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Los Angeles Lakers star player LeBron James shared a powerful video of protesters in Colorado lying on their backs and chanting “I can’t breathe” for nine minutes on Sunday.
“Media showing this???? I bet you they’re not!” James tweeted on Sunday night, sharing the video to his 46.2 million followers. “You know why, cause this is unity, peaceful, beautiful and love!”
The video was taken and posted by the Colorado Times Recorder, a local news outlet in Colorado.
Over the weekend, protesters in dozens of cities across America have taken to the streets to protest the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, with some demonstrations becoming violent.
Floyd died on Monday shortly after being violently arrested by four police officers in the city. On Friday afternoon, prosecutors announced that one of the four former officers involved in the arrest, Derek Chauvin, who was caught on video pinning his knee on Floyd’s neck, had been taken into custody and charged with third-degree murder . All four officers were fired on Tuesday.
James, one of the most prominent basketball players and athletes in the United States, has used his platform in recent days to raise awareness about Floyd’s death, the issue of police violence, and Americans peacefully demonstrating in protest of police brutality.
Earlier on Sunday, James also highlighted a video of a peaceful protest in Washington, DC, where demonstrators chanted “stop killing black people,” adding, “Is the media showing this??? I bet you they aren’t. This is beautiful.”
By: GRACE PANETTA