George Floyd’s brother breaks down as his family pays its emotional last respects during Houston funeral – The Sun
GEORGE Floyd's family appeared emotional on Tuesday during his funeral in Texas, two weeks after he died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for nine minutes during his arrest.
The funeral for Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, began at 11am local time at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston, where a six-hour public viewing was held on Monday for a final memorial.
Mourners — friends, family, and politicians, along with actors Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, and NFL star JJ Watt — tearfully viewed Floyd's golden casket to pay their final respects.
After his funeral, Floyd will be laid to rest next to his mother at Houston Memorial Gardens in Pearland.
A horse-drawn carriage will transport Floyd's casket to the cemetery, and the Houston Police Department will be escorting the body.
Pearland officials said the public is welcome to pay their respects along the route, including on public sidewalks.
Houston is Floyd's hometown, living there before moving in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he died on May 25.
Floyd was arrested for allegedly trying to use a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes at Cups Food deli.
While in custody, white former cop Derek Chauvin pushed his knee into the back of Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes — and Floyd repeatedly said he couldn't breathe.
Floyd died at the scene, according to an autopsy commissioned by Floyd’s family, and doctors ruled he passed asphyxiation due to neck and back compression.
Chauvin was initially charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, both of which still stand, but he was later also charged with second-degree murder.
On Monday, Chauvin appeared via video chat in court for the first time, where a judge kept his bail at $1million.
Fountain of Praise Pastor Remus Wright said of the Floyd family: "They really have not had a chance to really grieve because this case is so worldwide."
"So we are not only concerned about them today but also what will they need next month and the month after that."
On Monday, more than 6,000 people visited Floyd during the church's six-hour public viewing.
Guests lined around the building while wearing masks and socially distancing themselves from one another in 90-degree southern temperatures.
Last week at Floyd's memorial service in Minneapolis, civil rights activist Al Sharpton eulogized Floyd, and gave a fiery call for change demanding black people must demand: "Get your knee off our necks!"
He also led the congregation in eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence — the length of time Chauvin's knee was on Floyd's neck.
"I want us to not sit here and act like we have a funeral on the schedule," Sharpton said.
"George Floyd should not be among the deceased. He did not die of common health conditions — he died of a common American criminal justice malfunction."
Sharpton said Floyd’s final journey was designed with intention: Having left Houston for Minneapolis in 2014 in search of a job and a new life, Floyd will retrace that path.
“They collectively said we need to make the first memorial statement from the city he chose to go to make a living, that ended his life,” he added.
Since his death, Floyd has become a symbol of police reform and social justice as hundreds of thousands of people across the US and world continue to protest police brutality and racism.
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