George Floyd’s death
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As George Floyd is laid to rest in Houston, family members and friends remember the man who sparked a movement.
As per those who knew him, he was a man who was kind to people around him,, in the Third Ward of Houston where he grew and everywhere else he went.
Floyd was recalled by family members as a man everyone wanted to be around. Philonise Floyd, George’s brother, said he was like “a general” that everyone wanted to follow.
Growing up in a single-parent household, Floyd was remembered as a loving, supportive and guiding presence by his siblings at a memorial in Minneapolislast week.
“He was like a big brother,” Terai Lawson, who grew up in Houston, told National Public Radio in an interview that aired on Tuesday morning.
Terai is the younger brother of Ortierre Lawson, Floyd’s friend and former football team mate.
Terai said Floyd took an interested in his sports life. “I always mysteriously see him in the stands, watching me play basketball all the way through high school,” Terai said.
Floyd was an enthusiastic sportsman. Having an height of 6’4″ (194cm) and loved basketball. He was a huge fan of LeBron James, star player for the Los Angeles Lakers who made his mark on basketball with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“He was the biggest LeBron James fan,” Floyd’s nephew Brandon Williams recalled at his eulogy service in Minneapolis. When James won the championship with the Cavaliers against the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA finals, Floyd was elated.
“When the [Cavaliers] came back on the Golden State Warriors in the Finals, and I remember the very first phone call. I told him, ‘You’re too happy. You sound like you won a championship.’ ”
Floyd responded: “Man, you know how I feel about LeBron. I did win a championship”.
The killer of unarmed black man George Floyd has made his first court appearance, where his bail was set at $1.25m (£1m).
Prosecutors cited the “severity of the charges” and public outrage as the reason for upping his bail from $1m.
Derek Chauvin faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Three other arresting officers are charged with aiding and abetting murder.
Mr Floyd’s death in May led to global protests and calls for police reform.
Meanwhile, mourners in Houston, Texas, where Mr Floyd lived before moving to Minneapolis, have been viewing his body, publicly on display for six hours at The Fountain of Praise church.
On Tuesday, a private funeral service will be held in Houston. Memorial services have already been held in Minneapolis and North Carolina, where Mr Floyd was born.
It is believed a family member escorted Mr Floyd’s body on a flight to Texas late on Saturday.
Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden met privately with Mr Floyd’s relatives in Houston to offer his condolences on Monday.
The third and final tribute service for George Floyd will be held Monday in Houston, where he grew up and lived before moving to Minneapolis, where he died at the hands of a police officer.
Ex-Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as the man begged for his life, will make his first court appearance in today’s afternoon.
Chauvin was arrested last month and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Last week, prosecutors added a second-degree murder charge.
The other three officers involved in Floyd’s death — Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao — were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Floyd’s death outraged two weeks of global protests that saw some of the largest crowds yet over the weekend.
While the earlier days of unrest included buildings on fire and looting, protests have since remained mostly peaceful. As thousands marched daily in cities including Minneapolis, Atlanta and Los Angeles, mayors introduced nightly curfews to keep protesters off the streets — most of which have now been lifted.
An appeared food pantry; a ruiner who covers up oath; an abandoned hotel that takes in homeless individuals and protesters. In between the news headlines that have thrust Minneapolis, Minnesota, into the United States national spotlight is a community that has come together to honour George Floyd by helping those in need.
Dozens of tents surroundedby piles of donated food, hygiene supplies, first-aid supplies and other goods line a field in Saint Paul, which neighbours Minneapolis, the city where Floyd was killed in late May.
“People are hurtin because of George[‘s] situation … And if George Floyd would have had justice from the beginning our stores would be up. If politicians, and lawmakers, and the legal world would take our lives seriously, this wouldn’t happen,” said Shay Webbie, a local comedian, who started the Saint Paul pop-up food pantry.
What ar first is seen as one tent with two tables now covers an entire field with more than a half dozen tents and trailers. Similar initiatives can be seen across Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Many volunteers help with the Saint Paul food pantry – known on Facebook as ShayCares – and anyone in need can pick up supplies, no questions asked.
Former US president Barack Obama on Wednesday praised the “profound” protests by Americans demanding racial justice and said demonstrations over last week’s killing of a black man in police custody could hit nationwide reforms.
In his first video comments since George Floyd’s death on May 25 in Minneapolis outrage unrest across the country, Obama also urged state and local authorities to review their policies on the use of force.
He directed his comments at young black men and women who he says have often witnessed or experienced too much violence.
“Too often some of that violence has come from folks who were supposed to be serving and protecting you,” Obama said in a webcast with activists.
“I want you to know that you matter. I want you to know that your lives matter, your dreams matter.”
He also said that in the last few weeks, Americans have witnessed “the kinds of epic changes and events in our country that are as profound as anything that I’ve seen in my lifetime.”
The 58-year-old, who remains remarkable among Democrats, noted the deadly upheaval of the 1960s civil rights movement and said “a far more representative cross-section of America” is protesting now than as compared to half a century ago.
“There is a change in mindset that’s taking place, a greater recognition that we can do better,” Obama said.
Young protesters, in particular, have been forced to silence, he said, and their motivation could serve as inspiration for broader change than it is at the moment
George Floyd tested positive for the novel coronavirus in a test discovered after his death, according to Hennepin County’s new post-mortem report released earlier yesterday.
The post-mortem nasal swab was found to be “positive for 2019-nCoV RNA,” said the report, using another term for the type of coronavirus that causes Covid-19.
Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker said the type of test performed for the autopsy, called PCR, can show a positive result “for weeks after the onset and resolution of clinical disease.”
As an outcome, Baker said, “the autopsy result most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent PCR positivity from previous infection” — meaning the virus played no significant or little role in Floyd’s death and he was unlikely to have been even contagious.
Unconventional autopsy discovers George Floyd’s death a homicide due to ‘asphyxiation from sustained force’
An independent autopsy called George Floyd’s death a homicide and said that he died of “asphyxiation from sustained pressure” — an examination that is at odds with the medical findings
The autopsy brought forward by Floyd’s family says compression to the neck and back, caused by officers pressing on him, led to a none flow of blood to the brain.
The independent autopsy’s examination came after the Hennepin County Medical Examiner found “no physical findings” to “support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation,” according to a criminal objection emancipated by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office on Friday.
Initial autopsy results put in the complaint consisting Chauvin said fused effects of being limited, any potential intoxicants in Floyd’s system and his basic health issues, notwithstanding heart disease, probably contributed to the man’s death. Toxicology results can take longer time.
The objection noted the examination are initial and the full report from the medical examiner is still pending.