photo of Floyd, with the simple but powerful caption “Rest in Power George Floyd.”
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) May 27, 2020
Late Friday night (May 29), Beyonce continued to speak out on Instagram. “We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We’re broken and we’re disgusted. We cannot normalize this behavior,” she said. “No more senseless killings of human beings, no more seeing people of color as less than human. We can no longer look away.” She also pointed out that actions taken against the former police officer don’t signify an end to the ongoing problem. “Yes, someone has been charged, but justice is far from being achieved. We’ve signed a petition and continue to pray for peace and compassion and healing for our county.”