“George Floyd GoFundMe raises more than $10 million in 5 days”
June 2, 2020 | 2:15pm | Updated June 2, 2020 | 4:37pm
A GoFundMe page started by the sister of George Floyd has raised more than $10 million.
“On May 25, 2020, my life shattered as I learned of the tragic passing of my dear brother, George,” Floyd’s sibling, Philonise Floyd, wrote on the page, which was created five days ago.
“My family and I watched in absolute horror as the now infamous and horrifying video began to spread quickly throughout social media. What we saw on that tape left us shell shocked; a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling directly on my brother’s neck, obstructing his ability to breathe.
“As some officers knelt on his neck, other officers participated and watched; no one took any action to save my brother’s life. Those officers would continue to brutalize my brother until he died,” she wrote.
“This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George,” the sister said. “A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.”
The page’s goal of $1.5 million was easily surpassed thanks to more than 391,000 donors who contributed a total of $10 million-plus as of early Tuesday afternoon.
The fund was being managed by the office of the family’s lawyer, Ben Crump.
George Floyd, 46, died after a Minnesota cop kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes during a routine bust — in a racially charged, caught-on-video incident that has sparked protests around the country and world.
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