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Kobe Bryant's Police Brutality Protest Resurfaces Amid George Floyd's Death

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By Clark Sparky

The death of George Floyd this week has sparked massive protests in Minneapolis and also caused many public figures to speak out against police brutality.

Floyd's killing has reminded many of the death of Eric Garner in New York City in 2014. He, like Floyd, was being violently detained by police while yelling that he can't breathe.

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The incident led Kobe Bryant to use his platform to speak out. This week, New Orleans Saints star shared a photo of Bryant wearing a t-shirt that read "I CAN'T BREATHE" during pregame warmups in 2014.

At that time, Bryant spoke out against the situation.

"I think if we ever lose the courage to be able to speak up for things that we believe in, I think we really lose the value that our country stands for. It's important that we have our opinions, it's important that we stand up for what we believe in," he said at the time.

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The Lakers star hoped at the time that things would someday change, but six years later it seems little has.

"When you turn on the TV, when you watch the news, when you follow things on social media, you don't just see African-Americans out there protesting," Bryant stated. "That's not just something you see in the United States of America, it's become a global thing."

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He continued, "It's become a thing where people really standing up for their rights and really questioning the justice system and questioning the process of the legal system and those who have authority and whether or not they're abusing authority and where's the threshold to use deadly force and so forth and so on."

Bryant's fellow NBA star, LeBron James, spoke out this week about the death of Floyd with a photo on Instagram that had a side-by-side of the officer's knee on Floyd's neck and Colin Kaepernick kneeling for the anthem.

Star Wars actor John Boyega is also among those who will no longer stay silent.

"A black man was just murdered in cold blood, in the streets, Stateside, again, while saying that he can't breathe. So I'll say it again: F— you racist white people. I said what I said. And if you don't f—ing like it, go suck a d—. Seriously. If you're a fan of me and you support my work and you're racist and you're arguing with what I was saying, f— off, you f—ing d—heads," he said on Instagram

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