On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African American man, died while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. In a video that went viral, police officer Derek Chauvin can be seen pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck to restrain him while he was pinned to the ground. The action, which lasted several minutes, was marked by Floyd’s call for help, repeating the phrase “I can’t breathe.” He was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center but was declared dead.
While protests against police brutality in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul region were peaceful at first, they soon turned violent as several public and private properties were vandalized, resulting in violent clashes between the police and the demonstrators. The demonstrations in the U.S. have since spiraled into global outrage, with supporters gathering publicly to protest police violence against people of color, and deep-seated racism in society more generally.
Take a look at photos of the ongoing protests in the U.S. and around the world.
People chant slogans, raise their fist and hold placards as they demonstrate in Nantes, France on June 8.
– George Floyd’s family has expressed their appreciation to Nana Akufo-Addo and Ghana for the ceremony held in honour of him
– This was during a funeral service held at the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston, Texas on Tuesday, June 9, 2020
– Attendees were taken by surprise when they heard that George Floyd’s name had been permanently mounted on the historic Sankofa wall of the Diaspora African Forum at the W.E. Duboise Centre in Accra
The family of George Floyd has expressed immense gratitude to Ghanaians under the leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the funeral held for their late son.
Citinewsroom reports that the appreciation was given by the family at a funeral service held at the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston, Texas on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
Ivy McGregor, a social impact leader read the resolution at the service in which it was said that “the family of George Floyd will like to acknowledge the message of solidarity resolution and virtual tribute from His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana.”
It further read that, “yesterday, during the memorial, a video produced by the people of Ghana was broadcast for thousands of mourners as they paid their final respects to Mr Floyd”.
What took all hundreds of people gathered at the event by surprise was when Ivy McGregor mentioned that George Floyd had been immortalized in Ghana.
She told the crowd that George Floyd’s name had been permanently mounted on the historic Sankofa wall of the Diaspora African Forum at the W.E. Duboise Centre in Accra and they just couldn’t stop applauding.
In another report, head pastor for the Alabaster International Ministries, Prophet Kofi Oduro, has finally revealed why he preaches with so much aggression, relating it to his past life.
Prophet Oduro indicated that his confrontational mode of preaching stemmed from his past experience as a member of a gang.
According to the prophet who is popularly known for his ‘tieee’ signature word, he grew up in a place where he never imagined becoming a man of God one day.