R&B star D'angelo joined the protest surrounding the 2014 death of Eric Garner during his performance on Saturday Night Live in America on Saturday (31Jan15) by taking a moment to remember the tragic New Yorker during his two-song set.
Garner was strangled to death during a police arrest in Staten Island, New York, last summer (Jul14), and a grand jury's decision not to indict the cops responsible sparked outrage and protests throughout the U.S. in December (14).
The interaction between the unarmed African-American and police officers was caught on camera and Garner could be heard saying, "I can't breathe" repeatedly before he passed away, lying facedown on the sidewalk.
Medical examiners concluded that Garner was killed by "compression of neck, compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police". His death was ruled a homicide.
During his performance of The Charade on Saturday Night Live, D'Angelo sang, "All we wanted was a chance to talk, instead we only got outlined in chalk," while he and his back-up singers and bandmates wore T-shirts sporting the words "black lives matter" and "I can't breathe".