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George Floyd’s family members, and others who have lost loved ones to police encounters, joined activists and citizens in Minneapolis on Sunday for a march which was one of many scheduled events. across the United States to mark the first anniversary of Floyd’s murder.
Hundreds of people gathered for the rally outside the downtown Minneapolis courthouse where the trial of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin ended a month ago, many carrying signs with photos of Floyd, Philando Castile and other black men killed in encounters with the police.Amidst chants of “No justice, no peace!” And ‘Say Her Name,’ Governor Tim Walz, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter watched alongside a dozen members of Floyd’s family as speakers demanded justice for the families of black men killed by police.
“It’s been a long year. It’s been a painful year, ”Floyd’s sister Bridgett said on Sunday. “It has been very frustrating for me and my family that our lives change in the blink of an eye – I still don’t know why. “
Tuesday will mark a year since Floyd, who was Black, died after Chauvin held his knee to Floyd’s neck as Floyd pleaded for air. Chauvin, who is white, has since been convicted of murder and manslaughter for Floyd’s death, which has sparked protests around the world and calls for a change in policing in the United States.
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