George Floyd's Body Arrives at Church for Public Viewing in Houston

Ameera Butt
June 08, 2020 - 9:41 am
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The public viewing for George Floyd will be Monday at a church in Houston.

Thousands showed up to pay their respects to the man who was slain by a police officer in Minneapolis two weeks ago. On Tuesday there will be an invite-only memorial service and a private burial.

His body arrived in Houston ahead of the Monday public viewing, Tuesday invite-only memorial service and the private burial Tuesday. The public viewing on Monday was from noon to 6 p.m. and the invite-only memorial service will be Tuesday at 11 a.m., according to a story reported by KHOU-11 in Houston.

The private burial will be in Pearland. Both services will take place at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston.

On Monday, former Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Houston to meet with Floyd's family privately.

According to a story from KHOU-11 in Houston, "Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted early Sunday morning that "George Floyd and his family are safely in Houston."

There will be two services in Houston: "a public viewing on Monday and an invite-only memorial service on Tuesday."

There was a heart wrenching and emotional memorial service held in Minneapolis with Floyd's family, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others who spoke about police brutality and the fight for racial justice. There was a second memorial held on Saturday in North Carolina.

Protests and demonstrations have fanned across the country, including in Minneapolis, after the death of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of a white police office who kept his knee on his neck, suffocating him.

Floyd's last words "I Can't Breathe" have been used in marches by protesters everywhere - a chant that also invokes the last words of Eric Garner who died at the hands of the NYPD in 2014.  In the wake of Floyd's death, all four police officers have had charges brought against them - including additional charges against ex-cop Derek Chauvin. The Minneapolis Police Department also banned chokeholds by police. 

Numerous larger cities across the U.S. imposed curfews last Saturday - and some employed the use of the National Guard - as they faced more protesters and looting in the face of Floyd's death and President Trump's response to dealing with the looting and vandalism that also erupted on the side of protests.