Floyd's death follows the high-profile cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Eric Garner in NY; and others that have driven the Black Lives Matter movement in recent years.
Those gathered at the Minneapolis tribute stood in silence for 8 minutes, 46 seconds, the amount of time Floyd was alleged to be on the ground under the control of police.
A fourth officer, Derek Chauvin, was charged with second-degree murder after video showed him placing his knee on Mr Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes while detaining him on 25 May. J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, who were either kneeling on other parts of Floyd's body or watching, now all face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. All four were fired from their jobs.
Brandon and Philonise Floyd, brothers of George Floyd embrace while listening to Shareeduh Tate speak.
"You know, it was great witnessing the homegoing ceremony because it kind of put my spirit at peace", Jones said. He had a way with words.
"All these people came to see my brother". "That's wonderful to me that he touched so many people's hearts because he touched our hearts".
"His life had value, and we will seek justice", said Ellison, who cautioned that winning convictions would be hard and said that public pressure had no bearing on his decisions. He's going to get it.
"We didn't have a whole lot, but we always had each other".
Protesters breach a line of police atop the Crescent City Connection bridge, which spans the Mississippi River in New Orleans, June 3, 2020, during a protest over the death of George Floyd.
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The announcement was not framed as an executive order , but rather as "measures" that would go "into effect immediately". Under the US Constitution, governors generally have the authority to maintain order within state borders.
The change in mood reflected a determination voiced by many protesters and organizers in recent days to transform outrage over Floyd's death into a renewed civil rights movement, seeking reforms to America's criminal justice system. "We couldn't breathe not because something is wrong with our lungs, but because you wouldn't take off your knee off our neck", Sharpton said. "We want you to continue making your voice heard". It was never great for others. "I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act", said the current defense secretary. "When I looked and saw people in Germany marching for George Floyd, it's a different time and a different season".
This week, Gov. Tim Walz and DFL leaders said they envisioned the topic to be a "centerpiece" of the special session and some lawmakers have threatened to hold up the process of passing a bonding bill if the proposals go unheard.
The ceremony began with a moving rendition of "Amazing Grace" after the mayor, white, of Minneapolis knelt in tears before the coffin.
The new second-degree murder charge alleges Chauvin caused Floyd's death without intent while committing another felony, namely assault.
"Our entire Association extends our heartfelt sympathy to George Floyd's family and to the collective community that mourns his loss and advocates for honest dialogue and real and immediate change in his name", said Aaron Jordan, Stevens County Attorney and MCAA President.
The imagery Sharpton used resonated at the memorial for George Floyd today in Minneapolis.
In the nation's capital, 86 percent of the more than 400 people arrested as of Wednesday afternoon were from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
Governors from NY and OH called on their citizens to pause for a moment of silence to honor Floyd at the same time the service was beginning. He also asked that those attending wear a face mask due to COVID-19 concerns and that protests would not be allowed.