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‘Celebrate the change.’ George Floyd remembered at gathering by Brooklyn Borough Hall

His death at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin sparked protests all over the five boroughs and the world. However, rally organizer Courtney Nelson says Sunday’s gathering was more like a celebration.

News 12 Staff

May 23, 2021, 10:09 PM

Updated 1,127 days ago

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The National Action Network and other activists gathered in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall Sunday afternoon to pay tribute to George Floyd a year after his murder.
His death at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin sparked protests all over the five boroughs and the world. However, rally organizer Courtney Nelson says Sunday’s gathering was more like a celebration.
"It was a tragedy a year ago, but it doesn't have to be a tragedy today," she says.
Nelson says she wants to acknowledge the policy changes since last summer and Chauvin’s guilty verdict last month.
"We're here to celebrate the change that's happening, and we're also getting justice from the change, so that's what we wanted today to be about,” she says.
Terrance Floyd, George Floyd's brother, was seen dancing to the music at the gathering. He says he's proud of the changes made and those to come.
"Change is what's being made now, after the verdict, and change throughout the police department and this nation, and then justice is what we're going to continue to fight for," Terrance Floyd says.
He says he wants to continue to celebrate his brother's life, and he shared a message for him.
"I'm going to keep walking where you can't walk, I'm going to keep talking when you can't talk, and I'm going to keep loving when you can't love. I'm going to let your legacy live on," he says. The rally also signified the launch of the website wearefloyd.org, which plans to help families dealing with social injustice and police brutality.


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