The killing of George Floyd, a black American man, by some officers of the Minneapolis police department (MPD), has provoked criticism on social media platforms.
Floyd was killed on Monday. Video clips of the incident had surfaced on the internet where a white officer was seen kneeling on his neck for nearly ten minutes.
The deceased, who laid on the ground as captured in one of the video clips, was heard saying: “Don’t kill me.”
Residents of Minneapolis took the streets on Tuesday to stage a protest against the killing of the 46-year-old. Teargas cannisters, flash bombs and rubber bullets were also fired by police officers in a bid to disperse the crowd.
Some of the protesters also took to social media platforms, especially Twitter, to register their annoyance while also demanding justice for the deceased.
“I have always been a supporter of law enforcement. I have even worked for law enforcement in a paid capacity. However, I cannot stay silent on #GeorgeFloyd. There’s nothing no one can say to justified this man’s killing. The officers were fired but they must also be prosecuted,” a Twitter user said.
” This man said what exactly I wanted to say. From the principle of justice. I CALL For DEATH Penalty for these Criminals. #ICantBreath #GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatters,” another user said.
Here are what some users had to say:
I have always been a supporter of law enforcement. I have even worked for law enforcement in a paid capacity. However, I cannot stay silent on #GeorgeFloyd. There's nothing no one can say to justified this man's killing. The officers were fired but they must also be prosecuted.
— Gianno Caldwell (@GiannoCaldwell) May 27, 2020
This man said what exactly I wanted to say.
— I CAN’t Breath (@XpsHttp) May 27, 2020
He was murdered!#GeorgeFloyd was Murdered live on camera while the guy murdering him had his hands in his pockets like it was nothing. Appalling shit.
Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/MqJqIF2nyj
— Giovanna Parker (@nesta_giovanna) May 27, 2020
It’s absolutely disgusting this. Properly boils my blood and really fucking shocks me, however the more you look into these incidents, it’s not much of a shock…
— Alexander Christopher Bagnall (@AlexanderSoper) May 27, 2020
I can’t post the video 😡, I can still see the killer with his hands in his pocket and knee on the neck of a handcuffed black man🙏🏿rest in peace 🙏🏿 #georgefloyd and I hate him and all the cops that was there for it pic.twitter.com/KXNWD1uJs8
— Tity Boi (2 Chainz) (@2chainz) May 27, 2020
The response of law enforcement to the ARMED anti-lockdown protesters (to “free them” to get haircuts)
the response to people protesting the murder of an innocent black man, #GeorgeFloyd, by police.
Will you finally lend your voice, energy to fight for black lives? pic.twitter.com/mcPQueddkR
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) May 27, 2020
It’s morning and we need some answers from @MayorFrey about the use of tear gas, flash bombs and rubber bullets by police in Minneapolis last night. Yesterday we welcomed clear talk & swift action in response to the video of the killing of #GeorgeFloyd. We need the same today. https://t.co/G3gyjb5xRx
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) May 27, 2020
The death of #GeorgeFloyd should be condemned by all in law enforcement and our extended community. His death serves as a stark reminder that when bad policing happens, it disproportionately impacts communities of color and poor communities. This is what players are protesting. pic.twitter.com/gRbX6CTHRJ
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) May 27, 2020
So sick of this happening to our people! On top of that nothing being done about it . Something has to be done and many things have to be changed! Rest In Peace #georgefloyd 🙏 pic.twitter.com/BW27nJMMyK
— Trinity Fatu (@NaomiWWE) May 27, 2020
I am literally speechless with anger at the #GeorgeFloyd killing. This is the kind of senseless brutality that undermines black Americans’ faith in the system. Hell, it undermines mine!
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) May 27, 2020
I feel for #GeorgeFloyd. He should be alive. I dont want pity, I want change.
— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) May 27, 2020
I cried yesterday. I couldn’t breath either. I’m so sick of this shit. Protests and marching are NOT WORKING …this is not a BLACK ISSUE…this is a HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE. #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/KMRt7RMa8P
— Rickey Ray (@RRickeyRRay) May 27, 2020
For real. This was my thought before I even saw this picture. When #GeorgeFloyd got choked to death by the police the people around begged to stop. They were witnessing a murder and couldn‘t do anything about it. I mean who should they have called? The police? What an irony. pic.twitter.com/aJtjlMn5Fd
— airsign (@airsign3) May 27, 2020
— Tony Caldwell (@tonycaldwell) May 27, 2020
Security cameras captured moments before the murder of #GeorgeFloyd. He was clearly NOT RESISTING arrest… So WHY did Minneapolis Police officers use excessive force that ultimately resulted in his death?! WE DEMAND ANSWERS. #JusticeForFloyd #SayHisName pic.twitter.com/4yGxvTY2Ln
— Benjamin Crump, Esq. (@AttorneyCrump) May 27, 2020
One of them did a mass shooting killing 9 people. The other was wrongly accused of writing a false cheque.
— P-R-E-S-H #BBNaija (@seyitanfumi) May 27, 2020
— Alison Greene (@GrassrootsSpeak) May 27, 2020
#GeorgeFloyd should be alive. That is justice. Everything else is accountability. And his family deserve at least that.
You want to give us justice? Stop the police from killing people. Permanently. And become the kind of anti-racist neighbors who make this world safe for us. pic.twitter.com/PQS2MLdiCF
— brittany packnett cunningham does not do remixes. (@MsPackyetti) May 27, 2020
There is no reason to continuously share imagery of Black people being murdered. Not only is it deeply traumatic, it also continues to normalize it.
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) May 27, 2020
“100 yrs ago the American white men used to put on a white sheet & use a bloodhound against Negroes. Today they have taken off the white sheet and put on police uniforms and traded in the bloodhounds for police dogs, and they're still doing the same thing.”#MalcolmX #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/SCxAhjL6f2
— Etan Thomas (@etanthomas36) May 27, 2020
For the very fact that I share the same skin color with Floyd, I'd say "Firing them is not enough"
How on earth will you kneel on a man's neck for 8mins+?
— Future Pepsi Ambassador (@Obong_Hanson) May 27, 2020
It appears that some join the police force with an agenda…#GeorgeFloyd
— Karen Hunter (@karenhunter) May 27, 2020
Still mourning the murder of #AmaudArbery. Still terrified by the murder of #BreonnaTaylor. And now I am so angered by the murder of #GeorgeFloyd I want to scream and fight. Murder in the name of law enforcement isn’t above the law. It is murder. It is evil. #BlackLivesMatter
— LaChanze (@laChanze) May 27, 2020
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