HOUSTON – The final goodbye to George Floyd took place Tuesday during emotional funeral for the man whose death began a national movement.
The 46-year-old was killed more than two weeks ago, igniting nationwide outrage over police brutality.
“America, it is time for a change,” said Brooke Williams, George Floyd’s Niece. “Even if it should begin with more protests. No Justice, No Peace”
At the funeral, hope for a silver lining amidst the tragedy.
“He changed the world. George Floyd changed the world. And we’re gonna make the world know that he made a difference,” said Texas Rep. Al Green.
Around the country, a push for sweeping police reform measures.
Some including the Minneapolis City Council believe defunding the police and re-modeling the force, while reallocating funds to other areas is the answer.
Both President Trump and his democratic opponent, Joe Biden, have spoken out against defunding the police. Congresswoman Karen Bass, who helped craft a sweeping democratic proposal for police reform, agrees.
“I don’t think that that’s the appropriate thing to do,” said Bass.
Although, those who have been protesting for days want change. Whether Floyd’s death can bridge the gap between both sides will become apparent soon enough.