Fountain Praise Church Receives Golden Coffin for George Floyd’s Last Public Farewell Ceremony.
Hundreds of people fired George Floyd , the black citizen whose death at the hands of a white police officer sparked protests against police brutality and racism in the United States and around the world, at a religious ceremony in Houston on Tuesday. locality where he grew up.
Fountain Praise Church received the golden coffin for Floyd’s latest public farewell ceremony, whose death at the age of 46 sparked the largest mobilizations in the United States since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.
“We may cry, we may mourn, but we will be comforted and we will find hope, said Mia Wright, one of the religious leaders of the congregation, at the start of the ceremony.”
This is how his family fired George Floyd
Floyd’s family, who decided to wear white for the ceremony, entered the church with masks and escorted by the Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist who will be in charge of part of the tribute.
Hundreds of attendees, including legislators, athletes and actors, accompanied the family. The capacity was limited to 500 people to allow greater distance due to the coronavirus.
Congressman from this Texas district, Democrat Al Green, said upon arrival at the compound that “much remains to be done” but that he wanted Floyd’s family to know that they are not alone.
“This is more than a moment in time, it is a movement that impacts all of our time, he added.”
On Monday, about 6,000 people approached the wake. Visitors approached the remains by crossing themselves and others bowed by placing one knee on the ground, a sign that was born as a protest against police brutality against the black population.
“Enough is enough. Anyone who has children and has a heart can feel this pain. There have to be changes. Everyone has to be treated the same,” Shiara DeLoach, a Houston resident, told AFP.
After the ceremony, Floyd’s remains will be transported in a float to the cemetery where Floyd will be buried with his mother.
A police reform
In Washington on Monday, some twenty Democratic lawmakers led by Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer quietly knelt in Congress to honor Floyd.
They also announced a series of measures to reform the police and deal with a litany of cases of black men who, being unarmed, died at the hands of the police when arrested.
This announcement came after Minneapolis authorities announced over the weekend that they are going to dismantle and re-found the police.
The bill introduced by Democrats in both houses seeks to make it easier to prosecute police officers accused of abuse, prohibiting some practices such as placing the knee on a detainee’s neck, also rethinking the agents’ recruitment and training process.
However, the support for such a bill in the Republican-dominated Senate is unclear, and neither is how President Donald Trump, who must pass the law, would receive it.
Trump condemned Floyd’s death but harshly criticized the protesters and reiterated his support for the police.
On Tuesday, he called the images showing two agents who pushed an elderly man protesting Floyd’s death in Buffalo, New York, a “montage”, images that generated outrage in public opinion.
The officer charged in Floyd’s death, white cop Derek Chauvin, who was filmed pressing his knee against the deceased’s neck for more than eight minutes, appeared in court Monday.
The prosecution set a bond of one million dollars, considering that Chauvin presented a flight risk. The next hearing will be on June 29.
Chauvin faces charges of second-degree and third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, with a sentence of up to 40 years.
The other three police officers involved, all fired and detained like Chauvin, already appeared in court last week on charges of complicity in the death of Floyd, arrested for allegedly buying cigarettes with a fake $ 20 bill.