Stevie Wonder has spoken out on the recent grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
Wonder performed at Seattle’s Key Arena on Wednesday night after the announcement of the Garner decision. As Billboard points out, video has emerged showing the music legend commenting on the lack of indictments and the wide availability of guns. The remarks came as he started to perform “Living for the City,” from 1973′s Innervisions, a song he said “unfortunately is still relevant today.”
“Can you believe that within one month, two secret grand juries declined to indict two policemen for the killing of two black men?” Wonder told the audience. “I just don’t understand that.”
He added: “I tell you what I do understand. I heard Eric Garner say, with my own ears: ‘I can’t breathe breathe.’ And as much as he’s apologized, I don’t understand why he [the police officer] did not stop … I’ve heard politicians say, you’ve got all this black-on-black crime, but my feeling’s that guns are too accessible to everybody.”
Watch the video below. After last year’s “not guilty” verdict in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Wonder said he would boycott Florida, the state where the killing occurred.