A ceremony in memory of George Floyd began Thursday in Minneapolis. Eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence were observed, the time a white police officer knelt on the victim’s neck.
A ceremony in memory of George Floyd began Thursday, June 4 in Minneapolis. It is in this city in the northern United States that an American black dog, choked under the knee of a white police officer, on May 25, triggered a wave of protests against police violence and racism across the country.
A large crowd gathered early in the afternoon at North Central Christian University to pay tribute to his first public tribute to this 46-year-old father who died as a result of his arrest.
The ceremony began, in particular, with a moving interpretation of “AmazingGrace” after the mayor of Minneapolis knelt, crying, before the coffin.
“Pandemic of Racism”
Eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence were observed by the participants, this being the time a white police officer knelt on George Floyd’s neck.
The crowd kneeled for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to mark how long an officer is holding his knee on George Floyd’s neck.
Aly Conyers, 17, reads the names of other black men and women who have died. pic.twitter.com/Q7m1lLXxxk
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Speak, condemned the deceased’s brother, Philonise Floyd, with applause “the pandemic racism and discrimination” prevailing.
Séra AlSharpton, a figure in the civil rights movement, also delivered an order in this big city in the state of Minnesota. “It’s time to hold the justice system accountable,” he told America, assuring that the country has entered “the era where we are” occupying police practices.
“There’s no excuse” for leaving George Floyd on the ground for so long, the pastor said after the long minutes of meditation. “We must not let go of this, we cannot continue to live that way,” he had said earlier in his funeral praise, before demanding silence.
Another ceremony in memory of George Floyd is scheduled for Saturday in Raeford, his home state of North Carolina, before his funeral Monday in Houston, Texas, where he grew up before joining Minneapolis. The final funeral ceremony on Tuesday will be limited to those close to the ex-guard.
No major incident
Filmed by a passerby, the father’s slow pain, immobilized on the ground for nearly nine minutes under White Police Derek Chauvin’s lap despite his pleas – “I can’t breathe” – caused an atmosphere of tension that the United States had not known since the 1960s and civil rights.
Demonstrations that sometimes degenerated into looting and violence took place daily throughout the country to condemn police brutality, racism and social inequalities exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Several major US cities have declared night exits to try to contain the abundance. On Thursday, they lifted in Los Angeles and Washington.
Police have made a total of nearly 10,000 arrests in the country in recent days, according to an estimate reported by US media.
But after more than a week of violations, the night from Wednesday to Thursday turned out to be quieter overall, without any major event that would be regretted, when the protesters got a first “victory” in the legal field.
As they argued, the prosecutor who investigated George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis circumscribed the circumstances as intentional homicide, and charged Derek Chauvin with “unsurpassed murder” – a count of 40 years in prison – and helped and support the other three funds present.