“We know your life was not in vain”
Erica Badu has paid tribute to George Floyd on what would have been his 48th birthday.
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On Wednesday (October 12), Badoo brought Floyd’s family backstage with her, where she was playing The Minneapolis Armory.
In a clip shared on social media, Badu says: “People of planet Earth, we are about four minutes away from George Floyd’s birthday,” she said in the clip.
“He must have been 48 years old and I am here with his family now. Looks like we have a moment of peace right now and we know your life was not in vain. “
“Thank you for your soul and your sacrifice,” she said. “So that we can proceed on the path that we ought to be, where we should be as people.”
– Ricky P. (@itsrikip) 14 October 2021
Former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd in April.
Chauvin was found guilty today of second-degree unintentional manslaughter, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter by a jury after deliberating the case for nearly nine hours.
The 12-strong jury began its deliberations on Monday afternoon (April 19), three weeks after the testimony of 45 witnesses. He unanimously convicted Chauvin of all charges against him, after concluding that he killed Floyd through a criminal assault.
Chauvin was sacked after Floyd’s death on May 25 last year and was later charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on May 29. Three other officers, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and Jay Alexander Keung, were also charged Tuesday with second-degree aid and abetment. Murder, and aiding and abetting second degree murder.
Disturbing footage emerged soon after Floyd’s brawl with police showed him restrained on the ground by Chauvin, who kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. Despite Floyd’s relentless pleas that he could not breathe, Chauvin continued to apply pressure to Floyd’s neck. The lack of oxygen led to brain damage, heart failure, and eventually death.
Following the news of the incident, Floyd’s killing took to the streets last year with protesters around the world taking to the streets.
Following Floyd’s death, the city of Minneapolis resolved to dissolve its police department after a majority of city council members supported the move.
Nine of the 12 members of the Minneapolis City Council voted for major change and vowed to offer a positive alternative after Floyd’s death in police custody. Minneapolis Council President Lisa Bender said at the time: “It is clear that our policing system is not keeping our communities safe. Our efforts at incremental improvement have failed, period.”