Houston, Texas – George Floyd, whose murder inspired a global reflection on racial injustice, will be buried Tuesday in Houston, back home following a tour in a horse-drawn carriage.
The man was 46 years old when he died, he will be buried with his mother. On May 25, a white Minneapolis police officer knee-clamped his neck for several minutes as the man lay dying calling his mother.RELATED
The funeral will be private. A public funeral service was held on Monday in Houston, with about 6,000 attendees.
In the scorching Texas sun, mourners in shirts with Floyd’s image and the words “I can’t breathe” – another of the things he said endlessly when he was reduced by the police – waited for hours to pay their respects. Floyd’s body, dressed in a brown suit, lay in an open golden coffin.
Shortly after the ceremony ended, the coffin was placed in a carriage and escorted by the police back to a funeral home.
As the carriage pulled away, Daniel Osarobo, 39, a Houston resident who immigrated from Nigeria, said, “Rest in power. Rest in peace”.
“The police have stopped me. I understand the situation, I can imagine it, ”said Osarobo, who works as an engineer in the oil and gas industry. What if it had been me? What if he had been my brother? What if it had been my sister? What if it had been my son? ”
These are questions that many black Americans have asked themselves, not just in the past few weeks, but for decades.
Floyd’s death sparked international protests and again brought attention to the treatment of African-Americans in the United States by the police and the criminal justice system.
Transcendental and previously unthinkable things have happened in the past two weeks: Police departments across the country have reconsidered how they patrol minority neighborhoods; Various legislative chambers have debated the rules on the use of force, and people of different races have had uncomfortable, sometimes heated, conversations about race in a country that is supposed to guarantee equal opportunities for all.
Campaigns to withdraw funding from the police have multiplied in many communities, and people around the world took to the streets in solidarity, claiming that reforms and dialogue should not end with Floyd’s funeral.
His death has also transformed the campaign for the presidential elections in the United States. President Donald Trump hopes to resurface after one of the lowest moments of his term, while recent polls indicate that 8 out of 10 Americans believe the country is going in the wrong direction and is even spiraling out of control.
The president was somewhat bolstered last week with better-than-expected employment data, but is having trouble showing consistent leadership on several fronts, including protests across the country against police brutality.
Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden met with Floyd’s family on Monday, according to a photo shared on Twitter by the Rev. Al Sharpton. Biden was planning to send a video message to Floyd’s funeral service. Events have been held in Minneapolis and Raeford, North Carolina, near where Floyd was born.
Four Minneapolis police officers have been prosecuted in connection with Floyd’s death, which was videotaped by witnesses who pleaded with the police to stop hurting him.
A Minnesota judge Monday posted bail of $ 1.25 million for Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with second-degree murder. His former colleagues J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are accused of complicity.
Chauvin, 44, barely spoke during the 11-minute hearing, in a video appearance from a maximum-security prison.