George Floyd

George Floyd
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Floyd in 2016
Born
George Perry Floyd Jr.

(1973-10-14)October 14, 1973[1]
DiedMay 25, 2020(2020-05-25) (aged 46)
NationalityAmerican
Other namesBig Floyd
Education
Occupation
  • Truck driver
  • security guard
  • rapper
Partner(s)Courtney Ross (2017–2020; engaged until his death)[2]
Children5

George Perry Floyd Jr. (October 14, 1973 – May 25, 2020) was an African American man killed during an arrest after a store clerk alleged he had passed a counterfeit $20 bill in Minneapolis. Derek Chauvin, one of four police officers who arrived on the scene, knelt on Floyd's neck for a period initially reported to be 8 minutes and 46 seconds.[note 1][4][8] After his death, protests against police brutality, especially toward black people, quickly spread across the United States and internationally.

Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Floyd grew up in Houston, Texas, playing football and basketball throughout high school and college. He was a hip hop artist and served as a mentor in his religious community. Between 1997 and 2005, he was convicted of eight crimes. He served four years in prison after accepting a plea bargain for a 2007 aggravated robbery in a home invasion.[9] In 2014, he moved to the Minneapolis area, residing in the nearby suburb of St. Louis Park, and worked as a truck driver and bouncer. In 2020, he lost his security job during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  2. ^ "George Floyd's Grieving Fiancée Speaks Out After Cop Charged with Killing Him Is Arrested". littlethings.com. Archived from the original on December 14, 2020. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  3. ^ Bogel-Burroughs, Nicholas (June 18, 2020). "8 Minutes, 46 Seconds Became a Symbol in George Floyd's Death. The Exact Time Is Less Clear". The New York Times. Archived from the original on August 13, 2020. Retrieved June 23, 2020. Yet the revised time provided by prosecutors conflicts with videotapes obtained by The New York Times after the May 25 killing along a Minneapolis street. The videos show Mr. Chauvin's knee on Mr. Floyd's neck for at least eight minutes and 15 seconds.
  4. ^ a b "Prosecutors say officer had knee on George Floyd's neck for 7:46 rather than 8:46". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. June 18, 2020. Archived from the original on June 23, 2020. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  5. ^ Willis, Haley; Hill, Evan; Stein, Robin; Triebert, Christiaan; Laffin, Ben; Jordan, Drew (August 11, 2020). "New Footage Shows Delayed Medical Response to George Floyd". The New York Times. Archived from the original on August 15, 2020. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  6. ^ Xiong, Chao (August 3, 2020). "Daily Mail publishes leaked bodycam footage of George Floyd arrest, killing". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on August 14, 2020. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  7. ^ "Two police bodycam videos in killing of George Floyd released". Tampa Bay Times. Associated Press. August 11, 2020. Archived from the original on August 19, 2020. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  8. ^ Shammas, Brittany; Bellware, Kim; Dennis, Brady (July 3, 2020). "Murder charges filed against all four officers in George Floyd's death as protests against biased policing continue". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on July 9, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
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