An estimated 10,000 mourners gathered in Raeford, N.C. to pay their final respects to George Floyd. It was the second of three memorials across the country to commorate his death. The mood was solemn as mourners waited in the midday sun to file through Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters of the United American Free Will Baptist Denomination. From time to time, they called out Floyd's name.
Floyd, whose death became a seminal moment in the movement to protest police violence against black Americans, was born in nearby Fayetteville, N.C.
Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, whose dying gasps under Chauvin’s knee led to the biggest outcry against racial injustice in the U.S. in generations.
Video documented the death of George Floyd a year ago this week, but it wasn’t from policy body cameras. In North Carolina, police body camera footage is often released before a decision is reached on whether to file charges. And sometimes it’s not.
Two bills — one in the state House, the other in the Senate — would stiffen penalties for damaging property or injuring others during a riot. The bills come as North Carolinians continue to protest police violence toward Black individuals.