Blake Wheeler speaks out about death of George Floyd
Published Monday, June 1, 2020 10:21AM CST Last Updated Monday, June 1, 2020 10:47AM CST
WINNIPEG -- Winnipeg Jets forward and Minnesota native Blake Wheeler has spoken out following the death of George Floyd.
Wheeler took to Twitter Saturday night following more protests in response to the death of Floyd.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes, even after he stopped moving and pleading for air last Monday.
Officer Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Floyd's death has also resulted in protests across the United States. with police cars set ablaze and reports of injuries mounting on all sides.
Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler, a Minnesota native, posted a letter on his Twitter account Saturday night saying "America is not OK."
"Growing up outside Minneapolis, I always felt sheltered from racism. That's because I was," Wheeler said in the post. "Most people I grew up with looked like me. I never had to be scared when I stopped at a traffic light or saw the police in public. My kids will never know that fear either.
"I'm heartbroken that we still treat people this way. We need to stand with the black community and fundamentally change how the leadership in this country has dealt with racism. I'm sorry it has taken this long, but I'm hopeful that we can change this NOW. George Floyd's life mattered. Ahmaud Arbery's life mattered. So did every other life that has been lost by this senseless violence and racism," he added.
This report by the Associated Press was first published on May 31, 2020