Top Dawg Entertainment’s SZA is speaking out against corrupt law enforcement. Following endless recent examples of police brutality, she’s taken to social media to voice her opinion on cops.
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This week, SZA took to Instagram to reveal her cop relative serving in blue, but admitted that their operation should be shut down. The popular crooner has no problem singling out one family member currently employed through law enforcement.
“My uncle is a black police officer in Ferguson .. I love him .. so much. Still gotta defund that bih” – SZA’s Twitter
Change is ultimately coming following the murder of innocent black man George Floyd and global protests against police brutality. Minneapolis has agreed to ban police chokeholds after fired cops killed Floyd by kneeling on his neck. According to reports, the Minneapolis City Council voted to put an immediate ban on chokeholds. In addition to making it illegal, the council said other officers would be required to get involved if unauthorized force is used.
The City Council held an emergency meeting on Friday and unanimously passed the new rules. The agreement still needs to be approved by a judge. “George Floyd’s service yesterday underscored that justice for George requires more than accountability for the man who killed him — it requires accountability from elected leadership to deep, structural reforms,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said in a press release following the vote. (NBC News)
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Last Thursday, a huge video game franchise showed its support for Black Lives Matter and the life George Floyd. Powerhouse company Rockstar’s biggest titles temporarily shut down in Floyd’s memory. The statement showed the company’s commitment to supporting Black Lives Matter around the globe and especially in the United States.
Black Lives Matter. To honor the legacy of George Floyd, today, 6/4/20, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET, we will be shutting down access to our online games, Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online. -Rockstar Games’ Twitter
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The shutdown time period coincided with memorial services taking place for Floyd. Various high-profile celebrities showed support last Thursday and attended the live-streamed event in Minneapolis.
A somber and defiant memorial for George Floyd in Minneapolis gave way to a 10th night of protests on Thursday as thousands of demonstrators again poured into the nation’s streets, crowding outside City Hall in Seattle and marching across the Brooklyn Bridge. The Rev. Al Sharpton, who gave a eulogy for Mr. Floyd, pledged that his death would be a catalyst for change, after video showed a white police officer kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes as he lay face down and handcuffed on the pavement, saying “I can’t breathe.” The tragedy, Mr. Sharpton said, was also a symbolic message: “Get your knee off our necks.” (New York Times)