People in Minneapolis, Minnesota marched on May 23 ahead of the one-year anniversary of the killing of George Floyd, which sparked worldwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.
Members of Floyd’s family, those who also lost loved ones to police violence, and activists gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center, where the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former white police officer who was convicted last April for pressing his knee onto Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, was held.
The George Floyd Memorial Foundation, founded by Floyd’s sister Bridgett, said that the march was “to demonstrate our continued call for accountability and reform, because the right to equal justice should not be conditional or based upon a person’s color.”
The march is part of a planned series of events held to commemorate the life and death of Floyd, as well as to fight against police violence and racism. Other events include a virtual “day of action” to encourage others to organize remotely and a panel discussion with families and activists on May 24, and a candlelight vigil on May 25.
Several other marches and events are also being held across the United States.
CNN reported that President Joe Biden will host Floyd’s family at the White House on May 25.
The events come as lawmakers are likely to miss the initial May 25 deadline for passing a bipartisan police reform legislation named after Floyd.
“The negotiators are continuing to press forward on working to find common ground to get this done,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, adding that Biden wants to sign it into law “as quickly as possible.”
Last May 22, anti-racism protesters gathered in southwest London to commemorate Floyd’s killing and to fight against systemic racism.