George Floyd’s family along with family attorneys and civil rights cctivist Al Sharpton held a press conference in front of the courthouse where ex-officer Derek Chauvin is on trial charged with murdering George Floyd.
“Derek Chauvin is in the courtroom but America is on trial,” Sharpton said to the crowd.
The family, led by Sharpton, took a knee beginning at 8.46am for eight minutes and 46 seconds to symbolize the actions taken by Chauvin which resulted in Floyd’s death.
Downtown city buildings in Minneapolis blocked out the sun as cool winds swirled through the small crowd of protesters. Despite the small size, protesters worked hard to make their voices heard outside of the Hennepin Government Center in downtown Minneapolis, the location of the heavily-barricaded court house.
One protesters held a sign that read, “Chauvin can you breathe?”
Others read: “Minneapolis will never forget George Floyd,” and “Mr George Floyd is not in trial, Derek Chauvin is.”
Demonstrators chanted their demands for justice.
Mikayla McKasy, a Black, 23-year-old actor, told the Guardian: “It’s time for actual judicial change. What has happened since we marched last year? What has changed? Nothing.”
Mckasy added: “Cops need to be accountable for their actions…The fact that we let a cop with 19 [complaints] against him still walk the streets is unfathomable.”
Chauvin had a history of complaints against him from the public, and a track record of restraining people using his knee.