The ‘Pirates of The Caribbean’ star took to Instagram to issues a statement regarding the ‘ruthless cruelty’ he witnessed seeing the officers choke the last breath out of an unarmed man.
“As the majority of American people, our global community and our extended family of humans helplessly watched a man die on television… I too, was exposed to the atrocity of blatant barbarism, ruthless cruelty, and unmitigated lack of humanity,” Depp began.
He continued, “A handcuffed man, pleading for his life lay prone with the full weight of a man sworn to defend the peace on his neck. The victim of this heinous act of cowardice, George Floyd, told the officers that he could not breathe. As he called for his dead mother, how could our collective hearts not break as his face was ground and mashed firmly into the pavement by those sworn to protect him, and all of us?”
The actor then turned his attention directly to the police officer who has now been charged with second-degree murder for kneeling on George Floyd’s neck.
“Justice, I desperately hope, will address the horror of Officer Chauvin’s nonchalance and indifference to his participation in the agony, suffering, and ultimately the murder of our fellow traveler George Floyd in a grotesque illustration of the abuse of power!!!” he wrote.
Depp continued, “There is no way to make sense of what is senseless. There is no way to restore a life that has been taken. Just as there is no way to un-break a heart that is broken. What we can do is make a vow to ourselves that racism and the ignorance inherent in such judgmental ugliness that it gives birth to, is NO LONGER AN OPTION!!! THERE MUST BE A CHANGE!!! DEMAND IT!!!! “
In the Instagram post, Depp included a video of activist and artist Killer Mike speaking during a press conference last week, which the actor encourages his followers to watch as they take in his message.
He ended his statement saying, “My dear friend and brother, Killer Mike – (Run The Jewels), is a brilliant musician, artist, activist for social justice and the son of an Atlanta Policeman. He is also, one of the kindest, most caring and loving human beings that I’ve ever had the pleasure and honor to know!!! I beg everyone to listen to the remarks of this true statesman. True statesmen have never been so needed, and they’ve never been in such short supply.”