Dwayne Johnson slams President Trump’s lack of ‘compassion’ amid Black Lives Matter protests


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Dwayne Johnson has hit out at U.S. President Donald Trump’s lack of “compassion” in a lengthy video amid the heightened political tensions across the nation.
On Thursday, the Jumanji: The Next Level star posted a clip of him giving an impassioned speech on Instagram. During the video, Johnson voiced his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, following the death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of white police officers on 25 May, and directly addressed the camera while repeating the phrase, “Where are you?”
“Like the majority of Americans, I’m not a politician and I’ve never been elected to office and I am not the President of the United States,” he continued. “But I am a man and I am a father who cares so deeply about my family, about my children and the world they will live in. I care so deeply about our country and every single person in it.
“That’s who I am. I am a man who is frustrated, I’m disappointed, I’m angry but I’m also doing my best to stay focused and as calm as I can possibly be in the pocket, to make the best decisions for my family and make the best decisions for our country.”
In the accompanying caption, Johnson repeated his concerns and begged Trump to take “full accountability for our country”.
“Maybe one day that galvanising leader will emerge,” the 48-year-old added. “Either way, the process to change has already begun.”
On Wednesday, prosecutors filed a tougher charge against Derek Chauvin, the cop who knelt on Floyd’s neck and blocked his airways during the arrest, increasing it to second-degree murder.
The three other officers at the scene – Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao – have now been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Related Slideshow: #BlackLivesMatter- Anti-racism protests across the world (Provided by Photo Services)

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Slide 1 of 73: TOPSHOT – Protestors hold placards during a demonstration in London, on June 3, 2020, after George Floyd, an unarmed black man died after a police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest in Minneapolis, USA. – Londoners defied coronavirus restrictions and rallied on Wednesday in solidarity with protests raging across the United States over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died during an arrest on May 25. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
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On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African-American man, died while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. In a video that went viral, police officer Derek Chauvin can be seen pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck to restrain him while he was pinned to the ground. The action, which lasted several minutes, was marked by Floyd’s call for help, repeating the phrase “I can’t breathe.” He was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center but was declared dead.
While protests against police brutality in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul region were peaceful at first, they soon turned violent as several public and private properties were vandalized, resulting in violent clashes between the police and the demonstrators. The demonstrations in the U.S. have since spiraled into global outrage, with supporters gathering publicly to protest police violence against people of color, and deep-seated racism in society more generally.
Take a look at photos of the ongoing protests in the U.S. and around the world.
(Pictured) Protesters hold placards during a demonstration organized by the Black Lives Matter movement in London, England, on June 3.
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