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Dennis Rodman urges George Floyd protesters to stop looting and causing damage: ‘We’re human beings’

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 6/1/2020 By Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman called for an end to the looting and destruction at George Floyd demonstrations and urged people to “protest in the right way.”

“Please understand, we have to live together," the ex-Chicago Bull said in a video published by TMZ. "We’re human beings, we’re not f--king animals.”

Massive protests have taken place in recent days throughout the United States — including in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta — following the death of Floyd, a black man, in police custody on May 25 in Minneapolis.

In his video statement, Rodman, 59, contended it’s wrong for protesters to burn things, steal, or damage homes and businesses.

He said the world is already facing issues with the coronavirus pandemic, and wants people to come together and try to solve the problem at the center of the protests.

“Someone needs to come out and say, ‘Hey, guys. Why are we looting? Why are we stealing? Why are we creating more issues?’” Rodman said.

Fired police officer Derek Chauvin was charged last week with third-degree murder and manslaughter. A criminal complaint accuses him of kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.

Many public figures have spoken out about Floyd’s death, including Rodman’s former Bulls teammate Michael Jordan, who said in a statement Sunday that he is "deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry.”

“I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country,” Jordan said. "We have had enough.”

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