George Floyd’s family demand justice as protesters defy city curfews

The mother of George Floyd’s daughter has demanded justice for him insisting he was a good man.

The 46-year-old died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck for at least eight minutes while arresting him for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 note in a shop.

With her six-year-old daughter Gianna clinging to her, Roxie Washington said she wanted all four officers involved in Mr Floyd’s death to pay for the killing, which has sparked protests across the US and the world.

George Floyd's daughter Gianna Floyd
Image:Gianna clung to her mother during the press conference

“At the end of the day, they get to go home and be with their families. Gianna doesn’t have a father.

“He will never see her grow up, graduate. He will never walk her down the aisle.”

As Ms Washington made her remarks during a brief news conference inside Minneapolis City Hall, Gianna clung to her mother, at times with a frown on her face.

“He loved her, he loved her so much,” she added.

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“I’m here for my baby. I’m here for George because I want justice for him, and I want justice for him because he was good. No matter what anybody thinks, he was good.”

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Ms Washington was joined by family lawyers and close family friend Stephen Jackson, a former National Basketball Association player.

“Why do we have to see her pain? I am here to get justice for my brother… and somehow, god dammit, we are going to get it,” Mr Jackson said.

Meanwhile, protests have continued across the US with around 40 cities imposing curfews.

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In Washington DC, a crowd gathered outside Lafayette Park near the White House where a day before federal authorities forcibly removed protesters to make way for a photo opportunity for the president.

The crowd started thinning out on its own after 8pm – an hour after a curfew went into place – with a few hundred remaining, chanting at a line of police and soldiers.

Around 1,600 US Army troops have been deployed to the Washington DC region, but a spokesman for the Pentagon said they were on “heightened alert status” but “are not participating in defence support to civil authority operations”.

Thousands of demonstrators remained on New York’s streets after its 8pm curfew, however mayor Bill de Blasio rejected calls from Donald Trump to bring in the National Guard.

Other marches took place in Seattle, Portland, Miami, Houston, Columbia and Los Angeles.

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Demonstrations have spread around the world, and in Paris riot officers fired tear gas as protesters who threw missiles and set fires during an unauthorised demonstration against police violence and racial injustice.

Several thousand people had previously rallied peacefully for two hours around the main Paris courthouse in homage to George Floyd and to Adama Traore, a French black man who died in police custody.

Police had banned the protest because of coronavirus restrictions that banned any gathering of more than 10 people.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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