Minneapolis Mayor seen sobbing while paying respects at George Floyd’s casket before memorial service
The mayor of Minneapolis sobbed as he knelt beside George Floyd’s casket ahead of a somber memorial in the city on Thursday.
Mayor Jacob Frey was seen breaking down in tears, his body heaving, as he knelt with one hand on the casket of Floyd, 46, whose death at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer last week has sparked widespread protests.
The emotional moment took place in the minutes leading up to the service at North Central University, where Rev. Al Sharpton delivered a fiery eulogy, calling on black people to demand: “Get your knees off our necks.”
“It’s time for us to step up in George’s name and say, ‘get your knees of our necks,’” Sharpton said.
His death has caused widespread outrage and set off riots, looting and massive peaceful protests in all 50 states and abroad where demonstrators demanded police reforms.