George Floyd Latest Updates as Memorials, Protests Held on Anniversary of His Death

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On the one-year anniversary of his death, George Floyd's family met with President Joe Biden at the White House, after the deadline to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act was not reached. Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd and Floyd family lawyer Ben Crump expressed dissatisfaction over the bill being stalled in the Senate.

"If you can make federal laws to protect the bird, which is the Bald Eagle, you can make federal laws to protect people of color," Philonise Floyd said.

Since Floyd's death, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering the Black man. Three other officers who responded to the call regarding a counterfeit $20 bill will go to trial early next year after a judge approved a request to delay.

The Floyd family was paid a settlement of $27 million by the city of Minneapolis, the largest pre-trial settlement a city has paid for a death caused by a white law enforcement officer against a black man. Similarly, the family of Breonna Taylor, a Kentucky woman who was shot and killed in her apartment after police issued a no-knock warrant, was paid a settlement of $12 million by the city of Louisville.

"These cases assert that Black lives do, in fact, matter. They do have value. And they can't be taken without great consequence," Crump wrote in a column for Deadline.

Events in honor of Floyd are being held at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street where former officer Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck until Floyd's death, which is being referred to as George Floyd Square, a site for memorials and protests in honor of Floyd and other victims of police brutality.

The event, called the Rise and Remember George Floyd Celebration started at 1 p.m. with a moment of silence for nine minutes and 29 seconds. Following that, a live concert starts at 6 p.m. and a candlelight vigil will be held at 8 p.m.

  • New York City mayoral candidate Shaun Donovan was arrested at a Black Lives Matter protest for blocking traffic at the Holland Tunnel.
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio and others knelt for a moment of silence in remembrance of George Floyd at 1 p.m.
  • Additional protests and vigils took place in New York, including a protest at the Barclay center.
  • The drive-by shooting in Minneapolis earlier on Tuesday was caught on camera by AP journalist Philip Crowther, who said he heard as many as 30 gunshots in the video.
  • Police reported only one injury at the hospital, who is expected to live. No news has been released about the identity of the suspect or victim or motive of the shooting.
  • Floyd's family met with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
  • Biden set a deadline for the bill to have been passed by today on the one year anniversary of Floyd's death, but it has stalled in the Senate.

This is a live story and will be updated with more information.

Philonise Floyd speaks with press
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 25: Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, stands with other members of the Floyd family as they answer questions outside the White House following a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden May 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden met with Floyd's family members for over an hour on the one year anniversary of Floyd's death. Win McNamee/Getty Images

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to reporters about George Floyd on the one-year anniversary of his death Tuesday after the swearing in of Kristen Clarke as Assistant Attorney General.

"Yeah, so it was good to see the family again. Today, of course, the anniversary of his murder. And, you know I have to tell you, it has been the case since I first met the family through today, that they have shown such dignity in the face of such an atrocious tragedy. They have been consistent in using their voice in a way that has been about lifting up other families and other injustices, but doing it with the purpose of compelling actions to fix what we know are the problems in the system," Harris said.

"They in their grief, are so generous in the way that they have been supporting other families and supporting a system that that, that should rightfully yield in the face of injustice to what we know needs to be reformed. And so I commend them, I am in awe of their courage, their continuing courage, the selflessness. I mean truly, selfless, in the way that they have approached this and George Floyd should be alive today," she continued.

Hundreds of protesters demonstrating in support of #BlackLivesMatter are walking on the Brooklyn Bridge blocking traffic.

Video of the demonstration was posted to Twitter by photojournalist Issa Khari.

Hundreds of #BlackLivesMatter protesters have taken over the Brooklyn Bridge blocking Brooklyn bound traffic on the 1Yr Anniversary of George Floyd killing by Minneapolis police.
https://t.co/HwbNzU0mY2 #issakhari #georgefloyd #policeabolition pic.twitter.com/TPtErQWykJ

— ISSA KHARI (@IssaKhari) May 25, 2021

Darnella Frazier, who recorded the video of ex-officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck released a statement on the anniversary of Floyd's death.

"A year ago, today I witnessed a murder. The victim's name was George Floyd. Although this wasn't the first time, I've seen a Black man get killed at the hands of the police, this is the first time I witnessed it happen in front of me. Right in front of my eyes, a few feet away," Frazier said, according to CNN.

"I didn't know this man from a can of paint, but I knew his life mattered. I knew that he was in pain. I knew that he was another Black man in danger with no power," Frazier added.

"A lot of people call me a hero even though I don't see myself as one. I was just in the right place at the right time," Frazier continued. "Behind this smile, behind these awards, behind the publicity, I'm a girl trying to heal from something I am reminded of every day. Everyone talks about the girl who recorded George Floyd's death, but to actually be her is a different story."

A number of protests were sparked across the globe in response to George Floyd's death at the hands of former police officer Derek Chauvin. Protests in Australia, Brazil, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, England and other locations brought attention to Floyd's name and some of his last words, "I can't breathe," the Washington Post reported.

Murals of Floyd have been painted in cities across the U.S. and abroad, ABC news reported. The murals appeared in Kenya, Syria, Germany, Belgium, England, Venezuela and other countries, signifying a global support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

A BLM rally was held in London, England today in remembrance of the one year anniversary of Floyd's death. The protest began with participants kneeling, and raising the question of what had changed, and what still needed to change.

A number of events were organised across the UK today by Stand Up To Racism to commemorate the life of George Floyd who was murdered by a white police a year ago today. @wnettleford is now at one of these events in Brixton, in London. #5News pic.twitter.com/GuWqqvgFK3

— Channel 5 News (@5_News) May 25, 2021

Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party in the U.K. posted on Twitter about the BLM movement and George Floyd's death today.

"#BlackLivesMatter is more than a slogan. It's a global movement. Change must happen," Starmer wrote.

London BLM rally for George Floyd
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: People gather in Windrush Square, Brixton to hear speeches and mark the first anniversary of the death go George Floyd on May 25, 2021 in London, England. Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) and the TUC union federation support anti-racists across Britain to take the knee marking the first anniversary of the death of George Floyd. Floyd, an American black man was killed by police in the US state of Minnesota, his death spurred the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, UK and across the globe. Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

George Floyd's family met with President Joe Biden today in Washington, D.C. to discuss police reform, a goal which Biden pledged to have met by today.

Biden called the family in April, following the trial in which Chauvin was found guilty on charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

The president promised then to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which was passed in the House but has stalled in the Senate, where the 50 Democrats will require 10 Republicans to pass the filibuster.

Following the meeting, Floyd's brother Philonise spoke with reporters outside the White House.

"It was great, he's a genuine guy and they always speak from the heart," Philonise Floyd said about Biden.

He then followed up by expressing his desire for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to be passed, which bans chokeholds, limits no-knock warrants, makes it easier for individual officers to be sued and held accountable for their actions and also would create a national database of officers with disciplinary problems and former complaints.

"If you can make federal laws to protect the bird, which is the Bald Eagle, you can make federal laws to protect people of color," Philonise Floyd said.

The Floyd family is calling again upon Biden to take action, and the Floyd family lawyer Ben Crump reiterated they needed the president to pass the bill.

"We hope to bring comfort to your family by passing the final bill very soon," Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

Floyd family meets with Pelosi
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 25: Philonise Floyd, George Floyd's brother, speaks to reporters while standing with members of the Floyd family prior to a meeting to mark the one anniversary of his death, May 25, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin during an arrest after a store clerk suspected he used a counterfeit $20 bill. Erin Scott-Pool/Getty Images

The drive-by shooting in Minneapolis was heard on a video circulating Twitter from ABC news, where a live broadcast is interrupted by gunshots in the background.

Drive-by shooting appears to have been caught on live TV at George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis pic.twitter.com/DvIVENmfH8

— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) May 25, 2021

Associated Press journalist Philip Crowther had also been shooting video near the scene, and said he heard as many as 30 gunshots a block from George Floyd Square. Crowther also said a storefront window appeared to have been broken by gunfire.

"Very quickly things got back to normal," Crowther said. "People here who spend a significant amount of time, the organizers, were running around asking, 'Does anyone need a medic?'"

Aside from one person taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, police did not report any more injuries.

Despite the shooting, celebrations are set to continue for the "Rise and Remember George Floyd" outdoor festival at George Floyd Square. The details for the celebration's event page list art, community, food, open-mic and a children's area at 1 p.m. A concert honoring families of injustice or loss is to be held at 6 p.m., followed by a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m.

The celebration started with a moment of silence at 1 p.m. for nine minutes and 29 seconds which was also observed in New York.

Floyd's sister Bridgette joined other family members and Mayor Jacob Frey in a downtown Minneapolis park, along with citizens and activists, the Boston Globe reported.

"It's been a troubling year, a long year. But we made it. They say with God all things are possible and I'm a true believer in that," Bridgette Floyd told the crowd. "The love is very outpouring today. The love is here. George is here."

Rev. Al Sharpton speaks to Bridgette Floyd
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 23: Rev. Al Sharpton (L) greets Bridgette Floyd, sister of George Floyd, as people attend a rally outside the Hennepin County Government Center on May 23, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The National Action Network and members of George Floyd's family hosted an inaugural remembrance to honor the life of Floyd, who was killed by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020. Chauvin has since been convicted of multiple murder counts in Floyds death. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

New York City mayoral candidate Shaun Donovan was arrested at a Black Lives Matter protest after he and a small group of BLM protestors blocked traffic at the Holland Tunnel before they were removed by police. Newsweek covered the full story.

ABC News reported on Twitter that Mayor Bill de Blasio and others knelt for nine minutes and 29 seconds in memory of George Floyd's death. The time is symbolic of how long former officer Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck before his death.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Rev. Al Sharpton, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and more kneel for more than nine minutes on the anniversary of George Floyd's death. https://t.co/BbqOs0xFUv pic.twitter.com/Fuj4Uu2gxk

— ABC News (@ABC) May 25, 2021

New York Senator Brian Benjamin made a post on Twitter that it had been one year since Floyd's death.

"Since then, we've worked to reform our policing practices, and in New York, we've led the charge. We've made some incredible progress, but the work is far from over," Benjamin wrote.

Local New York news station News 12 reported other events in New York today included a protest at the Barclay Center, a vigil near Bronx Park East on Allerton Avenue and a national walkout for nine minutes and 29 seconds.