Floyd died on Monday after a Minneapolis police officer pinned the unarmed man to the ground and kneeled on his neck.
A video shot by a bystander that circulated online showed the officer—who appeared to be White— pressing his knee into Floyd's neck while the victim said repeatedly:
"Please man, I can't breathe. I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe."
Warning: the video below is extremely graphic.
BREAKING: A video shows a Minneapolis police officer pinning down a black man by the neck with his knee for several… https://t.co/McdwmUv4zG— Mukhtar M. Ibrahim (@Mukhtar M. Ibrahim)1590476568.0
Moments later, Floyd's eyes closed and he became unresponsive. Bystanders can be heard demanding other officers help Floyd while one officer can be seen standing and observing the crowd.
Boyega—along with other infuriated social media users—expressed his outrage on Twitter.
"This just burns," wrote the 28-year-old actor.
"Seems to be a never ending cycle. The murderers need to be charged severely. Even in the face of death this man was given zero empathy."
The British actor—who is known for portraying Finn in the Stars Wars sequel trilogy— posted a picture of Floyd superimposed with a quote of his final words heard in the video.
This just burns. Seems to be a never ending cycle. The murderers need to be charged severely. Even in the face of d… https://t.co/knCrFKI7vQ— John Boyega (@John Boyega)1590564205.0
He later followed up his tweet verbalizing his outrage without mincing words.
“I hate racists—with a passion.” I love seeing @JohnBoyega not only speak truth to power, but do so in such uncompr… https://t.co/fIUBVQcRo4— Jamil Smith (@Jamil Smith)1590625500.0
While many fans stood by the actor, others criticized his comments aimed at racists.
One Twitter user responded that as a White person she has been a victim of racism.
"Racism isn't targeted towards black people. I'm white and I've had my fair share of people being racist to me."
@Kookotweets @JohnBoyega @dontjealousme Or white. Racism isn’t targeted towards black people. I’m white and I’ve ha… https://t.co/j85rLT2a5z— AMY BOWLING (@AMY BOWLING)1590584810.0
"Racism is not limited to one race."
@HuffPostUK Racism is not limited to one race.— slider1983 (@slider1983)1590663518.0
And another hot take was all racism is bad.
"ALL racism is bad, not just white on black. Let's leave it at that."
Boyega responded that his tweet was aimed at the "current situation."
@radiosketch I am not talking about other perspectives given the current situation is that okay?— John Boyega (@John Boyega)1590601837.0
@DexyDale @AsiwajuLerry I am talking about WHITE on BLACK racism. The kind that has ruined the world not caused a l… https://t.co/hrkt9cveUj— John Boyega (@John Boyega)1590566218.0
Some criticized him for responding at all.
@ise_tan45 @DexyDale @AsiwajuLerry Yes because to specify what I’m talking about seems to be an issue? Again I’ll s… https://t.co/y1pMxIyU3J— John Boyega (@John Boyega)1590570418.0
@D_empiricist @ganderlow @DexyDale @AsiwajuLerry Please do shut up. I am being specific to a topic. I am not talkin… https://t.co/cQCMHvK7o0— John Boyega (@John Boyega)1590571181.0
Insider said that he also continued the conversation on Instagram Live:
"It's very very important at this time that we ignore ignorance, and we ignore people that come through and try to make these situations what they're not."
"I'm not even apologizing first of all. You lot better f-----g believe that."
"But there's no way that I have the opinion that there's no other forms of racism. Of course there's other forms of racism."
"But a black man was just murdered in cold blood, in the streets, Stateside, again, while saying that he can't breathe."
He added that if any of his fans were racist, they would be blocked.
"If you're a fan of me and you support my work and you're racist and you're arguing with what I was saying, f--- off. You f------ d---heads."
Some took more issue with his detonating the F-bomb.
His character from the Star Wars franchise is owned by Disney which some people brought up.
But Boyega reminded them that this was his personal account.
@Thisismkt This is my own personal account. I am not here for the kids.— John Boyega (@John Boyega)1590572562.0
Still, others had the actor's back.
@JohnBoyega @YourPalPapaScho The thing is that John can do what he wants. Disney will only care if it gets serious. John, you do you man.— General Tank Man #Reassemble (@General Tank Man #Reassemble)1590676084.0
@HuffPostUK Good for him as there is nothing to counter argue with. He made an honeat and teue statement that so ma… https://t.co/6ZfJNqQLow— Carole🍾🥂🍹🥃 (@Carole🍾🥂🍹🥃)1590633388.0
Keep speaking your truth John. If anyone has an issue with it, there is always an option to not follow on Twitter.