A video by American rapper Killer Mike delivering a tearful speech to Atlanta protesters after George Floyd’s death has gone viral.
On Monday (May 25), Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis after a white officer knelt on his neck during an arrest.
In the footage of the incident, Floyd can be heard pleading for his life, saying, “I can’t breathe. “
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Protests have raged in American cities for the past few days after his death. In Atlanta, members of the public set fire to a police car, smashed windows of the CNN building, and damaged several other buildings and businesses.
At a press conference in Atlanta on Friday evening (May 29), killer Mike cried while telling the demonstrators: “I am the son of an Atlanta policeman … I saw a white policeman murder a black man . And I know it tore your heart apart. “
Begging the protesters not to destroy the city and to channel their anger towards political change, he added: “I woke up wanting to see the world burn yesterday because I am tired of seeing black men die. He put his knee on the neck of the human being for nine minutes while he died like a zebra in the grip of a lion’s jaw …
“We don’t want to see the targets burn. We want to see the system that sets up for systemic racism burned to the ground.
“I have a duty to be here to simply say that it is your duty not to burn your own house for the wrath of an enemy. It is your duty to fortify your own house during times of organization …
“We have to be better than this moment. We have to be better than burning our own houses, because if we lose Atlanta, what else will we have? “
Derek Chauvin, the police officer who blocked Floyd, was arrested and charged with murder.