THE FAMILY of George Floyd have paid tribute to a much-loved father and brother at his funeral.
Some 500 mourners joined his family and friends at the service in a church in Houston, which came two weeks after he was killed in police custody.
Rodney Floyd hailed his brother as a beacon of hope for change, adding he had made his mark on the world.
He said: “Third Ward, Cuney Homes – that’s where he was born at. But everybody is going to remember him around the world. He is going to change the world.”
“Why must this system be corrupt and broken?”
One of Mr Floyd’s nieces made an impassioned plea for changes in the law and the “corrupt and broken” system, vowing to never stop fighting for justice for her uncle.
She said: “My name is Brooke Williams, George Floyd’s niece, and I can breath. [As] long as I’m breathing, justice will be served.
“Why must this system be corrupt and broken? Laws were already put in place for the African-American system to fail. And these laws need to be changed.”
Reverend Al Sharpton echoed the words of Mr Floyd’s brother, insisting he had sparked a movement that will have a lasting impact across the globe.
He said: “God took the rejected stone and made him the cornerstone of a movement that’s going to change the whole wide world.
“All over the world I see grandchildren of slave masters tearing down slave masters’ statues”, he added, in reference to the tearing down of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol.
Presidential hopeful Joe Biden honoured Mr Floyd in a video message played at the funeral, in which he called for racial justice.
The Democrat – who met Mr Floyd’s family this week – said: “Today, now, is the time, the purpose, the season to listen and heal.
“Now is the time for racial justice. That’s the answer we must give our children when they ask why.
“Because when there is justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America.”
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