Keke Palmer calls on National Guard members to ‘march with us’ during LA protest in viral video
Keke Palmer is drawing viral praise after footage surfaced online showing her pleading with National Guard members to march with her and other demonstrators during a protest in Los Angeles earlier this week.
In footage of the moment, Palmer could be seen standing with protesters on Tuesday. She asked a small group of National Guard members, “March with us, march beside us.”
“Get your people. March beside us. Let the revolution be televised. March beside us and show us that you’re here for us. Let’s just do it. We start marching and you march with us. Make history with us, please,” she continued.
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Moments later, peaceful protesters gathered around the guardsmen and Palmer could be heard chanting, “March with us. March with us.”
In response, one of the men told Palmer that he would march in the street with her, but that he could not leave his post because “I have to control this area,” as he gestured his hand to a street off-screen.
“Control this area?” Palmer asked the guardsman. “What is it to control, man? March with us. It would send a huge message if we just march. Just march with us. March the whole round with us.”
“We have to hold this intersection,” he told Palmer.
“No, you don’t because you’re the protector … If it’s you that’s supposed to be patrolling us, then walk with us,” she told him.
Moments after, another protester could then be heard asking the officer if he could take a knee in solidarity with the protesters.
“Absolutely,” the officer tells the protester and he and the other National Guard members begin to kneel.
While Palmer noted the act of the officers kneeling wasn’t “enough” for her, other protesters cheered around the officers as they took a knee with them.
Footage of the moment tweeted by NBC News correspondent Gadi Schwartz has racked up more than 20.2 million views in less than a day and is drawing viral online praise.
Much respect to Keke Palmer. This is fierce. https://t.co/pYNhcLmVja
— Luvvie is writing book 2 (@Luvvie) June 3, 2020
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 2, 2020
— Jeremy Jordan (@JeremyMJordan) June 2, 2020
The moment comes as similar protests against police brutality and racial inequality have taken place across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
Floyd, an unarmed black man, died at the age of 46 last week shortly after a white police officer was seen in viral footage kneeling on his neck during an arrest in Minneapolis. In footage of the arrest, Floyd could also be heard saying he couldn’t breathe as the officer continued to kneel on his neck.
That officer, Derek Chauvin, and three other officers who responded to the arrest have since been fired and Chauvin was later charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
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