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Artists React to All Four Police Officers Charged in George Floyd's Murder

In a press conference Wednesday afternoon (June 3), Keith Ellison, the attorney general of Minnesota, announced that the remaining three police offers involved in George Floyd’s unlawful death would be charged with aiding and abetting murder. Meanwhile, the previously arrested officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes before he died of asphyxiation, received an upgraded charge of second-degree murder.

Artists took to social media to not only rejoice for the justice served in Floyd’s case but took it a step further and encouraged their fans to vote in local and national elections, as well as fight for the same justice to be served for Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was shot eight times by police officers back in March when they forced themselves into her home with a “no-knock warrant.” None of the officers involved in her unlawful death have been arrested and charged.

Solange, Vanessa Hudgens, Ariana Grande and The-Dream pushed their Instagram and Twitter followers to act beyond their relieved reactions, while Moses Sumney teased upset onlookers who continually zero-in on the looting and rioting narratives detracting from the Black Lives Matter movement. “so you’re telling me… burning sh–… works? interesting…,” Sumney tweeted.

Check out the musicians’ reactions below.

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progress was made but let’s not get distracted. there is still so much to learn and do. please make sure you are registered to vote and ready for your state’s elections. also, note that voting from home is an option too thanks to @headcountorg also also !! today @campaignzero launched #8cantwait, a list of 8 policies to reduce police violence that can be changed immediately and save lives. please check out your city to see what can be done locally. sending love and strength. let’s keep going.

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#justiceforgeorgefloyd

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#repost @lsarsour ・・・ Stay consistent and persistent. No going back from here. Thank you to those on the streets and on the frontlines. Thank you @agkeithellison for your commitment and your integrity. Repost from @untilfreedom • MN Attorney General has increased charges against Derek Chauvin to 2nd degree murder and now ALL the officers have been charged and arrested in the murder of #GeorgeFloyd. We do not yet know what the other 3 have been charged with. This is NOT enough, we need CONVICTIONS. Do not let anyone tell you that protest and organizing does not work. It works. Stay loud. This is a marathon folks, stay focused. We are winning, together. We are feeling grateful for all the organizers, protesters, organizations and supporters in every corner of this country – especially our Minneapolis fam. George Floyd’s murder will not be in vain. Back to work. The officers who murdered #BreonnaTaylor still have not been arrested or charged.

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