Since George Floyd‘s death, police officers across the United States have been busy dealing with violent Black Lives Matter protests and looting incidents. Among those who support the protests, many are not in favor of the riots, including his son Quincy Mason Floyd, 27.
“Tearing up things, it’s not going to solve anything,” Quincy told Rusty Surette of KBTX during a Black Lives Matter rally. “My dad is in peace and we have to be the ones to deal with all this stress. It’s going to be tough to get over this day by day.”
Unlike the recent violent protests across the U.S., the rally was a peaceful one. It was held on May 31, 2020 in Bryan, Texas, USA where Quincy has been living for almost two decades.
Quincy attended the peaceful rally with his sister Connie Mason Floyd, 26. They were both born in The Third Ward in Houston, Texas, the hometown of their father.
According to Quincy, he did not recognize the African-American man in the viral video showing a fatal arrest until his mother told him it was his father. The Bryan resident said he was 4 or 5 years old the last time he saw his father.
George was born in 1974 in Fayetteville, North Carolina but he grew up in the Cuney Homes, a public housing complex in The Third Ward. He died on March 25, 2020 after being violently arrested in front of Cup Foods at 3759 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
An employee of Cup Foods called 911 hours before Floyd’s death to report a customer who bought cigarettes with a fake $20 bill. He matched the suspect’s description so he was arrested by J. Alexander Kueng, 26, Thomas Lane, 37, Tou Thao, 34, and Derek Michael Chauvin, 44, from the Minneapolis Police Department.
Cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression caused Floyd’s death, according to the autopsy conducted by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. The manner of death was concluded as homicide.
Chauvin is now facing third-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Kueng, Lane and Thao have yet to be charged.
More and more Americans are crying for justice. The ongoing new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been overshadowed by the riots across the U.S. particularly in Minnesota, Seattle and Los Angeles.