People mourners thousands in numbers filed past George Floyd’s coffin Monday ahead of the African-American’s funeral in his native Houston as a court set bail at $1 million for the white officer charged with his murder in a case that has sparked once-in-a-generation protests against police brutality.
Many well wishers of George Floyd made the sign of the cross as they approached the open casket to say a last goodbye while others took a knee or bowed their heads in silent prayer for a man who has become emblematic of America’s latest reckoning with racial injustice.
The 6 hour viewing at The Fountain of Praise Church, which drew more than 6,000 people, organizers said that was the final stage in a series of ceremonies paying tribute to George Floyd before he is laid to rest Tuesday next to his mother in his hometown.
Democratic lawmakers in Washington knelt in silent tribute to George Floyd before unveiling a package of police reforms in response to the killing of unarmed black Americans by law enforcement.
The congressional move came a day after the Minneapolis city council voted to dismantle and rebuild the police department in the city where the 46 year old George Floyd died during a May 25 arrest.
Derek Chauvin, the white Police officer who was filmed pressing his knee on the handcuffed Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes, made his 1st court appearance on last day.
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