George Floyd honoured at first memorial service in Minneapolis

Friends and family of George Floyd have gathered in Minneapolis for a memorial, more than a week after he was killed at the hands of police officers.

It is the first of multiple services to honour his life, including his funeral which is expected to be held in Houston next week.

Floyd’s youngest brother Rodney addressed friends and family, saying while they didn’t have much, they had a house full of love.


“He would stand up for his family and friends, and he’s great at that. And I want you guys to know he would stand up for any injustice everywhere,” Rodney said.

The eulogy was delivered by civil rights activist Revered Al Sharpton, who criticised the US President’s recent photo op outside a church in Washington.

“We cannot use bibles as a prop, and for those who have agendas that are not about justice, this family will not let you use George as a prop,” he said.

Celebrities such as Kevin Hart and Ludacris were amongst those gathered.

While across the country, many cities have recognised the memorial service in their own ways.

There’s been a massive march through the streets of New York and Brooklyn.

In Denver, crowds have shown their phone torches for just under nine minutes in George Floyd’s memory as well.

Meantime, the three officers charged with aiding and abetting murder in the second degree have now faced court briefly.

They’ve had bail set at US$750,000 under certain conditions.

They each face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.