MOURNERS PACK HOUSTON CHURCH FOR GEORGE FLOYD FUNERAL
Jun 09, 2020
By Bob Komsic
”So much for social distancing,” the Rev. Remus Wright told mourners, gently but firmly instructing those who packed the pews of Fountain of Praise Church to don face masks for the private funeral of George Floyd, whose death sparked a global reckoning over racial injustice and police brutality.
The 46-year-old father cried out for his mother and pleaded he could not breathe as a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee on his neck Memorial Day.
Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas told the service George Floyd’s crime was that he was born Black.
”That was is only crime.”
In a video eulogy, former vice-president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said now is the time for racial justice.
”That is the answer we must give to our children when they ask why,” said Biden.
Mayor Sylvester Turner brought the mourners to their feet when he announced he’ll sign an executive order banning police chokeholds in Houston.
While the service was private, at least 50 gathered outside to pay their respects.