The death of George Floyd while in custody in Minneapolis has gained the attention of the nation, and on Thursday Rev. Al Sharpton will lead a prayer vigil near at a Minneapolis church.
Rev. Sharpton will lead the prayer vigil at 1 p.m. Thursday at the World Outreach for Christ Church, which is located across the street from where Floyd was taken into custody by Minneapolis police Monday evening at the intersection of 38th St. and Chicago Ave.
During the arrest, Floyd was held on the ground by officers, with one Minneapolis officer holding his knee against Floyd's neck while Floyd repeatedly said he couldn't breathe. Floyd lost consciousness and later died, with the four officers involved in the arrest fired the next day.
Rev. Sharpton will be joined at the vigil by Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, who tragically died after being placed in a chokehold by New York police. Garner, like Floyd, could be heard in video footage saying "I can't breathe."
The officer who used a banned chokehold that led to Garner's death in 2014 was never convicted, only fired from NYPD. According to Rev. Sharpton's National Action Network, he and Carr will "appeal for justice and accountability in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police."
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has called for swift action, urging that Officer Derek Chauvin, who held his knee against Floyd's neck, be arrested and charged accordingly.
"I can say with certainty, based on what I saw, that the officer who had his knee on the neck of George Floyd should be charged," said Frey Wednesday.
KARE 11's Gordon Severson reports that Rev. Jesse Jackson will also arrive in Minneapolis and hold a press conference Thursday afternoon.