Denver Nuggets Player Michael Porter Jr. Says People Should ‘Pray For’ Officers Involved In George Floyd’s Death ‘Instead Of Hate Them’
As the world continues to mourn the heart-wrenching death of George Floyd, Michael Porter, Jr. of the Denver Nuggets takes to Twitter to share his thoughts on how to cope with such a national systematic issue. The 21-year-old first-round pick said on Wednesday (May 27th), as evil as the tragedy is, there should be more thoughts and outpouring of prayer than hate for the officers involved in the viral clip.
Following his tweet, several followers also shared their thoughts of it wasn’t the best time for Michael Porter Jr.’s message of peace for the Minnesota officers. Michael Porter, Jr. then responded by saying he believes a higher power is needed.
“I’m mourning this murder with you. Crying tears of grief and anger with you. And I believe God is too. That’s why prayers is so important to me right now, because only God has the power to transform an evil heart, and this country desperately needs a heart-level transformation. “
In addition, Porter responds to a follower who asked why was peace his reaction to the disturbing clip of Floyd’s death. Porter tweeted,
“No, the first thing I said a few tweets back was, “That was murder.” My heart is broken for my brothers and sisters being senselessly killed. That’s why I pray.”
Several notable celebs took to Instagram to share their thoughts on Porter’s peaceful stance.
On Tuesday, the four officers involved in Floyd’s death were fired from the force, and the Minneapolis mayor, Jacob Frey has called for their arrest. He said during a press conference,
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"For five minutes we watched as a white officer pressed his knee into the neck of a black man who was helpless. This was not a matter of a split second, poor decision. This was second after second, minute after minute. It was malicious and it was unacceptable. There is no gray there." Minneapolis Mayor #JacobFrey reacts to #GeorgeFloyd’s death.
“Whatever the investigation reveals, it does not change the simple truth that he should be with us this morning. I believe what I saw was wrong at every level. This does not reflect the values that Chief [Medaria] Arradondo has poured tirelessly…It does not represent the training we’ve invested in, or the measures we’ve taken to ensure accountability.
Frey ended with,
“Being black in America should not be a death sentence. For five minutes, we watched as a white officer pressed his knee into the neck of a black man. For five minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you’re supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense. What happened on Chicago & 38th, this last night, is simply awful. It was traumatic, and it serves as a clear reminder of just how far we have to go.”
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The Minneapolis Police murdered this brother. ? ? This man, who, like Eric Garner, yelled out over and over and over again that HE COULD NOT BREATHE, was CLEARLY in distress. ? ? He is in handcuffs. ? On his belly. ? ? That already makes it hard for people to breathe. ? ? Then, for minutes and minutes on end, the officer keeps his KNEE on this man's neck – literally choking the life out of him. ? ? The people BEGGED for them to let up. BEGGED. ? ? Not that it would matter, but this man wasn't wanted for a violent crime.? ? A grocery store thought he was signing a bad check. ? ? Yeah, really. A bad fucking check. ? ? Show me the white man that has ever been confronted and killed over this. ? ? People are hurting. People are out of work. ? ? I am so utterly disgusted and heartbroken that we live in a nation, in a time, where this keeps happening over and over again. ? ? Our team @GrassrootsLaw is going to fight for justice here and we won't let up until we get it. ? ? But here's the truth – JUSTICE would be this man this being alive right now. We are tired. We are angry. They are already LYING and saying they noticed he "went into distress." No, YOU PUT HIM IN DISTRESS and KEPT HIM IN DISTRESS. ? ? And this shit has to end. Call the Mayor, Jacob Frey @ (612) 673-2100 and let him know he needs to speedily fire these officers and call the DA @ 612-348-5550. That's Mike Freeman. Let him know he needs to file charges immediately. Follow @GrassrootsLaw.
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