EXACTLY one year ago, George Floyd was reportedly killed at the hands of former Minneapolis office Derek Chauvin.

Floyd died on May 26, 2020, when he was arrested by officers after a grocery employee alleged that he had used a fake $20 bill to pay for items. His death triggered worldwide protests against racism and police brutality.

Derek Chauvin, one of the police officers involved, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd.

Soon after the tragic incident, a video surfaced of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck while he laid on the ground for more than nine minutes. Floyd’s dying words, “I can’t breathe”, became a rallying cry for street demonstrators.

Prosecutors said Chauvin treated Floyd with particular cruelty during the lengthy restraint, saying Chauvin inflicted gratuitous pain and caused psychological distress to Floyd and to bystanders.

They also said Chauvin abused his position of authority as a police officer, committed his crime as part of a group of three or more people, and that he pinned Floyd down in the presence of children — including a nine-year-old girl who testified at trial that watching the restraint made her “sad and kind of mad.”

The city of Minneapolis identified the other three officers as Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng. All officers have been fired from the department.

A rally in Minneapolis was held on May 23, 2021, to remember Floyd.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center, where Chauvin’s trial was held, including members of George Floyd’s family and others who lost loved ones to Police encounters.

Many marchers carried signs, banners and pictures of Floyd, along with other men killed at the hands of the authorities.  

Floyd is remembered as a father of five.

His youngest daughter Giana, alongside her mother Roxie Washington, spoke in June 2020 after the incident. Giana said “that she missed him”, describing her father as a fun man who often played with her.

Read our George Floyd live blog below for the very latest news and updates…

  • WHO IS ANDREW BROWN JR?

    Andrew Brown Jr, 42, was shot and killed on April 21, while attempting to drive away from deputies attempting to execute a drug-related warrant.

    Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten said on Thursday that after review of bodycam footage, the officers were returned to patrol from administrative leave as they did not fire their service weapons during the April 21 incident.

    The days after his death have been answered with an eruption of constant protests, which came on the heels of the murder and manslaughter conviction of Derek Chauvin, the 45-year-old white former police officer who killed George Floyd.

  • WHEN DID THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT START?

    The Black Lives Matter Movement seeded back in 2014 when Eric Garner was killed by an NYPD cop and then when Michael Brown was gunned down by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

    Last summer following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Elijah McClain, and others, a tsunami of rally cries swept over the country.

    Many demanded reform to police departments, while some in the movement continue to push to defund the police.

  • BIDEN POLICE WEEK PROCLAMATION DRAWS CRITICISM

    During a proclamation commemorating Police Week, Biden seemed to strike a blow against the blue line claiming there are too many fatalities involving law enforcement.

    He wrote that as a result of the police-involved deaths, “Black and brown communities” harbor ill will against those who are sworn to protect them.

    Jason Johnson, president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund told Fox News: “It is beyond disappointing to see the president of the United States continue to perpetuate false and hurtful myths about police, rather than uniting as he claimed he would during the campaign.”

  • ACTIVIST INVOLVED IN GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTS SHOT

    Sasha Johnson, a 27-year-old Black Lives Matter activist from London who participated in the George Floyd protests, is fighting for her life after being shot in the head, following “numerous death threats”.

    The Taking the Initiative Party revealed on Instagram: “It is with great sadness that we inform you that our own Sasha Johnson has been brutally attacked and sustained a gunshot wound to her head.

    The Metropolitan Police say that cops were called shortly before 3am on Sunday, May 23, 2021, following reports of gunshots in Consort Road, SE15.

  • GEORGE FLOYD’S SISTER SPOKE AT THE ANNIVERSARY RALLY OF HIS DEATH

    George Floyd’s sister, Bridgett Floyd, told the crowd at the rally commemorating one year since his death: “It has been a long year. It has been a painful year.

    “It has been very frustrating for me and my family for our lives to change in the blink of an eye – I still don’t know why.”

    Hundreds of people gathered on May 23 outside the Hennepin County Government Center, where Chauvin’s trial was held, including members of George Floyd’s family and others who lost loved ones to Police encounters.

  • WHO WERE THE FOUR COPS INVOLVED IN GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH?

    Four Minneapolis cops were charged with violating George Floyd’s cicil rights after his death: Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Kueng.

    Floyd died on May 25 after Chauvin pressed a knee against his neck to hold him on the ground.

    Chauvin was later found guilty of all counts, including second degree murder.

  • CHAUVIN ATTORNEY DEMANDED NEW TRIAL

    After Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, his attorney filed a motion asking for a new trial.

    Eric J. Nelson requested a new trial on the following grounds: “the interest of justice; abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fair trial; prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial; and a verdict that is contrary to law.”

    Nelson also claimed that the court abused its discretion for failing to agree to the defense’s request for a change of venue and sequestering the jury, documents show.

  • WHO IS TOU THAU?

    On May 25, 2020, Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao was riding with Derek Chauvin and decided to help two rookie cops, Keung and Lane, on a call.

    A dispatcher canceled the plea for help while Thao and Chauvin were on their way to the scene saying the officers appeared to have the situation under control but they headed to the scene regardless.

    Thao worked to control the growing crowd as Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds.

    He later told investigators that he couldn’t really see what his fellow officers were doing because he was focused on the crowd.

  • WHO IS DAUNTE WRIGHT?

    Daunte Wright, 20, was killed by a cop in Minnesota last month during a routine traffic stop.

    Officer Kim Potter is set to stand trial for allegedly killing Wright when she confused a gun and Taser as there’s enough evidence.

    The former Brooklyn Center officer, who is white, attended a pretrial hearing, on Monday afternoon in Hennepin County District Court.

  • BIDEN SAYS THERE IS ‘DEEP SENSE OF DISTRUST’ BETWEEN BLACK PEOPLE AND COPS

    In a proclamation released on May 7 during Police Week, Biden said in “Black and brown communities, there is a deep sense of distrust towards law enforcement”.

    Biden stated that he appreciates the dedicated men and women who wear the uniform and badge – but some say it quickly turned to disrespect. 

    Critics accuse President Biden of failing to honor law enforcement in a proclamation meant to show appreciation and during the nation’s observance of Police Week.

  • GEORGE FLOYD ANNIVERSARY SPURS UK PROTESTS

    On Saturday May 22, 2021, protesters gathered outside the US embassy in London calling for “justice.”

    According to The Guardian, about a dozen campaigners from Stand Up To Racism held placards and unveiled Black Lives Matter banners.

    The activists chanted: “No justice, no peace, no racist police” before a number of speeches were made on “systemic racism which exists in the UK”.

    The UK is also planning a number of events as they too mark the anniversary of Floyd’s death.

    They will include planned vigils such as in Nottingham, where people will gather for a silence period of nine and a half minutes – said by prosecutors to be the length of time Chauvin knelt on Mr Floyd.

  • RALLY COMMEMORATING FLOYD’S DEATH DRAWS HUNDREDS

    Hundreds of people gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center, where Chauvin’s trial was held, on May 23, 2021.

    Many marchers carried signs, banners and pictures of Mr Floyd, along with other men killed at the hands of the authorities.  

    Speakers included Floyd’s family, his family’s attorney Ben Crump and Reverend Al Sharpton.

    The events will also include a number of roundtable discussions featuring activists and family members of other Americans killed by police.

  • WHO ARE GEORGE FLOYD’S PARENTS?

    Floyd was born to George Perry and Larcenia Jones Floyd.

    Not much is known about his father, although he separated with George’s mom when he was just two.

    However, Floyd was known to be very close to his mother, who was affectionately known as “Miss Cissy”.

    Larcenia was described as “the center of his world” and the 46-year-old even had her name tattooed on his torso.

    Unfortunately, she died in 2018 in George’s hometown of Houston, while Floyd was living in Minneapolis trying to get a fresh start.

  • TWO BOYS ATTACK BLACK CLASSMATE

    Cops are now investigating whether two pupils at a school in Nottingham set upon a black pupil and copied the horrifying footage. 

    It’s believed the boys have been suspended pending a police investigation.

    The headteacher said: “I can confirm that we are treating an incident that happened in school on ThursdayApril 29 extremely seriously. 

    “We responded quickly to the situation and took appropriate action. 

    “The incident is a live police investigation, and we continue to work closely with the families involved.”

  • WHAT WAS DEREK CHAUVIN CHARGED WITH?

    Last month, former cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd.

    The 46-year-old died on May 25 2020 after Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest.

    Activists and family members took to the streets of Minneapolis and New York over the weekend to honor Floyd’s memory on the one year anniversary of his death.

  • CONGRESS MISSED POLICE REFORM DEADLINE

    Congress missed the deadline set by President Biden to pass police reform legislation by the one year anniversary mark of George Floyd’s death, CBS reports.

    President Biden will meet with the family of George Floyd to commemorate the day.

    “The president is still very much hopeful that he will be able to sign the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act into law,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

  • REV AL SHARPTON WANTS TO SEE FEDERAL LAWS CHANGED IN WAKE OF FLOYD’S DEATH

    A rally in Minneapolis was held on May 23, 2021, to mark the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s death, and the Rev Al Sharpton spoke at the event.

    “We want something coming out of Washington. We want something that will change federal law,” Sharpton said.

    “There’s been an adjournment on justice for too long. It’s time for them to vote and make this the law.”

  • RALLIES PLANNED FOR GEORGE FLOYD DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    Rallies and memorials have been planned around the world to commemorate the death of George Floyd.

    Floyd died at the hands of the Police in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.

    A rally in Minneapolis was held on May 23, 2021, to mark the one year anniversary of his death, and other events have been planned worldwide.

    The George Floyd Memorial Foundation is holding several events across the United States, and some anniversary events are planned in the UK.

  • WHEN WAS CHAUVIN FOUND GUILTY OF MURDERING GEORGE FLOYD?

    Former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd on all counts on April 20, 2021.

    The 45-year-old former cop faces a maximum sentence of 75 years in jail after being found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

    The verdict prompted cheers from the crowd at the courthouse after a historic trial that ended just about a month before the first year anniversary of Floyd’s death on May 25, 2021.

  • WHEN IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH?

    George Floyd was killed by former officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020.

    The anniversary for George Floyd’s death will be on Tuesday May 25, 2021.

    The event triggered worldwide protests against racism and police brutality and legislative action being attempted with the support of the White House and Biden administration.

  • REV AL SHARPTON SPOKE AT FLOYD DEATH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL EVENT

    A rally in Minneapolis was held on May 23, 2021, marking the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s tragic death.

    Speakers included Floyd’s family attorney Ben Crump and Reverend Al Sharpton.

    Sharpton said: “We want something coming out of Washington. We want something that will change federal law.”

    “There’s been an adjournment on justice for too long. It’s time for them to vote and make this the law.”

  • FLOYD’S SISTER SAYS ‘IT HAS BEEN A LONG YEAR’

    A rally in Minneapolis was held on May 23, 2021, to mark the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s death.

    At the event, Floyd’s sister, Bridgett Floyd, told the crowd: “It has been a long year. It has been a painful year.”

    “It has been very frustrating for me and my family for our lives to change in the blink of an eye – I still don’t know why.”

  • ARE THERE GEORGE FLOYD ANNIVERSARY EVENTS PLANNED IN THE UK?

    The UK is planning a number of events as they mark the anniversary of George Floyd’s death.

    The events will include planned vigils in Nottingham, where people will gather for a silence period of nine and a half minutes – which prosecutors said was the length of time former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck.

    Church services will also be held across the country with community leaders.

  • WHAT IS THE GEORGE FLOYD MEMORIAL?

    The George Floyd memorial is an intersection of Minneapolis that honors the late black man who was killed at the hands of law enforcement.

    Also known as the George Floyd Square, the site is located where Derek Chauvin murdered the 46-year-old by kneeling on his neck.

    Chauvin was charged and convicted in Floyd’s death.

  • BIDEN TO HOST FLOYD FAMILY AT THE WHITE HOUSE

    President Joe Biden is set to host George Floyd’s family at The White House on May 25, 2021, as negotiations continue in Congress regarding police reform legislation.

    Floyd died nearly a year ago on May 25, 2020.

    Speaking at a gathering on May 23 in Brooklyn, New York, Mr Floyd’s brother, Terrence Floyd, called for police reform and asked for communities to “stay woke”.