Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell was one of the latest NBA players reacting to videos of police brutality, happening right as the protests have engulfed the nation.
The Jazz star retweeted a video in which two cops restrained a black man at a corner, only to call another police officer to knee him in the ribs as they slapped on handcuffs.
The fact that he checked to see if anyone was watching….. https://t.co/cIVcdPFbz6
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) June 3, 2020
The scene takes place in Compton, where this type of police behavior has become all too commonplace for residents. While Mitchell is a native New Yorker, he's had his share of experiences witnessing police brutality and dealt with racism growing up.
The Jazz superstar even acknowledged how one of the officers looked back to see if someone was watching before beating up the man before his arrest.
Cases of police brutality have been all the more evident now that people have taken their anger and pain to the streets in the form of riots and peaceful protests.
Videos of cops arresting citizens for doing things well under their constitutional rights like protesting have flooded social media in recent days.
NBA players like Jaylen Brown, Kyrie Irving, and many others have taken to the streets to join protestors. Others like Tobias Harris of the Philadelphia 76ers have written powerful words as to how to instill change in this society.
Coaches like Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich joined a coalition of athletes to speak up about the police's lack of accountability and a long bred sentiment that puts African Americans in danger and often results in blatant racial abuse.