People gathered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a year before the anniversary of the assassination of George Floyd, which led to mass protests in the United States. violent police against black people.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was guilty on a murder charge last month kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes of arrest on May 25 last year.
Demonstrators gathered Sunday outside the Hennepin County Government Center, where Chauvin’s trial took place, to remember Floyd’s life and call for action against police violence and discrimination against black people.
The George Floyd Memorial Foundation, a group founded by Floyd’s sister Bridgett Floyd, said at the event purpose “Demonstrating our continued call for response and reform, because equal rights and justice must not be established or imposed on the human race.”
Meetings and several other events are taking place in the United States to commemorate Tuesday.
“It’s really close to the day,” Bridgett Floyd told reporters earlier this week, as reported by KARE11 affiliate Minneapolis NBC News.
“And I feel like I’m about to reach the days and be a little stronger than I was last year, and that’s because I went through so much last year. I have no choice but to be brave and carry that weight, and to have the responsibility that God has given me. “Because I didn’t see it coming, none of us said that,” he said.
‘Walk in the Way of Righteousness’
Reverend Al Sharpton, an independent US leader, was in Minneapolis on Sunday to join Floyd’s family, who said he had “not only suffered but has been standing up for justice in the matter”.
“Chauvin’s decision was a fair one, but it was a step forward,” Sharpton said he told MSNBC before the meeting. “We are on a journey. I’m glad we’re on the right track, but we have to keep going. ”
Last month, US President Joe Biden added that Chauvin had been arrested on three counts in connection with Floyd’s assassination.go ahead“.
“‘I can’t breathe.’ “This was George Floyd’s last words. We can’t let him die with us. We have to keep hearing it. We don’t have to turn around. We can’t turn around. This could be a moment of great change,” Biden said at the time.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
“Every time you open a story, there is a black person who is beaten by the police or killed – and they have no weapons,” James Shoals, a Minneapolis citizen who attended the rally, told Al Jazeera. “We’re not getting justice,” Shoals said.
Money for changing police
Meanwhile, Biden received Floyd’s family at the White House on Tuesday, US media reported this week.
Its leaders have urged Congress to pass police restructuring laws on the day commemorating Floyd’s assassination, but these attempts have failed and U.S. lawmakers may miss the deadline on Tuesday.
Democratic Senator Cory Booker, who is taking part in the debate on the bill – known as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act – told CNN State of the Union program on Sunday that although “progress” had been made, no agreement had been reached.
“We are moving forward, we hope to move forward, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Booker said.
Human rights activists have also said that police brutality against black people has continued since the assassination of Floyd last year, prompting him to continue his summons.
This week, U.S. police in the state of Louisiana a free play depicting the May 2019 violent arrest of a Black man who died in hospital after the incident.
Authorities initially said Ronald Greene died when his car hit a tree while police were chasing him, but the evidence shows police dragging Greene’s car and arresting him, hitting him and repeatedly shaking him. The case is being investigated by the state human rights body, Associated Press reports.
“We need to find laws that will regulate supervisors into law,” said Congresswoman Karen Bass, chair of the DRM Black Caucus, which also participates in discussions on police reform laws. he wrote Thursday of Greene’s death.
“We thought my brother’s death would be the last police case,” Bridgett Floyd added this week. “But as we can all see, he does this over and over again.”
He also said he was confident that funding for the change of police would be provided, but KARE11 did.
“The police should be held accountable for their actions,” he said. “That’s why they know that if they break the law, if they take their partner to someone else, they will think about it again.”