Friends of George Floyd, the man killed by on Monday after an encounter with the Minneapolis Police Department, held a news conference earlier on Friday in the rotunda of Minneapolis City Hall.
CBS Minnesota reported that the speakers included former NBA player Stephen Jackson, a childhood friend of the victim. Actor Jamie Foxx and Leslie Redmond, president of Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP.
“I’m here because they’re not gonna demean the character of George Floyd, my twin,” Jackson said. “You can’t tell me, when that man had his knee on my brother’s neck, taking his life away, with his hand in his pocket, that that smirk on his face didn’t say, ‘I’m protected.’”
Floyd’s death has touched off days of protests and three nights of violence throughout Minneapolis, and inspired demonstrations nationwide.
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Leslie Redmond, president of Minneapolis NAACP, said that “What you’re witnessing in Minnesota is something that’s been a long time coming. I can’t tell you how many governors I’ve sat down with, how many mayors we’ve sat down with. And we’ve warned them that if you keep murdering black people, the city will burn. We have stopped the city from burning numerous times, and we are not responsible for it burning now.”
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