by Mohammad Ibrahim | The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS – Lighting a candle to honor the memory of George Floyd at the crossroads where he died was one of the commemorations set for Wednesday’s second anniversary of the murder of a black man at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
Activists plan a vigil alongside a rally at the governor’s residence in St. Paul for the two-year anniversary of Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, which ignited protests in Minneapolis and around the world as viewers video increasingly spread from
The intersection of 38th and Chicago streets became known informally as George Floyd Square after his death, with a large statue of a clenched fist as the monument’s focal point. The city planned to unveil a street sign officially dubbed the corner of George Perry Floyd Square just before the vigil, featuring Floyd’s brother Terence.
“Today we honor two years after the murder of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said in a statement. “Every day since, we have remembered the life and legacy of George Floyd as a friend, father, brother and loved one. His name is heard in every corner of our world.”
On Wednesday in Washington, with an impasse over how Congress addressed racism and excessive use of force, President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order on policing on the second anniversary.
Subsequent events in Minneapolis include Thursday a gathering of the families of loved ones who have died in talks with police and a fundraising gala on Friday aimed at preserving offerings left at the crossroads by protesters and mourners. To raise funds for where Floyd died.
An all-day celebration and a concert at the crossroads were also planned for Saturday.
Floyd, 46, who died, who is white, rested his knee on Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes as Floyd was handcuffed and pleaded he could not breathe.
Chauvin is serving 22 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty last year to state charges of manslaughter and manslaughter. The former officer also pleaded guilty to violating Floyd’s civil rights in a federal case, where he now faces 20 to 25 years in prison.
Former officer J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao are planned to be tried on state charges in June. Thomas Lane pleaded guilty last week to his role in Floyd’s murder and second-degree manslaughter, months after all three former officers were indicted in February on federal charges of intentionally violating Floyd’s rights. .
“In Minneapolis, we will continue to call his name and honor his spirit,” Frey said. “In these days of contemplation and remembrance, we must proceed with kindness to one another – and especially seek and support our Black friends and neighbors.”
Mohamed Ibrahim is a core member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a non-profit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on secret issues.