UPDATED: 11:13 a.m. ET, June 6 —
North Carolina was set to honor the life of George Floyd nearly two weeks after the unarmed 46-year-old Black man became the victim of a police homicide following suspicions of a nonviolent crime in Minneapolis. The second of three memorials to pay tribute to a father whose life was cut short by an overzealous police officer was scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. local time on Saturday in the town of Raeford, where Floyd’s sister lives.
Keep reading to find out how and when to watch a live stream of Saturday’s memorial from Raeford, North Carolina.
The Rev. Al Sharpton eulogized the first memorial that was held in Minneapolis on Thursday at North Central University. It was held just one day after the main officer involved, Derek Chauvin, had his third-degree murder charges upgraded to second-degree. The other three officers involved were also charged on Wednesday with second-degree aiding and abetting murder. Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane along with Chauvin were all fired from the Minneapolis Poice Department on May 26.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced the charges and vowed to work to achieve the former officers’ convictions that would show justice has been served.
The charges came amid national protests against police violence that were inspired in part by Floyd’s killing on Memorial Day. That was when Chauvin pinned him down by applying pressure on Floyd’s neck to the point he killed him — all while onlookers recorded the fatal encounter and repeatedly warned the officer as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.
Following Saturday’s memorial in Raeford, North Carolina, there will be one more.
Floyd will be laid to rest in his native Houston, where his funeral will take place on Tuesday. The public viewing will be held from 12-6 p.m. local time at the Fountain of Praise church on Monday. Floyd’s memorial in Houston will take place next Tuesday, June 9, at 11 a.m. local time, also at Fountain of Praise. Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather announced he would be paying for Floyd’s funeral.
Scroll down to watch Floyd’s memorial live from Raeford, North Carolina, at 3 p.m. ET.
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