WASHINGTON: George Floyd, the 46-year-old man whose death raised protests in all 50 states of America and in many cities around the world, was laid to rest on Tuesday. The “Gentle Giants” death sparked major protests to make changes to The United States justice system.
Although only close family and friends were invited to the funeral, thousands came out to mourn George Floyd’s death at the Fountain of Peace Church in Houston, Texas. George Floyd died on May 25th when a white officer pinned the man down by his neck for 8 minutes. George was laid to rest next to his mother.
Reverend Al Sharpton said in memory of Floyd, “If four black cops had done to one white what was done to George, they wouldn’t have to teach no new lessons, they wouldn’t have to get corporations to get money, they would send them to jail.”
He ended with “And until we know the price for black life is the same as the price for white life we are going to keep coming back to these situations over and over again. Either the law will work or it won’t work,” he said. “This was not just a tragedy. It was a crime.”
On May 25 th , witnesses recorded the altercation of police with George Floyd. In a video we can see George Floyd being held down by 4 officers and pinned under the knee of Derek Chauvin. Despite repeating that he could not breathe, officers continued to have him pinned by the neck.
Autopsy reports confirmed the cause of death to be “Asphyxiation by sustained pressure”.
Joe Biden ahead of November’s presidential election, made some remarks over the incident.
Floyds death sparked peaceful protests all around the world, which at times became violent, for a change in the justice system and a stop to police brutality especially against people or colour. The 3 officers on the scene have been charged with aiding and abetting and Derek Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. Joe Biden ahead of November’s presidential election, made some remarks over the incident.
He said “Why in this nation do too many black Americans wake up knowing that they could lose their life in the course of just living their life? We can’t turn away. We must not turn away. We cannot leave this moment thinking we can once again turn away from racism.”
In response to protests, the city of Minneapolis has banned the use of chokeholds and neck restraints by the police force. Protesters are calling for a major dismantling and defunding of the local police force.