The 34-year-old mother of two took to Twitter and initially announced that she will be donating $100,000. Then she decided to double the amount.
Chrissy Teigen has pledged $200,000 towards bailing out protestors who gathered on the streets in cities across the United States over the murder of George Floyd. The 34-year-old mother of two took to Twitter and initially announced that she will be donating $100,000 following President Trump's Twitter declaration that Saturday night would be "MAGA [Make America Great Again] Night" at the White House. According to PEOPLE, he described D.C. protesters as "vicious dogs." To this Teigen reportedly responded, In celebration of whatever the f--- maga night is, I am committed to donating $100,000 to the bailouts of protestors across the country.
When one Twitter user criticized her move and called the protestors "Rioters and criminals" in a since-deleted tweet, Teigen promptly decided to double her donation. Ooo they might need more money then. Make it $200,000, she wrote. The Cravings cookbook author also took to Instagram and shared both of her tweets with the caption: I stand with our heroes out there in support and solidarity. If you don’t know what else to do, every little bit helps. Please see my retweets for direct links. Silence is betrayal.
Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed on May 25 after an officer restrained him by placing his knee firmly on the back of the man's neck. Police were called "to the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue South on a report of a forgery in progress." On arrival, they found him "sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence" and ordered him to step away from his car. But "after he got out, he physically resisted officers," read a statement. "Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance where he died a short time later," it continued.
The Minneapolis police marked his death as a "medical incident" before the encounter between the late 46-year-old and the police officers went viral on the internet. In the video, one police officer identified as Derek Chauvin could be seen firmly restraining the unarmed many as Floyd lay on his stomach next to a Minneapolis patrol car. During this disturbing nine-minute video, Floyd could be heard groaning in pain as Chauvin continued to put his weight on his neck. The man repeatedly asks for help and explains that he was unable to breathe. Witnesses who shot the video could be heard asking the officers to let him go as they could see the man's nose bleeding. As Floyd continues to note that "everything hurts" another officer tries to deflect the concern of bystanders by saying, "This is why you don't do drugs, kid."
Last week, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that Chauvin had been fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, according to the New York Times. He added that the three other officers present at the time of George Floyd's killing are still being investigated. Meanwhile, the public has responded to the senseless killing of Floyd, police brutality, and racial profiling in this country with a nationwide protest. But some of these demonstrations turned violent leading to the arrest of protestors. According to USA Today, 500 people were arrested in L.A. on Friday. In addition to Teigen, several other celebrities have spoken out about the unjust killing of Floyd and have donated to the nonprofit Minnesota Freedom Fund, which is helping to pay the bail amount for protestors who are unable to afford it. Seth Rogen, Steve Carell, Janelle Monáe, Jameela Jamil, and Don Cheadle are among some celebrities who have donated to this cause.
A GoFundMe account has been set up by Floyd's brother to "cover funeral and burial costs, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for court proceedings." The page read: My family and I watched in absolute horror as the now infamous and horrifying video began to spread quickly throughout social media. What we saw on that tape left us shell shocked; a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling directly on my brother's neck, obstructing his ability to breathe. As some officers knelt on his neck, other officers participated and watched; no one took any action to save my brother's life. Those officers would continue to brutalize my brother until he died. This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George. A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.