In the video, which can be seen worldwide, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was seen kneeling on the neck of George Floyd for more than nine minutes.
Floyd desperately begs to be allowed to breathe before passing out and dying.
Floyd’s death sparked outrage and protests around the world. It sparked an international movement over the way police are treating suspects.
On Wednesday, the Minneapolis intersection where Floyd died was renamed in his honor.
Floyd’s brother Terrence was among family members who attended when a memorial street sign marked the corner of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue as “George Perry Floyd Square” on the two-year anniversary of his death.
Many stopped by to honor Floyd.
“I definitely feel a little bit depressed, a little bit angry that nothing has changed since George Floyd was killed,” said one man.
“We need to make sure our police departments are held accountable for their actions,” said another visitor.
All four officers involved in the incident were fired and charged after Floyd’s death.
The question remains: What has changed since then?
If we look at the numbers through 2020, we see that Black Californians were four times more likely than other racial and ethnic groups to be injured or killed in incidents involving law enforcement violence.
The total number of incidents remained constant between 2016 and 2020.
The latest data shows that the average number of fatal shootings by law enforcement in California fell slightly from 12.3 in 2020 to 10.3 so far this year.
President Joe Biden marks the two-year anniversary by signing an executive order to “promote effective, accountable policing and criminal justice practices that build public trust and enhance public safety.”
“It’s a measure of what we can do together to heal the soul of this nation, to address deep anxiety and traumatic exhaustion that Black Americans in particular have been experiencing for generations,” he said.
NAACP President Derrick Johnson issued a statement saying, in part, “…the timing of this announcement on the anniversary of the assassination of George Floyd is a reminder that policing in America is uneven when it overlaps with Black America.” . The executive order is a good step forward.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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