A fundraiser for the family of George Floyd has raised more than half-a-million dollars in less than 24 hours.
The GoFundMe has seen more than 23,000 donations total $521,000 – and rapidly rising – since it was launched midday Wednesday. Floyd, 46, died Monday after he was taken into custody for allegedly forging a check at Cup Foods at the corner of Chicago Ave. and 38th St. in south Minneapolis.
Video from the scene showed Floyd facedown on the street next to a squad vehicle with an officer kneeling on Floyd's next. "I can't breathe," Floyd said repeatedly in the video, minutes later losing consciousness and dying.
"My family and I watched in absolute horror as the now infamous and horrifying video began to spread quickly throughout social media. What we saw on that tape left us shell shocked; a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling directly on my brother's neck, obstructing his ability to breathe," wrote Floyd's sister, Philonise Floyd.
"As some officers knelt on his neck, other officers participated and watched; no one took any action to save my brother's life. Those officers would continue to brutalize my brother until he died."
Floyd's death has sparked protests, looting and riots the past two nights, with emotions reaching a boiling point late Wednesday into Thursday morning as businesses were damaged by people throwing rocks and bottles, in addition to numerous buildings being set on fire.
Multiple buildings, including an AutoZone and a Wendy's, were burned to the ground.
The officers involved in Floyd's arrest have been fired, though none have been charged despite a call for action to do so by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.