Kim Kardashian Offers To Pay Medical Bills Of Protester Shot In Face By Rubber Bullet

Katie O'Malley
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Kim Kardashian West is the latest celebrity to donate money in support of those taking part in anti-racism protests across the US in response to George Floyd’s death.

Last week, the 46-year-old died from asphyxia (lack of oxygen), a private post-mortem examination has found, after a police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest, despite Floyd repeatedly saying that he was unable to breathe.

On Monday, the 39-year-old reality star commented on a photo on Twitter which showed a woman whose face was covered in blood after she was shot by a rubber bullet while filming the protests in Louisville, Kentucky.

The image showed the young woman with a piece of flesh missing from her forehead and a swollen left eye.

In response to the photo, Kardashian tweeted: ‘'This is heartbreaking and so disturbing. Does anyone know how i can get in contact with her? I would love to help her with her medical care if she needs it [sic].'

Several Twitter users subsequently tagged the woman in the photo, known as Shannyn (@shannynsharyse), so the beauty mogul could contact her directly.

On the same day, the woman shared footage of the incident, which took place on May 30, on Instagram in response to accusations that she had somehow faked her facial injuries.



Over the weekend, Kardashian called out ‘systematic racism’ on Twitter amid the protests following Floyd’s death.

'I am exhausted by the heartbreak I feel seeing mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and children suffering because their loved one was murdered or locked away unjustly for being black,' she tweeted.

On Monday, Halsey also addressed the protests she's participated in and revealed that she found herself treating protesters’ injuries that they sustained from rubber bullets in Los Angeles over the weekend.

‘I don’t know how to articulate the horrors of today,’ she Tweeted. ‘NG + officers firing rounds into kneeling crowds. We don’t have enough medics on the ground on our side. I was treating injuries I am not qualified to. So much blood spilled. If you have med training pls go + standby outskirts.’



Law enforcement have fired tear gas and rubber bullets in recent days in an attempt to control crowds across US states.

Read more about why tear gas isn't a 'non-violent' intervention here.

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