On June 8th, the funeral service for martyr George Floyd was conducted in his native Houston, Texas. A widely publicized event, the procession and service was attended by thousands of mourners as well as dignitaries including Rev. Al Sharpton, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), politicians, actors, and sports figures. Former Vice President and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden addressed the gathering via video link.
On May 25th, Floyd died in police custody after an arresting Minneapolis officer knelt on his neck for 8 minutes. The incident was recorded on video which was soon posted online. The incident generated instant and widespread response in the US and around the world. Since then, demonstrations have been staged in hundreds of cities around of the world.
This latest surge of activity in the Black Lives Matter movement, is the most widespread to date, and has prompted quick action regarding the review of policing policies and departmental funding in the US.
<a href='https://pro.magnumphotos.com/Package/2K1HRG2O3NUI' target='_blank'>Click here</a> to access the images for licensing request and lightbox editing.