Kanye West has donated $2 million to help the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.
American rapper Kanye West has donated $2 million (NZ$3.09m) to support the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.
A representative for West said he had funded legal fees for Arbery’s and Taylor’s families, provided financial support to black-owned businesses in both his hometown of Chicago and elsewhere in the country, as well as setting up a 529 education plan to cover college fees for Floyd’s six-year-old daughter, Gianna.
The donation comes as mass protests have broken out around USA, and elsewhere in the world, following the death of Floyd in police custody on May 25. The demonstrations are calling for an end to systemic racism and police brutality.
Derek Chauvin, the officer who pinned Floyd to the ground by his neck for nearly nine minutes, has had his charge upgraded to second-degree murder, having last week initially been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
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Floyd’s death follows similar instances earlier this year where Arbery and Taylor were killed.
Arbery was fatally shot while jogging in Georgia on February 23, with three white men arrested for his death, while Taylor – who was an emergency medical worker – was shot when three officers entered her Kentucky apartment by force on March 13.