Michigan Sherrif joined the march with protesters, and NBA Super Stars Michael Jordan, Lebron James, and Trevor Lawrence had spoken out against George Floyd's death along with millions of voices who call for justice.
Michigan Sheriff switches sides
Sheriff Christopher Swanson of Genesee County chose to walk with demonstrators who were protesting police brutality and the unfortunate death of George Floyd. The protestors were appalled by the death of Floyd in Minneapolis from police brutality and systemic racism.
Swanson said in front of a large gathering of protesters who gathered in Flint, Mich., saying, "We want to be with you all for real," and added, "I want to make this a parade, not a protest." He said this after he took off his helmet and that his fellow law enforcement put down their batons.
The demonstrators then applauded and chanted, "Walk with us. Walk with us. Walk with us." Sheriff Swanson did without hesitation. He acknowledged the children in the crowd, saying that the officers behind him would not harm them.
Several hundred protesters marched coming from a Target store towards the Flint Township Police station and stayed there peacefully during the protest, which lasted for hours. "Swanson said this to all who were in attendance, "We are walking with you because all you're asking for is a voice and dignity for all, no matter who you are, I love you guys. The police love you."
Sheriff Swanson was one of the law enforcement officers who, over the last few days, had collaborated with marchers and displayed unity by marching and standing out openly condemning the death of Mr. Floyd.
Big names of the Basketball community gave their voices against police brutality
Statement from Michael Jordan: pic.twitter.com/lWkZOf1Tmr — Jordan (@Jumpman23) May 31, 2020
Michael Jordan, who needs no introduction, took to Twitter to voice out his thoughts regarding the matter of Floyd's passing under the hands of police. "I am deeply saddened, truly pained, and plain angry, I see and feel everyone's pain, outrage and frustration." "I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of colour in our country. We have had enough." Jordan, a six-time NBA champion who was part of the Chicago Bulls' golden era in the 1990s, tweeted out his statement.
Tingnan ang post na ito sa InstagramDo you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you?? ️ #StayWoke Isang post na ibinahagi ni LeBron James (@kingjames) noong May 26, 2020 nang 4:38pm PDT
Lebron James took to Instagram and shared a post about NFL players kneeling and the reason behind it. The picture shows a side by side comparison from the officer who was responsible for the death of Floyd beside an NFL player kneeling before the game.
There has to be a shift in the way of thinking. Rational must outweigh irrational. Justice must outweigh injustice. Love must outweigh hate. If you put yourself in someone else’s shoes and you don’t like how it feels-that’s when you know things need to change. — Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) May 29, 2020
Trevor Lawrence also voiced out his anger, frustration, and pain to Twitter, saying: "There has to be a shift in the way of thinking. Rational must outweigh irrational. Justice must outweigh injustice. Love must outweigh hate. If you put yourself in someone else's shoes and you don't like how it feels-that's when you know things need to change."