LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A few dozen mourners and activists gathered at a memorial in Los Angeles on Wednesday night to mark what would have been George Floyd’s 47th birthday.
Several candles were lit in Floyd’s honor outside the L.A. City Hall, where signs reading “George Floyd Should Be Alive” were displayed.READ MORE: Evacuations Lifted As Crews Get Handle On University Fire In San Bernardino
Floyd died May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis after former police officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground with his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes.READ MORE: LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva Blasts RAND Report On Deputy Gangs, Says Reforms Already In Place
His death renewed widespread protests and calls for justice from Black Lives Matter activists and other social justice groups demanding action against the officers involved.
Police apprehended Floyd after he was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill at a local store.MORE NEWS: Melvin Van Peebles, Iconic Actor, Writer & Director Dies At 89
More details about Floyd’s death at CBS Minnesota.