HOUSTON, Texas (KXAN) — Thousands of people gathered in downtown Houston Tuesday to march and rally in honor of George Floyd, the man killed while in police custody in Minneapolis, on Tuesday.
The march began around 3 p.m. in the downtown area, culminating in a rally at Houston City Hall. Members of Floyd’s family and others from the Houston community gave impassioned speeches on the steps of the city’s main building.
During the rally, organizers said the event was discussed and supported by city leaders.
Floyd died in police custody May 25, after videos surfaced of a former Minneapolis Police officer putting his knee on his neck for minutes. Floyd’s death has sparked protests and outrage with peaceful demonstrations turning to incidents of violence across the country
Floyd grew up in Houston’s Third Ward and graduated from Jack Yates High School where he played football. He graduated from the school in 1993.