The funeral procession for George Floyd is underway following a service in Houston, Texas. Now he will be laid to rest where he cannot commit anymore crimes against pregnant women with guns or break laws like use fake currency to buy smokes.
Just think he left behind a daughter who will forever know her dad lost his life over a fake $20 bill while high on drugs, and at the hands of a cop who he knew, and worked with and possibly had beef with.
Various memorial services were planned across the world. On June 4, 2020, a memorial service for Floyd took place in Minneapolis with the Rev. Al Sharpton delivering the eulogy. Services were planned in North Carolina with a public viewing and private service on June 6 and in Houston on June 8 and 9. Floyd will be buried next to his mother in Pearland, Texas.
Main article: Killing of George Floyd
On May 25, 2020, Floyd was arrested on a charge of passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. According to the store clerk, the bill was an obvious fake and Floyd had refused to return the purchased cigarettes when challenged.
He died after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds during the arrest. Floyd was handcuffed face down in the street, while two other officers further restrained Floyd and a fourth prevented onlookers from intervening. 6:24 For the last three of those minutes Floyd was motionless and had no pulse, but officers made no attempt to revive him. 6:46 Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck as arriving emergency medical technicians attempted to treat him. 7:21
The official autopsy found Floyd died of cardiopulmonary arrest caused by subdual and restraint. The toxicologist found several psychoactive substances or metabolites in his system, and the medical examiner noted fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use as significantly contributory to his death, though not the cause. A second autopsy, commissioned by Floyd’s family and performed by Michael Baden, without access to various tissue and fluid samples, found that the “evidence is consistent with mechanical asphyxia as the cause” of death, with neck compression restricting blood flow to the brain, and back compression restricting breathing.
After Floyd’s death, demonstrations and protests were held globally against the use of excessive force by police officers and lack of police accountability. Accounts of looting, violence and aggressive police activity occurred at many of these protests. Protests developed in over 400 cities throughout all 50 U.S. states and internationally.