Gorillaz are “enraged” by police brutality and the death of George Floyd
Everybody’s favourite animated band, Gorillaz, have released new statement issuing their outrage at the murder of George Floyd.
George Floyd, an African-American man from Minnesota, was murdered by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin when knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds during an arrest. Floyd, who was handcuffed and lying face down on the road, was unresponsive for 2 minutes and 53 seconds while the officer held his knee down on his neck.
Three other arresting officers, Thomas K. Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng, also held Floyd down for this period. The incident, caught both on local CCTV and by video recordings secured bystanders, showed Floyd repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” while the officer held his knee on the back of his neck.
The death has sparked mass protests across the United States with all four officers involved being fired the next day. Chauvin, the white officer who held down his knee, has since been arrested and charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Now, Stuart ‘2-D’ Pot, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs of Gorillaz have responded to the issue of police brutality in the United States.
“Gorillaz are enraged at the death of George Floyd and many before him at the hands of systemic racism and police brutality,” the band said in a statement issued on social media.
“It’s time to be the change and play an active part in the fight for justice and equality.”