As George Floyd anniversary nears, family urges people to keep his legacy alive

Monday, May 24, 2021
Family urges to keep George Floyd's legacy alive
As the nation comes up on the anniversary of George Floyd's death, his brother is encouraging people to continue to fight for racial justice and police reform.

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- ABC11 spoke with a member of George Floyd's family Sunday, who says the family will be releasing more information about a virtual memorial Monday afternoon and on Tuesday.

On Sunday, Floyd's brother encouraged people to keep his brother's memory alive.

"This year has been a roller coaster," said Terrence Floyd. He spoke in New York about the turmoil his family has been through, as a crowd pays tribute to his brother George Floyd, nearly a year after his murder.

"Thankful, thankful, thankful for the people, for this nation, showing so much love to the Floyd family. So much love to the movement, so much love to justice," said Floyd.

On May 25th Floyd suffered for more than 9 minutes under the knee of now-fired Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who is now awaiting his prison sentence.

Terrance Floyd told those gathered to stay vigilant and to keep fighting for racial justice and police reform.

"You have to know how to communicate with my culture, our culture, in order for there to be complete change. And once there is complete change we ain't even got to be marching and fighting for justice," said Floyd.

For the past year, some believe Floyd's murder has forced Americans to look at themselves and deal with the country's uncomfortable, complex history with race and systemic racism.

Some of that awareness has led to the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020.

If it becomes law, the bill aims to provide more transparency and accountability for tracking and reporting police misconduct. It would also create uniform standards in policing practices and use of force and training to prevent racial profiling.

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act passed the House last summer; however, it remains stalled in the Senate.