George Floyd death: Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings joins Black Lives Matter protest in Birmingham

Sadness, anger and isolation – athletes on racism

Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings says the “energy and power” of a Black Lives Matter protest in Birmingham was “like nothing I’ve felt before”.

Protests have been held globally after unarmed black man George Floyd died while being restrained by a white Minneapolis police officer on 25 May.

Mings attended a 4,000-strong protest at Victoria Square on Thursday.

“I make no apologies for standing up for what I believe in,” the 27-year-old wrote on social media.

Sharing photographs of the protest, Mings wrote: “Nothing but energy and passion today. Won’t be silenced.”

West Midlands Police said there were “no arrests and no disorder” at the march.

Athletes from a number of sports have spoken out about racial discrimination and police brutality following Floyd’s death.

Derek Chauvin, the police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck, has been charged with second-degree murder. Three other officers present face counts of aiding and abetting murder.

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