The death of George Floyd has shaken everyone to the core. Many celebrities and known names spoke for the African-American man and came to support demanding for justice. Now, the former WWE star has also extended his hands for the support, ‘The Rock’ took to Instagram to share his distress on the demise of George Floyd. He shared a picture of a piece of paper on which the last words of George Floyd were written, “I Can’t Breathe”. Dwayne says that he’s stunned by the news and talks about moral code and equality.
With the note, Dwayne wrote a whole paragraph to express his grief. His caption read, “Past few days I’ve been stunned trying to form a sense of George Floyd’s death. The video. The plea for breath. The callous response.
Racism. The killing. This is our ongoing disease. I’ve had cops in my family. Good men. And there’s a cop code, granting you the authority to use force if your life is in danger. But when a person is handcuffed, on the bottom, not a threat, together with your brothers in arms standing around watching and he struggles to say, “please I can’t breathe” when your knee is on his neck… not his back, but
his neck – cutting off his air. Cop code must become a moral code. Ethics code.
HUMANITY code. Knowing that if you don’t ease up, then that man goes to die. So once you plan to not ease up, your intention is to kill. And that’s what this was. George Floyd said “officer I can’t breathe” as he struggled for air. He said these words a total of 15 times. Not once. Not twice. 15 times. These officers will be charged, I’m positive of that. Held accountable. But then where’s the greater accountability? The leadership to healing. More importantly, the leadership to EQUALITY. We ultimately win when we can normalize equality. I’m so sorry to the Floyd family. My heart breaks for you.
Let the process begin now. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd” According to a statement from the Minneapolis Police Department, four officers responded to a call a few men suspected of forgery. The police said that initially George Floyd resisted arresting which led to a fight between him and a police officer, Derek Chauvin. The cop pinned down Floyd for several minutes with his leg on his neck; George struggled to breathe and eventually lost his life.
The incident was noticed by several passers-by. The four identified police officers – Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng – were fired by the Minneapolis local department. The FBI and State Bureau are still investigating upon the incident.
Before few days of his death, Floyd had come to Minneapolis to start a new life following his release from prison in Texas. He had been given 5 years of imprisonment after pleading guilty to the armed robbery. The footage that emerged online of George Floyd following his death was heartbreaking and shows him pleading to young people to not become involved in crime and violence.