Heard on the Street: Jay Pharoah on Footage of LAPD Kneeling on His Neck
“I was holding [the surveillance footage] for … a little over a month. You had the George Floyd situation. I wasn’t trying to distract from the Black Lives Matter movement, I just wanted to bridge the gap … It doesn’t matter what you do … If you’re an innocent Black man in America, you can get messed with. It has nothing to do with your status.”
“I can level with [Floyd] on being messed with. But 8:46 of that? I can’t even imagine that. Mine wasn’t even that long.”
“It’s a ubiquitous anger out there right now with the injustice of Black people. So it’s not just us fighting our battles no more. It’s everybody who’s had a chance to sit down and pay attention … I do think a change is coming.”
— Jay Pharoah explains to Extra’s Billy Bush why he initially held back the surveillance footage of Los Angeles police approaching him with their guns drawn and kneeling on his neck, and says he can’t imagine what George Floyd went through as former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, fatally killing the 46-year-old man. Pharoah also reveals that he believes a change is coming because now it’s not just Black people fighting against racial injustice in the U.S.