Celebrities in the US are teaming up to fund bails for protesters who have been arrested across America.
Scores of people are protesting across 30 states in the US over the killing of an unarmed Blackman George Floyd by a white former Police officer, Derek Michael Chauvin, in Minneapolis, on May 25, 2020.
Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, leading to his death.
Preliminary autopsy report says he died of natural causes. A $500,000 bail has been set for Chauvin who has been charged with manslaughter and third degree murder.
Dozens of protesters have been arrested in New York, Chicago, Minnesota, among other states, with curfews imposed in 25 States.
And a number of celebrities have announced donating to a fund to bail those protesters that have been arrested.
Setting up the legal defense fund for the protesters is former football quarterback turned activist Colin Kaepernick.
“In fighting for liberation, there’s always retaliation,” Kaepernick tweeted. “We must protect our Freedom Fighters. We started a legal defense initiative to give legal representation to Freedom Fighters in Minneapolis paid for by @yourrightscamp“
In fighting for liberation there‘s always retaliation. We must protect our Freedom Fighters. We started a legal defense initiative to give legal representation to Freedom Fighters in Minneapolis paid for by @yourrightscamp
For representation or to donate https://t.co/q0pzAObCiG
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) May 29, 2020
Kaepernick’s fund will aid those who cannot afford to hire legal representation, presumably offering an alternative to the Public Defender’s office.
All fees are to be paid for by the Know Your Rights Camp, which Kaepernick created.
“When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” Kaepernick wrote on Thursday via Twitter. “The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back! Rest in Power George Floyd.”
Kaepernick’s efforts accordingly drew attention from directors Josh and Benny Safdie (Uncut Gems), who retweeted his note.
Seth Rogen, Ben Schwartz, Steve Carell , Chrissy Teigen and Harry Styles have also tweeted that they made donations to help protesters make bail.
A lot of information on where to donate and what you can do.https://t.co/de2PkEXBU6
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) May 30, 2020
Others who have donated bail funds or pledged support include actor and singer Janelle Monáe, television presenter and activist Jameela Jamil, actor Patton Oswalt, and actor and former New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon.
Other celebrities including Cardi B and LeBron James, among others, led an online protests earlier.
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