Fil-Am PBA players demand justice over George Floyd’s death

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 2) – Several Filipino-American players of the Philippine Basketball Association went live on Instagram on Monday night to kneel for nine minutes in protest against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The nine-minute knee protest by the players was a response to the so-called police brutality committed by police officer Derek Chauvin who was captured on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes shortly before his death.

Floyd's death in Minneapolis sparked unprecedented protests in the United States and other countries of the world over racism issues. What started as peaceful demonstrations sometimes turned violent in some American cities.

Chauvin was arrested and been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other police officers who were also at the crime scene were yet to be charged. The said police officers were also fired by their police department.

The players, led by Rain or Shine forward Gabe Norwood, held signs that wrote "Could've been me #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd"

Also joining the protest were Joe Devance of Barangay Ginebra, Kelly Nabong of NorthPort, Chris Newsome and Trevis Jackson of Meralco, Rashawn McCarthy and Roosevelt Adams of Columbian, and Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter and Mo Tautuaa of San Miguel.

"We just wanted to spread awareness that this is a real thing and if you weren't really sure about what's going on, we want to spread this awareness that injustice is all over this world," said Newsome.

Harvey Carey of TNT KaTropa joined the online protest with his son, while his teammate Ray Parks used a handcuff in a nod to the handcuffed Floyd who died while being knelt by Chauvin.

Last season’s Rookie of the Year CJ Perez of Columbian also joined in the online protest.

On the latest developments of the case, Floyd family attorney Ben Crump said Floyd was "dead on the scene."

“The ambulance was his hearse,” Crump said during a news conference where the Floyd family unveiled an independent autopsy.