The family of George Floyd, the black man who died after white officer kneels on his neck for more than five minutes during his arrest on Monday, has raised over $1.9 million in less than 48 hours.
The campaign was created by Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, with a target sum $1.5 million of has received more than 72,000 donations totaling to $1.9 million as of Friday afternoon (May 29).
According to Philonise Floyd,the fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George,” Philonise states on the donation page.
George begged for his life, saying: “I can’t breathe. My stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everywhere hurts.”
Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey reacted to the death at a press conference: “Being Black in America should not be a death sentence. For five minutes, we watched as a White officer pressed his knee into the neck of a Black man. For five minutes.”
When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help, “so officer failed in the most basic human sense.”
Frey has also fired the Minneapolis police officers, Derek Chauvin, who was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck, alongside Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng.