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One year after George Floyd's death, calls for justice for the victims of police violence persist

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People march during an inaugural remembrance demonstration for George Floyd on May 23, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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  • Tuesday marks a year since George Floyd, a black man, was killed by police in Minneapolis.
  • Ex-police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of several charges tied to Floyd's death.
  • A year after his death, activists and his family say more still needs to be done on racial justice.
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George Floyd's family and activists held a rally on Sunday in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to remember him.

A person holds a portrait of George Floyd as people attend a rally outside the Hennepin County Government Center on May 23, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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On Sunday, hundreds of people rallied in Minneapolis, Minnesota, including family members of others who have been killed by police, The Washington Post reported.

The event is the first of several meant to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Floyd's death. 

Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for several minutes.

People march in honor of George Floyd on May 23, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Floyd could be heard saying he couldn't breathe in a video of the arrest that went viral. His death sparked racial justice protests worldwide. 

Chauvin has been found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter.

A woman spreads flower petals as people prepare to march in honor of George Floyd on May 23, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Chauvin is scheduled to be sentenced on June 25.

Three other officers who were present during Floyd's arrest — Tou Thao, Thomas Lane,  and J Alexander Kueng — will be tried together later this year.


During Sunday's rally, Floyd's family spoke about the loss they still feel.

Rev. Al Sharpton greets Bridgette Floyd, sister of George Floyd, as people attend a rally outside the Hennepin County Government Center on May 23, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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"It has been a long year. It has been a painful year," Floyd's sister Bridgett said. "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."

Speakers and activists have said more needs to be done to advance racial justice.

Shareeduh Tate marches with people honoring her cousin, George Floyd, on May 23, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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The Reverend Al Sharpton spoke at the rally and called on the US Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the Associated Press reported. 

The legislation, which passed in the House, would ban the use of chokeholds and establish a national database of police misconduct.

"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." 

President Joe Biden is expected to host Floyd's family at the White House on Tuesday to commemorate the first anniversary of his death.

People march during an inaugural remembrance demonstration for George Floyd on May 23, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Biden previously set the deadline for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to fall in line with the one-year anniversary, but progress is still stalled in the Senate, the AP reported. 

Lawyer Ben Crump, who represented the Floyd family as well as the families of other Black Americans who were killed by police, also said the fight isn't over.

Attorney Ben Crump (C), speaks alongside Bridgett Floyd (L), and Rev. Al Sharpton during an inaugural remembrance demonstration for George Floyd on May 23, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Crump read the names of dozens of other Black Americans who were killed by police, including  Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was shot last month by a police officer during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb, the Post reported. 

"We are better than this, America. We need to have a more just America!" Crump said.


In a rally in New York City, Floyd's brother Terrence said people need to remember Floyd and all the other Black men and women who have been killed by police, the AP reported.

Daunte Wright's mother Katie Wright marches during an inaugural remembrance demonstration for George Floyd on May 23, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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"If you keep my brother's name ringing, you're going to keep everybody else's name ringing," Terrence Floyd said. "Breonna Taylor, Sean Bell, Ahmaud Arbery, you could go through the whole list. There's a lot of them."

Floyd's family and activists said they want his death to be a catalyst for change.

People march in honor of George Floyd on May 23, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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"George Floyd should not go down in history as someone with a knee on his neck, but as someone who broke the chain of police brutality and illegality," Sharpton said.

Floyd's friend Arnold Wilson said Floyd is still alive in spirit, the Post reported. 

"When people pass, their spirit can live on within us, and that's what's happening," Wilson said "George Floyd may be gone, but he's still alive. His spirit is living on through us, all of us.

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