EXTREME guitarist Nuno Bettencourt has commented on the unrest that has broken out across the country in response to the death of George Floyd.
Although protests were largely peaceful as demonstrators marched in the streets from Los Angeles to New York, demonstrators in Atlanta set a police car ablaze and broke windows at CNN's headquarters. A number of businesses were destroyed and looted during the riots, which have spread to cities large and small. Curfews were enacted in more than two dozen cities and the National Guard was summoned in at least 12 states.
Earlier today, Nuno took to his Facebook page to share side-by-side photos of Floyd and Patrick Underwood, the 53-year-old Federal Protective Service officer who was shot and killed at a federal courthouse in California Friday night, and he included the following message: "The murder of the innocent man on right... does not justify the murder of the innocent man on the left.
"Unfortunately, this violent protest, which had 2 men pull up in a car and shoot and kill a good man who was just doing his job... hurting no one, called in from HOME SECURITY...let that sink in...to guard a courthouse. Now dead too..
"Now what.... this one act of violent 'protest' may have just single handidly destroyed or tainted hope of change and canceling out the reason for protesting George Floyd.
"You damn well know George Floyd himself wouldn't have wanted another innocent man with his own family, murdered in his name.
"This will now refuel racist powers at be. .. right when the country had them on the ropes.
"Will there be a hashtag for Patrick Underwood? Or protests in his name avenging his killers No... because his brutal and calculated murder will shine a light on an another serious issue that protesters do NOT want to address and march against.
"I WANT CHANGE. for the better.
"So One minute... the country is all in ... fuck the virus... we're out in streets protesting... and for damn good reason... ENOUGH IS definitely ENOUGH. But then seconds in... we're looting and stealing from our own neighborhoods small businesses...
"I UNDERSTAND THE THE ANGER... CENTURIES OF IT COMING TO A BOIL. ITS TIME. But are we deserved of a new laptop in the name of George Floyd' by punishing our own community. and now we're murdering one of our community's innocent brothers...
"I'm ALL in for racist reform. Police reform. For the sake of the our beautiful Black community. For the sake and love of our good people that are white, Hispanic and Asian, our brothers as well. All of humanity. For the sake of all the NEVER posted about Great Police officers that never get celebrated on posts, that will never get viral posts for doing their job, honorably.
"GET THE COPS OUT!!!!
"But... someone help me out here. #patrickunderwood ? @tommorello where u at? This is your expertise.
"I know this is complex... I am at a loss trying to make common sense of it all.
"Protesters, Neighbors, Security, all of us, everyone be safe. I pray we can Stop hurting one another."
Underwood was shot and killed as he and a second officer worked security during a protest over the death of Floyd. A gunman pulled up in a vehicle and began shooting at the two officers in front of the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in Oakland. The second officer was wounded, according to the FBI.
Floyd, an unarmed black man, died on Monday (May 25) as Minneapolis police arrested him outside a convenience store on a report of a counterfeit bill being passed. The 46-year-old was seen on a bystander's video gasping for breath during an arrest in which an officer knelt on his neck for almost eight minutes. In the footage, Floyd is heard pleading with officers, "I cannot breathe... Don't kill me," while the officers ignore his pleas. He eventually stops talking and moving.
The murder of the innocent man on right... does not justify the murder of the innocent man on the left....
Posted by Nuno Bettencourt on Sunday, May 31, 2020
This is the danger of having a voice as an artist.
I did my best to passionately explain my thoughts, fears and hopes...
Posted by Nuno Bettencourt on Monday, June 1, 2020