Twitter has changed its background and its display picture in solidarity with thousands of protestors across the United States who have come out with the slogan Black Lives Matter following the police killing of George Floyd.
Twitter has also changed its bio to “#BlackLivesMatter” and has changed the bluebird to black.
Twitter’s official handle has retweeted Twitter Together:
Racism does not adhere to social distancing.
Amid the already growing fear and uncertainty around the pandemic, this week has again brought attention to something perhaps more pervasive: the long-standing racism and injustices faced by Black and Brown people on a daily basis. 🧵 pic.twitter.com/8zKPlDnacY
— Twitter Together (@TwitterTogether) May 29, 2020
Four police officers in Minneapolis have been sacked for their involvement in the death of a black man who was held down with a knee by one of the fired cops as he protested that he was unable to breathe. The incident took place last week when the officers responded to a call about an alleged forgery and found the suspect sitting inside a car.
The man later identified as Floyd was spotted by two officers, who claimed that the suspect “physically resisted” them when they asked him to get out. According to police, officers handcuffed the man, who “appeared to be suffering medical distress.” Police added that the man died at a hospital after a few hours.