#Mourners pack Houston church for George Floyd’s funeral

#Mourners pack Houston church for George Floyd’s funeral

June 9, 2020 | 2:33pm

Mourners packed a Texas church Tuesday to say their final farewells to George Floyd, the black man whose police-involved death touched off a worldwide movement against racial injustice.

Floyd’s family streamed into The Fountain of Praise Church in Houston wearing all white and face masks for the hours-long celebration of life.

Dignitaries including former Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner delivered remarks.

In a recorded video message, Biden addressed Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter Gianna.

“When there is justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America,” the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate said. “Then, like you said Gianna, your daddy will have changed the world.”

The little girl was seen in a video last week saying, “Daddy changed the world.”

In his remarks, Turner announced that he would sign an executive order banning Houston police from using chokeholds, drawing applause from the audience.

“And what that order will say is that in this city, we will ban chokeholds and strangle holds,” the mayor said. “In this city, we will require de-escalation. In this city, you have to give a warning before you shoot. In this city, you have a duty to intervene. In this city, we will require comprehensive reporting. In this city, you must exhaust, all alternatives before shooting. And there will be other things in this executive order.”

Turner also declared June 9 “George Perry Floyd Jr. Day.”

The family of Eric Garner — the Staten Island man who died after being placed in a banned chokehold in 2014 — also attended Floyd’s funeral.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks during George Floyd's funeral
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks during George Floyd’s funeralGetty Images

The Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy.

Floyd, 46, will be buried next to his mother at the Houston Memorial Gardens in Pearland.

His casket will be transported in a horse-drawn carriage to his final resting place.

Floyd, who grew up in Houston, died May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, while three other officers involved face second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.

His death kicked off raging protests around the globe against police brutality and systemic racism.


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