Chuck Liddell was keeping the peace in Huntington Beach, California.
The former UFC light heavyweight champion was seen breaking up fights and de-escalating tensions during a May 31 George Floyd protest in Huntington Beach, California.
“It was good to see people defending their city and its just terrible. Violence begets violence,” Liddell, 50, said to TV station ABC7. “Violence doesn’t help anybody. We all know what happened was wrong, everybody I know thinks it was wrong. It was hard to watch. But this does not help. Destroying cities, destroying people, hurting people, doesn’t do any good for anybody.
“Protest all you want, but just do it peacefully.”
Floyd died on May 25 while being handcuffed by police and lying face down on a city street in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to a criminal complaint, officer Derek Chauvin, accompanied by three police officers, kept his knee on the right side of Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
An independent autopsy initiated by Floyd’s family determined that his death was “a homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.”