Tuesday, 27 Oct 2020

George Floyd’s son ‘can’t stop watching’ viral video of tragic dad’s death

George Floyd's son says he can't stop watching his dad's tragic death and hates that it is on the internet.

Unarmed black man Mr Floyd was killed when a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes, repeatedly ignoring the his cries of: "I can't breathe."

The shocking footage was quickly circulated around the world, sparking protests across the world against racism and police brutality.

On what would have been Mr Floyd's 47th birthday, his son Quincy said: "It's like I just can't stop watching the video. I watch the video almost over and over, not every day, but every now and then I just think about it.

Talking about the pain of burying his dad in June, the month after his death, Quincy, 28, said: "I still have dreams about the funeral.

"Seeing him in that coffin was like looking at myself and seeing myself in that coffin.

"It was devastating because it was like he was still breathing when he was lying there in that coffin. Every time I look at him I see me and it gives me the chills.

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"When I was there (at the funeral) I asked Rev Al Sharpton if it was okay to kiss him on the forehead, so I kissed him to let him know everything is going to be alright.

"You're not going to go out in vain."

Quincy said his life has been turned upside down by his father's death.

He added: "I got a phone call saying: 'Your dad has died'. I said: 'You're kidding me, right?'

"The person then told me to go on YouTube and look at the video and when I did I couldn't believe it was him.

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"I love the way people have been protesting for him because I didn't think anybody would care about him dying like that. He has a lot of love out there."

Four officers were sacked by the Minneapolis Police Department after Mr Floyd's death on May 25.

Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, last week posted a $1million (£774,000) bail bond to be released from prison.

Three other officers – J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao – were charged with aiding and abetting murder.

They are set to go on trial on March 8 next year.

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