ARTISTS RESPOND TO U.S. PROTESTS

#BlackLivesMatter protests are raging across the United States following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and the many others killed as a result of anti-Black racism and police brutality. In the most recent, high-profile case, then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes as Floyd gasped I can’t breathe.

Following Floyd’s death on May 25, all four officers involved in the incident were fired. Chauvin was recently charged with second-degree murder while the other officers were charged with aiding and abetting murder. Floyd’s family members and protestors across the U.S., however, are demanding that Chauvin be charged with first-degree murder. While charges for the authorities who killed Floyd have been elevated, the Louisville officers who killed Taylor are still employed, but on administrative leave.

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