SAN ANTONIO – The man who is seen in a video pleading for his life as a Minneapolis police officer kneels on his neck is from Texas.
George Floyd, 45, died Monday night in Minneapolis police custody, leading to the swift firings of four police officers involved and a protest with hundreds of demonstrators asking for justice.
The mayor of Minneapolis called for charges to be filed against the white police officer who pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck. Mayor Jacob Frey said Wednesday that Derek Chauvin should be criminally charged.
But before the deadly struggle and the video, which has sparked outrage across the nation, Floyd was a “fixture in the sports community in Houston,” his friend Cal Wayne told KPRC.
KPRC, a sister station of KSAT 12 News, reported that Floyd was a Houston native but hadn’t lived in the city for several years.
“He was up there getting his life together, up there in Minnesota,” Wayne said, adding that “he’s the pillar of the community.”
Dozens of people gathered at Houston’s Emancipation Park Tuesday to remember Floyd.