Impassioned pleas for racial justice were heard at the funeral of George Floyd, an African-American whose death in police custody sparked global outrage.
Speakers at a church in Houston, Texas, lined up to remember a man whose “crime was being born black.”
George Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis last month when a white police officer held a knee to his neck for nearly nine minutes, his last moments recorded on phones.
Four police officers involved have been fired and blamed for his death.
George Floyd’s coffin was taken from the church, driven by a motorcade, to the Houston Memorial Gardens, where he was to be buried next to his mother.
One of George Floyd’s nephews, Brooke Williams, called for a change in the laws she said were designed to disadvantage blacks.
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Joe Biden contacted the service in a video message stating: “When there is justice for George Floyd, we will really be on the path to racial justice in America.”
The Democratic presidential candidate sharply criticized President Trump, accusing him over the weekend of making “disgusting” speculative remarks about George Floyd.
The service was held at the Fountain of Praise Church, which was attended by about 500 guests, including politicians and celebrities.
“George Floyd was not consumed – that’s why we’re here,” said Al Green, a local congressman from the Democratic Party.
“His crime was that he was born black.”
A veteran civil rights activist, the Rev. Al Sharpton told the ministry: “Everywhere in the world I see the grandchildren of slave masters tearing down the statues of slave masters.”
Speaking about the difficult life of George Floyd, he said: “God took the rejected stone and made it the cornerstone of a movement that would change the whole wide world.”
In Minnesota, Gov. Tim Waltz called on the people to honor the funeral, observing silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the time George Floyd was nailed to the ground before he died.
George Floyd’s coffin was taken to Perland Cemetery, south of Houston, for a private funeral. During the last mile of the procession, he was transported in a horse-drawn carriage.
Barriers were erected along the route to allow the public to pay their respects during the procession.
George Floyd’s body was on display at the church for six hours on June 8.