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George Floyd honored by loved ones four years after his murder: ‘He was somebody’


George Floyd was remembered as “somebody that is going to help everybody” by his loved ones four years after his murder at the hands of Minneapolis police fueled the Black Lives Matter movement.

Floyd was killed on May 25, 2020, when Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. Chilling video footage of his death at age 46 was seen around the world.

“I just want the world to know that my brother was somebody,” his sister Bridgett Floyd told People. “He wasn’t just any man. He just wasn’t any Black man. But he was somebody…. He is the somebody that is going to help everybody.”

George Floyd, pictured, a handcuffed and helpless black man suspected of passing a counterfeit bill, died after a white Minneapolis police officer, ignoring his pleas for mercy, pressed the man's neck into the street with his knee during a brutal confrontation with painful overtones of the Eric Garner case.
George Floyd

To honor Floyd’s memory, his sister said she “really want[s] to do the works that God wants to see.”

“Some people saw it as a great injustice that was done to a human being. For other people, they saw it as a great injustice and a murder of a Black man in broad daylight in a public situation. For me, it was my dear friend,” Floyd’s friend Tiffany Cofield told People.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: A tear runs down the face of Bridgett Floyd, the sister of George Floyd, as she speaks during a Police Reform panel at the 2022 National Action Network's Annual Convention at the Times Square Sheraton hotel on April 06, 2022 in New York City. Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network held its first annual in person conference in two years due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The conference brings together civil rights leaders and allies, government officials, and other leaders from around the country to discuss voting rights, police reform and public safety. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
A tear runs down the face of Bridgett Floyd, the sister of George Floyd, as she speaks during a Police Reform panel at the 2022 National Action Network’s Annual Convention on April 6, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

In the aftermath of Floyd’s murder, his sister said she was “so broken,” while Cofield said she’s “seriously been traumatized.”

“If I get pulled over by a police officer, it takes me an hour just to calm down,” said Cofield, 39.

Hundreds of demonstrators march at Flatbush Avenue and Parkside Avenue to protest the death of George Floyd, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Jeff Bachner/New York Daily News)

Jeff Bachner/New York Daily News

Hundreds of demonstrators march in Brooklyn to protest the death of George Floyd on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Jeff Bachner/New York Daily News)

“I know some people ask, ‘Oh, why are we still talking about George Floyd?’” said Cofield, who planned to commemorate the heartbreaking anniversary by listening to her late friend’s music and visiting his grave. “It’s because we can never forget. Unfortunately, it was history made in the most horrific way.”

In 2021, Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter for killing Floyd. He is serving a more than two-decade prison sentence.

Late last year, another inmate stabbed Chauvin nearly two dozen times.

The former cop was sued along with another Minneapolis officer earlier this week by a woman accusing him of excessive force in January 2020, just months before his force ended Floyd’s life.

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