Stephen Jackson on George Floyd: I'll Use Everything I Have to Get a Conviction

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 29, 2020

San Antonio Spurs forward Stephen Jackson attempts a free-throw during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn., Monday, April 1, 2013. The Grizzlies defeated the Spurs 92-90. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
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Former NBA player Stephen Jackson held a press conference Friday about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Jackson said he is prepared to have a hand in bringing the officers to justice (warning: contains profanity):

Sharon Yoo @SharonKARE11

Stephen Jackson says he will do everything in his power for charges and convictions for the police officers involved in #GeorgeFloyd ‘s death @kare11 @DaTrillStak5 https://t.co/6s48GyxRRE

"I'm gonna use everything I have to get a conviction, to get all these motherf--kers in jail," Jackson said.

Floyd, 46, died Monday in the custody of Minneapolis police. During Floyd's arrest, officer Derek Chauvin had his knee pressed against the back of Floyd's neck while he was handcuffed. Video showed that Floyd told Chauvin he couldn't breathe on multiple occasions, but Chauvin didn't move his knee, and Floyd was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Other officers were also present on the scene, but they did not intervene. Chauvin was arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter Friday.

Jackson stressed the importance of not allowing Floyd's character to be attacked during the aftermath of his death:

Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski

Stephen Jackson with just about the most powerful words I’ve ever heard https://t.co/7guc6O4T6W

Minnesota Timberwolves superstar center Karl-Anthony Towns was also present at the press conference with Jackson.

Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie also attended and spoke about the event and Towns' presence with ESPN's Malika Andrews:

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews

Wolves’ Josh Okogie tells ESPN that today’s rally with Stephen Jackson was full of “emotions, frustration and pain.” He also eloquently stated what KAT’s presence meant: “It just shows how selfless he is... it shows how big this problem...” https://t.co/PNwJcBgjxF https://t.co/zeQ5tneiRn

Floyd's death has led to widespread protests in Minneapolis and its surrounding areas. Some have also looted and burned down stores and local businesses.

The 42-year-old Jackson played in the NBA from 2000 to 2014.

He and Floyd were longtime friends, and he even referred to Floyd as his "twin" since they looked so much alike.

On Thursday, Jackson appeared on The Breakfast Club (h/t TMZ Sports) and said he is "going for" the death penalty against Chauvin.


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