26 May 2021

US marks one year since George Floyd's death

From Morning Report, 7:43 am on 26 May 2021

People across the United States are marking one year since the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police.

Floyd was killed by then-police officer Derek Chauvin, who held his knee on the unarmed black man's neck for nearly nine minutes - an event which was captured on video.

Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslughter in April 2021 and is set to be sentenced in June.

A crowd is gathering right now at the scene of the murder - which is now called George Floyd Square.

Former US president Barack Obama tweeted today that "More people in more places are seeing the world more clearly than they did a year ago."

The family of George Floyd will meet US president Joe Biden and vice president Kamala Harris today.

His brother Philonise Floyd told CNN the day was a chance to acknowledge those who had supported the family and honoured the memory of George.

Marc Morial is the President and chief executive of the National Urban League, a historic civil rights and advocacy organisation in the United States.