- Floyd’s family, the police chief, and the mayor joined thousands of the protesters in Houston.
- "I’m here for my baby and I’m here for George because I want justice for him."
- In New York City, protesters marched in the streets throughout the night.
The protests against the death of the African-American, George Floyd, continued across US cities peacefully. However, many of the protesters defied the curfews that have been imposed across cities in the country. The biggest protest was in Floyd’s hometown, Houston, Texas, which held a memorial march.
Floyd’s family, the police chief, and the mayor joined thousands of the protesters. The memorial march was organized by Houston Rapper Trae Tha Truth, a longtime friend of Floyd. The mother of Floyd’s daughter, Roxie Washington, and his daughter, six year-old Gianna, appeared in public for the first time since his death.
“At the end of the day, they [the officers] get to go home and be with their families. Gianna does not have a father. He will never see her grow up, graduate. He will never walk her down the aisle,” Washington said Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m here for my baby and I’m here for George because I want justice for him. I want justice for him because he was good. No matter what anybody thinks, he was good,” Washington said, while holding back tears. She made the statement in Minneapolis in a press conference.
In New York City, protesters marched in the streets throughout the night. Despite the city mayor urging the protesters to go home as curfew time reached, they continued with their demonstrations. In Washington, protesters marched towards the White House amid presence of the military and helicopters. Police also fired tear gas to disperse protesters.
“I understand y’all are upset. I doubt y’all are half as upset as I am . . . So if I’m not over here blowing up stuff, if I’m not over here messing up my community, then what are y’all doing? What are y’all doing? Y’all doing nothing. Because that’s not going to bring my brother back at all.”
He wore a face mask with his brother’s image and dropped to his knees at the spot where Floyd met his death.
The death of Floyd has sparked outrage from all quarters, and ignited anger over police killings of black Americans. The former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga condemned the brutal killing of Floyd and posted a prayer on his twitter account.
The head of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, condemned the murder, saying that his organization rejects the discrimination against blacks in the US. A number of US embassies in Africa have also condemned the murder and called for justice.
Bridgett Floyd, George Floyd’s sister, said all four officers should face murder charges. “They murdered my brother. He was crying for help,” Bridgett said. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, on his part, called the incident “a tragic reminder that this was not an isolated incident, but a part of an ingrained systematic cycle of injustice that still exists in this country.”
In a horrifying video, Chauvin, pinned Floyd down with his knee as he lay on the ground during an arrest. The video footage was taken by a witness and was sent on social media. It showed Floyd helpless, asking the police not to kill him. Floyd said several times, “I can’t breathe!”
The officer is then heard telling him to relax he continues to pin him down. “My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts,” Floyd cries out. “[I need] water or something. Please. Please. I can’t breathe, officer. . . I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe.” In the footage witnesses are heard pleading with the police to let go the man but their pleas fell on deaf ears.