New Yorkers mark 1 year since George Floyd’s death with events across the boroughs
Events across New York City were held Tuesday in honor of the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Barclays Center has been one of the places where many protests took place after a video showed a former Minneapolis officer kneeling on the neck of Floyd for nine minutes and 29 seconds.
Over the weekend, family members of Floyd were in Brooklyn to announce the launch of a new foundation called “We Are Floyd,” in which they say will help other families who faced police brutality and injustice.
Activists like Caroline Gombe, of the Black Women’s March, say it’s important to remember what happened to Floyd in May 2020, but also call for change.
“Think about what you can do from now on,” Gombe says.
Events Tuesday were happening across the boroughs with residents protesting against police brutality at Barclays Center, a vigil near Bronx Park East on Allerton Avenue, a national walkout for nine minutes and 29 seconds and at the National Action Network in Harlem, where Mayor Bill de Blasio was in attendance.
At Cadman Plaza Park, a National Day of Remembrance was held. Michael Thomas, a community advocate, was seen with a poster of news articles from May of last year.
"I want people to understand what happened with the news articles, I want to keep George Floyd's memory alive ... I don't want his death to be in vain and I want them to understand this is a year anniversary, but we are still fighting for justice for George Floyd," Thomas said. "This is not just Black people problems, this is America's problem ... As you see, even after George Floyd died, we had about five, six young black men murdered again."
The one-year mark comes as U.S. lawmakers consider the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act, a bill that would ban no-knock warrants, changes to qualified immunity and the creation of a National Police Misconduct Registry.
Legislators had originally hoped to vote on the bill Friday, but are still working on it.