Memorial for George Floyd held in Minneapolis, where he last lived and died

MINNEAPOLIS — 10 days after his gruesome death, which has sparked hundreds of demonstrations with hundreds of thousands of Americans taking to the streets in protest of racism and police brutality, George Floyd’s journey to his final resting place has begun.

Floyd’s family started the three-city memorial service on Thursday in Minneapolis, the city where Floyd last lived and died.

North Central University hosted the memorial and public viewing before the service began, school president, Rev. Scott Hagan had a special announcement.

“I just want to announce as president of this school the institution of the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship. Even, even before announcing this scholarship yesterday, unsolicited, over $53,000 was handed to me to contribute toward the educational promise of aspiring young black American leaders. But here’s what I really want to say far beyond North Central university, I am now challenging every university president in the United States of America, to establish your own George Floyd Memorial scholarship fund.”

At the memorial — some of Floyd’s siblings spoke up, thanking everybody for their love and support, while promising justice for Floyd.

“I’m just doing what I can to stay strong. We all want justice for George, he gonna get it,” said Philonise Floyd, brother.

On Saturday, June 6, the next memorial for Floyd will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he grew up.

And on Tuesday, June 9, Floyd’s final memorial and funeral will be held in Houston, where he was born and will be laid to rest.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama as well spoke on Wednesday — in his first public address on Floyd’s death.

“In some ways, as tragic as these past few weeks have been, as difficult and scary and uncertain as they’ve been, they’ve also been an incredible opportunity for people to be awakened, to some of these underlying trends. And they offer an opportunity for us to all work together to tackle them, to take them on to change America and make it live up to its highest ideals.”

On Thursday Attorney General William Barr spoke about the ongoing crisis as well and acknowledged the black Americans’ lack of confidence in the country’s criminal justice system.

“This must change.”

Meanwhile, just blocks away from Floyd’s memorial service, a Minneapolis judge set bail at $750,000 each for the three police officers charged with aiding and abetting in the killing of Floyd.

The main officer involved, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with second-degree murder.

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  • Mario
    4 June 2020 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    American media and the leftist Democrat sensationalized the burial of GEORGE FLOYD and never mention why he died. Caught by store owner for paying FAKE $20 Bills, called the Police, he was handcuffed, fought back, put into the ground, and died. OBAMA and prominent Black Democrat spoke, blaming racism. OBAMA-BIDEN were in power for 8 years NEVER help the Black community. In just 3 years of TRUMP administration, is the most US President who help the Black community, First time in US history, Black, Asian Hispanic had the lowest unemployment rate. During the Clinton era, 4 Black in 5 is incarcerated, against 1 white. TRUMP passed the 40 years old CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM resulted to Black women, and man is being released from Jail. Ivanka TRUMP headed the training of Vocational School and trained 14 Million, 40% are Black. Before COVID, TRUMP funded the BLACK UNIVERSITY and will put up more Black University. The GOP needs 30% of Black vote to guarantee to be a President.