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Stephen Jackson powerfully calls for justice for George Floyd at rally

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Stephen Jackson powerfully calls for justice for George Floyd at rally

Stephen Jackson traveled to Minneapolis on Friday, emotionally calling for justice in the wake of longtime friend George Floyd's death in police custody.

"I'm here because they're not gonna demean the character of George Floyd, my twin," Jackson, who played with the Warriors for parts of four seasons from 2007 through 2010, said Friday morning. "A lot of times, when police do things they know that's wrong, the first thing they try to do is cover it up and bring up your background to make it seem like the bulls--t that they did was worthy.

"When was murder ever worthy? But when it's a black man, it's approved. You can't tell me when that man had his knee on my brother's neck, taking his life away with his hand in his pocket, that that smirk on his face didn't say, 'I'm protected.' "

Jackson spoke as Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman elsewhere announced that former police officer Derek Chauvin had been arrested and would be charged with manslaughter and third-degree murder following Floyd's death. Chauvin was shown on video, captured by nearby bystanders, putting his knee on Floyd's neck for around eight minutes while attempting to arrest him Monday night.

Floyd, who is black, pleaded "I can't breathe" as the three officers looked on, and he died soon after being transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis police initially said. Police also claimed Floyd "physically resisted" arrest, but that didn't appear to be the case in surveillance footage obtained from a nearby restaurant by CNN.

Chauvin, who is white, and three other police officers who were at the scene were fired Tuesday. NBC News obtained video Thursday night appearing to show multiple officers on the ground with Floyd.

Floyd's death sparked outrage in the Twin Cities and across the country, with countless citizens speaking out against police mistreatment of African Americans and people of color. Protestors have demonstrated each of the last three days in Minneapolis, with violence breaking out in some areas.

Jackson has mourned Floyd's death throughout, posting multiple videos on his Instagram page about his friend earlier this week.

"We gonna use our platform," Jackson said. "I'm gonna use everything I have to get a conviction, to get all these motherf--kers to jail. Excuse my French, I'm angry. But I'm a proud black man. I mean that, from the bottom of my soul.

"And I can say that and tell everybody here I still love you, but I'm at a point now -- I don't need your love. I honestly don't need it. And want me to tell you why I don't need it? Because the love I need has always been here. It's always been here. We just haven't came together yet. But I'm starting to feel it. I'm starting to feel it ... and I thank God for everybody here."

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Jackson and the assembled crowd later moved to hold a rally outside the Hennepin County government center. Before they changed locations, Jackson issued a message to white people and those in positions of privilege.

He said he's tired of words. Now, he wants action.

"To my white brothers, I love you," Jackson said. "Every race here, I love you. But it comes to a point now, where if you love me and you not standing on the same side of me, then your love don't mean s--t. I'm at the point now where I'm tired of being a bigger person. I'm tired of walking around and seeing white kids and feeling like me having a big heart and giving love to every race, and we not getting it in return."

Ranking Warriors' most impactful moments from 2007 'We Believe' run

Ranking Warriors' most impactful moments from 2007 'We Believe' run

Programming note: Watch all four of the "We Believe" Warriors' wins over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, May 30, beginning at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area.

Even with the Warriors' latest dynastic run, the "We Believe" team remains one of the organization's most memorable squads. 

After missing the playoffs for 13 straight seasons, the Warriors rallied to make the postseason and beat the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the biggest upset in NBA history. For a refresher, here are the top ten moments from the run. 

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Baron Davis' iconic dunk elicits vivid memories from former Warriors

Baron Davis' iconic dunk elicits vivid memories from former Warriors

Programming note: Watch all four of the "We Believe" Warriors' wins over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, May 30, beginning at 2 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area.

The Warriors led the Utah Jazz by 20 points with less than three minutes left in Game 3 of the 2007 Western Conference semifinals.

That's when Baron Davis drove baseline at Oracle Arena and delivered one of the great dunks in NBA playoff history, as he posterized Andrei Kirilenko.

Several members of that "We Believe" squad recently reminisced about BD's iconic dunk while speaking with Warriors play-by-play broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald.

Jason Richardson: "I was thinking he was gonna kind of clutch and get the and-one. And then when he put his hand back and he just cocked the ball back, I was like, 'Oh, he's about to do this.' And he put it down on him. That was the loudest the arena was ever. That dunk right there.

"It was just so in your face. The fans were into it. It was a big moment. It was a top-five dunk I've ever seen."

Stephen Jackson: "When he went up to dunk, I was kind of in awe because he wasn't feeling that good all season to be doing something like that. So, I knew it was adrenaline. I was in shock. And I think he was still kind of shocked. We didn't really know how to celebrate.

"So, it was kind of odd. So, I remember just following him and I started wiping him off -- dusting him off. There's an old saying: 'Dust the dirt off your shoulders.' That was a crazy moment."

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Matt Barnes: "One of the best dunks I've seen. But just the energy in the arena. It was a special moment."

Monta Ellis: "Knowing Baron -- his body has to be feeling real good for him to be able to attempt that. So, when he went up -- and when he hit bodies with him -- I knew he was gonna try it. So, when he dunked it -- oh my goodness.

"Man. It was amazing [laughter]. I've never seen nobody get dunked on like that. That was crazy."

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It truly was incredible.

If you were watching it live, you'll never forget where you were when you lost your mind.

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