Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook and San Antonio Spurs star DeMar DeRozan attended a march in Compton, California on Sunday to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Westbrook (Long Beach) and DeRozan (Compton) are both from southern California, and joined the many Americans who demonstrated to demand reform against systemic racism and police brutality.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick drew attention to the cause when he started protesting during the national anthem in 2016. DeRozan explained at the time how the problems had struck from their house.
” I had a close friend a few weeks ago who was murdered by the police, shot in the middle of 17 shots, “DeRozan told reporters. “It’s something I didn’t talk about, it was more about understanding what’s going on in our society and how much I can help. ”
Westbrook also vented anger after Terence Crutcher was shot to death by Betty Shelby, a member of the Tulsa Police Department, in September 2016. Shelby was acquitted of manslaughter in May 2017.
Westbrook shared his thoughts on Instagram:
“A terrorist in New Jersey bombs New York City has a shootout with cops and is grazed with a bullet. And stopped safely. A man with car problems in Tulsa is TAZÉ and then shot dead. And then they stand there. Do not offer help, comfort, anything. No gun. No criminal activity. And I have heard people say “he should have obeyed”. As if it had nothing to do with killing an unarmed man. Stop making excuses. Its color killed it. ”
The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has served as the genesis of many protests across the country.
On May 25, four police officers approached Floyd in his car while he was investigating an alleged forgery. They removed him from the vehicle and put him on the ground.
Video of the encounter showed Constable Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, despite the fact that Floyd said he could not breathe. Floyd died in a local hospital.
The four officers involved were dismissed and prosecutors first charged Chauvin with third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison made the murder charge a second degree offense and charged the other three officers with aiding and abetting.