George Floyd, whose death after a Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee on his neck during an arrest has sparked protests across the U.S., will reportedly be laid to rest in Houston.
Floyd, 46, grew up in grew up in Houston’s Third Ward and was a star tight end on the Jack Yates High School football team. Friends say he moved to Minneapolis several years ago to find work.
Although Floyd's family has not announced funeral plans, the Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center in Rosharon has posted a message on Facebook stating that arrangements are forthcoming.
The white police officer who held his knee to Floyd’s neck as he begged for air was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. But many protesters are demanding the arrests of three other officers involved. Weekend demonstrations in downtown Houston turned violent, bringing about damage and multiple arrests.
Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth says he has organized a Tuesday march with Floyd's family. Some city leaders, notable community members and local organizations have invited the public to participate in the event, which will begin at 3 p.m. in the 1500 block of McKinney near Discovery Green.