Maybach Music Group’s Meek Mill has had enough. The hip-hop star has stepped forward to share his disgust in a now-viral Minnesota cop making headlines for using a knee in the death of black man George Floyd.
Meek x Disgusted
Mill went to Instagram Tuesday and didn’t hold back his feelings. Meek acknowledged how law enforcement continues to use its power violently against black people.
“Its 2020 don’t even bring up a protest!!!!!! Now they killing us on camera it’s no excuses left!” -Meek Mill’s Instagram
According to reports, an FBI investigation is currently underway following Monday night’s horrific incident. The Minnesota officer had his knee on black man George Floyd’s neck for over 5 minutes.
In a statement early Tuesday, police said the man had a medical incident during an attempted arrest. However, video of the encounter shows an officer with his knee on the man’s neck for at least seven minutes. Before the man loses consciousness, he repeatedly tells officers that he can’t breathe. Leaders in Minnesota are calling for the officers involved to be held accountable. Rep. Ilhan Omar, who represents Minneapolis, called for the Department of Justice to investigate immediately. (CBS Local)
Wait, There’s More
The death has immediately sparked reactions from local government. The Minneapolis mayor even spoke out on what went down.
“Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) said during a news conference Tuesday. “For five minutes, we watched as a white officer pressed his knee to the neck of a black man. For five minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense.” (Washington Post)
Before You Go
Over the past few years, Minnesota law enforcement has sparked controversy. There have been multiple incidents involving aggression and the death of blacks.
Police in Minneapolis have come under the microscope in recent years for deadly run-ins with citizens. A 24-year-old black man, Jamar Clark, was shot in the head and died in 2015 after a confrontation with two white officers responding to a reported assault. A county prosecutor declined to prosecute the officers, saying Clark was struggling for one of the officers’ gun when he was shot. (KMOV)