George Floyd’s daughter Gianna realizes her dad’s death after being restrained by a Minneapolis P.D. officer has ‘changed the world,’ through the massive outcry of nationwide protests.
This is so bittersweet. George Floyd‘s daughter Gianna was part of a peaceful gathering in Minneapolis, MN on June 2, and she has realized what a significant figure her late dad has become. The six-year-old and her mom Roxie Washington were joined by others mourning the 46-year-old’s death, after a Minneapolis Police officer kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest on May 25. Gianna rode atop a relative’s shoulders so she could take in the sight of so many people who came out to remember her dad. And what she had to say will have you reaching for a tissue.
When the man carrying her asked “He did what?” Gianna responded “Daddy changed the world,” with so much enthusiasm and pride. She had a huge smile on her face, despite the pain of losing her dad. The video of Gianna’s dad’s tragedy went viral, and has caused nationwide outrage and protests. His death has now become a flashpoint where so many Americans have rallied together to protest against racial injustice, especially when it comes to dealing with law enforcement.
Floyd was seen on a bystander’s camera-phone video, handcuffed and lying face down on the pavement. Now-fired Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, 44, put his knee against the Floyd’s neck as the man repeatedly pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. He then fell unconscious and later died. Chauvin was arrested and charged on May 29 with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in connection with Floyd’s death. Three other police officers present have been fired, but not arrested.
Floyd’s ex-girlfriend and Gianna’s mom Roxie spoke out for the first time since his death at a news conference in Minneapolis ahead of the gathering. She said, “He was a good man as a father. He was so happy to have her,” while holding Gianna close to her side. Floyd had relocated to Minneapolis from his native Houston, TX to work as a truck driver.
Roxie added about her daughter’s deep loss, “I want every body to know that this is what those officers took from [her] and at the end of the day, they get to go home and be with their families. Gianna does not have a father. He will never see her grow up, graduate, he will never walk her down the aisle. If there’s a problem and she needs her dad, she does not have that anymore,” she said, breaking down in tears.
George Floyd autopsy: no sign of traumatic asphyxia or strangling
The autoposy from Hennepin says there was no signs of strangulation despite the video evidence that spread around the world and caused protests in Minnesota.
The death of George Floyd in Minneosta has caused protests across the United States. The official autopsy, which was published by CNN, has added to the drama that has unfolded since the video of Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd until he became unresponsive spread around the world.
"No physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation," says the official autopsy. "Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary heart disease. The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death."
The Floyd family have reportedly ordered their own independent autopsy from Dr. Michael Baden. Attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing Floyd's family, said that any talk of a heart condition or asthma was irrelevant because Floyd was walking and breathing before his contact with police.
There has also been criticism over the wording of the autopsy. The insinuation that he had ingested something is based on nothing explicitly specified in the report. It seems those writing the report have included "potential intoxicants" as an aggravating factor in Floyd's death without any proof.
Chauvin fired and arrested, Minnesota Mayor speaks
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer shown in video footage pinning Floyd down on the street with his knee, was charged with murder in the case on Friday.
Chauvin, who was dismissed from the police with three fellow officers the day after Monday's fatal encounter, was arrested on third-degree murder and manslaughter charges for his role in the death of Floyd, 46. His wife has also filed for divorce after the incident.
“Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” Jacob Frey, the Mayor of Minnesota, said at a news conference on Tuesday. “I believe what I saw and what I saw is wrong on every level.”
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