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Magic Johnson says he talks to his adult sons about the dangers of interacting with police

Magic Johnson says he still has ‘the talk’ to his adult sons about the dangers of interacting with police because ‘if that can happen to George Floyd, it can happen to them’

  • Retired Lakers star Magic Johnson told CNN he still has to lecture his adult sons about the dangers of interacting with police as an African-American man
  • Johnson was speaking amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, who was killed during a violent arrest for an alleged forgery in Minneapolis
  • Video from the scene shows Floyd being taken from his car and forced to the ground, where an officer, Derek Chauvin, drove his knee into his neck
  • Johnson told CNN that Floyd, ‘did everything he was supposed to do, and this police officer put all his body weight, all his body weight on his neck’
  • The Lansing, Michigan native was among the first generation of African-American students to be bused to schools in white neighborhoods in the 1970s
  • Johnson wrote that his older siblings experienced intense racism at the school 
  • Lansing is one of many sites for the nationwide protests over Floyd’s killing 

Retired Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson says he feels the need to lecture his adult sons about the dangers of interacting with police as an African-American man because if it ‘can happen to George Floyd, it can happen’ to them. 

‘I had that conversation because it’s important that I have that conversation with both [my sons] E.J. and Andre,’ Johnson told CNN.

The 60-year-old Hall of Fame point guard was speaking amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, who was killed during a violent arrest for an alleged forgery in Minneapolis last week.

Magic Johnson and son EJ Johnson arrive at the 2014 Carousel Of Hope Ball Presented By Mercedes-Benz at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills

Retired Lakers star Magic Johnson says he still feels the need to lecture his sons Andre (far left alongside his mother, Cookie) and E.J. (near right) about the dangers of interacting with police as an African-American man because if it ‘can happen to George Floyd, it can happen’ to them

Johnson talked with CNN about the difficulties African-American men face with police

Johnson talked with CNN about the difficulties African-American men face with police 

Viral video from the scene shows Floyd being removed from his car and forced to the ground, where one officer, Derek Chauvin, drove his knee into the back of his neck while the 46-year-old victim screamed that he could not breath.

Floyd appeared to be non-responsive after six minutes, but was still kept on the ground for another three minutes or so. He was later declared dead at a local hospital.

‘Let’s look at George Floyd,’ Johnson said. ‘He did everything he was supposed to do. And this police officer put all his body weight, all his body weight on his neck, right, for eight minutes. So if that can happen to George Floyd, it can happen to E.J. and Andre and more black men.’

Chauvin and fellow Minneapolis cops Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng were fired Tuesday and Chauvin has since been arrested for third-degree murder and manslaughter.

A native of Lansing, Michigan, Johnson was among the first generation of African-American students to be bused from their neighborhoods to schools in white neighborhoods. In his autobiography, My Life, Johnson revealed that his older siblings had experienced intense racism at the school, Everett, before he became a national basketball sensation as a teenager.

George Floyd

Derek Chauvin was identified as the officer pinning Floyd down in video footage that was widely shared on Tuesday

Derek Chauvin was identified as the officer pinning Floyd down in video footage that was widely shared on Tuesday. He has since been arrested and charged with third-degree murder over the death of George Floyd  

Police officers try to disperse people during a protest in Johnson's home town of Lansing

Police officers try to disperse people during a protest in Johnson’s home town of Lansing 

A protestor holds up a sign reading 'Stop Killing Us' in Johnson's adopted home, Los Angeles

A protestor holds up a sign reading ‘Stop Killing Us’ in Johnson’s adopted home, Los Angeles 

‘There’s been a lot of George Floyd’s in our community that hasn’t been reported or seen, and people who live in black America know that,’ Johnson said. ‘Only reason now that we’re acting like this is because we’re fed up. We’re tired of it. We can’t take it anymore.’

The good thing, from Johnson’s point of view, is that it’s not just black citizens protesting in the streets, but also thousands of white demonstrators as well.

‘All race of people are out there, and they’re showing their power and they’re letting their voice be heard,’ he continued.

‘These young people got to have a voice at the table. They want their voices heard. They want their concerns heard. And then they want action to take place. And so they’re going to still protest for a long time until their voices are heard.’

Magic Johnson (center right), Cookie Johnson (center left), EJ Johnson (far right), Andre Johnson (near left), and Elisa Jordan (near right) and arrive at the 2014 Carousel Of Hope Ball Presented By Mercedes-Benz at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills

Magic Johnson (center right), Cookie Johnson (center left), EJ Johnson (far right), Andre Johnson (near left), and Elisa Jordan (near right) and arrive at the 2014 Carousel Of Hope Ball Presented By Mercedes-Benz at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills

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