JAY-Z has given a public statement on police brutality and the protests around the world, following making contact with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz in an effort to give justice to George Floyd.
“After our earnest conversation, thank you to Governor Walz for doing what’s right and calling in Attorney General Keith Ellison to take over the George Floyd case,” JAY-Z said via REFORM Alliance’s Twitter account.
“Earlier today, Governor Walz mentioned having a human conversation with me. A dad and a black man in pain. Yes, I am human, a father and a black man in pain and I am not the only one.
“Now I, along with an entire country in pain, call upon AG Ellison to do the right thing and prosecute all those responsible for the murder of George Floyd to the fullest extent of the law.”
At the time of writing, only one, Derek Chauvin, of the four police officers complicit in, and responsible for, George Floyd’s death have been charged.
“This is just a first step. I am more determined to fight for justice than any fight my would-be oppressors may have. I prevail on every politician, prosecutor and office in the country to have the courage to do what is right.
“Have the courage to look at us as humans, dads, brothers, sisters and mothers in pain and look at yourselves.”
Walz had previously said of the conversation that “[I]t wasn’t Jay-Z international celebrity, it was a dad and, quite honestly, a black man with visceral pain that he knew.”
Read JAY-Z’s full statement below.
— REFORM Alliance (@REFORM) June 1, 2020
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