It’s been three years since millions of people around the world watched the death of George Floyd at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
What started as an interaction with the officer at 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis quickly turned into a heartbreaking moment as Floyd’s final moments, in which he called out for his mother, were caught on camera.
In the days that followed Floyd’s murder, protests and civil unrest broke out in the city and around the world as millions called for change.
The place where Floyd lived his final moments, now called “George Floyd Square,” has become a sacred space for many in the community, with statues, paintings, and tributes being shared in his honor.
“I don’t want to forget. I don’t want anyone to forget,” a community member named Sam shared with News Talk 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones.
Not just in Minneapolis but across the country, vigils are being planned to honor Floyd on Thursday night.
President Joe Biden shared his thoughts on the anniversary of Floyd’s death, sharing that he will never forget “his daughter Gianna Floyd’s words: ‘Daddy changed the world.’”
“A brother, a son, a father was taken from the Floyd family – with George’s murder, they lost a piece of their soul,” Biden shared on Twitter.
The president also said that Floyd’s death brought to light an experience that “Black and Brown communities have long known” and that “we must make a commitment to ensure that America lives up to its founding promise of fair and impartial justice for all.”
“Today, three years after his murder, let us build on the progress we have made and recommit to changing hearts and minds as well as laws and policies,” Biden shared.