Peter Gabriel Speaks Out About 'Racist Murder' Of George Floyd

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Peter Gabriel has condemned the "racist murder" of George Floyd in police custody.

The 46-year-old black man died on Memorial Day after he was pinned down by a white police officer in Minneapolis. The officer, Derek Chauvin, was fired from service and charged with murder.

Floyd's death has sparked outrage and protests in Minneapolis and across the United States.

"This type of brutality needs to be confronted directly, with justice clearly seen to be done whenever & wherever it occurs," the songwriter said in a statement on Twitter, using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

Gabriel, who co-founded the human rights non-profit organization WITNESS, said he observed "Blackout Tuesday" "in solidarity with black artists all over the world, and black colleagues in the music industry."

WITNESS has been helping groups monitoring police violence.

"I hope these protests will not only lead to the addressing of the problems at the root of this, but also encourage a worldwide look at how each country is dealing with racism," the legendary British musician and activist added.

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