(PHOTOS) Calls For Black Justice Dominate George Floyd’s Funeral

The funeral of George Floyd, the African American whose death in police custody sparked global outrage, was filled with impassioned pleas for racial justice.

The service was held at the Fountain of Praise church, attended by some 500 guests including politicians and celebrities.

His body was on display at the church for six hours on Monday.

Speakers in the church in Houston, Texas, lined up to remember a man whose “crime was that he was born black”.

One of Mr Floyd’s nieces, Brooke Williams, called for a change in laws which, she argued, were designed to disadvantage black people.

“Why must this system be corrupt and broken?” she asked. “Laws were already put in place for the African-American system to fail. And these laws need to be changed. No more hate crimes, please! Someone said ‘Make America Great Again’, but when has America ever been great?”

Republican President Donald Trump’s Democratic opponent in the November presidential election, Joe Biden, addressed the service in a video message, saying: “When there is justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America.”

The local Democratic congressman Al Green, said “George Floyd was not expendable – this is why we’re here,” . “His crime was that he was born black.”

Veteran civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton told the service: “All over the world I see grandchildren of slave masters tearing down slave masters’ statues.”

In Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz called on people to honour the funeral by observing silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the time Mr Floyd was pinned to the ground before he died.

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Floyd’s coffin was taken to a cemetery in Pearland, south of Houston for a private burial ceremony where he was to be buried beside his mother. For the last mile of the procession it was conveyed in a horse-drawn carriage.

Barriers were erected along the route to allow members of the public to pay their respects safely as the procession passes.

Image shows Rodney Floyd (L) and Philonise Floyd (C) brothers of George Floyd, attending their brother's funeral service
Mourners wore “I can’t breathe” badges at the service
George Floyd's body is loaded into a hearse in Houston, 9 June
Image captionGeorge Floyd’s body was loaded into a hearse

Mourners at George Floyd's coffin in Houston, 9 June
Mourners paid respects before the service
Mourner in Houston, 9 June
Mourners wore “I can’t breathe” badges
Mausoleum in Pearland Cemetery, 8 June
Floyd will be interred in a mausoleum in Pearland

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Memorial services were also held in Minneapolis and North Carolina, where Mr Floyd was born.

Joe Biden meets George Floyd's family
Joe Biden meeting George Floyd’s family

Floyd died in Minneapolis last month as a white police officer held a knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes, his final moments filmed on phones.

Four police officers involved have been sacked and charged over his death.

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