A week after protestors took to the streets of cities throughout the nation demanding justice for George Floyd, all four former officers involved in his death have now been charged.
On Wednesday (June 3), Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison brought charges against three other officers involved with Floyd’s death. All three men, J Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao and Thomas Lane, were arrested and charged with aiding and abetting murder. Their bail has been set at $1 million, according to CNN. Charges against the first officer arrested, Derek Chauvin, were also upgraded from third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter to second-degree murder.
In response to the news, a number of artists in the hip-hop community took to social media to weigh in with their thoughts on the matter.
“Finally…… Now Convict,” Ice T wrote on Twitter in response to a tweet from Benjamin Crump, an lawy for the Floyd family, relaying news of the charges.
The-Dream sent his blessings along with a wish for peace to the Floyd family.
“Everyone is rejoicing as they should. Peace and blessings to the #GeorgeFlyod family,” he tweeted.
“Beyond the meaningfulness of today, let us not take solace in the fact that this will not stop immediately,” the R&B singer continued. “It’s a train of hate. There is no lever that completely stops the weight of that.”
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While there’s still a long road ahead leading to justice for George Floyd and a hopeful conviction of those involved in his death, their arrest is one step closer towards what could lead to widespread police reform across the nation.
See more reactions from Jermaine Dupri, Ice Cube, and other artists below:
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