Beyoncé Says 'We Need Justice for George Floyd': 'No More Seeing People of Color as Less Than Human'
On Saturday, the "Halo" singer, 38, shared an Instagram video in which she encouraged her followers to sign a petition that is seeking charges against the four officers involved in the killing of Floyd.
"We need justice for George Floyd," Beyoncé said in a personal video message. "We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We're broken and we're disgusted. We can not normalize this pain."
"I'm not only speaking to people of color, if you're white, black, brown and anything in between, I'm sure you feel hopeless by the racism going on in America right now," the mother of three shared.
"No more senseless killings of human beings. No more seeing people of color as less than human. We can no longer look away. George is all of our family and humanity. He is our family because he is a fellow American," she continued.
Beyoncé also said "there have been too many times that we've seen these violent killings and no consequences," adding, "Yes someone's been charged, but justice is far from being achieved."
The star concluded, "Please sign the petition and continue to pray for peace and compassion and healing for our country. Thank you so much."
Earlier this week, a video showed a Minneapolis police officer, who has since been identified as Derek Chauvin, placing his knee firmly on the back of Floyd's neck next to a patrol car.
In the footage, Floyd — who later died in police custody — can be heard groaning in pain while bystanders plead with Chauvin to be more gentle. Three other police officers were also present for the incident.
Chauvin was fired from his post and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced on Friday. The third-degree murder charge carries a maximum of 25 years in prison, according to Minnesota's criminal code.
The cases of three other police officers present at the time of Floyd's death are still under investigation, Freeman said, but he added, "I anticipate charges" against the three officers.
Freeman also said that more charges against Chauvin are possible.