June 5, 2020

George Floyd memorial marks moment of healing and reckoning for Minneapolis and country

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, to call for policing and criminal justice reform legislation. Keith Ellison announced upgraded charges against former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin — who pinned Floyd’s neck with his knee and now faces a second-degree murder charge — and three other officers at the scene, now charged with “aiding and abetting” second-degree murder. policies

Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Floyd’s family, called for protests to continue.“Its going to take a united effort fighting in the courtroom and outside the courtroom to get justice for George Floyd,” he said from the lectern. George Floyd memorial marks moment of healing and reckoning for Minneapolis and country

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George Floyd’s casket is placed into a hearse after a memorial service in Minneapolis. 

(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

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The woman detained by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in 2007 remembers being “dragged” away from her crying newborn and yelping dog. “They did what we accused them of,” Ellison said Thursday just before the memorial in a conversation on race in America hosted by the Washington Post. Back outside the memorial, camouflaged military vehicles of the National Guard rolled near where hundreds had gathered in a park and around the university chapel. All four officers were fired shortly after Floyd’s death. George Floyd!” “And for those that have agendas that are not about justice — this family will not let you use George as a prop.”In remarks aimed at Minnesota Gov. Some held protests signs, others handed out free food and water, and vendors displayed T-shirts as they listened to the service on loudspeakers. They stood in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time Chauvin had knelt on Floyd’s neck outside a corner shop just two-and-a-half miles from the chapel.When the time was up, as attendees left the service and others still flocked to the chapel site, the chanting resumed: “Prosecute police! Sharpton, who gave Floyd’s eulogy, encouraged the mourners “to not sit here and act like we had a funeral on the schedule.”
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“George Floyd should not be among the deceased,” he said. “We think the jury will make an objective, unbiased, evidence-based decision that they are guilty, because they are guilty.”
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“There is nobody who gets to do what these officers did to George Floyd and just get away with it,” Ellison said. Advertisement

At the end of the service, quiet settled over the mourners inside and the crowd outside. “What happened to Floyd happens every day in this country,” he said. Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, whom he called out by name, Sharpton said: “There’s a difference between those calling for peace and those calling for quiet.”
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He also announced a march on Washington in August, on the anniversary of the Rev. He died of a common American criminal justice malfunction.”Sharpton did not name President Trump, but he made reference to the now-infamous incident in which security forces violently dispersed protesters so he could walk from the White House to a historic church across the street and hold up a Bible for a photo opportunity. No peace!”“What’s his name? Gen. “We cannot use Bibles as a prop,” Sharpton said. No justice! “Stand up in George’s name and say: ‘Get your knee off our necks.’” On Wednesday, Minnesota Atty. Chauvin was disciplined over the incident.