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Protests continue in Fort Worth as George Floyd laid to rest

George Floyd was fondly remembered Tuesday as “Big Floyd” — a father and brother, athlete and neighborhood mentor, and now a catalyst for change — at a funeral for the black man whose death has sparked a global reckoning over police brutality and racial prejudice.

Protester in Fort Worth on June 9, 2020. Photo by Amber Shumake

More than 500 mourners wearing masks to combat the coronavirus packed a Houston church a little more than two weeks after Floyd was pinned to the pavement by a white Minneapolis police officer who put a knee on his neck for what prosecutors said was 8 minutes, 46 seconds.

Cellphone video of the encounter, including Floyd’s pleas of “I can’t breathe,” ignited protests and scattered violence across the U.S. and around the world, turning the 46-year-old Floyd — a man who in life was little known beyond the public housing project where he was raised in Houston’s Third Ward — into a worldwide symbol of injustice.

Protester in Fort Worth on June 9, 2020. Photo by Amber Shumake
Protester in Fort Worth on June 9, 2020. Photo by Amber Shumake

Protester in Fort Worth on June 9, 2020. Photo by Amber Shumake

Protests continued in Fort Worth on Tuesday, Jan. 9 as well as across the nation.

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