George Floyd's Family Reacts to His Death and Minneapolis Police Officers Being Fired for It
The family of late George Floyd has spoken up about the firing of the Minneapolis police officers who took his life and are demanding that more should be done.
George Floyd's family is calling for more action against the officers involved in the tragic demise of their loved one. In an interview with Kare 11, Floyd's cousins, Shareeduh Tate and Tera Brown reacted to the firing of the four Minneapolis officers involved in the case saying it "was definitely not enough."
Shareeduh explained that the family was glad that "it didn't take forever for them to see what everybody else could clearly see took place." However, more needed to be done to make sure justice was served.
Floyd moved from Houston to Minneapolis in search of a better job and life several years ago. The 46-year-old played in his school team was often nicknamed the "gentle giant" by his classmates because of his kind, sweet nature.
Recounting how they found out about George's death, Tate explained that she saw the viral video before knowing it was her cousin who was affected. In her words:
"I just remember thinking how devastating this would be for the family who had lost a family member like this, and that everybody could clearly see it, and then maybe five minutes after that I got the phone call."
It will be recalled that Floyd passed away in police custody on Monday night after a video surfaced of him being restrained by the knee of an officer planted on his neck. In the viral clip, Floyd was seen begging to be released as he couldn't breathe, but the officer in question refused to let him go.
A day after Floyd's demise, Jacob Frey, the mayor of Minneapolis Mayor, announced that the four officers involved Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng were terminated.
“My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!”— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) May 28, 2020
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USA Today notes that Mayor Jacob isn't stopping at firing the officers as he wants the particular officer who knelt on George's neck to be charged to court. AJC mentions that Floyd moved from Houston to Minneapolis in search of a better job and life several years ago.
The 46-year-old played in his school team was often nicknamed the "gentle giant" by his classmates because of his kind, sweet nature.
A GoFundMe account was set up for Floyd's family for financial support, according to CBS Minnesota and a total of $123,000 has been raised, surpassing the initial goal of $100,000.
Per CNN, the FBI is currently investigating the case, and its findings will be presented to the US Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota and be considered for possible charges.