As tensions continue to rise in the country surrounding the May 25th police killing of George Floyd and the continuous fight against police brutality, Chrissy Teigen is using her platform to help protestors who have been arrested.
After President Donald Trump announced that a so-called “MAGA NIGHT” would take place at the White House on Saturday (May 30) in response to the peaceful protests turned riots and rebellions nationwide, Teigen shared on Twitter hours later that she would first donate $100,000 to help pay for protestors’ bailouts, she later increased the amount to $200,000.
“In celebration of whatever the f**k maga night is, I am committed to donating $100,000 to the bail outs of protestors across the country,” Teigen tweeted before increasing the amount to another $100,000 after someone replied in a now deleted tweet that the protestors were “rioters and criminals.”
Additionally, celebrities including Noname, Janelle Monáe, Kehlani, Jameela Jamil, have all matched each other in donating $1000 each to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps pay bail bonds.
On Memorial Day, George Floyd died after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeled in his neck for more than seven minutes after arresting him for suspicion of forgery.
Derek Chauvin was fired from the Minnesota Police Department and then four days later on Friday (May 29) he was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
He is currently being held on $500,000 bail.
The other three officers seen in the video of the fatal encounter Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng were all fired but have yet to be charged.
BET has been covering every angle of George Floyd’s death in police custody, other social justice cases and the subsequent aftermath and protests. For our continuing coverage, click here.
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