Kendrick Lamar’s chart-topping single “Alright” speaks deeply on police brutality and officers’ relations within black communities, bringing to the musical forefront the numerous occasions in which many men and women of color have lost their lives to senseless cop shootings.
Now, the Sounwave and Pharrell Williams-produced track has served an even greater purpose, this time as a chant for a recent group of students at Cleveland State University. During a Black Lives Matter conference, police officers arrested a 14-year-old boy who they presumed was intoxicated, ABC News reports. Witnesses also say that they saw the officers slam the teen into the ground.
As a result, the group of students called for his release and used the Compton rapper’s track as a catalyst. The occurrence is under investigation, which includes the reported pepper-spraying of the crowd by the officers.
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