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George Floyd funeral held in Houston on Tuesday

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Posted at 5:48 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 16:30:31-04

HOUSTON — Funeral services were held in Houston for George Floyd Tuesday, a black man who died in police custody last month sparking protests across the globe.

Floyd lived in Houston before moving to Minneapolis, where he died on May 25. His death has sparked widespread protests calling for an end to police brutality.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was among the attendees at the Fountain of Praise church on Monday where a final public memorial was held. Abbot said he was also meeting with Floyd's family to express his condolences in private, and that a flag will be flown over the Texas capital in honor of Floyd.

Floyd's family gathered for a private funeral at the church on Tuesday.

In addition to Monday's viewing in Houston, a public viewing took place Saturday, as well, with hundreds turning up to pay their respects to Floyd in North Carolina, where he was born.

Four former officers have been charged in Floyd's death. Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer who kept his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes as he called out "I can't breathe," has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. At his first court appearance on Monday, a judge ordered Chauvin be held on a $1.25 million bail. His next court appearance was set for June 29. He has not yet entered a plea.

Kiernan Lane, Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, who were seen either restraining Floyd or standing as he was being restrained, were all charged with second-degree aiding and abetting felony murder and second-degree aiding and abetting manslaughter. Attorneys for two of the officers said the rookie cops tried to urge Chauvin to stop.

All four officers have been fired.