“We had to bury my cousin on my birthday. It was bittersweet. The way he died was bitter. Where he is right now is sweet. I wasn’t able to deliver the speech with the fire and intention I wanted because I was just choked with emotion. It’s not just the loss of life. It’s also the cause of the loss of life. And it’s a much larger problem, you know?” Pharrell mentioned to Town & Country Magazine about his cousin’s death.
“Knowing that if Donovon had been White he wouldn’t have gotten shot multiple times and left in the street for an inhumane amount of time, ’til the next morning, no gun in hand—that’s gravity. The race of the officer doesn’t pertain to the conversation because if Donovan had been white they would have never shot him like that. So, there is gravity. And there, too, is hope that things will change,” he said.
The lawsuit also states the “shooting was motivated at least in part by Mr. Lynch’s race as a Black man.”