Its participants spoke out against racial discrimination and arbitrariness on the part of the police.
An action in memory of African-American George Floyd, who died on May 25 last year when police detained him in Minneapolis (Minnesota), was held on Sunday in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.
The event on the occasion of the first anniversary of Floyd’s death began at 10:00 am US East Coast time in front of the building, which until the end of the XIX century housed the city council of Brooklyn, which in 1890 became one of the districts of New York. On the steps in front of the building, activists holding placards protesting against racial discrimination and police brutality were placed.
About 200 people attended the rally. Unlike last year’s protests, that in many cities, including New York turned into skirmishes with police, the event in Brooklyn was quiet. The situation on the streets of American cities was largely defused by the fact that the jury found ex-policeman Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of Floyd.
“Don’t forget that we are here to honor the memory of George Floyd,” one speaker told the crowd, who chanted “Peace and justice.” Demonstrators periodically raised their fists in solidarity with the Black lives matter movement in the United States. Songs dedicated to Floyd and other African-Americans who died at the hands of police officers were performed.
At the end of the action, the deceased’s brother Terrence Floyd, who lives in New York, spoke to the audience. “The police took it from me, nothing will ever change that,” he pointed out. In his opinion, not all American law enforcement officers deserve blame, “there are many good people among them.” “But some of them can’t even tell the difference between a taser and a gun – a task that even a child can handle,” he said, referring to the circumstances of the death in Brooklyn Center (Minnesota) of black Daunte Wright. “Of course, a lot has changed in the year since my brother’s death,” said Terrence Floyd in an interview with reporters. “If you think about how many people have died at the hands of the police during this time, it becomes clear that there is still a lot of work ahead.”