**RIP George Floyd [10/14/1973 - 5/25/2020]**

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What have we learned two years on from the murder of George Floyd
On May 25, 2020, Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, igniting a wave of protests for racial justice across America and beyond. Two years later, we're looking back with Pride & Protest, a package of stories about activism, the Black Lives matter movement, and the fight to change the world.


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George Floyd Remembered With Tributes From Barack Obama, Elizabet Warren two years after his murder


Two years have passed since the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Derek Chauvin as other members of Minnesota law enforcement stood idly by. Chauvin pressed a handcuffed Floyd to the ground with his knee for nine minutes and 29 seconds as Floyd repeatedly said that he could not breathe. The murder of Floyd, along with the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and many other Black individuals killed by police officers in the U.S., led to nationwide protests in the summer of 2020 supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and calling for the reduction of police budgets across the country. In April 2021, a jury convicted Chauvin of murdering Floyd, finding the former office guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.


Barack Obama, Bernice King and others took to social media on Wednesday to remember and pay tribute to Floyd two years after his murder. Obama also acknowledged Tuesday’s elementary school shooting in Texas in his tribute, writing: “As we grieve the children of Uvalde today, we should take time to recognize that two years have passed since the murder of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer. His killing stays with us all to this day, especially those who loved him.”


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A new George Perry Floyd Square sign is unveiled in front of hundreds of community members Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Minneapolis. The intersection where Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police officers was renamed in his honor Wednesday, among a series of events to remember a man whose killing forced America to confront racial injustice.


“Today we honor two years since George Floyd was murdered by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said in a statement earlier Wednesday. “Each day since, we have remembered George Floyd’s life and legacy as a friend, father, brother, and loved one. His name has been heard in every corner of our world.”
 

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Wednesday marks the second anniversary of George Floyd's murder at the hands of police in Minneapolis. His death touched off protests and a global movement for racial justice. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on a new book, "His Name Is George Floyd," which examines Floyd’s life and America’s ongoing struggle with systemic racism.
 

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Michael Jordan 'pained and plain angry' over George Floyd's death, joins call for change

Charlotte Hornets owner and Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan joined the chorus of athletes, coaches and executives expressing their grief and outrage over the death of George Floyd. "I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry," Jordan said in a statement Sunday. "... I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough." Floyd, a black man, died last week in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. Floyd's death has sparked protests in cities across the United States.

"I don't have the answers, but our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others," Jordan said. "We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality. We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability. Our unified voice needs to put pressure on our leaders to change our laws, or else we need to use our vote to create systemic change. Every one of us needs to be part of the solution, and we must work together to ensure justice for all."

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In internal memo, NBA's Adam Silver says racism, police brutality 'cannot be ignored'
Commissioner Adam Silver sent an internal memo to NBA office employees on Sunday, offering thoughts of frustration and sadness after watching the protests around the country over the weekend. Silver, in a memo obtained by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, said his league shares "the outrage" and offered "sincere condolences to families and friends" of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Many NBA players took part in peaceful protests around the country, with some traveling great distances to do so. Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown led a peaceful march through Atlanta on Saturday night after driving 15 hours from Massachusetts to do so. Atlanta is about a 20-minute drive southeast of Brown's native Marietta, Georgia.

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George Floyd memorial in North Carolina draws long lines of mourners

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Long lines of mourners formed outside a conference center in Raeford, North Carolina, on Saturday for a memorial service for George Floyd, who died last week in Minneapolis Police custody. Floyd's body was escorted by the Hoke County Sheriff's Office ahead of a public viewing that was held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cape Fear Conference B, about 24 miles from Fayetteville. A private service for family members only is to begin at 3 p.m. and will be broadcast. About 125 people are expected to attend the service, said Maj. Freddy Johnson with the sheriff's office. Thousands of people from around the country arrived by car, motorcycle or public transportation to attend to the viewing, NBC affiliate in Raleigh reported. As a hearse carrying Floyd’s coffin arrived, mourners chanted "black power" and "no justice, no peace."

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Premier League approves Black Lives Matter on club shirts, taking a knee in games

The Premier League has sanctioned displaying the words "Black Lives Matter" on the back of shirts in place of individual players' names and also voiced its support to players who want to take a knee following the resumption of fixtures next week. England's top flight is due to restart on June 17, with Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United and Manchester City vs. Arsenal scheduled to be the first Premier League games since the coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of the competition on March 13. And with players across Europe having already paid tribute to Floyd and Black Lives Matter with T-shirt messages and many players taking a knee, the Premier League have agreed to the shirt-name initiative and made it clear that they back any footballers who choose to take a knee.

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Twins remove statue of ex-owner Calvin Griffith over comments

The Minnesota Twins announced Friday the removal of a statue in front of Target Field of former owner Calvin Griffith. Griffith relocated the Washington Senators to Minnesota ahead of the 1961 season and remained owner until 1984. He died in 1999 at the age of 87. Griffith was a major figure in the franchise's history, but racist remarks he made at a 1978 speaking engagement marred his legacy.

"I'll tell you why we came to Minnesota. It was when we found out you only had 15,000 blacks here," Griffith said then. "Black people don't go to ballgames, but they'll fill up a rassling ring and put up such a chant it'll scare you to death. We came here because you've got good, hardworking white people here."

Target Field, which opened in 2010, is in Minneapolis, the same city in which George Floyd, a black man, died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for over seven minutes.

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I Was George Floyd


Before I learned how to use my fists I withstood a few knuckles to my cheekbones. One time, a little boy smashed a large rock into my eye, leaving a gash so deep that it required stitches. All of it before Kindergarten. When I did begin school, I used violence to settle differences. It was soon decided that my behavior was abnormal. Before completing second grade I was taken out of the Columbus Public School system and sent to St. Vincent Children’s Center, a school that specializes in children with learning, behavioral, and psychological issues.

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Washington Commanders DC Jack Del Rio fined $100,000 for comments on U.S. Capitol invasion, protests after George Floyd's murder


The Washington Commanders have fined defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $100,000 following his comments earlier in the week that referred to the events of Jan. 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol as a "dustup" and compared that day to "riots, looting, burning" during protests in the summer of 2020. In a statement, Washington coach Ron Rivera said he met with Del Rio on Friday morning to express his disappointment in the coordinator's comments. Del Rio also will address the team Tuesday, when the Commanders will begin their mandatory three-day minicamp. On Wednesday, Del Rio defended a reply he made on Twitter two days earlier, when he tweeted, "Would love to understand 'the whole story' about why the summer of riots, looting, burning and the destruction of personal property is never discussed but this is??? #CommonSense."

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Two Minnesota ex-officers sentenced on federal charges in George Floyd case


Two former Minneapolis police officers were sentenced on Wednesday on federal charges stemming from the murder of George Floyd, the Black man who was killed when their colleague Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck during an arrest. At a hearing in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson sentenced Tou Thao, 36, to 3-1/2 years. Earlier on Wednesday, he sentenced J. Alexander Kueng, 28, to three years, Andrew Luger, U.S. attorney for Minnesota, said in a statement. In February, Thao and Kueng, along with a third officer, Thomas Lane, were convicted by a federal jury of depriving Floyd of his civil rights and failing to come to his aid while Chauvin, a white man, choked him with a knee for nine minutes. Lane, 39, was sentenced last Thursday to 2-1/2 years in prison, while Chauvin was sentenced in February to 20 years and 5 months on federal charges related to Floyd's murder in May 2020. "Each had an individual duty and opportunity to intervene in the excessive force that resulted in the agonizing death of Mr. Floyd.

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Ex-Minneapolis cops Kueng sentenced to 3 years, Thao 3 1/2 years for violating George Floyd's civil rights


A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced ex-Minneapolis police officer J. Alexander Kueng to three years in prison and former officer Tou Thao to three-and-a-half years on criminal civil rights charges related to the 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The sentencings bring to a close the Justice Department's criminal prosecution of the four ex-Minneapolis officers involved in Floyd's death. Earlier this month, Senior U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson gave Derek Chauvin a roughly 20-year sentence and sentenced Thomas Lane to two-and-a-half years. Lane, Thao and Kueng were each convicted in February after a 21-day jury trial. In all four cases, Magnuson opted to impose sentences below what federal prosecutors called for. The government wanted Magnuson to sentence Kueng and Thao below the 20-year term Chauvin received by significantly higher than the five to six years prosecutors argued that Lane should have received.

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Tou Thao (left) and J Alexander Kueng (right) assisted in the fatal arrest of George Floyd in May 2020.
 

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