Hundreds of people gathered yesterday in Minneapolis City to say goodbye to the late black American George Floyd who was pinned down on his neck by a police officer up to death on Monday 25 May, an incident that triggered protests across US and across the globe.
According to a Twitter post, the memorial service that was attended by prominent Civil Rights figures, family relatives and friends was livestreamed as thousands gathered in a nearby park as Reverend Al Sharpton led the service by giving the eulogy of the deceased.
“On Thursday we will lay out how we will mobilize nationality in the name of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and more,” reads the Reverend’s tweet, referring to the names of former Black men and women killed by police or former law enforcement.
The event took place a day after a prosecutor announced new charges over the now ex-officers who were involved Floyd’s death.
Derek Chauvin’s charge has been upgraded from third-degree murder to second-degree murder as he also faces a charge of second-degree manslaughter.
The other three ex-officers who were involved in the incident of the killing were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. They are all in custody.
“This is a significant step forward on the road to justice, and we are gratified that this important action was brought before George Floyd’s body was laid to rest,” said prominent Civil Rights lawyer Ben Crump who is also representing the family of the deceased.
Services will also be held in North Carolina- where Floyd was born and Houston where he lived for sometime. George Floyd will be buried in Houston at a private service next week.