George Floyd’s tragic killing reprised the conversation around racism all across giving a deserved momentum to the Black Lives Matter movement. Now several biggies from the sports, music and the entertainment industries including Billie Eilish, Robert de Niro, Mariah Carey, Rihanna and others have signed an open letter supporting the police reform legislation in California.
The open letter that was issued on Wednesday, requests the governor to approve two bills related to police accountability.
Alongside Billie Eilish and Rihanna, other signatories include ASAP Ferg, Young the Giant, the Jonas Brothers, Meek Mill, Anderson. Paak, Death Cab for Cutie, Migos, Kehlani, Miguel, Ludwig Goransson, Mary J. Blige, Summer Walker, Richie Sambora, Journey, deadmau5, Aloe Blacc and Steven Tyler & Joe Perry.
Actors Sarah Paulson, Robert De Niro, Lucy Hale, Zooey Deschanel, Cynthia Erivo, Josh Gad, Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown, have also come ahead in support.
The open letter by Billie Eilish, Robert De Niro and others include two bills. One SB 731 (Bradford), by which any police officer having the criminal certification will be revoked of his services. Second, SB 776 (Skinner), to increase the transparency in reporting incidents involving officers.
As per Variety, the statement read, “While the killing of George Floyd inspired sustained outrage, protests, and reporting, the people of California have long understood the need to properly address the actions and accountability of police.”
The Billie Eilish and Robert De Niro lead statement continued, “For too long, courts have undermined the intent of the State’s laws, allowing bad police officers to violate the rights of those they are meant to protect. In addition, a lack of transparency and a deficient recordation system has shielded officers who abuse their authority and tarnish the integrity of California’s law enforcement. We can fix this.”