George Floyd's family said President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris showed "genuine" care when they visited the White House yesterday.
Their visit comes as yesterday, May 25th, marked a year since the death of George Floyd.
With memorial events taking place across the globe.
Now, the world changed forever on May 25th, 2020 when George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was ruthlessly killed by police officers...
Floyd tragically died after a police officer pinned him on the ground and knelt on his neck for almost 9 minutes.
And the independent autopsy confirmed that he had passed away as a result of "asphyxiation from sustained pressure."
This pressure had cut off blood flow to his brain, the autopsy concluded.
In the days following the incident, there was an overwhelming demand for the 4 police officers involved to face criminal charges for their actions.
Their names were Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao.
Well, the day after Floyd's death, it was announced that all 4 officers had been fired...
via: GettyAnd after an overwhelming surge of anger and protest, the officers were arrested just days later.
Derek Chauvin, the man who had knelt on George's neck, was arrested and charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter.
His bond was set at $50,000 before he faced an upgraded charge of second-degree murder, according to Minnesota Senator, Amy Klobuchar.
Chauvin's trial kicked off on March 29th, 2021 in Minneapolis...
And what happened outside of the courtroom was truly touching.
Floyd's brother took a knee in front of Hennepin County Courthouse for 8 minutes and 46 seconds – the length of time Chauvin knelt on his brother's neck.
Reverend Al Sharpton, Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump, Floyd's nephew Brandon Williams and other supporters joined the brother, Philonise Floyd, in his silent act of protest.
It was a moment of both solidarity and protest...
And for everyone who was there, the raw emotion in the air was undeniable.
And as for what happened in the courtroom?
According to the Daily Mail, the prosecution started by playing the horrifying video of the moment the former cop dug his knee into Floyd's neck as he cried out, "I can't breathe."
Trial attorney Jerry Blackwell told the jury in his opening statement, where he argued that Chauvin "betrayed the badge" when he crushed the life out of Floyd:
The prosecutor in the Derek Chauvin case just told the jury: as several bystanders watched police officers ending G… https://t.co/hSRbjy29xp— Glenn Kirschner (@Glenn Kirschner)1617031015.0
"You can believe your eyes. That it's homicide, it's murder."
The teenager who filmed the harrowing footage of Floyd's death testified in court...
Her recount of the events that took place that day were truly disturbing.
Eighteen-year-old Darnella Frazier began her testimony by describing what it was like to witness "a white man pinning a Black man to the ground"...
And her emotions were clearly running high, according to the Star Tribune.
"When I look at George Floyd I look at my dad, I look at my brothers, I look at my cousins, my uncles because they are all Black. I have a Black father, I have a Black brother, I have Black friends. I look at that and how it could have been one of them," she said.
She added that there have been nights since then when "I've stayed up apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting and not saving his life."
"It's not what I should have done, it's what [Chauvin] should have done."
The evidence stacked up against Chauvin.
"Derek Chauvin found guilty of all three charges in the murder of George Floyd" https://t.co/PdnySOen4Z— Mem Martinez572 (@Martinez572Mem) May 9, 2021
And despite the efforts of his defence, Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.
The jury found the former police officer guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
This is THE MOMENT that Derek Chauvin was found guilty on ALL 3 charges. It will forever be cemented in history of American justice! pic.twitter.com/CcBU8RWAMh— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) April 23, 2021
And the entire world has been rejoicing since his guilty verdict came through.
Yesterday, May 25th, marked one year since George Floyd's death.
And across the world memorial events and marches took place as people honored the life of George Floyd
Marking the day, Floyd's family met with President Biden and Vice President Harris at the White House.
A Marine holds the door as Gianna Floyd, the daughter of George Floyd, walks into the White House. pic.twitter.com/tbsavLTzcx— Evan Vucci (@evanvucci) May 25, 2021
Floyd's brothers, Philonise and Terrance Floyd visited the White House alongside George Floyd's daughter Gianna, her mom Roxie Washington, Floyd's sister Bridgett and Philonise's wife, Keeta.
As per People, following the meeting, Philonise spoke with reporters where he said: "It was great. He's a genuine guy."
"They always speak from the heart and it's a pleasure just to be able to have the chance to meet with him when we have the opportunity to."
"Being here today is an honor," Terrence later added.
"To meet with the president and the vice president and for them to show concern for our family and for them to actually give an ear to our concerns and how we feel on the situation."
"I'm grateful for that," he said.
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