LOS ANGELES – American rapper and fashion designer Kanye West has taken to the streets to protest against George Floyd, a black civilian who died after a police officer knelt by his neck during an arrest.
West, 42, joined the protests in Chicago on Thursday, June 4, according to USA Today. The protest, organized by youth-led activism group GoodKids MadCity, involved a march to the Chicago Police Department headquarters.
However, the orderly protest quickly turned chaotic when news of his arrival spread. The protest organizers were furious at the mess and one of them, Taylore Norwood, 20, announced to the crowd via a megaphone that the Chicago March was a youth-led protest and that it was not didn’t want a celebrity to hijack her.
West left after a while, allowing the protest to take its course. News of the rapper joining the Black Lives Matter protests came just hours after he announced he would pay legal bills for the family of Breonna Taylor, another victim of police brutality.
Taylor was shot at least eight times in her own apartment in Louisville, Ky. On March 13 by police officers serving a search warrant without knocking.
West’s rep Tammy Brook confirmed to USA Today that West will donate US $ 2 million (SGD $ 2.78 million) of her own money to support Taylor’s civil lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department , as well as to support the families of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.
Earlier this week, West’s wife Kim Kardashian offered to pay the medical bills for a protester seriously injured by a rubber bullet in Louisville, Ky.