AceShowbiz - Janelle Monae led calls for police officers in Kansas City who violently arrested peaceful protesters be "prosecuted and fired."
The "Dirty Computer" hitmaker made the comments on Tuesday as protests continued across the U.S. in the wake of African-American George Floyd's death at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
As the issue of police brutality continued to dominate the conversation on social media, Monae took to Twitter on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 to denounce an incident in her hometown, alongside footage showing the police using pepper spray to forcibly remove a peaceful protester and then arrest him.
The video was shot at a demonstration on Sunday, and Monae identified the African-American man as childhood friend Terrance Maddox, who is later seen shouting at the line of riot police as he stood in a line of protesters before the cops moved in and violently took him into custody.
"My sister sent me this . The victim is Terrance Maddox . We grew up together . THIS IS F***KIG INFURIATING . WE ARE CALLING FOR ALL OF THESE OFFICERS TO BE PROSECUTED and FIRED !!!! SEND NAMES AND BADGE NUMBERS," she penned alongside the post.
Singer Kelly Clarkson also expressed her outrage at the same incident on her own Twitter feed, adding, "Just curious.... where are all the 'free speechers' on this? You know, the ones that constantly defend the first amendment but only use this defense when it serves their purpose? I'll wait...."