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Vigilance, rally planned for second anniversary of George Floyd killing

MINNEAPOLIS ( Associated Press) – Lighting a candle to honor the memory of George Floyd at the crossroads where he died was one of the memorabilia 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.

In This Friday, April 23, 2021, File Photo, Damara Atkins Pays Respects To George Floyd At A Mural In George Floyd Square In Minneapolis.
In this Friday, April 23, 2021, file photo, Damara Atkins pays respects to George Floyd at a mural in George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.

Associated Press Photo/Julio Cortez, file

Subsequent events 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 where Floyd died.

An all-day celebration and a concert at the crossroads were also planned for Saturday.

Floyd, 46, died after Officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes as Floyd was handcuffed and pleaded he could not breathe Is.

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. .

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.

Watch the Associated Press’s full coverage of George Floyd’s death here:

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